For today’s bride, there are new challenges in making cuisine choices on that special day. There are rising food sensitivities and information exposing the harms of consuming genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in addition to an abundance of artificial ingredients and animal products in foods.
Many brides will be seeking catering resources that are conscientious about health and safety –with gluten-free diets, allergy issues, dairy intolerance, etc. Solutions to these concerns are precisely the aim of Cup My Cakez, a small boutique bakery that specializes in vintage-inspired event cakes and treats that are all 100% gluten free, natural and vegan. Owner Caitlin Byrne will customize one’s menu to fit most other dietary needs as well, such as soy or corn free.
“I source seasonal and organic produce and make EVERYTHING from scratch,” says Byrne. “Seriously, from my whole grain flour blends to my rainbow sprinkles, I tackle all the small details commonly overlooked by bakeries that buy their ingredients pre-made and processed.
Cup My Cakez is currently a made-to-order delivery service, working mostly online, but Byrne plans to open a storefront and expand to be an eco/budget friendly, all encompassing event-planning service in the near future.
To contact Cup My Cakez, visit www.CupMyCakez.com or email Cupmycakez@gmail.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s “full-blown artwork,” says Hayley Tassa of Dragonflylola in Santa Clarita. “I most enjoy painting whimsical designs, like fairies, flowers, and butterflies at children’s parties.”
The Canyon Country resident offers a range of services, including body painting, henna artwork, balloon twisting, glitter tattoos and airbrush tattoos. She offers what she calls face and body artistry to the Santa Clarita area.
“I started as a little girl painting,” says Tassa. “I studied fine art, graphic design and animation, then worked in animation. So, I would say I have 35+ years of knowledge and studies under my belt. I also keep working at my craft taking classes from master face and body artists from all over the world.”
Dragonflylola can be found at as many types of celebrations as a person can imagine, including school functions, festivals, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, quinceaneras, grand openings, corporate celebrations, birthday parties, family gatherings and non-profit organizations. Tassa has also had a booth during the Sheriff’s Haunted Jailhouse event for three years, and hopes to return to the Chili Cook-off in Castaic again.
“I love giving back to the community as well, so I offer my services to local non-profits.” says Tassa. “I have been painting for the past three years in a row for Carousel Ranch for their holiday celebration with Santa, and next month I will be painting for the Domestic Violence Center at their Fairy Berry event at Robinson Ranch.”
To contact Dragonflylola, visit www.Dragonflylolaartistry.com or email Dragonflylola@gmail.com.
Invite by Evite
In keeping with the rate by which marriages are changing the meaning of “traditional,” weddings are being handled differently than our grandparents executed theirs. It hardly seems possible, but events that are even as formal as weddings have taken to the Internet.
Brides and grooms are opting for “e-invitations” instead of printed, embossed notecards with hand-written envelopes. A recent evite went out, and the RSVP called for guests to repondez s’il vous plait online. The instructions took the responder to the site designating where the wedding ceremony would be and the reception, complete with choice of entrée.
My, how times have changed.