Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time to Plan Your Birthday Party! Creative Ways to Celebrate Turning 25

Time to Plan Your Birthday Party! Creative Ways to Celebrate Turning 25Celebrating your 25th birthday should be a fun experience and we are here to give you some great ways to make it the best party yet! 


Start with a theme.

Go with a decade you love, filled with your favorite movies and music. Dress for the era and get your friends to go along with it.  Stay in and dance or go out and strut your evening look! But remember to take pictures!

Remember when.

It's time to revisit the best of old times with your friends and family together. Tell stories about your first kiss, crush or even your first big trip! If you're really feeling daring, talk about that first time you got in trouble and really learned from in. Who knows, the memories that hurt you once would bring a smile on your face today.

Bucket list.

Make a list of 25 things you want to do in the next year. From simple things like calling an old friend to major goals and wishes!  This is your special list on your special birthday. These are al 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. Your list should be conquered in a year; making way for newer and better wishes.

Something new.

Knowledge is gained through indulging in something new. Find out that one thing that you have been pining to learn for a long time. Enroll in a class or finally take the test to get certified in your passion.  Many people have long since been dying to learn dancing. But, for some reason they could not indulge into dancing ever. This is your big year. There’s no better time than your 25th birthday to get started with your new range of hobbies. 
Gift yourself.
Who's better at shopping for you than... you? This year, on your 25th birthday, gift yourself something exquisite. It could be something small like a bracelet or something bigger like a new tablet or computer! It's not about the gift, it's about the self love.  So, this birthday buy yourself a gift and, feel the magic love flowing inward.

Time to indulge

Who doesn't enjoy a nice, relaxing bath or a long massage? Days can be long and work demanding; it's time to let it all go and relax with some time for you. Do it alone or with some friends, just make sure you do it! 
I hope you enjoyed our sweet ideas for a 25th 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 25th birthday a delicious event!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Spice Up Your Fall Wedding Decor with These Colorful Ideas!


Everyone loves an Autumn wedding.  But not everyone knows how to prepare for one.  In our minds, weddings have an association with pastels and gentle spring and summer hues that just don't flow with the changing leaves of fall.  This is why we put together an inspiring little list of ideas for your last minute fall wedding preparations!  Sit back and enjoy, while we paint a beautiful picture in your mind!

Where to Wed:  Of course, you can easily host your event at any standard wedding location. But if you want to add a more picturesque flair  for your fall wedding, you may want to look at older inns, 18th century churches or meeting houses, mills and even barns. You might also look at an apple orchard, a vineyard, or any place that will have a view of fall foliage. If you live in a climate where the leaves don’t change, look for a venue with lots of rich dark wood and warmth such as a gentlemen's club or university club. A fireplace in the reception area would add an extra special touch. These are great places to consider because of their warm colors and rustic feel that embodies the colors and feel of autumn. 

Autumn Florals: Generally you can find mums, roses, daisies, yarrow, fall leaves, tallow berries and both natural and dried wheat for inexpensive prices during the fall. A spray of wheat or a single mum accented with a pheasant feather makes an elegant boutonnière. Consider hollowing out pumpkins for your centerpiece containers; another equally festive, yet less time-consuming option: scatter miniature or ghost pumpkins and tea light candles or lanterns across the tables. 

Decor and Color:  Remember that the colors of fall are those rich, warm colors. Sometimes a bright white is overwhelming the autumn palate.  So, cream and off-white dresses with gold beading and accents are wonderful options for an autumn bride. Your bridesmaids will look lovely in jewel tone dresses; while groomsmen would look classy and dapper in brown or dark gray suits. Remember that weather in the fall can be tricky – in many areas of the Country, it will be hard to know long in advance whether your wedding day will be warm or chilly. Be sure to purchase accessories for warmth to be prepared for the possibility of chilly weather.

The Wedding CakeAny wedding cake is fitting for a fall wedding, but you can add to your autumn theme by using more autumn inspired flavors like, spiced, pumpkin, apple, or chocolate. Traditional cake flavors topped with fall fruit would also be a delicious idea. As an addition or alternative, you could create an interactive dessert station, serving a mix of different pies instead of a traditional cake. 

At Ontario Bakery, we are dedicated to making your special day as unique as your love. Let us know how we can further help to customize your day! 



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Don't Forget the Groom and His Groomsmen! Wedding Gifts Ideas for Manly Side

Don't Forget the Groom and His Groomsmen! Wedding Gifts Ideas for Manly SideWhen it's time to plan your wedding, the bride gets a lot of the attention. Let's make sure we don't forget the

precious groom! He's had to take care of a lot of the wedding costs as well, while keep his blushing bride full of smiles! Here are some gift ideas for you to show him he too is special and loved! 

    Don't Forget the Groom and His Groomsmen! Wedding Gifts Ideas for Manly Side
  • Groom: Look for something you wish you had, but could never really imagine buying for yourself. For example, when was the last time you purchased a velvet smoking jacket or a hand-carved pipe? Go for something luxurious, but hold back a little: If you buy something too outrageous, your groomsmen may never use it, or may feel awkward receiving it.  
  • Groomsmen: Buy the manly things -- it's as easy as that. Think of a man's wish list and then dive in fully! A silver or leather flask is one of the all-time greatest groomsman gifts: classic, yet occasionally practical, with an unabashed male-bonding quality that's hard to beat for it's price.
  • Groom: Make sure it's got nothing to do with the bride. Nothing with the bride's face or signature. Remember, this is the end of being a bachelor.  That's not a bad thing at all, but the gift should signify the keeping of his identity and manhood; despite traditional jokes of ball and chain imagery.  
  • Groomsmen: Avoid gifts that are too flamboyant, ridiculously cheap, or ....alive -- but this doesn't mean you have to choose something boring. If you're absolutely positive your college roommate really wants a "My Buddy Got Married and All I Got Was This Stupid T-Shirt" rag, by all means buy it. ... but it's not likely.
  • Groom: Monograms. A well-placed set of initials can spice up even the most ordinary wallet, cigar case, or cuff link.
  • Groomsmen: Remember that your gift needn't be something you can hold. If you've got a groomsman whose idea of fun involves training for that next triathlon, perhaps a mini membership to a gym or a few hours with a personal trainer would suit him. And, of course, a ticket to a sporting event is usually a hit.

Remember, you don't have to break the bank to show your gratitude. If your best man has been with you since your frat house days, thendinner for two at an old hangout followed by a single malt scotch is an excellent gesture before the wedding day. Once again, the more personalized the effort, the more meaningful the message. 
We hope your day is beautiful and memorable; from rings to cake. And that's where we come in! Contact Ontario Bakery for all your custom wedding cake needs in the Southern California area!

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!