Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers Day!

I've been making more Fathers Day cookies. I had a few orders this week.....but I thought I'd have lots more. For some reason, I thought that the cookie boxes would sell well, but I was wrong. Everyone loved to see them, but most were not interested in buying them.

Maybe I'm charging too much, but it is a LOT of work to put them together beyond making/decorating the cookies, so I won't charge less than $18 for these larger boxes. It's a lesson learned.....just as I learned about bouquets last year.....I should not make them up ahead of time hoping to sell them. I only sell bouquets when they are requested......not when I've made them up ahead. Some things you just have to learn from trial and error, you know? (Do you know anyone that wants FOUR boxed sets of Fathers Day cookies?????)

I pretty much made all the same cookies I did last week, except for a few variations.....so excuse the repeats.

A friend wanted a cookie that said "I love Addy" since her little girl can't pronounce that first "D" yet. :)


My favorite set of all for this 2010 Fathers Day (I know I've already posted last week's version.....but I couldn't resist)......


One order was for a teacup set with "Sister" on the tag cookie. Believe it or not, there were pink decorating bags along side my "manly" colors this week. lol


Boxed sets from this week.....


I leave for the Ukraine TWO weeks from Friday. Oh my! There is so much to do to prepare for the trip.....and SO MANY cookies to make between now and then. I'll do orders for the next two weeks, and then the days right before I leave will be filled with making cookies for our team members and the Ukrainians we will see while there. Can't wait!

19 comments:

The Painted Cookie said...

I only had 2 orders for Father's day too. I don't know why I don't sell more either. I don't think $18 is too much Pam. Maybe you need to sell them somewhere that people will see them and say "hey that's a great idea for dad!"

Anyway I loved them especially your grill set.

Are you doing a cookie class in Ukraine this trip?

Lyndsey said...

I didn't have any Father's Day orders, which kind of surprised me! You are definitely not over-charging at $18. They are absolutely worth that! I love them all, you did a great job, Pam!

Pam said...

Thanks ladies. Your opinion matters a lot.

Yes, I need to get the word out to other groups of people. I think the majority of people that see them at church don't want to pay that much money for cookie sets. But when I've shown the sets in other places, I've gotten several orders (at least for Mothers Day).

I'm told that Fathers Day tends to be less celebrated than Mothers Day. It's kind of sad that folks don't go out all out for their dads as they do for Mom.

cookies and cups said...

That father's Day hamburger is so great!

Pink Little Cake said...

$18 is not a lot of money,your work is amazing. But people sometimes rather spend the money in something Dad can keep for a long time. The cookies turn out beautiful. Have a safe trip.

Sissy said...

I would love to have a couple boxes of your cookies, do you ship?

Amalia Standard said...

18 dollars is definitely not too much for those darling boxes. Your work is truly an art....it's a talent, and yes...extremely time consuming....There are people out there who recognize that and will pay that amount. LOVE LOVE your creations!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hey Pam, Love the cookies as usual. Around here, I would have a hard time selling cookies for $18 any time other than Christmas when prices seem to go out the window for a lot of people. I don't know if you are looking for ideas but... I put my cookies on color matching paper plates (they have an awesome selection of colors and shapes at walmart) and wrap with better quality saran wrap (the big stuff from sam's club) so the packaging only costs about $.25! Pretty packaging is awesome, but your cookies are awesome enough on their own. Also, thanks to you, I finally got up the courage to start working on mini cookies this last Christmas and people go nuts for them so for Mother's Day, Memorial Day and Father's Day so far I have basically done one or two big cookies and then a bunch of small ones. SOme of the small ones have a little detail, some are just colored stars, but people feel like they are getting more and the plate looks fuller too.
I hope I am not overstepping by giving these ideas, I love coming to your site to see what you are doing!
Good luck!
Jenn from Jenn's Java

Pam said...

Thanks everyone.

Sissy.....yes, I ship.....but by the time you'd get these cookies, they would be more than a week old. I'd much rather you had fresh cookies if you are going to order some. Thanks for the offer though. :)

Jenn....no you did not overstep your bounds. We cookiers stick together and help each other, right? I appreciate your suggestions. And that is so awesome that you are now doing mini cookies and people are responding well to them. I've had great success with mini cookies as well. :)

I appreciate all the support here. Thank you everyone!!!!

Loren @ The Baking Sheet said...

Wow...I haven't checked in for awhile and boy have you been busy!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Father's Day cookies!! I think I have a crush on the BBQ and apron cookies! Amazing, as usual!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

These are just darling! Your cookie boxes are so cute as well.

I'm actually working on grill cookies tonight. I shouldn't have looked at your blog...now I want to throw my design idea out the window. ;)

Pam said...

Thanks Loren & Bridget. :)

I doubt very seriously that your grill cookies need to be thrown out. I want to see them......

Claire said...

Would you mind sharing the brand of flour that you use? I have a bet going that you use cake flour and my friend thinks that you use a high gluten all-purpose, like Gold Medal.

Even if I have to pay her $5, it will be worth it to have the mystery solved!

Thanks so much!!

Pam said...

Claire....you and your friend make me laugh. :) I'm curious....what makes you think I use cake flour? Do my cookies look "light as a feather"??? lol

Actually, I use regular 'ole all purpose flour from Aldi. It's only 1.48 per 5lb bag and is sifted better than the huge bag of all purpose flour at Sam's Club.

I'm sorry you lost the bet! ;)

Claire said...

Because I have tried and tried to get my cookies so perfectly flat with a straight edge that I had to attribute it to some super-power ingredients! ;) Alas, I am sad ( though extra-impressed at your talents) that I cannot apply a quick fix via an expensive flour to the mountains of glop that I have been producing!

Pam said...

I'm so sorry, Claire. I wish I could help. :/

Pam said...

Claire....you and your friend make me laugh. :) I'm curious....what makes you think I use cake flour? Do my cookies look "light as a feather"??? lol

Actually, I use regular 'ole all purpose flour from Aldi. It's only 1.48 per 5lb bag and is sifted better than the huge bag of all purpose flour at Sam's Club.

I'm sorry you lost the bet! ;)

Claire said...

Because I have tried and tried to get my cookies so perfectly flat with a straight edge that I had to attribute it to some super-power ingredients! ;) Alas, I am sad ( though extra-impressed at your talents) that I cannot apply a quick fix via an expensive flour to the mountains of glop that I have been producing!

Pam said...

Thanks Loren & Bridget. :)

I doubt very seriously that your grill cookies need to be thrown out. I want to see them......

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