Sunday, September 10, 2017

Simple Tips for Easy Wedding Cake Ordering for The Busiest Brides

Simple Tips for Easy Wedding Cake Ordering for The Busiest BridesYou’ve got a ton to do on your list all the time, so the last thing you need is a wedding to-do list that’s a mile long. You need things to be simple, so simple is what we want to deliver to you today. And, in light of your busy schedule, even this article is going to be short and sweet. So let’s get started. 

Of course, it’s important that you have the right cake that both fits the look of your wedding and your taste preferences, so you want to be very clear and know what you want from the beginning. Once you know exactly what you want:

  • Meet with a cake stylist to make sure everything is as you want it. Not all bakeries have one on staff, so be sure to call ahead of time to check.
  • Choose a bakery that your friends and family love and trust.
  • 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.
  • 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 because you always want  your cake delivered. Never send a friend or relative to pick up your cake please! Let the professional baker deliver it and set it up.

As you can see, when you know what you want and you’re properly prepared, this can be a smooth, direct and simple process. And if you’re in the Southern California area, we’d love to be the bakers for you. So visit us at Ontario Bakery in California. Stress free and exactly what you need.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Simple Tips to De-Stress Any Pregnant Mom ( so she can feel human again! )

While pregnancy is a beautiful miracle, it’s hard to remember that as your body expands and grows in not-so-comfortable ways. So if there’s a woman in your life, preparing for a new and miraculous next phase, there’s a chance she’s feeling a little off and uncomfortable, not to mention totally exhausted. So the best thing you can do for her is to pamper her with relaxation, and every ounce of support you can find. Need some ideas? We hoped you’d ask.

Simple Tips to De-Stress Any Pregnant Mom ( so she can feel human again! )



Capture Her Beauty.

When a woman feels like her body is changing faster than she can catch up, she needs to be celebrated for how beautiful she is, no matter how new it all might be. So hire an expert photographer to take some gorgeous photos of her during the most miraculous time of her life. 


Book Her the Best Massage Ever. 

Right now, just about every joint and muscle on her body hurts. So give her the gift of either a one day massage or a package where she can be seen weekly. After all, everything in her body is moving and it’s hard for her muscles and bones to keep up! Massage is just the ticket. Oh - and keep a tissue box nearby; this act of kindness will likely bring her to tears! 


Spa Pedicure With the Works.

All those body changes do a number on the feet and deserve some relief. Spa pedicures go above and beyond, providing the mother to be with some extra care and love for her very tired feet. Make sure they’re good at the massage; it’s the best part!


The Right Food.

Every pregnancy comes with it’s own special cravings. So do her a favor and ask her what she’s been craving! Sometimes it’s just that she’s craving sweets, salty foods, oily fatty, or fresh and light. Use this info to call in a personalized order to her favorite restaurant, smoothie bar or bakery to make sure you bring her just what she’s needing and you’ll be the life saver she was waiting for. 


Buy Her Comfort.

Buy her a body pillow; it’s honestly one of the best gifts you can give her, as they can be positioned in any way needed for her comfort, whether sleeping, sitting or even laboring! And also, get her a lavender scented container of epsom salts. They work powerfully to relax sore, stiff muscles and will carry her from bath time to dream time in no time at all.


A pregnant woman will love and enjoy all of the listed ideas from the bottom of her heart. For any other sweet hearted needs, know that Ontario Bakery is your go to stop for custom baked cakes and desserts for just about any occasion. Call today and see what we can do for you!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beat the End of Summer Blues for Kids Heading Back to School!

The Best Way to Beat the End of Summer Blues for Kids Heading Back to School Summer is the best time of year for most kids because they’re busy running free, exploring and basking in the elements of water and sun. So when it’s time for school to start again, they’d like to be anywhere but here. We think one of the best ways to to beat the back to school blues is to transition with celebration.
At the end of the school year, you always have a party congratulating the end of another year. But if you started throwing a party welcoming your kids to the next level of living; ages and grades, they’re sure to find it far more exciting!
So how do you throw such a party? It’s all really simple actually, you just treat it like a typical graduation or birthday party with a few minor but meaningful twists.

First on the list is to figure out where you want to celebrate; do you want to meet somewhere else that hosts parties, at a park or in your own home? This will help you determine how many people you want to invite and all the details that go with that.

Some ideas you could use are water parks, family fun centers, indoor trampoline gyms or rock climbing warehouses, where they can do a last hoorah of wildness together, before the true focus starts.

