Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bridal Burnout: The Warning Signs and How to Avoid Stress in Wedding Planning

Bridal Burnout:  The Warning Signs and How to Avoid Stress in Wedding PlanningOne of the scariest part of planning a wedding is where the bride starts to burn out!


WARNING.  You do not want this to happen and we want to help you avoid it! Wedding planning should be fun, but it can become very overwhelming with all the details and the need for it to be 'perfect' is a demanding expectation.  Let's look at the warning signs and how to avoid the bridal burnout!

Planning a wedding is seriously hard work! It starts out as exciting and fun but can easily turn into a time consuming burden. There are several distinct symptoms a bride will experience if she is starting to burnout.  Keep in mind that the bride herself may not be the one to recognize these symptoms, so we are calling on you, the maid of honor, bridesmaids, friends, families and fiancés, to be on the look for these signs. If you are concerned your precious bride might be on the edge, then the info below is of you. 

Bridal Burnout:  The Warning Signs and How to Avoid Stress in Wedding Planning
  • Loss of excitement about her own wedding. People generally start the planning right after the engagement, so it is only natural to think that the excitement would wear off (especially if it is a longer engagement) over time. While this is true to a certain extent, there should still be an enthusiasm throughout the entire planning process. This doesn’t mean that your bride will be glowing, smiling from ear to ear or ecstatic for months on end, but she will be happy most of the time (who wouldn’t be?!). If she just looks 'done', it's time to call in the reserves!
  • Her words may give it away. If she's saying comments like, “I am ready for this all to be over, I just want to be married”. Some of that's natural, but a classic sign of an overstressed bride is the neglect factor. She doesn’t want anything to do with her own wedding. The last few months leading up to her wedding are not fun for her and she is not looking forward to her wedding in the way that she should be because she is now associating it with headaches, stresses and work instead of the special and intimate event that it should be. If your bride is dropping comments that seem out of character and out of wedding planning energy, it may be time to approach her.
  • Passive decision making. Along with a loss of excitement and possible offbeat comments about her wedding, burnout is recognizable by this symptom above all. Write this down if you need to because she may exhibit no other symptom than this and that is passive decision making. At the beginning, you'll remember she was excited and maybe she even spent an hour at the hardware store staring at paint swatches to get an idea for the exact shade of the perfect colors she wanted. Now, if she is overwhelmed beyond her imagination, she likely doesn't care at all as to the difference between lily white and cotton white. Decisions, small or large, no longer seem to hold the importance they once did. If your brides’ decision making has become uncharacteristically passive, she may need your help to get the excitement back.
  • She's frighteningly stressed.  But really, the last sign of an overworked bride whose fiery excitement is dwindling fast is opposite of the three preceding symptoms and that is the high strung, bridezilla type, stressed beyond the point of snapping bride. This is a unique and volatile type of burnout that some brides experience and these brides above all others need your sensitivity in approaching them about their new found (and temporary!) neurosis. This is a symptom that will build over time and may get so intense that the bride will actually drive away the very help she desires and at this point, needs. If your bride has developed a bridezilla complex, remember her as she used to be, pre-engagement, when you gently approach to offer your help (and maybe lend her some of your sanity!). 
Don't be afraid to call in the reserves. The maid of honor is likely the best to come in with words of, "Let's delegate this, this and that to someone else. Today is mani/pedi or massage day!" Take her to the beach.  Encourage her to go to a yoga class or drink some tea. Remind her about the honeymoon.  Above all, never undermine her stress.  Agree that it's a lot and offer the solution of delegation.  It's supposed to be special.  Let's keep it that way.

Ontario Bakery knows the importance of a beautiful day and we are here to customize your wedding cake to exactly your needs. Allow our bakers to take some of the stress of wedding planning away and you will feel loads lighter!  Give us a call, and happy wedding planning!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Getting Married? Tips to Find the Perfect Baker and the Perfect Wedding Cake!

A lot goes into planning the cake for your wedding and you deserve to have the cake that perfectly represents your beautiful union.  But cake shopping can be hard! You
have to plan the right timing, trust the baker's artistry and know that you are going to get the fresh, quality taste you hoped for! First step is to talk to your friends and family to see if they have a trusted baker. 
Go with a baker that has happy customers that recommend them. And use these next tips to have the perfect cake for your perfect day!
    Getting Married? Tips to Find the Perfect Baker and the Perfect Wedding Cake!
  • Ask the baker if you can taste samples of cakes and icings. You need to decide on the cake flavor, icing in between layers, and outer icing.
  • Bring photographs or pages from bridal magazines with you. A picture IS worth a thousand words. So, if you have something in mind already, show the baker a picture. It's easier than trying to explain everything in words.
  • Pick your cake top out ahead of time and bring it with you to the baker. Some cake tops are heavy and may need special consideration or support. The cake topper may look too small or big for the cake you had in mind. The baker can help you with sizing of the top cake.
  • Ask the baker how far in advance they bake the cake and how far in advance they frost it. You want the freshest possible wedding cake, but not a last minute cake either.
  • If you have special decorations like pillars, columns, cake tops, flowers, etc., find out if there are extra charges. Most likely there will be extra fees if you have an elaborate setup.
  • Ask about the setup and delivery options and charges. Don't send a friend or relative to pick up your cake please! Let the professional baker deliver it and set it up.
When selecting a bakery for your upcoming event you want the very best. Visit us at Ontario Bakery in CaliforniaOur goal is to provide the highest quality cakes and baked goods with personalized service to every customer on every visit. Our moist cake with filling of your choice has created delicious memories for generations. Get in touch and let us customize your celebration today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Should You Really Get a Customized Cake or Baked Treat for Your Celebration?

