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Isolda May 26, 2013 10:54 AM

So the graduation party I thought I didn't have to have is on after all. Blue Ribbon BBQ will be catering the food, we are doing the drinks, and now I need a local bakery to supply some reasonably priced, not too perishable desserts. The weather the day of the party is supposed to be hot; otherwise, I'd just order some mini-cupcakes from Cake. Who in the Lexington area does inexpensive cookies, brownies, bars, etc.? Am I better off just going to Market Basket or Costco? (Have already spent more than I should have on tent, tables, chairs, decorations, invitations, food and haven't even made the first college tuition payment yet!)

I hate store bought desserts, but this party is for a bunch of teenagers, who will eat anything, and a few younger kids and parents.

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    bear May 26, 2013 02:38 PM

    You could also check out Russo's if you have time. Some of their stuff is made with shortening, which I really don't love in most desserts, but some desserts are made with butter and are pretty good. They probably are a little pricier than Costco, but not much.

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      Jenny Ondioline May 26, 2013 04:03 PM

      As much as I adore Russo's on every other front, I find their bakery desserts uniformly awful. Everything just seems too sweet and cheaply made.

      Honestly, going to Market Basket, BJs or Costco probably *is* your best bet if you want this done on the cheap. Isn't there another recent thread talking about how surprisingly good the MB chocolate chip cookies are?

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        bear May 27, 2013 06:41 PM

        I forgot that Market Basket has upped the quality of their desserts. That's a good suggestion. It's hard to beat Market Basket prices any time.

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      catsmeow May 26, 2013 11:10 AM

      Costcos and Bjs definitely has some budget friendly options. I use to host a large July 4 party on a boat each year and was surprised at how inexpensive the rolls were there. I could get about 2 dozen for about $3.00! I've gotten cookie platters, brownies, etc when I didn't have enough time to bake them myself. They were pretty good.

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        rachgrn May 27, 2013 04:28 PM

        second BJ's. The chocolate chunk cookies ( 3 dozen for $6.99) are a STEAL. They are bakery style - very large and full of semi sweet chunks. Also have black and white cookies that are good, and a brownie assortment (two dozen or so) for $7.99 and loads of other options that are the best of "store bought". The cookies have passed for homemade - they are that good. Cakes are good too with real cream frosting (perishable) but really good cake for cheap money.

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