Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to Plan a Romantic Beach Themed Wedding

How to Plan a Romantic Beach Themed Wedding How to Plan a Romantic Beach Themed Wedding
Beach weddings are one of the most popular options for brides and their planners. As beautiful as they might be, they’re difficult to plan for if you don’t know the important planning details. If you want the perfect romantic beach themed wedding, these tips are just the ones you need!

Colors

Use the wedding location as inspiration for the colors you choose: Icy blues, coral pinks, and sunset hues make great seaside palettes.
Try sandy, natural tones—raw linen and canvas, natural rope and jute, bleached wood—the colors that come straight from the shore.
For accent colors, go with beachy colors like coral, teal, white, and cream get an elegant upgrade when paired with silver, gold, or rose gold.
An all-white party on the beach can be especially chic, especially when you ask your guests to wear white, turning them into the ultimate design statement, as well.
Flowers
Choose flowers endemic to a region. Depending on the location, you could try Montauk daisies, beach roses, or blue hydrangeas. In tropical locations, orchids are a great option.
Keep two boutonnieres on hand for the groom, in case one wilts.
For a very hot day, orchids and callas are your toughest, hardiest stems. Delicate field flowers such as lily of the valley will wilt in the heat, even if they're in water.
Avoid tall centerpieces. If you put a bunch of breeze-catching flowers in a tall, slim container, chances are it's going to blow over.
Ceremonial
If you're getting married at sunset, the guests may have the sun directly in their eyes, which can make it a bit of a challenge to enjoy the ceremony. For a simple fix, place chairs at a slight angle.
An outdoor wedding can mean bugs—nothing ruins a ceremony like being eaten alive! Hand out communal bug spray, or individual bug wipes like Avon Skin-So-Soft towelettes. You can also employ an eco-friendly exterminator to fog the entire area with insect repellant before guests arrive.
Offer a shoe check for a ceremony on the beach. As soon as guests arrive, stow their footwear so they can walk barefoot on the sand.
Cake
Fondant may sweat in the heat, but it's definitely more dependable than buttercream, which in the presence of a little warmth can go from solid to liquid in minutes!
Ask your baker how long the cake can sit out—if the timeline is too limited, have it delivered later, or ask if your caterer has space in the refrigerator. (Just let the cake come to room temperature before cutting and serving).
Pass on the traditional cheesecakes or cream cheese fillings for red velvet cakes or carrot cakes, as they're more likely to spoil in the heat.
You deserve to have all the romance of the beach wedding that you dream of. Take note of these details and you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful memory in the making! And remember, for those southern California coastal weddings, Ontario Bakery is the bakery for you. Call us and ask about our custom cake and delivery options!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to Avoid the Most Common Wedding Cake Mistakes

How to Avoid the Most Common Wedding Cake MistakesHow to Avoid the Most Common Wedding Cake Mistakes
Shopping for your wedding cake should be an all out hunt; you don’t want to lose your sanity. But it shouldn’t be dealt with casually either. This is your wedding and your cake will be quite the focal point. At Ontario Bakery, we’ve heard so many disaster stories that we don’t want you to end up in the same boat. We believe you should have just the right cake for your wedding, without the mistakes, the blunders and stress.
Here are our tips:
Limiting Options. Don’t limit your options by going with the first baker you meet. It’s important to do your research and make sure that the baker you choose is the right one for the job. Bonus idea? Use this as a creative date idea! Make a list of your favorite bakers and visit one each week for taste testing!
Budget Misconceptions.  Another common mistake is assuming that ordering a cake will be too expensive. Of course, some are, but it doesn’t mean that all of them will be. So ask questions. Call the shops and get a quote but remember that you’re paying to have less stress, better taste and lasting memories.
Poor Communication. Your baker isn’t a mind reader. So if you have a vision in your mind, communicate it to the finest detail. Don’t assume they understand. Be specific.
Crowd Pleasing. This is your wedding. That means the cake should be the one you want. This is a point we really need to emphasize, because so many people want one kind of cake but end up going with a cake that everyone else wants. Remember that this is your wedding and they’ll love whatever you choose!
Skimping on Delivery. Always go with delivery. Not only is it going to lessen the stress, but it will lessen your risk as well. If something happens to your cake during transport, you won’t be responsible for it. So go with delivery.
Color Choices. While your accent colors might be black or navy blue, it’s not smart to use these colors with your icing as they dye the teeth. One moment, everyone will be enjoying their dessert, and the next moment,  everyone is smiling with blue teeth. Not good for photos.
Your wedding cake is not something to go lax on and settle for second best. This wedding is your day and one to remember. So treat it with care.
Contact us today at Ontario Bakery for custom cake orders and further questions!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

