The Sticky Fingers Cookery Parties format has been a great success since it launched in 2008. Initially parties were held in the founder, Janet Cousins’ Deli-café, but it was soon apparent that a different business model was needed to take the business to the next level.
Janet, whose background is in teaching, food safety and cookery, developed an exciting two hour party package which could be taken into clients’ homes or local village halls for larger numbers of children. This fun party is also educational and can be adjusted for different ages and groups of all abilities.
“I was very upset when they stopped teaching cookery and domestic science in schools. These are important life skills and can teach so much about weighing, measuring, interpretation of recipes and healthy eating. Understanding what ingredients are found in different foods is so important for managing a balanced diet.”
Janet also devised holiday workshops to keep the children entertained with what can become a growing passion for young people. Baked goods and savoury dishes can be cooked and taken home for the family to try and the sessions often include games and craft activities.
As the demand for parties grew, so did the need for recruiting additional Party Directors to host the parties and in 2016 Sticky Fingers gained two franchisees, Anne Theakstone and Sangeeta Singh. They are fully trained in all aspects of holding parties and workshops and like Janet, have DBS certification, qualifications in food safety and public liability insurance.
“Over the last year I have had a lot of fun doing the parties, meeting children and parents, and getting great feedback.”
Anne Theakstone, May 2017
2018 is going to be an exciting year for us as we are developing a teenage dinner party package which will be launched in Spring, and we are hoping to expand further into the rest of the Midlands to spread the word about our great cookery parties.
Janet Cousins, Sticky Fingers Cookery Parties Founder