Should You Really Get a Customized Cake or Baked Treat for Your Celebration? Everyone loves a freshly baked, home made cake, like the one you used to enjoy when

you were at your grandparent's house as a child.  What if you could have the home baked goodness without the stress and time commitment?  

We believe you deserve both the delicious enjoyment of the 'baked at home' birthday cake but the relaxation of not doing it yourself.   

What do we love about the cake baked at home?

  • taste - a frozen cake just can't compare to the taste home baked
  • quality - cakes made in bulk are missing the quality and care 
  • cost - home baked cakes are more affordable on the budget and you get more for your money
  • memories - there's something about a home baked cake that creates lasting memories years later

The truth is, that's why we opened our bakery years ago. Our family wanted to provide a place for you and yours to get the perfect customized cake, cupcakes and other treats to celebrate your special day, without loosing the homemade quality and care.  Your guests will never know your grandmother didn't make it!
As a family and bakery, we are still committed to going above and beyond. Our cake and butter cream recipes are the original scratch recipes that we've used since the beginning. The cakes we make, say it all: quality, uniqueness and a true desire for a good tasting cake to serve your guests. 
Should You Realy Get a Customized Cake or Baked Treat for Your Celebration? Here's just a 'taste' of what we love to do for you: 

BAKED GOODS:

Pastries
Cookies
Danish
Coffee Cakes
Dessert Cakes
Cupcakes
Pumpkin Loafs
Pound Cakes
Pies



Our cakes are made to order with the options of various icings and even a long list of fillings that are sure to make you come back for more!   

Ontario Bakery has been family owned and operated by Chris and Kathy Fabos since 1981. Whether birthday, wedding, shower, graduation....  You name it!  We are honored to be your top choice in celebration sweets! Allow us to personalize it with the perfect topper, floral arrangement and even action figure!  This is your day and we just want to treat you right! 

Please!  Don't hesitate!  Now is the time to celebrate!!  



Pick up the phone and call 909-984-4919 or visit us at www.ontario-bakery.com to see how we can make your party the hit of the season!   

We can't wait to hear from you!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

3 Great Birthday Games Play While You Celebrate Your Child's 11th Birthday!

3 Great Birthday Games Play While You Celebrate Your Child's 11th Birthday!Birthday party games are can still be fun for 11 year olds, because they love getting into the birthday party spirit; provided you choose the right games of course! With this in mind, it’s a good idea to let your child help plan their party games, as they will be the best judge of what will work, and what won’t.
This age group can cope with the idea of winners and losers, so games can start to be a bit more competitive if you choose. However I still recommend a few fun games where everybody wins, or perhaps a slightly biased judge who will help even the scores if necessary.
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Who Am I?

Write out the names of famous people, animals, or things on to slips of paper, so there is one for every child. If your party has a particular theme, you may want to use things related to that theme, but any things that are popular with children will work fine.
Tape a slip to the back of each child, without letting them know what it says. They must then go around the room asking others Yes / No questions, to try and work out who or what they are.
You can play this game at a specific time, or make it something that runs for the whole course of the party. Either way, some children will work it out quicker than others, so encourage them to stay a part of the game by answering other people’s questions.

At My Birthday I Want …

This game is a test of memory, and everybody has to work as a team to make it last as long as possible.
Have the children all sit in a circle, and let the birthday child start by saying “At my birthday I want………”, then finish with whatever they choose. It may be that they want ice cream, balloons, pizza, presents….you get the picture. The next child in the circle then says “At my birthday I want……..”, then repeats what the first child said, before adding their own choice. As the game goes around the circle, each child has to remember all the other choices, plus add their own.
You could make this game just for fun, or add team prizes to the centre of the circle each time they complete a round without any mistakes. Remember to make sure the prizes are something they can all share.
Balloon Bulls Eye

There are basic rules for this game, but you could adapt them in several ways depending on how long you want the game to last.
To start with, give every child a balloon to blow up, and ask them to hold the neck shut rather than tie it in a knot. Place a target in the middle of the floor, and on the count of three, everyone releases their balloon. Whichever balloon is closest to the target, wins.
You could play this game over and over, and each time the target becomes a different prize, or you could tally up points for bulls eyes, 1st closest, 2nd closest, and so on. After a few games you could add up the points to find an overall winner.
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As usual, Ontario Bakery is here to make the best of your celebration with custom cakes and other deserts! Call us today to place your personalized order!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Celebrate Labor Day With These Fun and Simple Backyard Party Ideas!