Once you’ve decided where you want to meet up, it’s time to put the list of who you want to invite together. Make sure there are at least a few from your child's school, especially from their grade and a grade above them. If you're child is going to be at a new school this year, hurry up and get on some local parent forums, the local neighborhood kids that will be attending or even connect with the school itself to help you find a couple other families to connect with ahead of time.

Make your own invites and either mail or hand deliver them. But try to make the party for the week of school or just after it starts. This is especially good timing because you know people will be in town! s the chance to join in as well. Hey, if you're feeling especially brave, do both!

Lastly, this is a party, so make sure there's a cake and even some gifts or party favors to pass around. You could gift each child a journal or a pack of nice pens, art supplies, or even a good fiction book that they can all read together during the school year to take their minds off of the learning. They will really appreciate this. As for the cake, who doesn't appreciate cake? At Ontario Bakery, you can even order yours fully customized. Put all the student names on the cake, or their school, or mascot.. the options are endless and always delicious! Ring in the new school year with fun and celebration, because your child should feel excited about the next phase of their lives, supports and with plenty of sweets along the way!

For custom cakes and other orders, contact us at Ontario Bakery!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

All the Tips You Need To Pick Just the Right Wedding Cake Baker

All the Tips You Need To Pick Just the Right Wedding Cake Baker Choosing the right baker can feel like a daunting task when you’ve already got your hands full with other obligations and interests; from the chapel to the reception hall, to the guest list to the dress. Your hands are full. But at the end of the day, the cake is still part of the memories you’re making and you want to make sure it all flows together beautifully. 

You also want to make sure it’s the least stressful part of the planning and that everything works out smoothly. And since this is our area of expertise at Ontario Bakery, we want to share with you the tips we know to make this process the best one you’ve had along the wedding planning adventure. 

First of all, be sure to ask your friends and family if they have a trusted baker they can recommend to you. If you’ve recently attended someone else's wedding, and you liked the cake, ask around to see where they ordered from. Just be sure to always go with a baker someone you know personally can recommend. 

Once you’ve got your list of recommendations, call the bakeries individually and ask if you can taste samples of cakes and icings. You’ll need to decide on the cake flavor, icing in between layers, and outer icing so this is an important appointment to make. 

As you prepare for these appointments, have a folder ready full of inspirational photographs or pages from bridal magazines to bring with you and share with the cake designer. 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.

If you have a cake topper picked out already, be sure to 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.

Once you’re there, make sure you ask the the baker any pressing questions you might have including 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. Another question you want to make sure to ask is if there are special charges for using decor such as pillars, columns, cake tops, flowers on the cake so you’re not surprised by the bill.

Lastly, and this one is very important, be sure to get all the details about the setup and delivery options and charges. Don’t skimp here. You don't want to send a friend or relative to pick up your cake! Let the professional baker deliver it and set it up.

Follow those guidelines and your cake planning will be both stress free and fun - not to mention delicious! Visit us at Ontatio Bakery if you’ll be wedding in or near Irvine. We have a reputation for delivering exactly what you would expect from the best bakery in the Inland Empire.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simple Tips to Celebrate Any Birthday Like a True Millennial

Simple Tips to Celebrate Any Birthday Like a True MillennialMillennials are known for being both easily bored as well as highly ambitious and it’s no wonder either, considering the time they’re living in. They’re living in an instantly entertained, instant solutions, anything is possible world. They can dream up any career and succeed at it with just some simple social media and the willingness to make a fool out of themselves for the cause.
So why should celebrating birthdays be any different? They don’t want just a simple gathering of people and slicing of the cake. They want it to be “the best birthday ever” and we’ve got the inside tips to making that happen.
And let it be known, that you don’t have to be a millennial to party like one. Sure, toss the daring lifestyle choices that don’t suit you, but what about trying on some of their free flying fun for size?
Here’s what you can do:
Starting with the most popular craze these days - go for #cakesmashing. It’s everything you loved about your toddler birthdays but experienced as an adult. You break the rules, you make a mess… you get to have your cake and eat it too! Start by getting the perfect cake; the right flavors, decorations and even filling if that’s what you like. Then, when it’s time to dig in, dive in. That’s right, smash your face into the cake and enjoy!
Take it further: Starting with the birthday star, proceed to pass the cake plate around until everyone’s taken a bite out of the pie. But be sure you get a picture of everyone’s bite so you can post it on social media later.
Wait… what? Yes, post the pictures on your favorite social media later, showing all the rule-breaking fun you had during the celebration.
Want to really be a millennial? Do the whole thing on Facebook or Instagram LIVE so the rest of your friends (who can’t be there) can enjoy the fun.
Millennial’s often get a bad rap for being lazy and entitled; and we won’t argue that that can be the case. However, many of them are out there making great things happen, following their dreams, breaking records (and breaking rules) all in the name of seeing what’s possible - and even fun.
So why not celebrate like a millennial, throw caution (and your manners) to the wind and dive into the messy, delicious fun? It might feel strange at first, but who knows? You might find yourself on a whole new level of living and enjoying your life in ways you didn’t know possible. 
But it all starts with cake, right? So if you’re in the Irvine area and want the perfect cake made for your cake smashing fun, contact us at Ontario Bakery and we’ll give you just the cake you need.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Budget Friendly Birthday Party Ideas For Last Minute Planning!

