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A Piece of Cake For Your Custom Party

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Custom cakes can be a fun addition to any party, but there are a few things you should be aware of before approaching your local cake baker.

How much will it cost me?

Be prepared to spend. Custom cakes require a lot of time and skill, and you will have to pay for it. As bakers say, cheap cake isn’t good, and good cake isn’t cheap. Don’t use grocery store prices as a comparison! Grocery stores use flash frozen cake and frosting, whereas custom cakes are made fresh specifically for your order.

If you don’t have the money to afford your dream cake, ask what other options are available. Frequently, you’ll be able to find a variation that is within your budget.

Researching Cake Bakers

Always ask for credentials from a baker. All bakers should be working out of a registered kitchen, and should have the paperwork to back it up. These kitchens meet basic sanitation standards and are inspected by the local health agencies. If you have any concerns, feel free to ask to see the kitchen. If they refuse, don’t be afraid to walk out the door!

When browsing a baker’s Facebook page or website, be sure to ask which cakes were actually made by them. Many of us like to share and admire each other’s work, so some of what you might see not actually be that baker’s work! Be wary of any baker who will not show pictures of their past work.

Start your research early so that you can order early. It cannot be emphasized enough that ordering early will ensure that you get the cake that you want. Bakers make even simple cakes over a period of days because it takes time to allow cakes to settle properly and frostings to set. Generally, it’s better to order two weeks in advance at the very least. This will give your baker time to plan out the cake’s construction, prepare the frostings, and do the more intricate work involved in creating a gorgeous cake. A rushed baker will not create the best cake possible!

Don’t hesitate to ask for a taste test. You want to make sure you actually like the taste! Be sure to specify which flavors you’d like to try when you make the appointment, and specify how many people will be at the taste test.. Bakers want to make sure that you are getting fresh samples, and will need time to get everything prepared.

Tips for Meeting with Your Baker

  • If you have specific dietary or aesthetic requirements, be sure and specify them as soon as possible. This will help your baker create an accurate quote for you, and will cause much less aggravation in the long run!

 

  • It is very important that you be flexible in your concept. Bakers have experience in what is and is not possible in a cake, and are most familiar with their own abilities in terms of execution. Be willing to work with them and ask for their advice. Many times, their creativity will exceed the original concept!

 

  • Make sure you know which venue you will be using for your party before inquiring about a custom cake. Some venues requires that you use an affiliated baker, while others have specific requirements about who they allow to bring food to their location. Your baker will also need to know the venue and its layout so that they can design a cake that will showcase appropriately in its designated display area.

 

While custom cakes may not be for every party, National Party Stationery helps to complete your custom theme.  Our expansive number of invitations and thank yous in multiple themes will fit with the cake you choose to make your party one that will always be remembered. We fit your budget and your needs and look forward to being the icing on your custom cake.

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The Working Person’s Guide to Party Planning

Party planning can be a pain. Whether it’s a birthday party, a retirement party, a baby shower, or anything else you can dream up, there are a lot of moving parts that go into making that kind of get-together a smash hit. For those of us with busy lives, it can be difficult to figure out how to ensure things are as great as they can be without sacrificing a lot of time and energy we don’t have.

Planning for parties doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right tools, a few tips, and a handful of tricks, anyone can plan a killer bash and still be home in time for dinner.

Let’s start with what may seem like the most obvious tool to use: lists. They can be your best friend or your worst enemy depending on how you use them. Some people are naturally more organized than others. For those kinds of people, a simple to-do list will keep them on track and remind them of what needs to get done when. And then there are some of us who do better with multiple lists. That setup can get overwhelming surprisingly quickly!

To combat the stress, try dividing things up by categories. “Things that need to be acquired for the party,” or “Things that need to be cleaned.” Breaking it up into stages and then making a schedule of when these things are going to get done can make things less stressful. It involves more steps, but they’re simpler. Smaller chunks that can be done quickly means less time taken out of a day and less to worry about when you’re working on other things.

Still not entirely sure where to start with your lists? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The internet is a goldmine for useful (and good looking!) list templates and printables. Take a look at these planner guides for more adult parties. For kids’ parties and more general occasions, try one of these free printables. They’ll help you get started and some will even give you a timeline as to when things need to get done.

If you still find yourself with too much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it, it may be time to implement Plan H: Enlist Help.

No man is an island, and odds are you’re surrounded by people who would be willing to help if they were asked.

Family, friends, and co-workers are all people you can look to for a helping hand. Ask your sister to pick up the cake for Dad’s party. Maybe your spouse can take care of the kids for a night while you go out shopping. Tina over in Accounting may be able to handle decorations for Jim’s retirement party if you ask her.

Other people are an invaluable and often overlooked resource. Telling them you need a hand and asking if they’d be willing to help you (or the person that you’re throwing the party for) is an easy way to get some things off your plate. Remember–your initiative will almost always be rewarded. And the worst they can do is say no.

The most important thing you can do to make party planning easy is to be flexible.

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Maybe your entertainment falls through. Or Tina in Accounting gets the flu and suddenly you have no decorator for the office party. Life has a tendency to happen just when we don’t want it to. And when that happens, frustration is the usual reaction. Who wouldn’t be a little upset when all that planning gets thrown right out the second story window?

Frustration is normal. Take a moment to feel it, then remind yourself that you are flexible. You can work around whatever roadblock is in the way of your perfect party, and you can make new plans. Or maybe come up with a backup plan when you first start things, just in case. “Expect the unexpected,” is a bit of an oxymoron but reminding yourself of it can come in handy. You’ll end up with a better party, and a happier you, if you can roll with the punches.

When all’s said and done–when the cake has been eaten, the attendees have gone home, and everyone falls into their post-party food comas–you can relax and bask in the wonderful feeling of a job well done. At least until it’s time for the thank you notes to go out. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered on that front too.

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