Celebrate Labor Day With These Fun and Simple Backyard Party Ideas!Labor Day is known as the signal for summer ending and the start of exciting new fall activities, how we really enjoy the holiday? Most people are looking for some fun ways to celebrate it as it's the last really summer day of fun before the fall activities kick in. As you should; gather your friends and family and make it memorable! Labor Day activities should focus on simple pleasures. After all, once school and fall sports start up, everyone will be hustling around, rushing from one activity to the next. 
BBQ
Throwing a simple BBQ is a sure fire way to enjoy the day.  It will usually be hot, so whether kids or adults are around, make sure to have a small pool around.  Your guests will be happy to cool off! Keep the grilling goods simple as well.  Stick to hot dogs, burgers and veggie kebabs for those opting out of the meat option. 

FUN
Depending on where you are and who your guests are, you can have kites around, bubbles, hula-hoops and chalk; these little pleasures are big crowd pleasers. You can encourage fun photo ops by coloring life-size props on the driveway or sidewalk. For example, a bunch of balloons, a rainbow, a palm tree, animals, fireworks, etc. – use your imagination! You can then have kids lie down next to the drawings and take a picture. Alternatively, cut out a square frame from a cardboard box and have people hold it as they get their photos taken.  This makes great fun and lasting memories! 
GAMES
Here's are some bonus activities for the active crowd: KICKBALL.  Anyone can play kickball; young and old alike and all you need is a ball and a few bases for some friendly competition. Hide-and-seek can also be hilariously fun when kids partner with adults and hide in pairs together throughout the yard or park.

SWEETS
Celebrate Labor Day With These Fun and Simple Backyard Party Ideas!For the evening hours, plan a fun bonfire and set out s’mores ingredients so guests can make a sweet, gooey treat. If you don’t have a bonfire pit, a chiminea or fire table will work, too. You can even use a grill to roast marshmallows! Just make sure adults supervise the little ones so everyone has a great time without injury. This is the perfect way to say goodbye to summertime and welcome in the fall season!

We are happy to celebrate with you as well!  If you'd rather keep it even more simple, Ontario Bakery will take your cake, cookie, cupcake or cake pop order and customize it exactly to your need!  Call us any time and have a great Labor Day! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

6 Sweet and Simple Reasons the Cupcake is Here to Stay

6 Sweet and Simple Reasons the Cupcake is Here to Stay !Cupcakes aren't just for kids.  People have been turning to cupcakes to appease their sweets cravings for quite some time now and for good reason too. The cupcake has gone gourmet, it’s become playful, hip, and glamorous all at the same time. Bakeries have opened all over the country with people waiting in lines out the door just for cupcakes! Here's why:


Adaptable.
Cupcakes are an appropriate desert for just about every occasion. 

Personal.
Cupcakes let you have a moment of cake but on a personal level.

Multifunctional.
They can be served at a backyard bar-b-que or an elegant gala. 

Affordable.
These incredible delights are easy on the wallet for one person or the whole family. 

Individual. 
They can be iced and decorated to suit the likings of your crowd's preferences.

Delectable.
Let's just face it, they are delicious.

Ready for the good news?  You don't have to continue looking at another boring plate of a cookies gone wrong, or indulge in a cake meant for good but filled with the wrong flavor. Cupcakes are a cute and easy way to add flare and sweetness to any occasion and celebration.  They are the best and hottest desert option on the menu. They can be messy but worth every crumb for sure.  Grab a fork and napkin if you want to play it safe!  The truth is, we believe the world would be a happier (and sweeter) place with more cupcakes.  They are easy to make and fun for kids to personalize; even more fun to devour!  

So make a night of it and bake up your own delicious tray. Or give us a call and let us know how we can make a personalized batch just for you! At Ontario Bakery, we make cupcakes the way they were meant to be: fun and creative, simple and delicious or even elaborate and designer for the more sophisticated tastes!




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fun Birthday Party Game Ideas for 5 - 7 Year Olds!

Fun Birthday Party Game Ideas for 5 - 7 Year Olds!Birthday parties can be a challenge to plan for children ages 5-7 as they are right between preschool and 'big kid' age.  We decided it would be good to share what the smart people at Kiwi Families had to say about the idea! 

