Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Plan a Beautiful Wedding on a Tight Budget

How to Plan a Beautiful Wedding on a Tight BudgetJust because it’s normal to see luxury weddings all over social media, doesn’t mean that you have to follow suit. You can have the wedding of your dreams without going into debt or selling everything. You can have a luxuriously beautiful wedding on a tight budget and we want to tell you how.

Decorate with subtleties
Seat covers can be expensive to rent and a lot of work to make. Instead of using seat covers, get some beautiful wide ribbon to tie on the backs of the chairs to add some elegance and spruce things up. Ribbon is a cheap alternative compared to fancy seat covers. Enlist the help of friends to get the ribbons cut and tied for the big day.

Cover common seats
You can get yards of your favorite fabrics at a craft store and use it for everything from covering tables to draping from the ceiling (i.e. sheer fabrics work well for this and create a romantic atmosphere). Get creative with material to create a soft, intimate atmosphere.

Light it up:
Many people use white Christmas lights all year round on their back porches as a simple and elegant decoration. And these lights can make a beautiful addition to any wedding reception venue! They can be hung from the ceiling, around tables, around the cake, or in potted plants. If you don’t want to use Christmas lights, consider lanterns instead.

Add Life
A nice addition to the entrance of your reception would be a water fountain. It could even be a small one that you have in your home that sits on a table. The sound of a water fountain is so refreshing, and it would be nice for your guests to listen to as they can finally relax at the reception. Other ways to add life would be to add indoor plants. They can be reused later in the newlywed’s home!

Fire light
There’s nothing more romantic than a dim room lit only by the glow of hundreds of candles. And luckily, candles are inexpensive.

Your guests will love to look at your engagement photographs, and your reception is the perfect place to display them. In fact, your reception may be the only place that some of your guests will ever get to see your engagement photos. And while you’re at it, bring some of your favorite pictures of you and your spouse-to-be to show at the reception. You can hang twine along the reception walls and clothes pin black and white photos along the twine!

Ontario bakery wants the best for your celebration. We hope you have enjoyed these suggestions and that you'll come to us first  for your custom wedding cake needs!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Use These Tips to Plan a Birthday Party for Your Preschooler With all the Fun and Far Less Stress

Use These Tips to Plan a Birthday Party for Your Preschooler With all the Fun and Far Less Stress
Young minds deserve to have as much fun as the big kids but sometimes ideas for what to do escape us! And as the planner of the festivities, you don’t need more to figure out! So we’re going to make it simple for you.
  1. Keep it short. One thing adults forget is that young kids get overstimulated really easily. So make the party fun, but then end it while they can still handle it. We’d say keep it to no more than two or three hours.
  2. Keep it delicious. Have a few different snacks; some healthy, some sweet and some protein. Options can include cheese sticks, crackers, carrot sticks, watermelon, apple slices, chicken fingers, chips and bean dip and then of course, the cake. This keeps allergens to a minimum and lets picky kids graze without having to bad of a dip in blood sugar.
  3. Keep it fun (but simple). Below are a list of games and activities. Our suggestion? Choose one or two - tops - because more than that requires unnecessary organization and cleanup for kids that will be hard to organize and keep focused anyway.

Body painting fun: Put out a tarp on the grass and let each child have a poster board laid out to get creative with. Have a plate with paints and encourage them to dip their feet, toes, hands and fingers in the paint and create that way. It’s multi-sensory path to self expression that they’ll love!

Water play: Have a couple mini wading pools with buckets and sponges to squeeze and pour from. This is also a great follow up activity for those who’ve just painted and are ready to rinse off!

Pin the tail on donkey: Who doesn't remember and love this classic party game; fun indoors and out and can be adapted for any party theme (age 4+). You can buy prepared kits for this game or make your own. All you need is a picture of a tailless animal along with enough tails (ribbons, strings, etc...) for each child, a blindfold and some push-pins to attach the tails. Each child takes it in turns to pin the tail as close to the point where the tail should be, whilst blindfolded.

