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Pampered Chef: Theme Show Bridal Fair this Sunday...need suggestions please

  1. Kristen

    Kristen Member

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    I found out this morning that I have the opportunity to participate in a local bridal fair this Sunday. I'm really excited, but very nervous because I just got my Starter Kit last week!

    I really need some suggestions. First of all, any suggestions on my display? I will have an 8' draped table. I obviously have all the starter kit products, plus I have some other stuff I bought before I joined (various cooking utensils, some stoneware, the desserts cookbook). I have no Simple Additions yet. :( I did place a small sample order on Friday but I don't know if it will arrive in time.

    Second, what kind of paperwork should I bring? I'm putting together a binder with a sheet on the gift registry and one on the gift certificates. My awesome recruiter is sending me the Pampered Bride flyer too. :) Should I hand anything out (business cards, flyers, S/S catalogs, etc) with my info on them, or do you think those are likely to get tossed? I was also planning to bring blank gift certificates and some host packets. What are your thoughts on doing a giveaway? I'm kind of thinking I don't want to mess with it, since I'm sure I'll be so focused on everything else.

    Does anyone have any other paperwork that they've used at a bridal fair? I would appreciate any and all help I can get. Thanks! :D
     
    Aug 15, 2005
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  2. jenniferlynne

    jenniferlynne Senior Member

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    I just had a bridal show yesterday and I made the Bride cake with the classic batter bowl and everyone loved it. I realize this is a fair and you won't be serving food, but it would look neat as a display on your table. It's really easy to make. I went to the local craft store and bought the doll pick to put in it, then I made the dress in all white icing, nothing fancy. Everyone went nuts over it, and nobody could belive I baked it in the batter bowl.
     
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  3. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    You are on the right Track

    Kristen,

    It sounds like you are bringing all of the right paperwork with you. I really like the idea of having the bride cake as a display.

    Make sure you are use the spring/summer catalogs as giveaways (catalogs are too expensive for the new ones to end up in the trash a few booths down).

    Also, I usually bring old celebration show recipe cards with me as giveaways. Almost everyone will stop if you offer them a recipe to take.

    I would have a survey/drawing slip (my is in PC file under fesitival survey or drawing form - cant remember exact name), even if you will not be having a raffle or other drawing. Great way to get contact information and to know who is interested in what.

    Have fun!
     
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  4. Kristen

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    The doll cake is a great idea! I just saw a picture of one today (of course I can't remember where it was!). I wonder if it would get yucky sitting out all day. I really need that Chillzanne! I'll have to find out if I'm allowed to have food on display...I know I'm not allowed to serve food because of health department regulations.

    Thanks for the tip on the survey/drawing slip. I was looking for one under the files section but searched "bridal". Didn't think of searching for "fairs". :)
     
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  5. jenniferlynne

    jenniferlynne Senior Member

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    The recipe for the Doll Cake is in the Celebrations cookbook. Use this recipe for the icing and it will not get yucky sitting out all day.

    1 cup of crisco
    4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp almond extract
    3-4 TBLS water

    Mix on in electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.

    Not only does this icing taste awesome, it will set up and last forever. It gets hard enough so that the cake is easy to travel with, but not too hard to eat. My family loves it. You can even decorate the cake the day before and let it set out and not worry about covering it up. The icing seals in the moisture of the cake (I learned this when I took Wilton Cake Decorating classes) so it doesn't dry out.
     
    Aug 15, 2005
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  6. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

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    Or if you're not allowed to even have food as display, you could make it and take a few pictures of it at different angles to display. :)
     
    Aug 15, 2005
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  7. Drawing

    If you are going to do a drawing do a free show you provide the ingredients. So that way you can call each one and mention they won the free show! Great way to get your bookings!
    Candy McIntyre
    Maine Consultant
     
  8. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I do this to!

    I use this technique when I call people who are not interested in hosting a show! I tell them, they did not win the grand prize, but they did win a free KS. I do not always get bookings, but sometime someone who said they were not interested at the fair/festival, will book a show! Then I am better off than if I had not called, and I almost always provide the ingredients at my shows anyway, so I am not really out anything!
     
    Aug 16, 2005
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