Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The "411" On Selecting and Ordering Your Wedding Cake by the Cake Contessa!

When should I order my wedding cake?

You should order your cake after you have a venue, picked your colors, and most importantly when you’re ready. Being ready doesn’t necessarily mean you know exactly what you want, but at least you’re ready to entertain the idea. We recommend a few different things. Are you set on a certain baker but your wedding is still 9 mouths to a year away? and its in the middle of wedding season then book it. Usually 6-9 mounts is plenty of time but it really depends on your date. However if you got engaged and getting married in 1-3 months it’s still ok to go ahead and call your favorite baker if it’s possible they will do their best to accommodate you.

Can my cake sit outside?

We understand that this is Arizona a beautiful place for a fall wedding, if it is October 3rd and your thinking the 70’s think again, Last October it was over 85. Many factors fall into place is it in the shade? Can it be brought outside right before? We do not recommend having your cake in the direct sunlight cake? ever, butter melts at 78 degrees. Also think about that before putting it in front of a window.

What other options besides cake can I use instead of a traditional wedding

There are so many options! Lollycakes, donuts, ice cream cake, cake balls, fruit tarts, All can be arranged to look spectacular!

I have dietary restrictions can I still have a cake?

We understand that today more than ever people are much more aware of food allergies. Just ask for exactly what you can have and tell your baker what you can’t. I’m sure they will come up with the perfect ~egg free, gluten free, nut free, non-dairy, no sugar dessert just for you.

Saving the top tier?

Do people really eat their top cakes after 1 year, of course they do! Are they still good? Yes when packaged correctly they can be quite tasty, Many couples also take them on their honey moon. And I have heard that they eat them on the plane with Champagne, How Romantic!!

What should I bring to my cake tasting?

Color swatches, any pictures of cakes that you have already found that we can incorporate into your cake design. We have several pictures and magazines. It’s great to also include your groom in this step of the wedding planning process. He will be excited to taste the cake.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Tips from Mrs. Hancock's


• Afford Children a quick list of whom they may expect to meet and how they’re related or why these new people are being included in your Holiday celebration…this will really help!
• Let’s remind our Children to be on their best behavior while a guest in someone else’s home and that speaking up and properly answering with a “Hello, my name is ____”, or “Merry Christmas” or “Thank you” when spoken to, is very important and is very caring behavior
• Let kids know that a ‘cheek pinch’, a ‘head rub’ or a big squeeze is a funny thing that can be a badge of honor with points assigned (count them up and after the celebration, give kudos and talk about how well they handled themselves!)
• Explain that a big part of the Holidays is seeing and spending time with people we like and love and that it’s neat it is to get to know our relatives and friends better. Make it a game among your kids to see who can talk with more people and what they found out about their hobbies, where they live, how many pets they have, etc.
• Teach and role play with youngsters how to properly shake hands with an adult or give a buss on the cheek.
• Use a simple phrase and practice! “My name is Jason, Cousin Bill; it’s nice to meet you!”
• Remind them that when they’re with other kids, they could find out their new friend’s or relatives name and how old they are; that the nice thing to do next is to make introductions to any new arrivals or, to you and Dad, so that you too may enjoy the pleasure of meeting someone new
• If there’s been a death or divorce since last year, remind Children that their favorite Aunt Ruth won’t be in attendance this year and why. This keeps them from either finding out ‘bad news’ in the moment or asking personal questions that may upset
• Teach Children that upon exiting the get together or leaving the table we always say “Thank you for inviting us, we had fun!” or “Dinner was delicious, thank you” or even “I hope to see you next year!”
Remember to remind your Children we don’t touch other’s things; put our feet on other’s furniture, argue with other Children or run in someone else’s home! Do also remind them how to interrupt properly when they need something from you. What else can you think to share to put your Children more at ease and afford them a sense of confidence (and you a sense of peace!), during Holiday get-togethers? Happy, Happy, Merry, Merry!

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