Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pucca comes to Cake Pops

Pucca has made it to Just a Bite Cake Pops. We received a special order for this adorable character to be placed on our yummy cake pops. Our creative bakers set to work and this is the fruit of their labor. A lovable collection of Pucca cake pops and what a fantastic job they did. I can almost hear the Ninja cries coming from these animated pops.

Remember Just a Bite Cake Pops for your next party, wedding or event. We always like a challenge and would love to create your favorite character on some of our scrumptious pops.

Mindy Himmel, Owner of Just a Bite Cake Pops

Thursday, December 9, 2010

See you next year!!!

We want to thank everyone for their Holiday orders and hope the season is wonderful for you all. We will not be accepting any more orders this year but we will be back in full force after the new year. Stay Sweet!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rebranding Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of those holidays that is a little blurry for me. Growing up, my parents dragged my brother and I to some friends of the family’s house where we sat and waited (for far too long it seemed) to have a big meal and then there would be a lot of sitting, and talking, and then pumpkin pie, and then we would finally go home.

Once I left home and moved west, Thanksgiving was always a potluck of friends getting together and eating and drinking together. Having Thanksgiving away from home always caused a bit of anxiety about “where am I going to have Thanksgiving dinner this year???”.

Then our family had a rough Thanksgiving in 2006 … suffice it to say it was a tough year to celebrate. Since then, I have struggled to really get excited about the pilgrim patented, turkey touting, overindulgent holiday. I have found myself trying to figure out, for myself, what this particular occasion means to me, and how can I give it meaning for myself personally.

Which brings me to my personal goal for this season – to rebrand Thanksgiving. Rename it, retheme it, give it a whole new life… and I’m looking for suggestions. This effort is going to be based on a theme of gratitude. Gratitude for what I have, and for what I don’t. Gratitude for the ability to breathe deeply and love freely. Gratitude for my family who is so dear to me, though they are miles away. Gratitude for the gifts in my life that are too many to count.

I look forward to a week of personal celebration of this gratitude and even I am not sure how that will unfold. I know only that as I enter the season of giving, I am striving to do so with a peaceful mind, open heart and healthy body. I invite you to share with us how you will be celebrating your gratitude this week. As for my rebranding efforts, we will keep you posted. In the meantime, Just a Bite wishes you a grateful beginning to your holiday season.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cyber Monday Is Coming to Just a Bite

It's about that time again, smell the turkey, watch some football on the set, and get ready for those holiday bargains. Just a Bite™ Cake Pops is excited to host our first "Cyber Monday" discount. Available for one day only, on Cyber Monday, November 29th, Just a Bite will give you 20% off your entire order. All orders must be placed on November 29th and all need to be picked up or shipped by December 15, 2010. One order per person please. Visit our website at http://www.justabitecakepops.com/ and enter the discount code: OO1NEW.

We can only hope you will celebrate the end of the year with us and this special discount. We are thankful to be a part of your sweet lives and hope to keep your tummies full throughout the holidays and beyond.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Holiday Flavors

Just a Bite™ would like to introduce our 2010 holiday flavors. We have been working like elves to get these tasty additions ready for the holiday sugar rush. Our bakers have created a snappy gingerbread cake with a white chocolate coating and milk chocolate drizzle and a decadent eggnog cake with white chocolate coating and a dash of sugar on top. Order your seasonal pops today because once the New Year begins; these scrumptious flavors will be just another delicious, holiday memory.

Have a safe, happy and delicious holiday season from all of us at Just a Bite™ Cake Pops!

Remember to order by visiting our website at http://www.justabitecakepops.com/

Monday, November 1, 2010

No Woman Left Behind

True to form, Just a Bite ™ Cake Pops is sponsoring yet another women’s charity. An active lifestyle is very close to our hearts at Just a Bite™ and so is community involvement. The Women’s Half Marathon is a race to benefit the Susan G Komen for the Cure® and will take place in Scottsdale-Tempe, Arizona on November 7th, 2010. We are sponsoring a group called No Woman Left Behind AZ, check out their progress at http://nowomanleftbehindaz.blogspot.com/.

Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest network of breast cancer activists and survivors. The charity fights to save lives, empower people and ensure quality care for all. Komen Race for the Cure® has raised nearly $1.5 billion dollars for the cause.
The Women's Half Marathon Unique Finisher's Medal

This is a great affair and all finishers will receive a one-of-a-kind medal with removable charm, ultimate goodie bag, fashion show, cookie café and more. We are more than proud to be a part of such a unique and important event. For more information or to donate, please go to http://www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe/

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Celebrate your Team Spirit

We recently received an order for a 50th birthday celebration with a different twist. The party was taking place at a USC football game and would be a tailgate extravaganza. We worked on our sculpting skills and created these delightful football shaped cake pops. We also added some USC flair by color matching and writing on our classic pops. So happy to be a part of such a great celebration and to support a team with such heart.

We would love to create a cake pop using your favorite team's colors, from NFL, to college, to NBA, NHL and beyond. Anything goes at Just a Bite, your team spirit is welcome here. Remember us during Thanksgiving, the bowl games and of course Superbowl. And ordering these custom pops is easy, just follow the link http://www.justabitecakepops.com/catalog/featured-and-seasonal and get ready to cheer. GOOOOOOOO Just a Bite!!!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Trick or Pop

We love this time of year, the costumes, the fall leaves, the delicious Just a Bite Cake Pops. This year our bakers have come up with some spooky and tasty Halloween delights. Whether you are having a party, taking them to your school costume parade or just want a special Halloween treat for yourself, ordering these adorable cake pops is easy as pumpkin pie. Follow the link to our new website and order any of the featured, seasonal pops:   http://www.justabitecakepops.com/catalog/featured-and-seasonal/halloween

Remember how much you loved Halloween as a little kid, and order some scrumptious mummy, pumpkin, one-eyed monster or bloodshot eyeball cake pops. Heck, buy a bouquet of all four styles and display them on your table for a unique and scary centerpiece. Happy haunting and remember all you need is Just a Bite.

