One of the most wonderful times of the year is Christmas and one of the most exciting events of the Christmas season is the church bazaar. Everyone is looking forward to this event as it brings people together and gives us the opportunity to see people we have not seen in a long time. But planning a Christmas bazaar is a lot of work. If you plan on doing one, here are some of the things you are going to want to do.
The first thing you want to do is choose a date and make sure the church is available for that date. The last thing you want is that the minister tells you that he has planned a wedding that day. Saturdays before Sunday service are usually the best time. You want the date to be close to Christmas but not too close. The first or second week of the month is the best
The next thing you need to do is put a registration sheet to see who will set up tables. This is your main attraction at the bazaar, so you want to make sure there are plenty of tables and a good variety of things to sell. You can also set up special tables, like maybe one to take pictures or maybe a table to print cards showing what happened on your birthday. You will need a computer and a special program for that. These things usually go very well and are big money makers.
You will also want to make sure that you plan to have a lunch setup. Keep the menus simple and the prices fair. People like to eat between races but they also do not want to pay a fortune for that. Have a few different types of desserts and drinks available as soda, coffee and tea.
One of the biggest sellers in a Christmas bazaar is the bakery. It's a lot of work but it's worth it. Ask as many people as possible to make cookies and cakes the day before and bring them to the church for bagging and weighing. You want to sell things to the pound. Keep your prices fair and you will stand out very well. Depending on how much is cooked, you can earn $ 500 or more just from the bakery alone.
Finally, you want to make sure that everything is set up the day before. The bazaar should start around 9 or 10 am and it should run until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Make sure you have a Santa there to take pictures with the kids. You do not have to hire one specially. You can recruit one of the church members who matches the costume to fill the party. You are certain to have at least one volunteer.
By keeping a checklist and making sure everything is done, your bazaar is sure to get out without too much hassle.