Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Helpful Tips For Teachers Planning and Elementary School Graduation!

Helpful Tips For Teachers Planning and Elementary School Graduation!It's time to celebrate our children's success. They've worked hard and it's time to move up. But it can be hard to come up with creative celebration ideas. We know you have your hands full with plenty of other things. We at Ontario Bakery are happy to save you some time and energy by sharing some helpful tips for an easier graduation planning experience. 


Ask For Help
I can't stress this enough, graduation is a large task to take on by yourself. Don't feel ashamed asking for help. By handing out duties to others you are far more likely to maintain your sanity!  There's someone who's great at party planning, ask them to take on  a few of the graduation tasks. Don't be afraid to ask, most people are happy and willing to help.

Celebrate School Colors!

Most elementary schools don't wear robes, but you can wear the school colors in other ways! One way is to wear ribbons. You can ask some of the crafty parents to help! Another idea is to incorporate the colors into some custom baked cookies or cake pops with your school colors on them! You can also wear t-shirts and keep it casual. There are many ideas. Have fun with it!

Make Certificates Online.
This is a real time saver!  You can easily print graduation certificates from multiple websites or if you're crafty and creative use Word, Pages, Publisher or any design software. You can even find some online certificate making websites! 

Create a Photo Slideshow.

Don't be intimidated. Ask the parents to contribute their collected photos from the year or even previous years and then choose a different parent to handle creating the slide show. Then you can add the captions!  

At Ontario Bakery, we've often grown with your family. From the baby shower to the wedding, we love to celebrate with your children. Celebrate their next milestone with a delicious treat from us!
You're proud and so are we. Call us today!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Our Top 5 Ideas for High School Graduation Gifts!

Our Top 5 Ideas for High School Graduation Gifts!Shopping for graduation gifts can be a real challenge, especially when it comes to high schoolers. They aren't the easiest to please! At Ontario Bakery, we celebrate just about every occasion we can, with the families we know, so we've learned a thing or two about graduations. Now we're passing it on to you. 

Here are our top 5 ideas for high school graduation gifts.

Camera 
These kids are moving up in the world and they're going to want to capture every moment they can! From their first summer after high school to all the new moments they'll enjoy at the start of college. If they're really into the idea, get them a good starter professional camera. They may develop a gift they never knew they had!

Computer 
Whether you choose a new monitor, tablet or even laptop, this is a great option to go with. Your graduate will be able to use the gift for both studying and entertainment; both needed in the throws of college life. 

Costco Membership
What a gift this is. Until the grad gets used to independent domestic living, it could be really nice to have access to affordable snacks, dinners and even toilet paper in bulk. Even adults see the time and financial benefit there!

Noise Canceling Headphones
You never know what the study conditions are going to be like, so luck favors the prepared. Now, there will be less conflict about music being on in the dorm room when it's time to focus!

Essential Oils & Diffuser
A less common, but still valuable gift, are essential oils. Many essential oils like peppermint, orange and lemon, are known to increase concentration, not to mention improve mood! 

As always, we love the honor of celebrating with you. At Ontario Bakery, we specialize in custom designed cakes, cupcakes and so much more. We hope you'll call us and let our cake stylist bake just the right cake for you! Have a wonderful graduation! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to Make an Easy Plan for Any Graduation Party

How to Make an Easy Plan for Any Graduation PartyGraduation season is coming fast. Do you have all your party plans in order? At Ontario Bakery, we have been part of many family graduation processes and the best thing you can do is be properly prepared. 

The first thing to do is to keep in mind that this is a beautiful time. From diapers and bikes, to homework and first dates, you've been there for them. So remember to cherish the planning and not get sucked into the stress of it. 

First things first. 

Size
Do you want the celebration to be big or small? This will be a determining factor for every other detail. Decide if you want it to be intimate or over the top. After that, comes the....

Who
Who do you want there? Who does your graduate want there? Just family? Just friends or both? Be sure to take into consideration any conflict of attendees and deal with those situations beforehand. 