30 is the New 20. 5 Tips to Help Her Have a Great Birthday.

30 is the New 20. 5 Tips to Help Her Have a Great Birthday.She’s getting older, but make sure she knows that’s a good thing. Word on the street is that 30 is the new 20, which means she’s just as full of life but with more wisdom and class. So why not throw her a party to reflect that? At Ontario Bakery, we know birthdays better than anyone, so here are our tips to helping her have a great birthday!
Classy Dinner. Go for a more dignified flare. Instead of going out for the usual, bump the class up a notch. Find a high end Italian eatery or a quality sushi restaurant and finish it off with fine wine or aged sake. You can dress up and spend hours talking and then indulge in desserts.
For the Girls. Ok, we know men are wonderful, but this is a birthday that is quite enjoyed with just the girlfriends! If you really want to have the boys along, consider splitting the night in two; half with them and half without!
Music and Dancing. What lady’s birthday is complete without music? Take your pick, but we recommend finding a local jazz night or blues, accompanied by fine fare and maybe even dancing. If you want more movement, consider grabbing the girls and taking a salsa class together!

In House Goal Setting. Gather the ladies and encourage everyone to look at their goals; their lives where they stand here and now and assess them. Everyone make a list of 10 things you want to do in the next year and then 10 major things you want to accomplish in the next TEN years. From simple things like calling an old friend or getting in shape, to travel or even a big career change!  These should all be things that you've either forgotten to take the time to do or just never found the time or the courage to take that big leap. Be sure to have the house (wherever it’s hosted) fully stocked with snacks and drinks or even dinner and desserts!


Indulge. Every woman loves to relax, so why not make an event out of it and book a spa day? You can go to a local place in town and finish it with some fresh and healthy food (or not!) or book an overnight stay at a spa just outside of town!


I hope you enjoyed our sweet ideas for a 30th birthday party.  As always, we are happy to add to your experience as we love to make your custom birthday sweets!  Call us at Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can make your celebration a delicious event!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bad Weather Birthday Party Ideas for Kids That Just Want To Have Fun!

Bad Weather Birthday Party Ideas for Kids That Just Want To Have Fun!Birthday parties are always fun, but when cold or rainy weather is in season, it can be hard to be creative. That doesn’t mean you’re limited, it just means thinking outside the box! We at Ontario Bakery know what kid's love, from our custom cake pops to birthday party fun! So if you need some fun all-weather birthday party ideas, we have just the ones for you!
Fun on ice.
There’s no reason to resent the chill in the air; just make it work in your favor. Depending on where you live, find a local indoor or outdoor ice rink to have for fun. You could have skating lessons for all the kids, or for the more balanced partiers, boost the challenge by playing tag or another party game.  If you want to keep costs down, it’s actually more budget friendly to purchase tickets and lessons on your own, instead of paying for a party package. You’re getting the bonus of the party room, so save the celebrating with the cake and gifts for home if you’re wanting to cut the costs.

