It’s time to celebrate our graduates! As we begin the start of June, those parties are just around the corner. Are you prepared?
There are a couple of 7 key points our team has for those planning the biggest party of the year.
Hire a cleaning service – While preparing for an open house with countless guests, no one wants last minute cleaning – or worse, forgetting to clean at all. It’s affordable to hire a local maid and cleaning service where you wont have to lift a finger and will be able to sit back and relax – or keep planning. Our Note: Plan to call months before the big day. Remember, it’s a popular time of year and some services will be limited the closer you come to the party.
Ask for RSVPs for everyone – Yes. Everyone, including your graduates friends. It’s an exciting time for all seniors, and they’ll all make an appearance to each party they’re invited – especially if good food and vibes are expected. If you’ve invited extended family, or out of towners, make sure to include an RSVP note in your invitation. Out Note: Give your graduate a guest restriction. If they’re popular and knows every student at school, give your child a limit on how many friends they can invite.
Keep the theme simple – Remember less is always more. If you’re planning for a large amount of guests, chaos may strike if you have multiple appetizers, entrees and sides. Sometimes, offering a single hot item and sides which can be stored a room temperature are good options so you’re not constantly replenishing items. Our Recommendation: Try a build your own taco bar or sandwich station. This will allow for many options for all guests.
Plan to feed more than expected – If you think your exact RSVP number will arrive, expect for at least a dozen or two extra. Even more if your child sent out a general invitation word of mouth to their friends and classmates. It’s always the most difficult to estimate how many people will arrive at an open house, but you’ll absolutely need to make sure you can feed all the guests. Our Thoughts: Buying in bulk will benefit you here. Don’t put out all your food at once. Allow for guests to come and go freely but expect some will eat seconds; therefore, if you save extras for additional guests you wont get caught off guard.
Have an indoor alternative – Graduation season is smack dab in prime rainy season. If you’re expecting to offer your entire party outside, a tent might not be enough if there’s a downpour. Most guests will seek shelter inside if the weather turns bad quickly and you’ll soon be packed like sardines if you don’t have any alternatives. Our advice: If your home can not accommodate for your guest list inside, think about renting a space where this won’t be a concern while you’re celebrating with friends and family.
Offer more than one dessert – Now for the fun planning! A centerpiece cake is tradition but cupcakes are gaining respect among large parties. There’s many custom options which can be created from our bakery to correlate to school colors, mascots and other designs. You’ll want to plan a specific time to cut the cake, which can cause a delay in activities if you’re needing to plate. Consider other deserts which will allow for ease of display and distribution to your guests. Our suggestion: Cake pops and cookies are individually wrapped at Fate Cakes, so these desserts make it possible to leave out on a platter even for favors or a thank you treat.
Provide doggy bags – As guests prepare to leave, they’ll come and go all throughout the party if you have a traditional open house. As you’ve planned for additional guests, keep in mind there’s a high possibility you’ll have an abundance of food remaining at the end of the party. Make cleanup easier by sending leftovers home with your guest. It’s also a good idea to have take home bag kits readily available so guests can easily pack some food for later. Our consideration: If doggy bags aren’t something suitable for your event, contact a local charity, homeless shelter or community food bank. Setup a time in the evening when you can drop off perishables which can not be saved or consumed by your household.
With all this planning, it’s easy to become overwhelmed about the party and events. But remember, this is a special day to celebrate a milestone for your child and it’s important to enjoy these moments while they are still present.
Our team of design experts and catering staff are happy to help plan a successful party which will WOW your guests. To talk to our team about your event, contact us today (614.219.9429) and we’ll discuss the next steps in preparing that special day for your graduate.
The most anticipated game of the year is upon us. This weekend we’ll be catering to parties around the Columbus and central Ohio area for the big game.
Have a hankering for some sweet treats to share for Super Bowl LI?! Well look no further than Fate Cakes Bakery where we proudly have been specializing in cakes, cookies and cupcakes going on five years. Click here to view our popular cookie items!
A real crowd pleasing treat are hand drawn logo cookies including both rival teams or decadent cupcakes with creative designs. Whether you’re a rooting tooting Falcons or Patriots fan, it makes no difference. We sure have the sweet treats to delight! We have decadent Vanilla, Red Velvet and super moist chocolate to devour for The Super Bowl.
So don’t hesitate and be sure to view our menu and check out our cookie and cupcake options that will satisfy your sweet tooth and put a smile on your face. We would love to deliver an array of cookies and cupcakes for you upcoming Super Bowl Party!
