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« on: June 14, 2010 03:38:56 AM »

i recently had to help a friend out with her babyshower and i was just wondering if it would be a good idea to make a sort of lil buisness out of it like premade babyshower kits?
with say a planner
invitations
thank you cards & gifts
games
and prizes?

what do you think?Huh

comments and advice appreciated Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2010 12:34:18 PM »

Depends on how you plan to market yourself different than the premade baby shower kits that you can get at the giant chain stores, like Party City?

How customizable will the kits be?  Would you be doing the printing?  How cost effective is that? 

Just some thoughts... because I've thought about it after the upteenth baby/bridal shower I threw where someone always says, "You are so creative!  You should make a business out of this!"  And then I think about the effort I put into this shower and ... I don't want to make my own business, although I love throwing a couple of showers a year.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010 01:26:16 PM »

im from australia and ive never seen a premade baby shower kit...

and probably would be printable invites they could print themselves or i could print for them
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010 03:33:30 PM »

These were the pre-made kits I was thinking about.  Matching plates, cups, napkins, invites, etc. 

http://www.partycity.com/p2p/searchResults.do?method=view&search=basic&keyword=baby+shower&sortby=nameAscend&page=1

http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/search/processRequest.do?requestURI=searchMain&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntt=baby%20shower%20plate&N=0&Ntk=all&searchTerm=baby+shower+plate&BP=8903&source=google&cm_mmc=google-_-OTC+Baby+Shower-_-Plates+-+%28Baby+Shower+Plates%29-_-2e551019a842465db9ad62ba2213b156&ms=search

I still like your idea -- something they could print or you can print for them.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010 08:12:14 PM »

like i think it could be really helpful for busy moms to be and yeh i could put all the printable stuff onto a disc maybe and id do the favours and decorations and the decorations for the cake and maybe even all the cutlery and plates all boxed up and do them in lots of like 10, 15, 20, 25 guests

because i know with my friends babyshower her mother and herself had so much to do an organise and i did the cake and the favours anyway an i could even do up the games like the one where u look at 10 objects on a tray an they have to remeber them and such

it wouldnt be too hard at all i dont think
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010 07:10:20 AM »

First let me say that you have an interesting idea. From your post, I'm visualizing these kits in four (or more) different boxes: pink (for a girl), blue (for a boy), green (neutral theme), yellow (neutral theme)  each with a different theme. All the party supplies (plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, tablecloths), invites, room decor, party planning checklist, games, thank you cards, and general party planning instructions would be inside each box. Right?
The main issue that I can see is that it will be really hard to beat the prices at the dollar store. Party stores are expensive but in Canada you can get great deals at dollar stores on party supplies. I can pick up 20 thank you cards or invites at the dollar store for $1 plus tax. If you design and print your own (or have a CD of printables) you'd really have to try to price out the cost and make sure it is cost effective. A lot of party planning resources are on the web including evites so why would someone pay for this?
My advice would be to price out how much each kit would cost, including your time. Do a little research and figure out if you can buy things wholesale to reduce costs.  Put one together and figure out the total cost and get some advice from friends on whether or not they would buy the kit. Find friends who will give you an honest opinion. Try to find out if you would have any competition in your area.
I would say that your target market would be someone who is really time strapped but has money. It might be a better approach to offer a full service baby shower (where you organize all the details, do the shopping and set up). They would only have to worry about the food and you would handle the rest. On the day of the party, all they have to worry about is hosting.
I'm like you- I like to do all the planning and shopping for a party and people like us don't buy kits! Generally, people who aren't into the effort of planning a party want more than a kit- they want it done for them. The kit might not be enough help- it's generally not hard to walk the aisle of a party store and pick up cups and decorations so buying a kit saved them one trip but offering party help (invites, shopping or decorating) might be more attractive. You could charge according to each service or offer a package. It sounds like you have lots of friends who could help spread the word at their work etc.
Overall, it seems like a great idea as long as you approach it as a business. If you decide to go ahead, see if you have any small business training in your area (we have government agencies that offer free courses for small business owners (like writting a business plan, etc) and take advantage of them.  Good luck!
-Linda
p.s. I'd love to see a mock up of your kit on Craftster once you have one done!
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2010 07:15:07 AM »

yeh see thats what id want to have everything in it and i wouldnt be looking at marketing it internationally because i kno things are alot cheaper in the usa n canada like itd b jus a small home buisness possibly local or just by word of mouth and such but yeh id have like a boy kit n a girl kit n a neutural kit n possibly a modern kit because alot of people seem to be doing modern babyshowers lately more browns and sophisticated adult colours like id prob do things like the games as optional extras you can purchase because alot of people dont seem to be into the games.

and i really have found that in my area and surrounding areas there isnt alot to choose from, like most items are all boy or girl there is no inbetween it was very very hard helping my friend plan her baby shower because the theme was neutural but it was so hard to find anything. and id give choices invitiation wise like i could do premade or hand made or printable and such like id like to try and work it out by price per person that way they pay for only what they need
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2010 09:31:00 AM »

That sounds like a nice idea. I think the best way to do something like this would be to have it customizable. Make it to where each person can choose the theme they want. Have the cards to where they can choose which design they want and what they want the cards to say. That way you'd be giving them something that the stores are not. They could have it done exactly the way they want it instead of having to choose from whatever the store has. Then I think they might want to purchase from you instead of the store. If you just put the kits together and then sell them to where they only have certain ones to choose from, it might not work, because they might just go to the store and buy them.
Also, I think it would really work great if you offered to do the party planning for them. Maybe have them tell you how they want the party done and then you put it all together for them, including doing all the shopping for everything. That might really get people to purchase from you and not the store if they can tell you everything they want and get it all customized to fit what they are wanting and don't even have to do anything themselves. Then I think it might work as a little business for you.
Maybe get a couple of kits put together, that way you can see how much it would cost for everything. Then show them to a few people and tell them about your idea and see how interested they are and what they think about it. Maybe even make up a brochure describing your services including pictures of the kits you've put together, along with your contact info. and see if anyone contacts you.
The hard part is making sure that you're covering your costs in making them and making a profit while not placing them at a high price to where people will not want to purchase them. I think that would be hard, because if you're going to the store purchasing them, then charging people what the store charges, plus extra so you're making a profit, then people may not want to get them. But, if you are adding in customizing them and planning the whole party for them then they might. Because, basically anyone who would want to buy the kit would most likely be someone who didn't want to do all the party planning and shopping and was looking for something already put together so they didn't have to, so offering all that might get them to buy.
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