Monday, August 29, 2016

Why Choose a Neighborhood Bakery When Grocery Stores Can Make the Cake?

Why Choose a Neighborhood Bakery When Grocery Stores Can Make the Cake?No one can resist that smell of a warm freshly baked cake. No matter the occasion, it’s sure to bring back fond memories of celebrations throughout your life. And that’s why we are dedicated to creating the most beautiful and delicious cakes possible for the events in your life that matter most.

We at Ontario Bakery take pride in the quality we provide and today, we wanted to take a moment to share a little piece of our story with you. We are located in Southern California and are a neighborhood style, family run bakery that started out of a desire 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.  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. Your guests just might think grandma made it!

Sure, you could go to the grocery store, but you'll be missing out on that family to family, 'just like grandma's cooking' benefit. You'll miss out on the smiles, the warm smells and the personalized experience. You'll miss out on the promise of treating you like a person that matters and a vision we're dedicated to creating.

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!   

Whether birthday, wedding, shower or graduation....  You name the event and we’ll provide the sweet side!  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!  Come say hello and meet our cake stylists at Ontario Bakery and see what we can do for you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Put An End to Bridal Burnout With These Sanity Saving Tips.

Put An End to Bridal Burnout With These Sanity Saving Tips.Most brides tend to take on way too much of the responsibility because they’re afraid of things going wrong. But then all that extra work makes them burnt out- and they become the frazzled, stressed out bride we all love, but are afraid of.  

The most important things you can do is know how to spot the burnout coming on. I would say prevent it - and you can, but who’s going to tell her that? As for preventative, the best way to do that is to make sure you have a solid and dependable team. Make sure everyone has a couple jobs they won’t abandon or be lazy about.  Also have an emergency team. These are the people your bridal party is going to call in case of emergency - that isn’t  the bride. Do that and you’ve got step one down.

Now for the burnout. 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 fianc├ęs, 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • She’s extra stressed and hiding her tears. 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!).
This is a time for prevention and delegation. Let her be in charge, but make sure the real responsibilities are distributed to the trustworthy members of your party.

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 9, 2016

Your Engagement Party: Planning It So It Happens the Way You Want It

Your Engagement Party: Planning It So It Happens the Way You Want ItYour engagement party should feel like the celebration it’s meant to be. So don’t make the planning mistakes so many make that add stress and complications to what should be easy and beautiful.  Let us, at Ontario Bakery, help you have a fun and memorable, stress free engagement party!
First, don’t over-do it.
Keep it simple. You don’t need to book a major venue. If you want to go out, go to a restaurant where you can book a back room or private area. Even simpler, have it at a friend’s home and simply have it catered so you can have the best of both worlds.
Have a photographer or simply a photo booth.

Capture all the fun of the party for everyone. Capture the kisses and the general romance in the air. Then have someone create an album to be gifted at the wedding! For even more fun, take photos throughout the wedding planning process and present an album documenting the whole thing! And having the booth let’s people take home the fun!

Share and tell.

Have your guests share their favorite romantic experiences, how they met their partner or about the proposal. Everyone will have a fun time swapping mushy and funny stories around.

Have delicious food!

It’s so important to celebrate with fine food, drink and delights as they mirror the occasion! If you’re not having it catered, ask everyone to bring an ethnic side dish or choose the couple’s favorite ingredients and ask everyone to get creative with them! It’s a lot better than too much salad or chips and salsa!

Ontario bakery want you to have the best celebration possible without the stress. We’d be honored to provide you with a custom cake or other sweets of your choosing, to finish the night well! And remember to come to us first for your custom wedding cake needs when the time comes!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Simple Wedding Cake Planning Tips for Every Bride

Simple Wedding Cake Planning Tips for Every BrideYou’re planning a wedding and don’t have the time for extra stress. You need a process that’s dependable and simple so you can focus your attention on the love you’re about to celebrate! Don’t waste your precious time calling, double checking and reminding the people you’ve hired about all the details that are so important to you. From your dress to the reception hall and cake, keep it as simple as possible. At Ontario Bakery, we’ve learned the good, bad and the ugly of wedding planning, so take it from us!