Animal Antics

This is a great game to play if you have an animal themed party, but its lots of fun no matter what theme you have. It works particularly well if you have lots of children to entertain.
Simply whisper the name of an animal into each child’s ear, making sure you give each animal name to at least 2 children. On the count of three, your guests start behaving like their animal (using noises and actions), and try to find a person in the room behaving the same way. You could have a prize for the first pair to find each other, but for this age group it’s probably better to have something small for everyone once they have found their partner.
If you have a small group you can make it harder by blindfolding all the participants, and relying on just the animal sounds. In an extra large group, you could give 3 or 4 children the same animal, so that they have to form a team, rather than just a pair.

Get Out Of My Chair

There are no winners or losers in this game, and there is no end either. Keep an eye on the game, and call it quits once everybody has had a couple of turns in the middle, and before everybody gets bored.
Start by making a circle of chairs, bean bags or pillows, with enough seats for everyone except the birthday child. The birthday child stands in the middle and says “What I would like for my birthday is…..”, and finishes with something that other children in the room have. It may be blue eyes, a green T-shirt, blonde hair, freckles, glasses … you get the picture.
Any children who have what the birthday child requests, must jump out of their chair and swap with someone else who also has the same thing. While all this is happening, the birthday child sits in an empty chair and someone misses out on their seat. That person then becomes the child in the middle, and the game starts again.

Memory Game

By this age children are starting to develop a reasonable concentration span, and most will enjoy the chance to solve a puzzle.
Put approximately 6 – 12 everyday items onto a breakfast tray, (depending on the ages of your guests), and make sure the children all know what they are. If you have a theme for your party, you could make sure all the items fit in with your theme.
Show the breakfast tray to the party guests, and ask them to try to remember everything in their head. Once they have had a few minutes to take a mental picture, take the tray out of the room and remove one or two items. When you bring the tray back into the room, the children can take turns trying to guess what is missing. The child who guesses correctly gets to put the items back on the tray, and remove something different for everyone to figure out.

Fishing for Prizes

The whole point of this game is the prize, so that will make it an instant favourite.
Gather together small, light prizes such as stickers, small notepads, and pencils. Slide a giant paper clip over each prize, and lay them in your ‘fish pond’. A fish pond could be a paddling pool, a big box, or simply a rug on the floor. Give each child a fishing rod with a magnet at the end of the line, and let them go fishing for their prize.
To make it harder you could blindfold your guests, or get them to fish from over a stair landing or balcony so they can’t see what they are fishing for.

Charades

Charades for this age group is about acting out an action or a thing, rather than trying to depict an entire movie title word for word. Depending on your guests, this game will be an instant hit or a complete failure, so the key is to keep it simple and get involved yourself.
If you have a theme, then choosing what the guests act out is easy, but if there is no theme to follow think of things that everybody will know and relate to. Instead of having the ‘guessing child’ automatically win by taking the next turn, make sure everybody gets a turn at the front. Write out the ‘acts’ onto slips of paper, and have children draw one out of the hat.
Some great ‘acts’ for this age group are:
  • Licking an ice cream
  • Brushing my hair
  • Kicking a ball
  • Shooting a goal
  • Brushing my teeth
  • Driving a car
  • Riding a skateboard
  • Reading a book
  • Having a drink
If you really want to have prizes for this game, you could make up certificates for different categories such as funniest performance, most reluctant star, and of course – drama queen, or king, as the case may be.

Winding Down

The last half hour of a birthday party can be quite chaotic. Any game that is planned will be interrupted by parents coming to pick up their children. As you try and say hello to the parent and give their child a treat bag, other kids are running around looking for one more game. “Hide the Treat Bag” is a great way to calm the children down and give them something to do while they wait for their ride home.
Hide the Treat Bag
Have everyone sit on the floor. One child is selected to leave the room while another child hides a treat bag — in plain sight for younger children or completely hidden for older children. The child who has left the room is called back and starts to look for the bag. (Has to be hidden in the same room as the children are in or it would take all day.) All of the children participate by saying HOT when the child is near the bag or COLD when the child is moving away from the bag. This keeps everyone interested in participating…even those on sugar highs.
Ensure every child gets a turn at finding a treat bag and hiding a treat bag. When a parent arrives to collect their child, call their child next to leave the room and return to search for their lolly bag. It only takes a few minutes for each child and it’s a great way to end the party. It works really well for children between the ages of 5 and 10.
These games are tried and tested for 5 – 7 yr olds, but we have a whole host of other games onsite also. Most games can be adapted to suit any age group, so make sure you check out ‘Games for Pre-schoolers’ and ‘Games for 8 – 12 year olds’ as well. Our birthday theme articles also have some great games for children of all ages.
We hope you enjoy all of those helpful ideas. Remember that Ontario Bakery has you event covered with custom cakes and other great sweets!  Give us a call today!