Thursday, April 17, 2014

Unique Spring Ideas for Your Birthday Party and Baby Showers!

Springtime is the time when new growth is everywhere. With flowers blooming, lush grass and trees in vibrant greens inspire your desire to celebrate!! Whether you're preparing for Easter, throwing a baby shower or a festive birthday gathering, please allow us to make a few suggestions to make it the best spring party you've ever been to; or thrown for that matter!  



spring is in the air and it's time for your kids birthday party and baby shower celebration filled with unique decorations and delicious treats from ontario bakery


First of all, here are a few accents and items that deserve some special attention if you have the means to purchase or borrow them!

  • Bubble machine:  How fun!!  Kids love chasing and popping their magical entertainment!
  • Barbecue:  Usually associated with summer, but spring announces the coming of summer, right?  
  • Baby Animals:  Know anyone who's pet just had babies?  Spring is a time for renewal and a great time to welcome new life!
  • Fresh flowers:  Get the most fragrant ones you can!  Your guests will swoon!
  • Picnic baskets:  Pack them like treasure chests and have prizes for games inside them!
  • Wildflower, Herb and vegetable seeds: Sow and reap!  Have fresh veggies and herbs to smell and much with their seeds available in bowls or little envelopes as a reminder to guests of all ages to be thankful for life and it's cycles! (great 'party favor') 


Have you sent out invitations?  

  • On a natural piece of paper, spritz some lavender on to the paper and envelope or even some gardenia and get their senses awakened to the arrival of the season
  • Fold a piece of green card stock in half and decorate the front as an outdoor scene. Cut a strip of blue construction paper to glue to the top of the card for the sky, and then add butterflies, birds, flowers, trees, grass, and other things representative of spring to the scene. Write your party details inside.

Now it's time to set the mood. 
  • Hang streamers, ribbons or even strips of fabric from tree branches in the yard. They will float in the breeze and add to the party ambiance.
  • Fill small pots with green pebbles, rocks or candies and place a round lollipop or cake pop in the center of each pot to resemble a flower.
  • String huge tissue paper flowers and tie them in a chain along the tables or even tie some finished flowers to the backs of chairs.
  • Use watering cans to hold arrangements of fresh or paper flowers.
  • Balloons are always a must! Group helium balloons together and anchor them securely  to chairs or weighted watering cans
  • Lastly - use vibrant or pastel colors that bring out the floral feel and smell of the air whether it with ribbon, streamers, flower pots, paper flowers, icing, sweets and balloons!


Obviously, what would a good spring party be without cake, cake pops, cookies and your other favorite treats?  At Ontario Bakery in California, we love making your party the most delicious event of the year!  Call us or stop by and tell us how we can serve you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simple Fun Activities for a Five Year Old Birthday Party!

Have you noticed that five year olds, a more grown up version of their previous toddler state, enjoy free-play but also still expect (and love) a good party with structure! They actually want to join in on organized games and activities with their friends, and if left to their own devices, can quickly become restless. 


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Does that surprise you?  5's are eager for games and activities and we are here to give you some suggestions! 







With five-year-olds, your party will flow more smoothly if you have a small storehouse games prepared. That may sound daunting, but the children may run through them more quickly than you expect, loose attention, or just be uninterested, so it's good to have some backups.  

It will pay off to be organized because at this age, your children constantly looking to adults for instruction when they're in big groups. Groups are overwhelming to them and structure gives them peace of mind. 

It's never fun to have that lull between games and be faced with a bunch of screaming children asking, "What should we do?" or even worse, "This party is boring!"


Kids at this age can also be slow to warm up to a new situation. They may want to keep to themselves if they are feeling especially shy. So be patient and know that they will come around when they are ready.  Let them feel comfortable in their process. 

As guests begin to trickle in, you can get started with a few quiet and calm activities that keep everyone busy doing the same thing, but that won't require them to co-operate. Hands-on ideas, like making things with play dough might be a good choice. 