Budget Friendly Birthday Party Ideas For Last Minute Planning!
Sometimes life gets busy and birthday party planning sneaks up on you leaving you not a lot of time to plan or book your favorite ideas. But keep your chin up, there are still plenty of ways to have a ton of fun even if it’s a last minute ordeal. We’ve seen it all at Ontario Bakery and we want to share our top 5 tips with you today!

First of all, cut your guest list down to the people that mean the most to you. Not everyone has to be invited and that’s ok. Less is sometimes more and even more fun because you get quality over quantity. One idea is to have your child invite one friend for however many years old they’re turning. Or have them pick one to three of their closest play pals.

Next, keep it simple and either make your own cake or order one from us at Ontario Bakery.  We love to help and keep the process simple and affordable. Going to a family owned business for these things always trumps a grocery store chain where you’re more likely to not get what you were hoping for. Who has time for that? 

Have your party at the park.  Parks come complete with their own trash containers and entertainment features. If it’s last minute, you may not be able to rent out a section, but you can always bring your own table and find a nice place in the shade. 

On that note, make it a potluck or bbq.  This way, each family can cater to their own picky eaters and food sensitivities and you won't have to over buy for wasted food.

Skip the party favors and focus on the party fun. Have relay races and water games that invite kids to participate rather than simply go home with trinkets that will likely just get tossed. 

Have your child prepare ahead of time by getting creative and making a party banner at home. They’ll love the creative freedom and being able to display it on their special day!

Party planning doesn’t have to be the big ordeal it’s made to be and in fact, it’s far more fun when it’s simple. Enjoy these tips and let us at Ontario Bakery know which ones you used to celebrate your special day!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Simple Tips Every Bride Needs for Way Less Wedding Planning Stress

Simple Tips Every Bride Needs for Way Less Wedding Planning Stress Weddings should be a fun event but planning them can really steal the magic away. There are details to plan and budgets to keep to, all on top of the physical pressures brides tend to face. So we want to help you minimize as much of that stress as we possibly can, by giving you some tried and true tips to have way less wedding stress and far more fun and magic. Enjoy these tips from both our family at Ontario Bakery and the experts of Brides.com. 

Annoying as it is, sticking to a budget is a big blessing. Blowing through all your savings on your big day is bound to create some serious anxiety and stress in your relationship. That's why Dr. Orma recommends making your ceremony/reception as close to your dream wedding as you can, keeping in mind what you can easily afford and what you can't. After all, "Money is one of the top stressors for people."

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Because of their control issues, perfectionists often have a hard time asking for assistance when they need it the most. "Don't try to do it all yourself," warns Dr. Orma. "Hire people to help you if you can afford it." Awedding planner who shares the same tastes and a similar style to you can be a perfectionist bride's BFF.

Make self care your number one. Perfectionist or not, wedding planning can be extremely stressful, and sometimes under stress we forget to do the basics, like eating, sleeping and resting, says Dr. Orma. "Self care is vital." Treat yourself to a nice massage or go for a run outside to release those endorphins.

You’ve got to have boundaries. Believe it or not, many perfectionists also tend to be people pleasers so it's important to not only set some boundaries with yourself, but with others too. "Don't take on more than you can handle and be willing to say no to pushy relatives or friends who try to tell you what to do," advises Dr. Orma.

Buy a dress you can move in and eat in. Before you say yes to the dress, make sure you're completely comfortable in it and can dance, move, walk, bend over and sit down with ease. "If it's too tight or not the style you wanted, that will only create discomfort and stress," cautions Dr. Orma.