Paper Mache
Spread protective bags/paper/plastic all over the living room and dining room table. This one’s going to be fun!  Get all the tools needed for paper mache and start creating. You can go with a movie theme (and watch the movie while everything dries) or go with a costume theme and have a party part two later in the month! Options are endless here!

Rock Climbing
Let kids climb the walls all they want at a rock climbing gym. You can usually find one in most large cities and it's a perfect party place for energetic kids. They offer a variety of climbing structures to choose from, so they're great for children of all ages. If everyone's new to the sport, then go for the party package, which typically includes instructions and all the gear to keep them vertical for hours.

Bake your fun.
A party where the kids create their own treats is so much fun, whether the treats are savory or sweet. Pizza is actually one of the most fun, because younger kids love to handle the dough and everyone gets to choose their own toppings! Just be sure to have enough of everything, including the pans, to go around!

As you plan your birthday party, remember to call Ontario Bakery for all your birthday cake, cupcake and cake pop needs! We love creating custom baked goods for your unique celebration. Call us today for a quote!

How to Find the Perfect Flowers and Florist for Your Wedding!

How to Find the Perfect Flowers and Florist for Your Wedding!We help a lot of brides with their weddings and it’s important to us that they are educated and prepared so they don’t get taken advantage of or add unnecessary stress to the planning.
In our last post, we helped you with all the tips you need for getting the right and perfect cake. Now we want to share some tips for getting the perfect flowers and hiring the right florist. But we felt it better to share some tips directly from the offbeat bride, a Seattle based wedding florist.
As a budget-friendly florist, these are her personal tips:
  1. Before you go "bouquet crazy," learn what flowers are going to be in season at the time of your wedding.
  2. Stroll around your local farmer's market. Talk with growers who sell cut flowers. Ask them questions, lots of questions. This tip is incredibly helpful if you are doing your own flowers.
  3. Pick three florists to interview. No more — no less. Too many florists and you're drowning in info, too few florists and you're very limited.
  4. When you first visit a potential florist, DO NOT show them any of your ideas. Don't even tell them your budget. Just ask them questions, MANY questions, like… What styles are your mainstays?, What is the typical budget you work with?, If a flower is damaged/unavailable for my event, will you substitute it without my consent?, Could I see your portfolio (of REAL weddings)?, and How many weddings do you book on a typical weekend?
  5. Have a fairly solid idea of the blooms and styles you want. DON'T be talked down unless a reason sounds completely legit. Insincere answers might mean you might need to find a different florist.
  6. When you ask to see a portfolio, a "Teleflora" book doesn't cut it. You need to see real photos of actual weddings and events that the florist has done themselves. If your florist cannot provide a "look-at-what-I-did" book, consider walking away.
  7. If your florist keeps reassuring you that he can get you that tropical bloom you want even though it's not in season, remember that the price could be anywhere between 3 and 5 times more expensive than when the flower is naturally in season!
  8. Look online at wholesalers and become familiar with how flowers are shipped. As an example, almost all garden roses must be ordered as an entire case. That's almost 100 blooms! If you only want garden roses in your bouquet and no where else your florist is going to be stuck with about 80 garden roses. In some floral shops, you will be charged for the full case, not just what you use.
  9. Many florists really don't want to play the price haggling game. There are "industry standards" that dictate pricing. Some florists work on a 3x mark-up, and many florists use a 5x mark-up on weddings.
  10. Learn about hidden charges, delivery fees, etc. If you want your florist to set up your arrangements, you might have to pay for their gas plus an hourly fee.
  11. Bring in your own ribbons and other floral accessories. Remember the price mark-up? A 2x mark-up is typically used on hard goods (ribbons, pins, etc.), so see if you can supply your own. That way you only pay for them once.
  12. DO NOT pay for petals! Have someone pick up a bouquet at a supermarket and have fun destroying the blooms yourself. It's an amazing stress reliever and you will be happy knowing that you didn't waste $10-$20 for someone else to rip them apart.
  13. DO NOT bug the heck out of your florist. Limit your phone calls and resist the urge to just "stop by." The last two floral shops I worked in would tack on extra charges for brides who took more time to deal with. (find out more about Ariel here!)