Once everyone has arrived, you could gather the children together for a beautiful birthday themed story. Afterwards, create an opportunity for interactive games that are non-competitive.  Kids, at this point, are not usually ready for competition. 


Traditional games always go down well, but feel free to give them your own twist. Rename them to meet your birthday theme. Pin the pony-tail on the princess, musical beach towels instead of musical chairs, and so on.

Try a younger version of spin the bottle. Spin an empty plastic bottle, and whoever it points to must do a simple trick or perform a talent. It could be standing on one leg for 10 seconds, hopping around the ring, or singing their favorite song!

Have small prizes available for everyone.  You don't have to be extravagant here - it can be a few chocolates bites here and there.   If you really want to keep costs down, award "Winner!" stickers.




Just keep it fun and low stress! Remember that when you gather kids this age together, it's a lot like kindergarten and should have a similar flow and comfort to it.

We are dedicated to making the best of your party with our sweets, treats and delightful celebration cakes!  Call us today, at Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can bring more beauty to your party!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Heard Every Easter Idea Already?... Here Are Some NEW and Creative Traditions to Enjoy!

Spring not only brings back the sunshine but also the celebration of Easter, which for some is fun but for others is an extraordinary opportunity to throw themselves into color, sweets and celebration!
For us, Easter has always been a loved holiday and we thing it's time to really get planning!


Once people become adults with children of their own, they are able to look back at what made their childhood Easters so special. Usually, we find that it isn't the candy and baskets of bunnies and small toys they got each year, rather, it was the traditions that people looked forward to and enjoyed most.

So why not adopt your own colorful and sweet traditions with your family?

There are so many traditions involved with Easter that you can do with your family each year to make it extra special. We've done some research and would like to share some cute and fun new traditions that go far beyond the predictable coloring of  hard boiled eggs and binging on chocolate bunnies!

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Let them eat cake
 
- A classic with my family and many others, our cake and cupcake ideas are a fun and tasty tradition. There are many different styles of bunnies and egg themes that you use to create the right feel for your family and celebration.  Here's one we did recently that was enjoyed by all! 
Confetti! - This idea is based on a Mexican Easter tradition that is so much fun to do!! All you have to do is fill hollow, (cleaned), and colored egg shells with confetti and later, perhaps after finding them in your hunt,  you throw them at other people on Easter Day. It's definitely not the cleanest of traditions, but surely worth the mess. 


Bury "Magic" Beans - If your kids are imaginative and young enough, they'll totally love planting their very own "magic" beans beans! Grab some jelly beans and go outside the day before Easter and plant the beans in your yard or garden with the kids. In the morning, come back to see just what kind of magic has grown overnight!  It could be lollipops, chocolates or even money! Options are many and they'll just have to wait and see what comes up.


Hot Cross Buns - A symbol of Good Friday, Lent, and Easter, hot cross buns are decorated with a cross on top and date back to the 1700's. They have a rich history behind them and even carry some superstitions. This is a great option for families that would like to continue the holy traditions of the holiday. They're great for a lesson and a delicious treat. This is also a good activity to do in the days leading up to Easter. 


Let Them Eat Cake...Again! - It was too good!!  We had to mention it again!  And, we saved the best for last because these are incredibly fun, colorful and delicious!  Easter egg cake POPS!  Have you had a cake pop yet?  What could be yummier than a bite size cake, individually frosted with colorful delights?  So imagine an Easter egg on a stick, it's sweet, you can put the whole thing in your mouth and it may even be chocolate on the inside!  What's not to love?   


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*We are excited to make this a grand Easter for you this year.  So please, stop by Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can make this the sweetest holiday so far!*



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Have You Ever Seen A Cake Like THIS? Shockingly COOL Cakes!

There are some cakes out there that we've all seen dozens of times.  But the world is full of unique people, celebrating in unique ways.  So shouldn't our cakes be allowed to have their individuality too?  Nothing against the norm at all - a simple white cake has it's place!  But today, we'd like to look at some alternatives.

kids birthday cake, kids birthday party, movie theme, disney, alladin, california bakery, california party cakesWhen someone says, CAKE, we typically think of round, square, floral, messages and sprinkles. But what else is possible with your cake?