Where
Your 'where' will have a lot to do with the above to points. But you'll also need to consider inside or outdoors. Remember, it's summer, but there's that possibility of June gloom to consider. If you choose to celebrate outside, be sure to have a canopy or party tent available in case it rains. 

When
Talk to your graduate about their plans. They might already want to head out on a trip with their friends. And since this is to celebrate them, they need to have the first say. You can plan the party for the day before or even right after. Just discuss it first. 

What
What kind of food do you want to provide? Or do you want a potluck? Anything goes here, but keep it easy. BBQ, finger foods, fruits, veggies and dip are all great options.  For desert, would you like a cake or cupcakes? Cookies are fine too, but the cakes tend to be more fitting for the celebration. As far as drinks, simply decide if you want alcohol, soda, or simply water and juices. All are fine depending on your location and crowd. 

When all is said and done, remember not to stress. Graduations are a wonderful thing to celebrate and at Ontario Bakery, we love to be a part of it. We'd love the honor of making you a custom cake just for your special day. Contact us today to see what creation we can bake for you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

5 Games to Play with Your Preschooler that Are Fun and Better Their Motor Skills!

5 Games to Play with Your Preschooler that Are Fun and Better Their Motor Skills!

We love hanging out with pre-schoolers. They say and do the funniest things! At Ontario Bakery, we love supporting families growing together and know that the journey can be a challenge at times. Sometimes, it's health, sometimes it's development.  So, along the way, we've gathered together 5 of our favorite fun activities that you can do with your preschooler or young child that they will enjoy and also gain the benefit of improving their fine and gross motor skills. 

Run Around

An adult or game leader can give some directions like “run to the big tree, touch the bark, and come back,” or “run over to the slide, go down one time, and come back” or “run around the tree three times.” Great not only for gross motor skills, but for listening carefully and following directions. Feel free to use less commands in the beginning and make them more challenging as you go along. 
Use Your Toes
Take off your socks and shoes and pick up small toys with your toes and put them in a bucket. For more skilled preschoolers, try picking up all of the yellow objects, then the blue, the red, etc. This is such a fun one and a great way to make cleaning more fun, when you can put toys away or clothes in the laundry.
Toss Balloons
Blow up several balloons and toss them back and forth. Try moving closer to each other and farther away from each other. Try using different body parts (hands, elbows, heads) or blowing the balloon up in the air. See how many times your preschooler can bounce the balloon up before it falls to the ground. This is good because it also gives the small child a chance to be coordinated, as the balloon spends more time in the air. 
Hula Hooping
It's easy to invest in several different colored hula hoops. With this one, simply lay them on the ground. Next, give the child or children fun instructions such as “run to the red hula hoop and pretend to be a car,” or “hop over to the green hula hoop like a bunny.” They'll learn colors while exercising their fast thinking muscles too.
Sidewalk Simon Says
Saving a favorite for last, take out some sidewalk chalk and draw large shapes, letters of the alphabet, numbers, etc. Then proceed with commands such as, “Simon says stand on the yellow square,” or “Simon says sit on the number 5.” For older or more ready children, try commands that have multiple steps, like “Simon says run to number 14, then hop over to number 20.” This is a fun way to work on recognition of higher numbers, lowercase letters, and memory.

As you can see, playing and engaging with a preschooler can be easy and fun while also helping them grow healthy, smart and strong! At Ontario Bakery, we believe that childhood should be celebrated! 
It's not always easy being small and feeling limited, so why not congratulate their efforts with an ANYTIME party?  These parties need no birthdays or holidays, just a a child to love, recognize and applaud. We'd love the honor of providing the most delicious cookies, cupcakes and even custom cakes for these fun anytime parties!
We hope you've enjoyed these tips and look forward to baking for you!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy Tips for Planning a Retirement Party from the Bakery that Knows Best!

