I do an annual cookie decorating program that’s a huge hit in my community! I usually do it in the winter and have a winter theme, but you could do it anytime of year. I’ve learned a ton over the past decade and make tiny improvements each year. Here’s what I learned and how you can run it fool-proof. You’ll need a few weeks lead-time for the bakery and liquor store, and I always get teen volunteers to help setup and cleanup. I contact my local high school’s Acts of Kindness Club and they donate their time to be used toward volunteer hours for graduation requirements.
List of supplies: Total cost about $125.00 ($75 for supplies, and $50 for cookies)
80 cookies (ordered from local bakery-I have them match my theme: ginerbread men, mittens, snowman, etc.)
Beer flats donated from local liquor store (Most important part! This keeps the mess inside these little boxes. No cleaning up sprinkles all over the floor!)
4 14 oz bags of M&Ms
1 24 oz bag of raisins
2 75’ rolls of waxed paper
8 cans of white frosting
4 cans of sprinkles
6 tablecloths or wrapping paper to wrap 6 tables (at least 48 feet/16 yards)
100 plastic knives or spoons (grocery store doesn’t always have just knives in bulk)
25 plastic spoons (for dividing up supplies)
200 mini cups (1x for frosting, 1x for goodies)
Baby wipes x 6 for each table
Gloves to prepare food with
Before the program:
Line each cardboard flat with wax paper.
Each can of frosting fills 10 cups = 80 cups
Each bag of M&Ms/sprinkles/raisins fills 20 cups = 80 cups
Keep all empty food containers so families with food allergies can check ingredients labels.
Each flat will have:
1 spoon or knife (whichever is readily available at the store)
1 cup of frosting
1 cup of M&Ms/sprinkles/raisins
You can mix the cardboard flats to have either 1 setup or 2 setup (just make sure you have 2 of everything!)
Stack the flats in rows in the alcove by the door where the garbage can is.
During the program:
As a child leaves the table, clean up their flat. Throw away any extra frosting/candy DO NOT LET OTHERS EAT THEIR LEFTOVERS
Place a new cardboard flat on the table so a new child can sit in his place.
If you have any extras, you can use gallon-size bags to made classroom packs for local preschools. My outreach locations occasionally get a little extra-special treat and they are grateful!
This is a huge hit in the community, and lots of community are involved with the program. A win-win!