Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Introducing Cakes And Kids Designs - Invitations and More!

I am so excited to announce that just 6 months ago I launched a brand new Etsy shop. This is my 3rd shop on Etsy and this one, called Cakes And Kids Designs, offers an array of digital printables. You can get everything from invitations to thank you cards, cupcake wrappers to water bottle labels.


Cakes And Kids Designs also offers premade Etsy banner sets and Facebook sets for those of you that are launching or running your own businesses. Now you can carry your brand across all your web properties with matching elements. I even often matching business cards!


Best of all, Cakes And Kids Designs is full of the fun and bright colors and sweet styles that you have come to expect from me - it follows in the footsteps of my original Cakes And Kids fondant shop and my Cakes And Kids Too supply shop with its dedication to sweet, simply and stylish products. Please stop by and let me know how I can help with your next party!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Stop "Wishing" And Start Buying

Have you ever been shopping around the web when you find something that you absolutely "have" to have but you wish it was less expensive?  So you keep checking back hoping it will go on sale or you scour the internet looking for a coupon code.

Well now there is a website that can do all this for you.  It's called WishPlz.com and it allows you to build "collections" of products that you are "wishing" for.  Then WishPlz will keep track of those products and will alert you when something in your collection goes on sale or if a promo code can be applied to it.

This is so cool for brides planning a wedding, Moms planning a birthday party or even small business owners like myself who buy supplies on a regular basis.

I put together a fun collection for Mother's Day of products that would delight any Mom.  You can see a snippet in the picture below and you can check out the full collection here.


The collections work much like boards on Pinterest and are really quick and easy to build.  You can share your collections too if you'd like.

So stop wishing and start buying - sign up with WishPlz today and never pay full price again!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My "Cakes And Kids" Story

Have you ever wondered how I got started in this crazy business?  Want to know how I combine running a business with being a Mommy?  Well now you can hear my story in my own words through this feature video that was created by Alibaba (a company that I use to source some of my products from overseas).  Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Make 2013 Picture Perfect

I was recently approached by Minted.com and asked if I would like to create a personalized photo calendar for 2013 (their treat). Given that I was already a fan of Minted's personalized greeting cards and invitations, I readily agreed.

I spent about 30 minutes creating a lovely photo calendar for 2013 featuring some of my favorite products from my own Cakes And Kids business. The Minted.com interface is very use friendly and easy to use. I simply picked a template from the myriad of different options and then uploaded a different photo for the cover and each of the twelve months. Below is the template I chose - so pretty!


I ordered the petite size and it will be printed on a high quality matte paper - I am so excited to see the finished result!

Minted.com is also a wonderful place for unique and classy gift ideas. Personalized stationery and journals are just some of the fun ideas for the special people in your lives.


So have fun creating some picture perfect items for your 2013!

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Trend in Eco or Natural Party Products

I'm not sure how new this trend really is, but I'm seeing more and more people favoring natural looking or eco products at their birthday parties.  To meet this need, I've introduced a few supplies to my shops that have a natural look and a handmade feel:

Hand Stamped Wooden Utensils


Hand Stamped Muslin Treat Bags


Eco Cupcake Liners


What do you think?  Love this trend or not for you?  I would love to hear your thoughts as I'm constantly planning new products for my shops.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Party In A Box Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all who participated!

We had 140 comments and the big winner was......

Comment #70 - Congratulations Sugarlove!

Sugarlove is the lucky winner of a prize package that includes a complete Party In A Box in her choice of colors plus 1 dozen matching fondant cupcake toppers.

Sugarlove, you can contact me at julie@cakesandkids.com and I will provide you with details on how to redeem your prize (I'll send you an email also).

Thank you again to all who participated!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Party In A Box Giveaway

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are now at 4,000 "likes" on our Facebook page...wow!  To celebrate, I decided to run an impromptu giveaway with prizes from my own shop (next time I'll open it to other vendors - promise) :)

Sooooo, you could win a complete "Party In A Box" in any color scheme you choose PLUS 1 dozen custom fondant cupcake toppers to match (a $64-$68 value)!



Here's how to enter:
  1. Leave a comment sharing what your favorite color combo is (I love the pale pink/yellow/lime green shown up above...lol) (1 entry).
  2. Like my Facebook page and leave a comment here when you're done (1 entry).
  3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here that you did (1 entry).
  4. Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment here that you did (1 entry).
  5. Blog about this giveaway and then leave a comment here with a link to your post (1 entry).
Entries must be submitted by midnight PST on Tuesday June 26, 2012 and the winner will be chosen via Random.org. Please leave your email address to be notified if you win. This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide - yay! Thanks for participating and good luck!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Introducing "Party In A Box"

I am very excited to unveil the newest product from Cakes And Kids - It's a "Party In A Box"!