You can never have enough ideas for retirement party ideas. A person spends so much of their life working hard for the prize, so it's a worthy time to celebrate and we at Ontario Bakery you want to make sure it's good! 
We are excited to plan with you and are happy to share our easy tips on how to plan the perfect retirement party. 
The first thing you want to do is start with early preparation. Look for ideas everywhere. Talk about your ideas with people who have done retirement parties or have already gone through retirement. They may have insight about what they wish they would have done differently!
Next you want to think about who will attend. Will there be co-workers? Will there be children or extended family? Make sure that everyone who should be there is there. And be careful about things like gag gifts if younger people will be there. 
It's important to also consider the day and location as important keys because it will be a part of determining or limiting party decorations. Parties on a Friday or Saturday night can be quite different than on a week night. Check your calendar for conflicting sports events, holidays and other commitments.
Gifts can be anything from useful to silly or memorable, such as golf clubs, gardening tools, gag gifts or even a group photo or framed letter of appreciation. 
Decide ahead of time, if you'll want to have anyone deliver a speech and decide when in the party you'd like that to happen. Speeches tend to be a good thing to have happen before the cake and drinking really begins.
Speaking of cake, be sure to plan ahead for food and drinks. Check your crowd and age variations to determine whether or not there will be alcohol involved. You could also offer adult drinks after 9pm as an option. For food, keep it simple and party friendly. Finger foods, cookies, fresh fruits and vegetables, cupcakes and giant cake made custom from Ontario Bakery is always great!
From Ontario Bakery to you, we do hope your retirement party is a fun and memorable one. We hope to be apart of it in any way we can! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

All You Need to Plan a Fun Pirate Birthday Party!


Want to have a lot of fun? Here's All You Need to Plan a Fun Pirate Birthday Party!Who doesn't love a pirate themed Birthday Party? At Ontario Bakery, we make a lot of pirate themed cakes, so we know it's hit!  
That got us to thinking, that's we'd love to share some of our favorite pirate themed birthday party fun with you. 

So here, you go. Here's all you need to plan a fun pirate birthday party!


Invitations 

Have fun making your own invitations using a fun font, like Old English and print it out on parchment paper or brown card stock, to get a light and antique feel. Tear each invite into squares for rough edges. You can even roll or crumble it up to give it a really authentic look.  Place them into envelopes with a red stamp or seal on the back. Kids will love opening these up!

Decorate

Make white flags with white skull and cross bones using white fabric and black electrical tape. Place at the entrance and around the backyard.

Make clusters of black and red balloons to add to the pirate feel.

Use black fabric cotton as a tablecloth and sprinkle with gold chocolate coins.

Create a treasure table center piece. Spray paint a small chest, and other treasure items like goblets and vases. 
Place decorative items, gold chocolate coins and costume jewelry in and around the chest.

Drape fishing nets in the main party area and swirls of blue fabric to represent the sea. 
Place starfish, crabs and fish in net -marine bath toys are ideal. Wine barrels, chests and a skeleton would also add to the ambience.

Games!

Walk the plank: Set up a plank or balancing beam for the pirates to walk along. Use pillows or gym mats to break the fall. Award prizes for the pirates who make it across.

Black beard: Choose some brave pirates, who are then blindfolded, and told that a famous pirate is coming to visit. The blindfolded pirates feel the stump of a leg (an adults knee), a whiskery beard (a broom) and then the missing eye (an open tomato). This game is not recommended for guests who are easily scared but it is a whole lot of fun for pirates who like adventure.

Pin the patch on the pirate: Create a pirate face or use a “Pirates of the Caribbean” poster to pin on the missing patch.

Message in a bottle treasure hunt: Create two teams and give them a plastic bottle with a scrolled treasure map inside. Each team follows the clues and map to find the treasure.

Face & body decorating: Apply beards and adhesive tattoos! Or get out the face paints and "tattoo" skulls, parrots and boats on their arms!

Food & Treats
Isn't the food the best part? It's definitely our favorite! 
Call us and we'll make a pirate face birthday cake or pirate ship cake just for you!

Watermelon basket - Cut a watermelon in half and scoop out small balls of watermelon using a fruit scoop. Place watermelon balls into the basket and serve.

"Fish and chips" (or fries!).

Serve up some fruit punch served in plastic wine goblets!

As you can see, there are so many fun ideas to be had! We hope your pirate party is an absolute blast! Don't forget to call Ontario Bakery for all your custom pirate cake needs!