As always, we want the best for your big day and your floral experience should be beautiful and stress free! Remember that for those of you in the Southern California area, Ontario Bakery is here to make the perfect custom cake for any occasion!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Easy Tips to Ordering the Perfect Wedding Cake Without the Stress!

Easy Tips to Ordering the Perfect Wedding Cake Without the Stress!Planning a wedding needs to be as simple as possible. You need the dress to be right,  the venue available and the cake to be easy. The best way to avoid planning stress is to know what questions to ask and who to ask in the planning of your beautiful details.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in the planning of their wedding is choosing the right baker and bakery for their cake. They don’t put it on the priority list and then forget how much of the main attraction the cake is on the big day; both during the celebration and later in the photos!

Don’t put your cake planning on the back burner. Make sure you find a trusted and reputable baker for your wedding cake and then ask them the right questions to make sure you end up with just the right cake for your big day!

Samples. As for samples of cakes and icings. You need to decide on the cake flavor, icing in between layers, and outer icing and you want to make sure it’s the right sweetness and blend.
Inspiration. Bring photos from magazines or pinterest that inspire you and have style aspects you want to see show up in the designing of your cake.
Toppers. Know what topper you’d like to use ahead of the time, as the topper is the final style touch and should both go with and inspire the cake’s overall look.  
Timing. Find out how far in advance your bakery plans to bake the cake and when they will frost it. You want a fresh cake but also not a last minute cake.
Pick up. Don’t pick it up. Have it delivered. This not only alleviates one more stressor but also puts the responsibility of transport to the trained and experienced.

When selecting a bakery for your upcoming event you want the very best. For those of you in the Southern California area, please visit us at Ontario Bakery in California and contact us with any questions you might have for the planning of your big day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How to Throw the Perfect Princess Birthday Party!

How to Throw the Perfect Princess Birthday Party!If you have a little girl, the chances are pretty high that she’ll at some point, as you for a princess birthday party. You couldn’t really blame her either. What little girl wouldn’t want to be surrounded by pink and tiaras?
We don’t want you to be overwhelmed, so we’ve gathered together some easy and glitzy girly ideas you can use to throw the best princess birthday party she’ll ever have.
Start with the invitations. These will set the tone and get both the birthday girl and her guests excited about the coming soiree! To keep it personal, skip buying invitations. Instead, take a cute photo of your own little princess in her favorite princess dress and use the photo on or as the invitation. Include the important details and encourage her guests to come in their own fancy prince and princess outfits!
Goodie Bags. One of the things kids look forward to at birthday parties are the goodie bags. Make sure that your child’s princess party bags include items like princess stickers, princess books and even mini glass slippers. Don’t forget to decorate the outside of the bag as well.
Finger Food. A perfect option that is both easy and crowd pleasing are little sandwiches. Find out ahead of time if your guests are vegetarian or have any allergies. Then choose a good sandwich and use cookie cutters to make them that much more inviting!
Drinks. Royal children get thirsty! Keep it fancy whether you’re service lemonade from a pitcher or even using juice boxes, by tying or gluing a pink, gold or silver ribbon around each container or glass!
Fun. Have a dress up area with different costumes to try on. Get an assortment of either themed princess dresses or fancy clothes and place them in a treasure chest! Include books to read, tiaras and even face paint for extra flair.
The Cake. The big dessert has got to help you end with a bang! There are so many possibilities here! Find a cake stylist and get the cake custom made just for your little girl. One fun thing you can do is to gather a few of her princess or doll accessories like purses and pearls to place on top of the cake. Another idea is to have a doll placed in the middle with the cake as the dress. If you’re in Southern California, call us at Ontario Bakery and we’ll discuss the options with you!