Doughnut Game: Here's a messy idea! This game will challenge the children as they try to eat a suspended doughnut without using their hands or licking their lips! You can hang a doughnut for each child by creating washing line out of string. The child who uses their hands or licks their lips is out of the game. This game also works well with apples.

Tray Memory Game: This game provides a quieter game for wild crowds and will also get the party guests to think! All you need is a tray filled with weird and wonderful objects you find around your house along with some pen and paper for each child. Once the children are sitting around a table ready with pen and paper, place the tray with objects in the centre of the table and give them 1 minute to try and memorize what’s on the tray. Once the time is up, remove the tray and each child has to write down as many objects as they can remember from the tray. The child who remembers the most number of correct objects is the winner.

Sleeping Lions: After lots of activity and deep thinking this game is great to bring things back down; and will make parents happy to pick up their kids! Choose a large open room like a living room or even a backyard, and get all the children to lie down and pretend to be sleepy lions. If you are doing a particular theme you can get them to pretend to be fairies, pirates, dinosaurs or whatever fits your theme instead. Explain that whoever moves after the game begins will be out. During this time you can walk around the room, talking to them and trying to make them laugh. Each child who is out can help you try and make the others laugh. The last person left sleeping is the winner.

Planning a fabulous birthday party for little ones doesn't have to be so stressful! Use these tips and your birthday party is sure to be a hit!  As an added bonus, our family bakers at Ontario Bakery are ready and excited to provide you with a custom cake specially made for your exciting day! Call us today and let us know what you'd like!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Simple Tips to Keeping Cool at a Hot Summer Wedding!

Simple Tips to Keeping Cool at a Hot Summer Wedding!  Summer weddings are the hottest plan on people’s lists at this time of the year. Unfortunately, the biggest drawback is the fact that it’s the hottest time of the year. But don’t throw out the beauty of such a delightful celebration. Just listen to these easy tips and have all the fun you want. We at Ontario Bakery know weddings (and hot weddings) like the back of our hands. So from us to you: 
Here are some simple tips to keeping cool at a hot summer wedding!  
Make Your Own Shade: The sun will be blazing and no bride or guests wants to be dripping with sweat or melting their pretty selves aways. So you’ve got to have a backup plan for strong sun and even possible rain. Make sure you have tents and fabric overhangs that will provide both sun and water and heavy wind protection. Your guests will be so thankful and you'll be very glad you did!
Refreshing Snacks: Alcohol tends to be a beverage of choice at most weddings, but for the summer wedding, we hope you will reconsider. You want to make sure that your guests stay hydrated. Alcohol is very dehydrating, so the effect is even greater than normal. You definitely don't want a guest needing medical attention after just trying to have a good time! An easy way to keep things cool is to have refreshments on hand like water, tea and lemonade. You can get creative with refreshment displays by assembling specialty jars and jugs in a set space. For ceremonies out in the sun, your guests need to have water readily available.  You can even customize your drink station further, by creating personalized labels on water bottles. In the intense heat, refreshments will keep you and your guest cool until the sun goes down.
Handheld Fans: Personalized fans are one of the best little gifts you can provide your guests. They serve a much needed purpose and can even be an added piece of decor. They provide a nice breeze for those ceremonies outdoors or dinners under the elements. One of the nice aspects to a personalized fan is that you can customize it for your wedding day. You can print your names and wedding date on the fan. It can then serve as a good memento for guests to take home and remember your wedding. You can hand out personalized fans as guests arrive or have them at their place settings and chairs depending on where you think your guests will need them.
Don’t let the heat ruin your big day. Learn your tips from the ones who know best.  We are a custom bakery based in Ontario California, so we know heat, and have also learned the best ways to survive it. We hope you've enjoyed these tips and will contact us for any wedding cake or other custom baked needs!