Are you up to your eyes in wedding planning? This day will be most overwhelming and we’re here to help every step of the way. You’re not alone during this journey and we can answer all questions or concerns for this grand event.
Many Fate Cakes’ couples who choose to serve only cake are asking how to gauge the exact number of servings needed based on expected guests. To read more about an estimated recommendation, CLICK HERE to view our post about choosing cake to guest ratio. But what if you’re envisioning more than one dessert or treas which will be completely customized to your theme?
A previous topic on dessert bars showcases their convenience for guests; as well as, can benefit your pocket. It’s probably old news how expensive wedding cakes are – priced per slice. Our cake pops, cupcakes and cookies are not just delicious but can also be the perfect desserts for any wedding or even large event. There are countless options for design ideas and if you’re envisioning a dessert bar, these will make a lasting impression.
We’d be happy to discuss any pricing questions regarding our dessert catering but you can also preview some questions we suggest asking asking your bakery before booking for your event. This will provide some additional information needed before finalizing on your dessert or cake. To contact a Fate Cakes’ representative, give us a call (614-219-9429) or use our Contact Form.
Is tradition still a large part of weddings in 2016? Many of our brides come to us requesting a dessert that is unique from any other event but they also want to keep some things the same as their parents and grandparents. Those same couples are asking for a cupcake display instead of cake, so when do you still incorporate a cake cutting in your reception?
First, let’s cover why cutting into a cake cake has become a large focal point of the wedding. It’s not just a great photo op but is pretty tasty too. The guests will also have fun if both bride and groom dodge each other during the ultimate ‘cake in the face’ duel.
The couple will cut into the bottom tier of cake to symbolize the continued relationship and the groom is also said to place his hand on top of the brides to assist her cut the first piece. This is said to have meaning for the new husband in support of his bride as she in return taking care of her groom and their family.
The cutting cake should also be used to serve not just you and your newlywed but also those immediate family members. First provide a piece to your parents and then any bridal party members if you have additional servings to provide.
We know all of this planning can be overwhelming and of course are here to answer any questions about pricing or your thoughts over the phone. To speak with a Fate Cakes cake design specialist or an event coordinator, give us a call (614) 219.9429.
Often when we site down with newlyweds the most popular question asked is “How many servings should I order for my expected guest list?” It’s important for you to provide enough dessert for your guests but do you anticipate for one per invitee or more? Will everyone eat cake? What if your guests eat more than one dessert? All of these questions are valid while making imperative decisions and they can be very stressful.
While planning your big day you’ll soon learn not every guest will make an appearance at your wedding and it can be overwhelming deciding on a final number which will fit within your budget. Typically, when ordering a wedding cake, all bakeries will charge you per slice and Fate Cakes is no different. Our pricing starts at a standard and average cost and then increases on the complexity of design and all additional features. Our Event Coordinator will sit down with you and discuss all the options involved in planning the cake of your dreams and this is also the time where cake to guest ratio will be mentioned. (Click HERE to read additional information on the initial questions to ask a bakery during the first process of planing your wedding).
When planning to serve a cake for a wedding there are several costs to consider one of which is if your venue charges a cutting fee and how much this will total for the amount of servings you’re anticipating. Another item to consider is will your venue provide all plates, napkins and serving utensils. Most venues will accommodate but it’s worth make certain this will not be an added expense.
As all these details can be overwhelming, we are here to answer as many questions about your big day. To speak with our team about setting you to meet with our experts, contact us (614-219-9429) to schedule a date. You can also read details about the ‘Questions To Ask Before Booking A Bakery For Your Wedding’ and we’d be happy to answer any remaining inquiries.
Growing in popularity, dessert bars are the perfect opportunity to offer your guests more than one treat. It also allows for a variety of flavors, sweets and even let’s you design specific desserts around your theme or vision. We offer many confections at our bakery and are not limited to; cupcakes, cakes, cake pops, cookies and it’s becoming the norm for our brides to request more than one item at their wedding. Below, we’ve outlined 5 suggestions to why we LOVE dessert bars.
So you want that jaw dropping wedding? One which guests will be talking about for weeks? There’s no better way to show your friends and family you had a blast planning the big day and even more importantly the desserts. Make them ask how and where you came up with all the ideas!
We all have that family member that can’t get enough sweets. Allowing for multiple options will give all your guests an opportunity to select a treat they would prefer the most. More flavors are always a good thing, right!? (Stumped on what dessert options you should offer your guests? Check out our post about how to choose which treats to offer at your wedding).