3-D!
What's not to love about images, plants and even limbs, not just added to the cake but an edible part of it?  No longer bound by the need to plastic eyes to be attached.  We are excited to give you more cake for the tasting and more art for the enjoying!  From petals and leaves to faces and fixtures - 3-D options are only limited by your imagination.


Bright Colors!
Not JUST bright colors...  but add texture, layers and sheen!  Have a cake that LOOKS like a pillow, blanket or even an edible ring topper!  Our vibrant icing and decorative colors make for elegant and show stopping colors that entice the eye and tantalize the taste buds!


What's Your Fancy?
Can't think of something special?  That's ok.  It's time to brainstorm and think of what makes you YOU.  Are you an artist?  A singer or avid book reader?  What's your favorite novel or series? Take a topic or symbol from your art, music or favorite story and run with it!  What would the character like to have?  Who is your favorite painter or sculptor? There are many possibilities here, see what's best for you!


Fillings and Spillings...
As seen in the zombie cake, things like strawberry fillings aren't limited to just between the layers!  Create rivers, dew drops, waterfalls, (blood), wine and so much more.  You can really play here with the colors and flavors, so let it be good!


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Movie Themes. 
Aside from the semi obvious, like movie star faces and film reels, you can do a lot to emulate your favorite film or era.  What about a walk of fame star?  You could have 'the ring of power' hiding on the cake somewhere with a sneaky Gollum ready to pounce!  Go more refined with an Audrey Hepburn classiness and choose Tiffany blue! Kids aren't the only ones who should get to feel like a star at their parties!  Whether it's Gatsby, Madmen or Twilight... jump in!  You'll have so much fun!

At Ontario Bakery we love personalizing your celebrations and parties!  Whether birthday, wedding, graduation or shower, we are here to make your day a little sweeter! Call us today and order your one of a kind delight!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Throw a Fabulous Kid's Party Without Breaking the Bank!

kids can sit happily in the sunshine of the park for a birthday party full of home made and low cost goods to celebrate their day!
Make your kid's party a smashing success without smashing your savings!  If you're anything like most families, your jaw probably drops when you see the effort and expenses involved when 'the Jones'" throw a birthday party.  But if you're looking for a few ways to simplify - then look no further.  The tips I want to share with you will help you plan a more meaningful, super fun and enjoyable birthday party for your child without breaking the bank. 

I also want you to know that if you are frustrated with the expectations being placed on parents to throw an unbeatable 'pin-possible' day for your child, you're not alone. 

SO.  In light of the dip in economy and the increased awareness of our need to take better care of the world we live in, you'll find yourself one of many who are irritated with all the wasted energy and funds we pour into wasted products and needless investments. Let's not forget, that deep need to out-do ourselves each year.  (After all, if you hire a princess and limousines for your 4 year old, how on earth will you top yourself when she turns 9? ) Instead of making yourselves crazy getting the perfect decor and out-baking your neighbor, maybe the kids would rather everyone just slow down and spend more quality time with them as their birthdays approach.


  • First of all, cut your guest list. Some families follow this rule: a child can invite one friend for however many years old the birthday kid is turning (five guests for a fifth birthday, for example). Less fighting, less mess, less money. 
  • Bake your own cake or order a simple one from us at  Ontario Bakery.  We love to help!
  • Party at the park.  Parks come complete with their own trash containers and entertainment features. What's not to love?
  • Make it a potluck.  This way, each family can cater to their own picky eaters and food sensitivities and you won't have to over buy for wasted food.
  • Give party favors but choose ones that are gong to last longer than the cheap trinkets from the dollar store, such as seeds to plant in the garden or a cookie cutter that's related to the party theme
  • Let your children make the party decorations instead of crafting them yourself or spending a lot on decorations they won't even notice.  When they make them themselves, they not only notice them but take pride in their creation that will leave a more lasting memory.

