Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Five Really Important 1st Birthday Party Planning Tips from Ontario Bakery

A First Birthday Is So Special - These Tips Will Make Sure the Day Is Also Delightful


Congratulations!  Your sweet little baby has grown up so much in such a short amount of time and is now embarking upon a major milestone:  the very first birthday celebration.  You spent months (maybe even years!) anticipating the arrival of this sweet little blessing, but you never could have anticipated the pure thrill of holding that precious baby in your arms for the very first time.

You had no idea how in love you would become each time he smiled at you, how her giggle would warm your heart, how proud you would feel the day he said his first word, or when she took that first step all by herself.

It's hard to imagine that all of these wonderful moments took place in one year.  This little person is now shifting from baby to toddler, and your heart's desire is to make this a celebration to be remembered in the years to come.  You want your child to look back at the pictures and know just how much they have been loved.

Where do you start in planning for this extra special occasion?  We've come up with a list of simple suggestions to help make your birthday party planning a little easier.

Keep It Simple What kind of day would make your child most happy?  After all, this is a celebration of her first year of life.  With good intentions of making the day extra special, overzealous parents sometimes forget that simple is best especially at the tender age of 1.  What can also put a damper on the day is that little ones can often be overwhelmed by situations and people that are not familiar to them, which can cause them to be more withdrawn or easily upset because they can’t understand all the hoopla going on around them! 
Create A Budget Please don’t cry!! We are only suggesting a budget so that you can determine which purchases will be most beneficial to your little one’s party.  Do you need a bounce house or will sharing his toys with the other children be sufficient?  Can you ask your cousin to help with the photographs or should you put more money into a professional photographer? Does your little guy really need the margarita machine at his party or should that be for a different kind of party?  Creating a budget helps you to focus on sticking to a particular theme, without going over the top.
Be Creative: Save Time, Money You are probably familiar with Pinterest and just how creative you can get with just about anything you can think of.  Start by pondering your child’s personality - what kind of party would best represent her?  Is there a particular theme or favorite story she likes to read? But maybe you are the kind of person who loves the creative side of parties, but you just don’t have the time to spend on all the DIY details.  Go online and do a little research on places in your area that can provide all the supplies you need in a one-stop-shop.  If you spend a certain amount, they will often give you free or discounted shipping and you can have it all delivered to your door.  
Check It Off  Write out to-do lists for all you need to accomplish, and keep it with you at all times.  Being disorganized costs you more time and money in the long run.  We’ve all been in this kind of scenario.  An hour before the party guests are expected to arrive at our house, we realize that we don’t have all the ingredients for the appetizers, and we forgot the party favors for the kids.  So what do we do?  We panic, of course!  We either start barking orders or frantically begging our closest relatives and friends to help us out, or even worse, we end up arriving late to our own party because we had to clean up the mess ourselves.  Lists are lifesavers - use them well!

Enjoy Every Moment  
Your little one lights up at the mere sight of you, because you are the center of his universe.  He doesn’t care if the food isn’t ready on time, or if Aunt Mary complains about your drink choices, or if you’re running late that day because something unexpected came up.  He has no idea that you’re even celebrating his life.  He is just happy to be in your arms, to have everyone smiling at him, singing to him, and watching him enjoy his first birthday cake chomp!  So relax - don’t take it so seriously that you miss out on the wonderment of this sweet little miracle.

At Ontario Bakery, we not only offer a variety of cakes and cupcakes that your sweet one-year-old will drool over, but we also invite you to take part in the creativity of the perfect dessert.  


Is there a particular book or television character your child loves? 

Is there a heartwarming story connected with his or her favorite stuffed animal?  

We want to create a delicious cake or cupcake that represents the uniqueness of your child’s life story in the first year.  We have many creative designs for you to choose from or you are welcome to tell us what you have in mind.  We know just how special this first birthday is, and how much planning is involved.  We invite you to contact us today so that you have one less detail to plan, and you can focus your attention on other important details.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Amazing Wedding Planning Websites That Every Bride Will Love!


Ontario Bakery Picks Top Wedding Planning Websites



Completely head-over-heels in love?  Check.  
Most wonderful fiancĂ©e in the world? Check.  
Loveliest engagement ring?  Check.  
The most inexpressible excitement ever known?! Absolutely!  

At Ontario Bakery, we know that planning a wedding can be both exhilarating and overwhelming, considering every detail you must cover in a given amount of time, such as:

  • Budgeting
  • Deciding if you should hire a wedding planner
  • Agreeing on a date
  • Finding the perfect location
  • Choosing your wedding colors
  • Finding the best deal on centerpieces
  • Which floral arrangements will fit your budget
  • Where to find the best deal for your invitations
  • Shopping for the perfect dress
  • Finding the best photographer
  • Choosing the perfect bridesmaid accessories
  • Tasting all the delicious wedding cake samples you never knew existed!