For heaven’s sake, don’t wait. Procrastination and perfectionism often go hand in hand so do allow yourself enough time to plan the wedding of your dreams. "Pace yourself and take plenty of breaks," suggests Dr. Orma. And remember not to let indecision get the best of you. Once you've settled on a color scheme, theme or any idea really, stop perusing wedding blogs and Pinterest for inspiration.

Only hire a baker with a good reputation. No matter where you are in the nation, it’s important to go with a trusted bakery for your wedding cake. This is a centerpiece that will not only be photographed but enjoyed by all. It should be the right color, size and flavor with the perfects accents to compliment your wedding ambiance. Check out reviews. Go in for a tasting. If you’re in the Orange County or Los Angeles area, we at Ontario Bakery are happy to serve you. You can even meet with one of our experienced cake stylists to make sure your cake is the perfect match!

Those tips are golden and will save you a world of stress and frustration and we hope you’re able to use them right away. This is your day, so let it be great, not just then but starting today. And remember, whatever the sweet need, we at Ontario Bakery are ready and excited to make your day wonderful and memorable because you deserve nothing less!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Simple Fun Ideas To Make Any Toddler’s Birthday As Magical as They Are!

 Simple Fun Ideas To Make Any Toddler’s Birthday As Magical as They Are!   As your child grows, they transform from an observing baby, into a exploring little human that can’t wait to discover the world around them. So you want to make sure their birthday party lets them do just that and we at Ontario Bakery have some fun little tips to help you make that happen!  Go with a character theme.  All kids have their heroes, so why not get them in on the fun? Whether it's superheroes or princesses, you can't go wrong with a character themed party - kids simply love them. For extra fun, invite your guests to join the fun dressed up as their favorite character or set a theme such as 'fairytale characters' and set up games and activities that fit the character theme.   Time for tea! No child can resist an old fashioned tea party or teddy bear's picnic and they’re fun and easy to plan as well! Add to the fun by inviting your little one to help in the prep and assist you in you making fairy cakes and laying the food out on a big picnic rug with cushions that the children can sit on.Another fun idea is to hang little paper lanterns or bunting from it and take some music to help set the atmosphere.   Unleash the artists! One wonderful thing about summer is that you can have you party outside and outside means that a mess is not a stress! You can get as messy as you like without having to worry about the house getting destroyed.  So alert the other parents to send their kids with a ratty tshirt because you’re about to get creative! Here are some ideas for you:  Set up activities in different sections of the garden (for example hat making, hand prints, model making, glitter fun) so the children can explore each area and create lots of new things. It's also a great way to get the kids mixing together and having fun. At Ontario Bakery, we love celebrating with you and would also love to provide the custom cakes and treats for the theme you choose! Call us today and we'll put together an order just for you!As your child grows, they transform from an observing baby, into a exploring little human that can’t wait to discover the world around them. So you want to make sure their birthday party lets them do just that and we at Ontario Bakery have some fun little tips to help you make that happen! 

Go with a character theme. 

All kids have their heroes, so why not get them in on the fun? Whether it's superheroes or princesses, you can't go wrong with a character themed party - kids simply love them.For extra fun, invite your guests to join the fun dressed up as their favorite character or set a theme such as 'fairytale characters' and set up games and activities that fit the character theme.

Time for tea!

No child can resist an old fashioned tea party or teddy bear's picnic and they’re fun and easy to plan as well! Add to the fun by inviting your little one to help in the prep and assist you in you making fairy cakes and laying the food out on a big picnic rug with cushions that the children can sit on.Another fun idea is to hang little paper lanterns or bunting from it and take some music to help set the atmosphere. 

Unleash the artists!

One wonderful thing about summer is that you can have you party outside and outside means that a mess is not a stress! You can get as messy as you like without having to worry about the house getting destroyed.  So alert the other parents to send their kids with a ratty tshirt because you’re about to get creative! Here are some ideas for you: 

Set up activities in different sections of the garden (for example hat making, hand prints, model making, glitter fun) so the children can explore each area and create lots of new things. It's also a great way to get the kids mixing together and having fun.


At Ontario Bakery, we love celebrating with you and would also love to provide the custom cakes and treats for the theme you choose! Call us today and we'll put together an order just for you!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Looking for Creative and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cherry Season? We’ve Got You Covered!

Looking for Creative and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cherry Season? We’ve Got You Covered! Cherry season is finally here and you’re stocking up. But you can’t just binge on a bucket of cherries; that’s a digestive nightmare, right? And you don’t want to let them go to waste after days of not knowing how to prepare or enjoy them either. So instead of letting lack of creativity rob you of the cherry indulgence you’re ready for, use these yummy tips and spare not a single one!