We hope that you're party will be one to remember - and not because you spent your savings creating it.  If we can be of service to you, come in to Ontario Bakery and let us top off your celebration with our sweetest delights!




by:  navae fiona

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fresh Spring Wedding Ideas from Ontario Bakery

ontario bakery would love to help you have a wonderful spring wedding full of fresh scent, color and romance.  Kiss in lavender fields and say your vows in the new spring air!
Spring weddings are lovely to plan as there are so many beautiful fragrances and colors to make your day as beautiful as possible.  But which flowers to choose?  You already need to think about your dress, the photographer, location, cake and who (not) to invite!  


Flowers can sometimes can be a daunting and overwhelming task.  Not to mention that you want to be sure to integrate their colors and feel into your accent colors and cake.  

But what kind of wedding are you planning?  Hoping to have a traditional dark wedding with black, white and red?  You may naturally think of roses.  If you are thinking of white, charcoal and plumb, you may think of lilacs.   

What I'd like to do is share some fresh spring wedding ideas with you that will be sure to make your celebration one to enjoy and remember. 


Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms are quickly becoming a popular flower for wedding themes - not only because of their beauty in bridal bouquets, but because of their symbolism of innocence, spring and simplicity and the beautiful color schemes that can be created around the blooms. Since cherry blossoms are naturally delicate, I would suggest you keep your wedding details simple and fresh. For your guest table centerpieces, you can use tall white vases with only a couple of cherry blossom branches inside. 


Lavender Sprigs 

Lavender is both a romantic scent and color: that's what makes it the perfect starting point for a such a gently themed wedding. If you love the rich, intoxicating smell of this plant and its soft, sweet shade, infuse your wedding with lavender added to your bouquet, centerpieces and even line them along the ends of each aisle.  You, your guests and wedding party will feel relaxed and invigorated at both the sight and smell. 


Lily 

It's clean line and elegant petal form makes a perfect addition to your castle party. Already a symbol of Spring and renewal, this white flower is a perfect picture of vows and commitment.  A complete lily bouquet can be a lovely bridal addition but may be better suited as a main centerpiece. At any rate, these flowers are a fabulous go to! 


Jasmine

Jasmine flowers have the power to lure you in from such a distance that it's difficult to notice any smell. They are a fresh scent that makes you feel light and ready to spring into romance; not to mention summer! The Jasmine is perfect for those cliff top and beach side weddings!  Place them into your hair, or as a boutonniere.   Any way is a good way for these little gems!



Gardenia 

The gardenia is a classic smell belonging to tropical climates.  Beautiful and timeless, take advantage of these lovely white beauties by adding them to your accents or simply by placing them delicately tied with ribbon and placed along the tables for all to enjoy!  



Whatever flowers you choose,  they will surely  accent  the beauty of your loving celebration.  If we can be of any service to you by providing delectable delights, we take pride in our incredible wedding cakes!   





by:  Navae Fiona




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ontario Bakery: California's Go-To Shop for Parties and Special Occasions!

At Ontario Bakery we love what we do.  We love knowing that our cakes and treats will be a highlight of your celebration! Sitting here, smiling about how lucky we are to do this for you, caused me to ponder an interesting bit of history.   



I'm sure you've heard of the "Baker's Dozen".   But do you know where the story
originates?


I have to admit, there are a few theories. But one basic theory is the most consistent. Several hundred years ago, local bakers had to comply with very strict laws because it was so easy for them to cheat their buyers by shorting them on bread. These laws even extend back to ancient Egypt where someone could even have their ear cut off and nailed to the door if they were caught cheating. Bread was especially important because it was often the only thing affordable and available food for the poor to eat, and in times of famine, bakers were likely to cheat.
So to avoid the harsh punishment of being caught or even accused of being a cheat, bakers began to add an extra piece of bread, which ensured that what was included was above and beyond what was purchased and they were being more than honest. So when people came in and asked for a dozen loaves, they would just include 13, which eventually came to be known as a baker’s dozen!
It reminded me of how we do business.  Now, while it's true that we needn't be concerned about harsh accusations,  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. 
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!









by:  Navae Fiona