  • Go with a tried and true suggestion from a family or friend. (Call and interview first though!)
  • The best way to keep it simple is to meet with a cake stylist to make sure everything is as you want it. Not all bakeries have one on staff, so be sure to call ahead of time to make sure they have one.
  • 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.
  • Ask if you are able taste samples of cakes and icings. You need to decide on the cake flavor, icing in between layers, and outer icing. Trust me, this is so helpful so you aren’t shocked by the flavors and their combinations when it’s too late!
  • Bring pictures that inspire you or even create a Pinterest board to share with your cake stylist.  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.
  • 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.
    You deserve to spend your time celebrating and enjoying the process. So keep it simple and let us help you with the crazy details.  Visit us at Ontario Bakery in California. We deliver just what you’re looking for and with all the ease you need!

Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Plan a Beautiful Wedding on a Tight Budget

How to Plan a Beautiful Wedding on a Tight BudgetJust because it’s normal to see luxury weddings all over social media, doesn’t mean that you have to follow suit. You can have the wedding of your dreams without going into debt or selling everything. You can have a luxuriously beautiful wedding on a tight budget and we want to tell you how.

Decorate with subtleties
Seat covers can be expensive to rent and a lot of work to make. Instead of using seat covers, get some beautiful wide ribbon to tie on the backs of the chairs to add some elegance and spruce things up. Ribbon is a cheap alternative compared to fancy seat covers. Enlist the help of friends to get the ribbons cut and tied for the big day.

Cover common seats
You can get yards of your favorite fabrics at a craft store and use it for everything from covering tables to draping from the ceiling (i.e. sheer fabrics work well for this and create a romantic atmosphere). Get creative with material to create a soft, intimate atmosphere.

Light it up:
Many people use white Christmas lights all year round on their back porches as a simple and elegant decoration. And these lights can make a beautiful addition to any wedding reception venue! They can be hung from the ceiling, around tables, around the cake, or in potted plants. If you don’t want to use Christmas lights, consider lanterns instead.

Add Life
A nice addition to the entrance of your reception would be a water fountain. It could even be a small one that you have in your home that sits on a table. The sound of a water fountain is so refreshing, and it would be nice for your guests to listen to as they can finally relax at the reception. Other ways to add life would be to add indoor plants. They can be reused later in the newlywed’s home!

Fire light
There’s nothing more romantic than a dim room lit only by the glow of hundreds of candles. And luckily, candles are inexpensive.

Your guests will love to look at your engagement photographs, and your reception is the perfect place to display them. In fact, your reception may be the only place that some of your guests will ever get to see your engagement photos. And while you’re at it, bring some of your favorite pictures of you and your spouse-to-be to show at the reception. You can hang twine along the reception walls and clothes pin black and white photos along the twine!

Ontario bakery wants the best for your celebration. We hope you have enjoyed these suggestions and that you'll come to us first  for your custom wedding cake needs!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Use These Tips to Plan a Birthday Party for Your Preschooler With all the Fun and Far Less Stress

Use These Tips to Plan a Birthday Party for Your Preschooler With all the Fun and Far Less Stress
Young minds deserve to have as much fun as the big kids but sometimes ideas for what to do escape us! And as the planner of the festivities, you don’t need more to figure out! So we’re going to make it simple for you.
  1. Keep it short. One thing adults forget is that young kids get overstimulated really easily. So make the party fun, but then end it while they can still handle it. We’d say keep it to no more than two or three hours.
  2. Keep it delicious. Have a few different snacks; some healthy, some sweet and some protein. Options can include cheese sticks, crackers, carrot sticks, watermelon, apple slices, chicken fingers, chips and bean dip and then of course, the cake. This keeps allergens to a minimum and lets picky kids graze without having to bad of a dip in blood sugar.
  3. Keep it fun (but simple). Below are a list of games and activities. Our suggestion? Choose one or two - tops - because more than that requires unnecessary organization and cleanup for kids that will be hard to organize and keep focused anyway.

Body painting fun: Put out a tarp on the grass and let each child have a poster board laid out to get creative with. Have a plate with paints and encourage them to dip their feet, toes, hands and fingers in the paint and create that way. It’s multi-sensory path to self expression that they’ll love!

Water play: Have a couple mini wading pools with buckets and sponges to squeeze and pour from. This is also a great follow up activity for those who’ve just painted and are ready to rinse off!

