Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Without Spending a Fortune!

Plan the Perfect Wedding Without Spending a Fortune! Just because you want a beautiful wedding, doesn’t mean you’re going to have to clean out your savings. It’s totally possible to have a dream come true wedding without cutting corners and still keeping money in the bank. The trick is in knowing where you should skimp and save and where you shouldn’t; and there are a few ways to do that. 
First of all, keep in mind that everything will be documented in photographs, so realize that what you want to remember should look elegant, and true to your overall vision. That being said, priority areas for investment will definitely need to include photography. If you want to have a friend or family member do your photos, that’s totally fine, but check through their portfolio to make sure they have the skills to create a great photo, as well as the eye to capture a perfect moment. 
Keep your guest list small. You’ll naturally be tempted to throw everyone you know on your guest list, that isn’t always a great idea. With each addition you make, you’re adding additional costs while also making your wedding less intimate. Write down your list. Then cross off who you can. Then do it once more. When crossing off, think of people that you’re only inviting because you feel obligated, or the ones you know for sure wouldn’t come anyway.
Make your invitations. There’s no need to invest a fortune on cards that people are likely not to keep? Instead, handwrite a lovely note, and include a useable photo your guest can keep for themselves. If you want to go a little further, sprinkle some gold and silver glitter or confetti in the card and envelope. Simple is best.
Ask for acts of service before, during and after the wedding instead of a gift. It’s a great way to keep your wedding on a budget. Think of the services you need but can’t afford to pay for and lovingly ask your talented friends and family to serve you in that helpful and memorable way.
Go with a garden, park, or in-home ceremony. Renting a building or event room for your wedding and reception can be very expensive. Instead, think about having your wedding in your own or someone else’s home or perhaps a park with a beautiful view. Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared with an all weather tent that will fit all of your guests and wedding party.
Create your own bouquet. Don’t pay for flowers that will just die. Gather simple wildflowers native to your area and decorate simply. Accent with affordable picks like queen anne’s lace and lavender or pine, and you’re sure to have a beautiful and fragrant addition to your day.
Create an exclusive buffet table. Instead of paying for catering, go back to the idea of asking for help. Who’s a great cook? See if that person (people) would be willing to prepare a simple meal or snacks for the reception. Home cooked tastes best anyway!
Choose a local bakery for your cake or have a trusted friend or family member do the job. If you want multiple tiers, think of going with less flowers and designs to keep the costs down. The more simple the design, the better.
In the end, think about what matters most to you, what you want to remember and which details you’re likely to forget. Carefully placed sprigs of lavender will be more appealing in the memory than expensive gold centerpieces, for example. 
You know best what you want for your special day.
Ontario Bakery is a family owned and operated bakery in Southern California that specializes in custom designed cakes and sweets for all occasions. If you would like more information on what we can do for you, please contact us today!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Want to Plan a Romantic Beach Wedding? Here's How!

Want to Plan a Romantic Beach Wedding? Here’s How! Beach weddings are something many brides fantasize about but not many are aware of the big and little details needed to plan for to have the perfect romantic beach wedding. If you knew what it took to plan, would you have one? We want to share our big tips so that if this is an idea that lights you up, you can truly make it happen. 

Plan your colors wisely. The beach itself should be the decorative inspiration for the colors you choose: Icy blues, coral pinks, and sunset hues make great seaside palettes. Go with sandy, natural tones—raw linen and canvas, natural rope and jute, bleached wood—the colors that come straight from the shore. For accent colors, go with beachy colors like coral, teal, white, and cream get an elegant upgrade when paired with silver, gold, or rose gold.

Want to go more minimalistic? An all-white party on the beach can be especially chic, especially when you ask your guests to wear white, turning them into the ultimate design statement, as well.

Get the right flowers. Choose flowers endemic to a region. Depending on the location, you could try Montauk daisies, beach roses, or blue hydrangeas. In tropical locations, orchids are a great option. For a very hot day, orchids and callas are your toughest, hardiest stems. Delicate field flowers such as lily of the valley will wilt in the heat, even if they're in water.

For the ceremony.  Many people love the idea of a wedding at sunset, because it’s beautiful. However, the guests may have the sun directly in their eyes, which can make it a bit of a challenge to enjoy the ceremony. Luckily, planning well, there’s a simple fix to this by placing chairs at a slight angle.

Prepare for uninvited guests. An outdoor wedding can mean bugs—nothing ruins a ceremony like being eaten alive! Hand out communal bug spray, or individual bug wipes like Avon Skin-So-Soft towelettes. You can also employ an eco-friendly exterminator to fog the entire area with insect repellant before guests arrive.

For the cake, prepare for the outdoors. Ask your baker how long the cake can sit out—if the timeline is too limited, have it delivered later, or ask if your caterer has space in the refrigerator. (Just let the cake come to room temperature before cutting and serving). Pass on the traditional cheesecakes or cream cheese fillings for red velvet cakes or carrot cakes, as they're more likely to spoil in the heat.

A beach wedding is totally within your reach when you know how to plan it right. Take note of these details and you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful memory in the making! And remember, for those southern California coastal weddings, Ontario Bakery is the bakery for you. Call us and ask about our custom cake and delivery options!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Don’t Graduate from College Without Doing These 5 Memory Making Things First!

