maybe you instead of doing it at a store can do it at your home, or friends homes. run it like a mary k/pampered chef party. give discounts/supplies to the person holding the party.
this is how i would do it (giving it very little thought)
have a set number of people you can have (based on how many pots you have available.)
so if you have 3 pots say you can have no more than 6-9 people at the party(2-3 people per pot)
set a price for the class(make sure to cover costs and make some.)
have the students make the balls ahead of time so you dont have to wait on them to cool at the party(maybe make it a 2 day deal?)
give discounts/prizes to the party holder/guests for example
the person hosting will get X.00 off their next order or if you get people to host a party mentioning their name you will give a dollar ammount back to the host. this will get people spreading the word so they can get a few bucks back. i would set a limit like the class has to be made within 3 months after their class was held, you can only get 5.00 back whatever. dont make yourself go in the hole, but make it a goal for them to get you business.
Some states yes,some states no. BUT i think as long as your not "running a business" like if your not posting all over newspapers and such your looking for business that would require a licence, but if its just word of mouth i dont think it would. I could totally be wrong
Use small crock pots instead of the Wilton melters. They are cheaper. I purchased a small one at Walgreens and the inside comes out to wash easily. I think it was like 11 bucks and has 3 heat settings - warm, and the traditional hi and lo of a crock pot.
I'm taking this class starting this week. It's a project class, 2 sessions, for us they're a week apart. The first class they don't ask you to bring a lot, mostly the wilton pops book, sticks and 5-6 rice krispie treats, with various other household stuff like cloths, shortening, waxed paper. I just sent a message to my instructor to find out if the rice krispie treats should be storebought or if I can bring homemade ones.
The second class is a little more involved, it lists your homework between classes as making and dipping 12 or more pops. The second class asks you to bring disposable bags coupler and tips, a display stand, brushes, and various sprinkles (most are listed as optional) along with bowls for the sprinkles.
It does not list a melting pot among the necessities, but I'd imagine when I get into class it'll be listed as a recommended optional item.
WELCOME jillvandeberg44. Glad you have joined. I to am a WMI and was thinking about doing a pops class. Can you let me know what you think of the class after you do yours. I would really appreciate it. Thanks a bunch.