Why Cherries anyway? Well not only are they delicious, but they’re known for having a good handful of health benefits. They have been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce inflammation, arthritis, and pain, and help stop weight gain. If you eat about 10 cherries each day, the week before menstruation women have said you will experience an easier cycle and reduced cramps. Some reports have even said that eating 20 cherries a day can ward off inflammation altogether. They also contain a high amount of antioxidants which are vital for preserving cells and protecting them against damage from free radicals or cancer.


But maybe you already know that? Regardless, Let’s dive into the yummy tips! 


Go for chocolate-dipped. Cherries LOVE chocolate, so get the fondue! Invite your friends over and have them be the perfect end to a summer dinner. Be sure to have a bowl for the pits.  This one will give your gifts a little classy with a little messy!


Real cherry coke. Yes it’s possible and with way less calories! Grab a traditional coke or one of the great natural brands of cola, pit and slice some cherries and drop them in the glass! Add a teaspoon of natural vanilla, let it sit for a few minutes - add ice and then enjoy your own real cherry coke!


Cherry muesli. Add sliced cherries to oatmeal or yogurt and know that the cherries are fresh with nothing artificial added to them. If nothing else, blend the cherries in with your morning protein shake! or yogurt.


Cherries a la mode.  Scoop some chocolate or vanilla ice cream in a bowl and add those cherries! Who doesn't like cherries in their ice cream? 


Want to go even further? Bake a cake or cupcakes and add cherries for a final touch, or slice them and bake them into the batter. Whatever you choose, it will be a hit and we can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you! 


Ontario Bakery loves cherries too!  Order up a cherry chocolate cake for your next special event!  Or what about some cherry chocolate chip cookies?  Whatever the order, we are here to make your day that much more sweet! Call us today!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Beat the Heat the Summer With These Very Cool Birthday Party Ideas!

Beat the Heat the Summer With These Very Cool Birthday Party Ideas!We’ve reached the high temperatures but kids still want to have fun. And you’ve got the pressure of planning the party, right? The good news is that you can absolutely have the party hit of the year, without the sweat the summer usually brings. At Ontario Bakery we know hot weather and sweets better than anyone, so use these tips and see where they take you. 

Jump around! Kids everywhere love a good collection of air filled bounce houses and slides. A bounce party is an excellent way for your child and his friends to stay active while celebrating. As with the laser tag facilities, check in to their private party room and food options.  With this one, encourage a couple parents to stick around and have a few ice packs around to soothe possible bumps from all fun! 

Get wet! If you must have the party outside, find a shady park, and then bring out the water. For a fun game, instead of hot potato,  you can pass the ice cube and see how far it will go before it melts!  Stock pile your party with supplies for fun activities like, water balloon toss, slip and slide and even water guns if your kids are old enough to enjoy them respectfully. Be sure to bring the sunscreen though! 

Swim, slip and slide! Whether an indoor or outdoor water park, or even a simple pool, this is an excellent way to beat the heat while keeping with the summer theme. A pool party is always a good choice in the summer. Fun indoors and out. If you have a wave pool in your area, consider giving it a try. Wave pools add a whole new dynamic to the pool party experience. Make sure your children and their guests know how to swim well before scheduling a birthday party for him at the pool. Be sure that parents of non-swimmers plan to stay and supervise their own!

Head indoors! Laser tag is a favorite activity of kids everywhere and is usually fun for kids of all ages. Make sure to talk to the manager however about arranging a birthday party and getting your space reserved as well as rules and requirements. Usually they will a private space available for parties and may even have food and drink options available.  Be sure to get permission if you are wanting to provide your own food.  Although, with the rise in food sensitivities, this should be a problem! 

Still indoors…. Do a quick search online and find an arcade to party the time away in. Encourage the kids to play multi-player games to make sure they experience the party together. See if they have a party room so you have a place of refuge to have your snacks and gift time! 

Have cool treats! Stock up on cold food! Keep fresh fruit around, cold cut sandwiches and maybe even have a custom made ice cream cake, from us!

It's easy to for kids to have fun without the sun. You just have to get creative and take advantage of your options. Make sure you plan ahead so you get to have your first pic on the day you are wanting!! And of course, we want to be a part of your celebration!  Call us and let us know how we can provide the best custom cupcakes, birthday cake and even cookies for your party! 

Ontario Bakery is family owned and run and loves to support the families of Southern California in every celebration!