Don’t Graduate from College Without Doing These 5 Memory Making Things First!College has been a wild ride with ups, downs and everything in between. You’ve got enough stories to tell to last you until your grandkids are ready to listen. Unfortunately, memories fade and as the years go by, you’ll begin to forget the the times you loved so well. So as graduation approaches, we want to share some great ways to keep the memories alive, so that as more time goes by, the memories don’t fade.
So how do you do that? Glad you asked.
Photos forever.  Think back over the years and recall the people that made a difference in your life.  Professors, friends, near by cafe’s? Maybe a mentor or administrator? Even if you're convinced that you'll stay in touch with these folks for years, take a picture anyway. You can laugh at how young everyone looked when you're old and gray and reminiscing about all the silly things you did in college.

Remember the food. Food makes memories too! Eat the food you love and eat the foods you thought were strange. Take pictures. These are great stories to share. 

Share your gratitude. Thank the people who helped pay your way. If anyone including scholarships, your parents, or others helped pay your way through school, make sure to let them know how much you appreciate their support. One suggestion: Include a picture of you in your cap and gown on graduation day in a simple but heartfelt thank-you note.

Honor your favorite professors. Chances are one professor in particular stands out for the influence he or she had on you during your time in school. Tell them "thanks" before you leave. You can thank them in person, write an email, or even leave a small thank-you note (and gift?) for them on graduation day. Then be sure to grab a photo with them, so the memory stays strong.

Capture your college world. It may seem silly now, but won't it be fun to look back at how you looked and what your room/home looked like 5, 10, 20 years from now? Don't let something so special become something easily forgotten! 

These years are meant to be magic so make sure you remember them! Ontario Bakery is here to provide the food! Contact us for custom, cakes, cookies and more!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Perfect Party Ideas for Awesome Kids Entering the Double Digits!

Perfect Party Ideas for Awesome Kids Entering the Double Digits! Turning ten is a big deal. The little kid years are behind you and there’s a world of new possibilities, privileges and even rides at your fingertips. Can you feel the magic they must feel? It’s huge and unlike any other birthday, so we think that’s reason to celebrate.
Here are some of what we think are the perfect party ideas for those awesome almost double digit superstars in your life:
Have three parties. You read that right; three. Why? Because they’re in transition and will love having a little of the old, a little of the new and a little of the safe and familiar.  To do this, plan one with your family, one with their older 'more grown up' friends and one with their friends from the younger crowd. Yes, you’ll need to be prepared for three cakes (lemon, chocolate, and another lemon) and plenty of ice cream flavors to choose from so they feel they’re safe to indulge in all they love as well as all that’s new to them!
Get them a pet or have them commit to caring for a neighbor's or family member's, if you can't do that.  Kids at this age feel bigger, want to help and 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!
Take them shopping so they can begin to have their own 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.
As the big special day approaches, embrace it for all it has to offer and remember that it’s a big change for any child and they might get emotional. So relax.  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. 
We'd love to hear from you as you plan for that exciting time and would be honored to make the day even sweeter with our custom baked birthday cakes!  Contact us at Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can make your celebration as memorable as possible.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother’s Day is Coming and These Tips Will Help You Celebrate Her Beautifully!

Mother’s Day is Coming and These Tips Will Help You Celebrate Her Beautifully!
Mother's are miracles; I think we can all agree on that. And we’re talking about everyone who’s ever played the mother role. There are aunts, friends, grandmothers, foster moms, and even sisters that have shown up to be the mothers we hold so deeply in our hearts. That’s what makes Mother’s Day so beautiful. We get to honor the very people that were there for us and helped us become who we are today. 

We want to share with you some very special ways that you can celebrate the mothers in your life in a way that they know how much you love and honor them.  

House plants. More and more, women are shying away from a casual bouquet and really loving new houseplants. Of course, be sure you know how much of a green thumb they have, but if you don’t know, you can always go with simple succulents, as they’re beautiful and need hardly any care!

Pamper coupons. This is a great one, especially for the little ones to do for mom!  You could make a 5-15 page book full of redeemable coupons for caring services.  Make ones for foot rubs, doing the dishes, washing the car, doing the laundry and more!  But remember, she WILL redeem them, so plan them out carefully! If you’re wanting to step it up a notch, you can also hide a fancier coupon in her book for a massage or day at the spa!

Breakfast in Bed.  Now please, with this one, don't wake her up!  Keep it personalized to HER needs.  She may not want pancakes.  She might want fresh juice, a cup of tea and her favorite book!  Absolutely make sure she has a flower or a few sprigs of lavender and rosemary to bring a fresh and relaxing aroma to the morning.

Hire a driver and send her shopping and to lunch. Alone. Without anyone to take care of and with no time schedule. Imagine the surprise and excitement in her face when she's dolled up for lunch and finds a driver, door open, awaiting her presence.  She will be queen for a day!

Fancy night out. Get tickets to a play, the symphony or the ballet, arrange for her to get her hair done or to buy a dress, take her to dinner and then to the performance. Mom deserves a night of elegant entertainment, don’t you think? She’ll be the belle of the ball!

We’re so excited to share these special ways to celebrate the miracle of ‘mom’. And at Ontario Bakery, we want to be a part of your joy by providing custom delicious cakes, cupcakes and treats! If you're in the Orange County area, please get in touch and let us know how we can make your day even more special.