Thursday, September 25, 2014

Important Things To Remember When Planning A Birthday for a Tween

Important Things To Remember When Planning A Birthday for a TweenTweens are a category of people all in their own and it's so good that they finally have a recognition of this stage in life. It is a time to be celebrated, but carefully so.  This age comes with budding hormones and needs to go with them.  When a tween has a birthday, it's important to be considerate of the individual you are honoring.  We want your tween to have a special day and would like to share these ideas with you for a great party!

1. Three parties. Not one. Not two. But three.  Really.  One with your family. One with their older 'more grown up' friends. One with their friends from the younger crowd. With 3 parties - be prepared for three cakes (lemon, chocolate, and another lemon) and five flavors of ice cream. For each party.  Why? Because this individual is feeling both old and young.  He/she needs to feel safe in that and able to be given balance for the confusion that can come with it.  

2. Either get them a pet or commit to caring for a neighbor's or family member's, if you can't do that. Pre-teens love knowing that they have something/one to nurture and with this idea also comes responsibility.  If you decide it's best to donate your time and love, encourage the child to feed, walk and play with the nearby animal on a scheduled basis!

3.  Give back to the environment. Ask your child how they would like to help take care of the earth. Learn to recycle, clean up the park once a month, or gather a group to volunteer to clean up around the school.

4. Encourage their personal style.  Sure, they may not always get the colors and textures right, but giving them the freedom of self expression will increase their confidence and self esteem. Let them experiment with their hair - hair is important in self expression and it's a temporary way to enjoy their freedom.

5.  Tweens get more frustrated and angrier when things don’t go right.  It's called asserting yourself and growing up. It's understandable and natural, as they are right between child and teen. Give them space to have their own opinion and voice.  It will prove it's return later on.  Be patient.

So as that day approaches, try not to fear it, rather embrace it for all it has to offer.  Plan and prepare for the parties.  Ask your child what *they* want and don't be surprised if it's filled with contradiction.  In fact, that's the best time to filter each request and place it into the most suitable party.  Expect high imaginative moments and extreme emotions as they subconsciously deal with this milestone. They won't fully understand what they are going through, so be supportive and be excited. Grab the baby photos and reminisce about their baby years.  Remember that first lost tooth.  Find time to be thankful for the current blessings and relationships.  Ask what their goals and aspirations for the future are.  Maybe even set a plan in motion now that activates their dreams and talents.  

Of course, we'd love to hear from you as you plan for that exciting time!  Stop by Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can make your celebration as memorable as possible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