All of our treats are customizable, but some are easier to create that magical look you want for your special day! For example, our custom cut out cookies can be perfect for designing monograms or any personalization. All our cookies are hand drawn and we can create a design of your dreams.
So you’re not cutting a cake? More brides are opting for a cupcake display which allows for an easier flow to your dessert party. Guests are able to walk up and choose their very own cupcake and flavor. We offer a variety of cupcake display and tower options, click here to read more about our stand rentals.
Take Home Bags:
It’s not traditional to offer food as a party favor, but who turns down a treat to take with them when they’re retiring from a great wedding? Sometimes, not everyone eats dessert but others like to eat MORE! (read our article about cake to guest ratio) Your guests might be tempted to take multiple treats but will probably wait until the party has almost ended to followthrough with their impulse. Give them an opportunity to take something to go and ask us to supply boxes for those after hours sweet thooths.
Recently engaged? We’d love to talk with you about your upcoming wedding! Give us a call today (614.219.9429) to share details about your big day or send us a quick message from our Contact Form
As those last minute shoppers are gearing up for the ‘big day’, our little elves also work hard to bake and deliver you treats before Christmas. We’re more than happy to create custom desserts tailed to special office parties and even the occasional ugly sweater party!
We’ve celebrated more birthdays with you that we can even count and there have been the fair share of 3D cakes thrown into the mix and we couldn’t have forgotten about the custom cookies we started this year. As 2015 comes to a close, we’re more than grateful for all the friends we’ve met and even more blessed for all those loyal customers who keep coming back for more sweets!
We’ll be announcing some exciting new desserts for the start of the New Year and we’re more than anxious to see what fun and creative ideas you’ll request for 2016! Our bakery enjoys every moment we’ve spent with your close friends and family and we’re looking forward to even more fabulous parties.
Our team has been with you almost every Monday-Saturday this year so it’s no surprise we’re in need of a little R&R with our loved ones too. We’ll be back full refreshed and ready to take on those sweetooths at the ring of the New Year, but for now we’ll be turing the oven off and spending quality time with family.
Fate Cakes will be observing the holiday during the following dates:
December 24th, 2015 (Christmas Eve) – Closes early at 4PM
December 25th, 2015 (Christmas)- December 31st, 2015 (New Year’s Eve) – Closed
January 1st (New Year 2016) – Closed
We’ll be back in the office January 2nd, 2016 and are currently taking orders for when we resume delivery on January 4th. To place an order using our online shopping cart CLICK HERE – We are currently booked for January 2nd and will just be taking orders for the upcoming week and year once we return to the office that Saturday.
Have a warm and healthy holiday season. Stay Sweet!
Stencils can be expensive and may take a while to arrive if you have a specific or expedited deadline. Here at Fate Cakes, we have many clients who request customized designs and cakes which use a stencil pattern and sometimes it’s easier to create one from scratch in comparison to finding a similar one (it it exists) from a third party.
What You Will Need:
– Printed copy of pattern/design
– Large piece of glass (about 1/4″ in thickness)
– Boxing Tape/ Scotch Tape / Duct Tape
– Acetate Paper (Found at any local art/paper supplier)
– Wood burning tool (Found at any local craft store)
Making your own stencil if fairly simple as long as you have the right tools, a steady hand, and some patience (lots of patience). The first thing to keep in mind, even if you’re purchasing a stencil from a vendor, is the ratio of pattern:size in reference to your finalized cake. For example, we are showcasing a 3D Louis Vuitton cake which was replicated from their Summer 2015 collection. The client which requested this design specifically wanted to smaller – almost ¼ the size of the actual purse; therefore, the ratio to the iconic LV pattern had to translate to the resizing.
Once you’ve determined a good size to the pattern, print off the design using a standard printer on an 8 ½”x11” sheet of printer paper – or larger if your cake needs a bigger pattern size; or if one of the sides of your cake will span longer than either 8 ½” or 11” – depending on its horizontal or vertical positioning/alignment.
After making a replicated print of the pattern, place a piece of glass (aproximately ¼” thick) on top of the pattern and tape it to a flat surface/table.
Next, take your acetate paper (thickness will be dependent on the complexity and size of your pattern) and adhere it on top of the glass using tape to secure it in place. Once you’ve compelted these steps, plug in your wood burning tool and wait about a minute until it has heated to the point of burning/melting the paper.