You have so many wonderful choices to make, but where do you begin?  At Ontario Bakery, we decided that our job is not limited to making exquisite cakes that go above and beyond in satisfying your palette.  Our job is also to help ease some of the stress that often accompanies wedding planning all around. So we put ourselves in your shoes and researched various wedding planning sites to see which ones would be most beneficial to you.  We narrowed our list down to 8, because we know your time is valuable.  

If you have found an amazing website that is not on this list, will you comment below and let us know why you love it?  We know you will be thrilled with the results we found!

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This site provides a wealth of information with the top 100 blogs for brides, from creating your perfect vintage wedding to finding unique wedding venues, to exploring unique  destination wedding spots, and even a special blog that specifically helps you coordinate your wedding colors from bouquets to party favors.  In addition to learning practical budget friendly tips, there’s even a blog on how to have an eco-friendly wedding.    The site is constantly monitoring and updating the latest and greatest information to keep this top 100 list current.   It will definitely take you into a whole new world!

2.  

Check out this site to explore and learn about everything wedding related - from DIY wedding ideas to finding the perfect dress, along with tips for hiring the best wedding coordinator, and how to make a realistic wedding budget.  There is also a host of information about destination weddings, wedding etiquette, party favors, beloved traditions, and reception decor.  You might also be interested in the wedding checklist and guest management tool to help ease your stress level.  There is also a great range of vendors and venues to consider, in addition to special articles such as how to deal with common wedding problems that may arise.  This site aims to take the stress out of every bride’s wedding planning.  


3.  

This unique site brags of having more than 200,000 vendors who have been reviewed by previous brides, so that you can find the perfect venue and vendors for your big day.  The site also provides photo galleries of destination weddings, wedding dresses, jewelry, favors, and invitations for you to peruse.  There is also a tab right at the top of the site called “My Wedding” with a list of planning tools to help you keep organized!  


4.  

This site is reminiscent of a Pinterest board with a plethora of wedding style ideas.  There are wonderful pictures of the latest wedding dress fashions, groom suits and tuxedos, bouquet arrangements, bridesmaid dresses, entertainment, decor, and the latest trends in wedding day hair and make-up.   One of the most unique features of this site is the Wedding Style Category section to help you decide which category best suits you, including Classic, Romantic, Modern, Vintage, Offbeat, Beach, Cultural and Religious, Outdoor, and Rustic examples.  The ideas are represented in picture pinboards, which bring them to life in a creative way.


5.  

Martha Stewart  and Beautiful Weddings - a perfect match indeed!  This site delivers great wedding planning resources for bridal showers, honeymoons, travel, destination weddings, etiquette, wedding traditions, and upcoming bridal shows in your area - wow!  In addition, you will get advice on wedding dress fashion trends, elegant table decor, bridesmaid bouquet arrangements,  and jewelry accessories.  Under the “Registry” tab,  you will find lovely and unique finds for your new home together.  Martha Stewart does it again - enjoy!


6.  

Brides.com delivers charming ideas for engagement rings, elegant dresses for brides, flowergirls, and moms of the bride!  It also provides great tips on wedding etiquette, beautiful decor ideas, and practical resources for finding local vendors.  The gift registry ideas are paired with dynamic pictures, and you’ll find daily top 10 articles on topics that are most important to you.   You can also experience a virtual makeover by uploading pictures of yourself, to see which dresses, hairstyles and make-up look best on you for your big day.   This site was created with you in mind - have fun exploring all the possibilities!


7.  

Limitless wedding ideas are presented with beautiful pictures, along with a list of vendors they wholeheartedly recommend.  Wedding Window is a great place to create your own wedding website, but even better - it’s a place to utilize every planning tool possible!  You can use free planning resources including a budget tracker, online RSVP, bridal checklist, vendor comparison, guest list, personal reminders, and so much more!  A great resource to help you stay organized without losing your mind.


8.  

This should actually be called the Wedding Network, because it contains countless, amazing “channels” for brides to flip through!  “Planning 101” is a section specially designed to help brides jump right into planning (right after you have given yourself some time to bask in the engagement afterglow, of course)!  There are unlimited resources including hundreds of pictures of real bride hairstyles, beautiful receptions, bouquet arrangements, ceremony decor, groomsmen tux and suit ideas, in addition to thousands of bridal dresses to look through.  Make sure you have a good amount of time, a yummy cup of coffee, and enjoy the ride while surfing the Wedding Channel!

We would LOVE to hear what you thought of our list!  Ontario Bakery is committed to helping brides have less stress and more fun in this planning process!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ontario Bakery Has Valentine's Day Cup Cakes - Pictures Here

Valentine Day Cup Cake Pictures to make you smile.

Run in soon.  Chocolate, vanilla, and Red Velvet.   Ontario Bakery's website.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Cakes at Ontario Bakery

These cakes taste as good as they look, and they look mouthwateringly tempting.  Come in early while there is still time to customize, or just buy one off the shelf. 

Heart Shaped LOVE cake from Ontario Bakery

To My Valentine Cake from Ontario Bakery