10 Great Birthday Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers!

10 Great Birthday Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers!All kids want to have fun at a birthday party and toddlers and preschoolers definitely want to have their share! Just because they're small, doesn't mean they can't live up the experience! Below, we're going to pass on some great birthday games for toddlers and preschoolers that we discovered that we think your birthday kid will have a blast with too!
1.  Pass the Ball – A toddler-friendly version of pass the parcel.  Littler kids are notorious for either holding on to or ripping open any parcel that is placed in front of them.  An alternative for the younger kids is to pass a plastic ball around.  Whoever has the ball when the music stops gets to leave the circle and pick a prize out of a bag.  As the circle gets smaller the game gets faster and by the end everyone has a prize!
2.  Musical Statues – Play some music and get the kids to dance around.  When the music stops they need to freeze.  The ones who stop the quickest get a prize and then sits down as the game then continues.
3.  Follow the Leader – All kids love to follow the leader.  Get the kids to line up behind an adult and with music playing go on a little snake trail of the yard.  It’s more fun if there are some obstacles to go over, under or around and also if you get them to follow funny actions (arm waving, leg kicking) that you do.  Kids can take turns being the leader too.
4.  Duck Duck Goose – An old favorite.  Kids sit in a circle and one walks around the outside tapping the others on the head one at a time and announcing “duck, duck, duck” as they do so.  Then, randomly, they say “goose” as they tap a child’s head and when they do that kid must stand up and try to chase them around the circle.  If the original tapper gets back to their spot without being caught then the person that chased them becomes the new goose.  If they do get caught then they have another go going around.
5.  Whats the Time Mr Wolf – One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf.  Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players, facing away from them.  A call-and-response then takes place: all players except for Mr Wolf chant in unison “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”, and Mr Wolf will answer in one of the two ways.  Mr Wolf may call a clock time (e.g., “3 o’clock”). The other players will then take that many steps out loud as they go (“One, two, three”). Then they ask the question again.  Mr Wolf may call “Dinner Time!” Then Mr Wolf will turn and chase the other players back to their starting point.  If Mr Wolf successfully tags a player, that player becomes the new Mr Wolf for the next round.
6.  Bottom Shuffle Race – All kids hop onto their bottoms and shuffle their way to the finish line.
7.  Dance and Sing – For the really young you really can’t go past sitting them in a circle, pop on a nursery rhyme CD and get them to do the motions with you.
8.  Pass the Balloon – Exactly as it sounds except when music stops that child had to find a parcel hidden in the garden with a specific number on it.
9.  Bubbles – You cannot go past a bubble machine at a toddler party.  Kids can take turns trying to catch as many as they can or just let them run around near a bubble machine.  You may not even need another item of entertainment!
10. ‘Fishing’ for Loot Bags – Wrap small presents (multicolored pencils, mini cars etc) and sticky tape a metal washer to each one.  Make a ‘fishing line’ with a rod and a short piece of string and attach a small magnet to the end of it. The children stand on a small stool/chair and fish to catch a present. 
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Of course, we share these ideas, because we believe children deserve to be celebrated!  At Ontario Bakery, celebrate is what we do best!  Whether traditional or custom made, our cakes and treats always rise to the occasion. Let us know how we can make your next party even sweeter!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Change is Hard! Here Are Some Simple Ways to Help Your Child Adjust Back to School!

Change is Hard! Here Are Some Simple Ways to Help Your Child Adjust Back to School!Going back to school can be hard on a child who's had the luxury of having his or her parents around more frequently. Change can be hard for anyone, really.  But we care about your family and want to leave you with some simple ways to help your child adjust back to school.

Stay Positive

Parent's attitudes have as stronger influence on children than they often realize.  If the parents are stressed about the change, it's almost promised that the child will too. A parent’s attitude has a strong influence on how children view the beginning of school and they easily pick up on and react to their parents’ feelings, and even magnify them.  If instead, parents can choose to be at peace with the situation, and try to share that positivity with the child, they will be more likely to have a pleasant experience. You may suggest to your child that somewhere in their class, there is a child who is waiting to be their friend. You can then ask your child how they will discover this friend!  This sets them up for success and to understand that their anxiety can also be excitement for what's new and undiscovered. 

Consistent Routines

Routines have been helpful in every family since day one.  Going back to school is no different. Having daily routines before and after school can help a child feel a sense of stability amidst their possible feelings of confusion. You could create a checklist even, for children to get organized and stay on schedule. It will also reduce feelings of being rushed in the morning when your hurrying out the door. For after school, have the kids help you with what should be the routine for homework, snack, chores etc... For night time, remember that children between the ages of 5 and 12 need 10-11 hours of sleep. Choose early bedtimes for children who will need to or naturally wake up early. This allows them to feel more rested and be better apt to deal with further challenges. 

Make it Good
Make sure they feel good. This can be with a tradition you create, like Friday Fundays or Taco Tuesdays. But give them things to look forward to in the week.  Perhaps something dependable like milk and cookies.  Who wouldn't love that?  Just make sure that your children feel that this rite of passage they are walking through is beautiful and worth the memories. 

Of course, we want to be your go-to for those delicious after school treats.  Let us know how we can help celebrate your next big step.  Ontario Bakery wants to be with your every step of the way! 

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!