Note: A wood burning tool is a fabulous utensil and is useful for many arts and crafts. The more experience you have it, the better you will become in making accurate and replicated stencils.
The paper does not have to cool and can be used directly after etching after it has been thoroughly washed with water and soap. This will allow for any remaining particles to be removed before being placed on your cake.
Cake stencils come in a variety of patterns, designs and sizes, but sometimes it becomes impossible to find an exact replica to your specific cake needs. If you’re up for the challenge, try your hand at making your own stencil and remember – practice makes perfect!
Love the Louis Vuitton cake featured in this blog posting? Contact one of our Fate Cakes representatives today (614.219.9429) to learn more about how you can also have a custom made 3D cake to surprise that special lady on an anniversary or birthday celebration. For this specific cake, the client ordered the real deal; as well as, this smallest replicated version. What a thoughtful gift, but by no means do you have to surprise her with both – just get her an unforgettable and one of a kind cake. Even we admit that to it’s uniqueness and will be something none of her friends or family would also have.
We’re excited to announce our bakery will be operating all days of the week/weekend starting February 1st, and will return to our normal 6-days a week schedule after the Valentine’s Day rush. This particular holiday is our busiest, and in years past customers have requested delivery dates on every day of the week, including Sundays; therefore, we love making you happy and have opted to work even harder to work around any scheduled during the Valentine’s Weekend.
Below are our new hours effective February 1st – February 22nd. (We’ll be returning back to our normal hours and operation, Monday, February 23rd).
Sunday, February 1st: 12PM-5PM (Delivery 12PM-2PM) *No Same Day Orders
Monday, February 2nd – Friday, February 6th: 9AM-8PM (Delivery: 12PM-2PM; 6Pm-8PM)
Saturday, February 7th: 12PM-5PM (Delivery 10AM-12PM) *No Same Day Orders
Sunday, February 8th: 12PM-5PM (Delivery 12PM-2PM) *No Same Day Orders
Monday, February 9th – Friday, February 13th: 9AM-8PM (Delivery: 12PM-2PM; 6Pm-8PM) *ALL VDAY ORDERS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY 12PM FOR NEXT DAY
Saturday, February 14th: 12PM-5PM (Delivery 10AM-12PM; 2PM-4PM) *No Same Day Orders
Sunday, February 15th: 12PM-5PM (Delivery 12PM-2PM) *No Same Day Orders
To view our current Valentine’s Day custom cupcakes and cookies, please CLICK HERE to be redirected to our online shopping cart/product pages.
If you have any questions about our holiday hours or specials please contact us at (614) 219.9429. Please be patient if we are busy during peak days/hours leading up to Valentine’s Day. You may have to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a voicemail in order for our team to return your call/inquiry.
With the start of the New Year, we have received even more requests for gender reveal parties than ever before! This type of party can be fun for all members of the family and even the mother and father-to-be if they are kept out of the loop before the memorable day.
Typically, a first time Mom gives us a call to schedule a specialty cake or even cupcakes which will help her and the hubby reveal the sex of their baby, but rarely do we have the opportunity to be the only people to know about the sex of the baby before everyone else.
Kimberly B contacted us during the early parts of January to help her surprise everyone at a gender reveal baby shower – including herself and her husband Tim. We scheduled a time to pickup the sealed envelope delivered from her family practice with the results of the baby’s gender from Tim’s work days about a week prior to the cake delivery.
Once the envelope was safely brought back to our bakery, we were on pins and needles waiting to see what both Kim and Tim were going to be welcoming in the world this year, and we couldn’t wait to see the reactions on their and everyone’s faces once the news was shared.
It’s very rare for our team to see the excitement in our customers’ reactions when a special surprise like this is planned, ’cause who invites the baker/decorators to stay for a family planned event. But there’s nothing more rewarding to know all the hard work and detail pays off in the end to see those faces.
Kimberly was a sweetheart to share the following photos with us and our team from their special reveal party and these pics are of course being added to our Wall Of Memories we keep here at Fate Cakes. We never forget a customer or an order, but photos just help these keepsakes stay close to our hearts!
Congratulations, Kim and Tim on your baby BOY expected July 2015!
Message and Thank You Note from Kimberly M:
“We were very excited when we find out the news! I had a feeling it was a boy and Tim thought it was a girl……of course I was right. It was a great day shared with family and friends and I couldn’t imagine it going any better. The cake was absolutely adorable and delicious! Thank you again for everything.”