These fun boxes come packed with all the goodies you need to host a fantastic party. Create the dessert table of your dreams with coordinating cupcake liners, sprinkles, treat bags, paper straws, nut cups, twine and more.


All you have to do is tell us the 2 or 3 colors to use and we'll do the rest :) Your colorful items come packed in a glossy white box with a matching ribbon which also makes "Party In A Box" a great gift for anyone who loves to entertain. Perfect for teachers, brides-to-be, girlfriends and even the young aspiring baker in your family. Take the stress out of your next party and order one today!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"LOVE" Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all who participated!

Before I announce the big winner, let me just explain that the comment count shown by Blogger is incorrect and not all comments are even shown (apparently a known issue with Google Blogger).  But rest assured all comments have been captured on my end and their were actually 326 of them.  Sooooo, the big winner was......

Comment #47 - Congratulations Donna!

Donna is the lucky winner of an almost $200 prize package that includes gifts and/or gift certificates from Cakes And Kids, Sassy Soirees Wedding & Event Planning, Elizabeth Alta Jewelry, Skylar Raine, Viv & Co., Maddie Bug, Party Paper Scissors, AddieKae Designs and Piggy Bank Parties.

Donna, please contact me at julie@cakesandkids.com and I will provide you with contact information for all these wonderful vendors so that you can claim your prizes.

Thank you to all of you who participated and a special shout out to all the fantastic vendors :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

{GIVEAWAY} - A Little "LOVE" For Our Fans

We finally reached 3,000 "likes" on our Facebook page - yippee! I am so appreciative of each and every fan :)

So to show you all some love in return, I'm throwing a fantastic Valentine's themed giveaway. Some wonderful sponsors have agreed to donate their products and/or services to one lucky winner - THANK YOU LADIES! Read below to find out what prizes are being offered and how to enter and you could walk away with a total prize package worth almost $200!

The Prizes

From yours truly, a Valentine party pack from Cakes And Kids Too that includes a cupcake kit, paper straws, baker's twine and mini chevron treat bags (retail value of $25.00).  "Like" Cakes And Kids on Facebook.


From Sassy Soirees Wedding & Event Planning, a dozen individually wrapped marshmallow pops customized and color dipped to match your function (retail value of $32.00 - must order before end of May due to heat). "Like" Sassy Soirees on Facebook.


From Elizabeth Alta Jewelry, a $25 gift certificate to their beautiful shop. "Like" Elizabeth Alta Jewelry on Facebook.


From Skylar Raine - accessories for YOU & your home, a $20 gift certificate (select items from their Facebook page). "Like" Skylar Raine on Facebook. Skylar Raine is a new store just launched by the fabulous Laura of Eye Candy Event Details.


From Viv & Co., a lovely Valentine's headband (retail value of $16.00). "Like" Viv & Co. on Facebook.


From Maddie Bug, a custom monogrammed Valentine's Day Onesie or T-shirt (retail value up to $21.00). Sizes come in newborn up to 6T. "Like" Maddie Bug on Facebook.


From Party Paper Scissors and AddieKae Designs, a Valentine's Day package that includes a banner, a set of three Valentine's Day Cards with heart barrettes, a Valentine's Day headband and a necklace (retail value of $37.00). "Like" Party Paper Scissors on Facebook and "Like" AddieKae Designs on Facebook.


From Piggy Bank Parties, a Love Rocks Collection or Sugar Cookie Valentines Collection. You can choose one of their printable Valentine's collections which includes everything you need for a Rockin' or Sweet Valentine's Party (retail value of $12.00). "Like" Piggy Bank Parties on Facebook.


The Rules

Here's how to enter:
  1. Leave a comment sharing what your favorite thing is about Valentine's Day (1 entry).
  2. Like each vendor's Facebook page (links are above) and leave a comment here when you're done (1 entry for each vendor).
  3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here that you did (1 entry).
  4. Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment here that you did (1 entry).
  5. Blog about this giveaway and then leave a comment here with a link to your post (1 entry).
Entries must be submitted by midnight PST on Sunday January 22, 2012 and the winner will be chosen via Random.org. Please leave your email address to be notified if you win. Open to U.S. only (sorry). Thanks for participating and good luck!