Pin the tail on donkey: Who doesn't remember and love this classic party game; fun indoors and out and can be adapted for any party theme (age 4+). You can buy prepared kits for this game or make your own. All you need is a picture of a tailless animal along with enough tails (ribbons, strings, etc...) for each child, a blindfold and some push-pins to attach the tails. Each child takes it in turns to pin the tail as close to the point where the tail should be, whilst blindfolded.

Doughnut Game: Here's a messy idea! This game will challenge the children as they try to eat a suspended doughnut without using their hands or licking their lips! You can hang a doughnut for each child by creating washing line out of string. The child who uses their hands or licks their lips is out of the game. This game also works well with apples.

Tray Memory Game: This game provides a quieter game for wild crowds and will also get the party guests to think! All you need is a tray filled with weird and wonderful objects you find around your house along with some pen and paper for each child. Once the children are sitting around a table ready with pen and paper, place the tray with objects in the centre of the table and give them 1 minute to try and memorize what’s on the tray. Once the time is up, remove the tray and each child has to write down as many objects as they can remember from the tray. The child who remembers the most number of correct objects is the winner.

Sleeping Lions: After lots of activity and deep thinking this game is great to bring things back down; and will make parents happy to pick up their kids! Choose a large open room like a living room or even a backyard, and get all the children to lie down and pretend to be sleepy lions. If you are doing a particular theme you can get them to pretend to be fairies, pirates, dinosaurs or whatever fits your theme instead. Explain that whoever moves after the game begins will be out. During this time you can walk around the room, talking to them and trying to make them laugh. Each child who is out can help you try and make the others laugh. The last person left sleeping is the winner.

Planning a fabulous birthday party for little ones doesn't have to be so stressful! Use these tips and your birthday party is sure to be a hit!  As an added bonus, our family bakers at Ontario Bakery are ready and excited to provide you with a custom cake specially made for your exciting day! Call us today and let us know what you'd like!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Simple Tips to Keeping Cool at a Hot Summer Wedding!

Simple Tips to Keeping Cool at a Hot Summer Wedding!  Summer weddings are the hottest plan on people’s lists at this time of the year. Unfortunately, the biggest drawback is the fact that it’s the hottest time of the year. But don’t throw out the beauty of such a delightful celebration. Just listen to these easy tips and have all the fun you want. We at Ontario Bakery know weddings (and hot weddings) like the back of our hands. So from us to you: 
Here are some simple tips to keeping cool at a hot summer wedding!  
Make Your Own Shade: The sun will be blazing and no bride or guests wants to be dripping with sweat or melting their pretty selves aways. So you’ve got to have a backup plan for strong sun and even possible rain. Make sure you have tents and fabric overhangs that will provide both sun and water and heavy wind protection. Your guests will be so thankful and you'll be very glad you did!
Refreshing Snacks: Alcohol tends to be a beverage of choice at most weddings, but for the summer wedding, we hope you will reconsider. You want to make sure that your guests stay hydrated. Alcohol is very dehydrating, so the effect is even greater than normal. You definitely don't want a guest needing medical attention after just trying to have a good time! An easy way to keep things cool is to have refreshments on hand like water, tea and lemonade. You can get creative with refreshment displays by assembling specialty jars and jugs in a set space. For ceremonies out in the sun, your guests need to have water readily available.  You can even customize your drink station further, by creating personalized labels on water bottles. In the intense heat, refreshments will keep you and your guest cool until the sun goes down.
Handheld Fans: Personalized fans are one of the best little gifts you can provide your guests. They serve a much needed purpose and can even be an added piece of decor. They provide a nice breeze for those ceremonies outdoors or dinners under the elements. One of the nice aspects to a personalized fan is that you can customize it for your wedding day. You can print your names and wedding date on the fan. It can then serve as a good memento for guests to take home and remember your wedding. You can hand out personalized fans as guests arrive or have them at their place settings and chairs depending on where you think your guests will need them.
Don’t let the heat ruin your big day. Learn your tips from the ones who know best.  We are a custom bakery based in Ontario California, so we know heat, and have also learned the best ways to survive it. We hope you've enjoyed these tips and will contact us for any wedding cake or other custom baked needs!