Just a Bite Launches a New Website

Drum roll please...Just a Bite Cake Pops is proud to announce we have a new website. Please head straight to http://www.justabitecakepops.com/ and take a look around. We are so excited to show you our new site that we are giving you a 10% discount. All orders that are placed through the new website up until 10/25 will be given 10% off your entire order. Simply enter the coupon code NEW001 and the magic will happen.

Surf don't walk to our new website and take a gander, we'll hope you agree that this new site is awesome. Can't wait to hear your comments and take your orders. Stay sweet!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What a night out it was, filled with celebrities, great deals and fantastic Just a Bite™ Cake Pops. Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) was this past Friday night at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. The evening was abuzz with TV personalities and local socialites, not to mention tons of people shopping and getting into the spirit of the FNO.

Just a Bite™ was only one of the vendors at the Island. We handed out chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cake pops decorated in white, red and black, to shoppers. The pops were such a huge hit we actually ran out by 7pm and the event lasted well until 9pm. What a rush to be devoured by the public. Everyone just loved the pops. We even handed out some cake pops to the stars; Lo Bosworth of Laguna Beach and The Hills and Lynne Curtin of the Real Housewives of OC enjoyed the tasty treats.

So happy to be a part of the Irvine Company’s extravaganza. Thanks to all who showed up, ate the pops and shopped ‘til they dropped.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fashion's Night Out

Just a Bite™ is getting ready for Fashion’s Night Out, this Friday, September 10th. The event will take place at Fashion Island in Newport Beach from 5:00pm till 9:00pm. We are whipping up an order of almost 700 cake pops for this stylish soiree.

More than 30 stores at Fashion Island are taking part in Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). They will be celebrating with beauty and fashion events, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fabulous giveaways. This monumental affair hopes to create fashion buzz, consumer confidence and an economic boost for shopper s across the globe.

Step into Anthropologie for desserts, beverages and personal shopping services. If good music and champagne is your thing, stop by 7 for All Mankind, or drop in G-Star and Room Service. Or you can enter to win a $1000 shopping spree at MaxStudio, plus receive a 25% discount on Friday night. Milk and cookies are just part of the fun Lola Rouge Kids, plus a 10% discount. There are so many great specials and prizes throughout Fashion Island Friday night; I only wish I could list them all. To see a complete listing visit the website at http://www.shopfashionisland.com/fno/

We hope to see you sipping champagne and shopping on Friday night. And we bet you will be carrying the sweetest trend of the season in your hand, a Just a Bite™ cake pop of course.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Get your Ice Cream Pops Here

Is it an ice cream cone or a Just a Bite™ cake pop? If you guessed both, you are right and in for a delicious surprise. These delightful pops are just what the party ordered. We decorated these by request for a birthday party and think they turned out perfectly sweet.

The ice cream cone cake pops are classic flavors, served in a real ice cream cone, with decorative chocolate icing, rainbow jimmies and a red, candy cherry on top.

Super cute and super yummy, plus, they won’t melt all over your tablecloth.

We also built a custom display of our own with coordinating, decorative paper. We would love to coordinate with your end of the summer party plans, and any themes or ideas you may have for displaying your pops. Or if you'd just like a surprise dessert for your Labor Day BBQ.

Give us a call today to order these adorable Just a Bite™ cake pops. These creative pops are sure to quench everyone’s summer time, sweet tooth.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Just a Bite™ says “I do”

What better way to greet the guests at your blessed event than with wedding cake pops? Wedding cake pops, paired with our classic assortment pops; looked stylish, tasty and chic. These delicious and beautiful wedding cake pops were displayed at a wedding in La Jolla, California this past weekend. The nuptials took place at the Scripps Center and we just loved being a part of it.

Just a Bite™ was happy to partner with Raise the Cake in creating a unique display for the pops. Two cakelike tiers wrapped in beautiful ribbon as the base plus a glass vase at the top, and our pops were ready to party. You can reach this classy operation at http://www.raisethecake.com/ to pick out a gorgeous platform for showing off your pops too.

When your wedding, shower or party calls for distinctive and delicious, remember Just a Bite™ is up to the challenge. Our expert bakers and decorators are always looking to design the next fantastic cake pop. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Raspberry, Paisley and Pops

We’ve got custom orders in the bag, Vera Bradley’s bags that is. We were so fortunate to work with Vera Bradley recently on a huge cake pop order. Just a Bite™ cake pops was part of the huge Fall Launch to 29 Vera Bradley stores. The goal was to color match one of the newest prints, Very Berry Paisley, and create a raspberry cake to die for and we did it. Our busy poppers were working overtime to get out more than 1400 pops. From the East Coast to Hawaii, our raspberry pops headed to the stores this past week, fifty to each, and boy we couldn’t be more proud.

Vera Bradley was founded over 27 years ago by two friends, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R Miller, and named after Baekgaard’s mother Vera. On a vacation in 1982, the two friends noticed there was a lack of feminine luggage in the marketplace. They wasted no time and within two weeks a company was born. With quality in mind, the two women created a company that is now nationally and internationally known for functionality, dependability and beauty. Every year women all over the world look forward to new prints and products from this fine company.

We are so happy to be a part of the most recent launch of Vera Bradley. The Very Berry Paisley print and our cake pops was a match made in raspberry heaven. Stop in to a local Very Bradley store to experience the quality for yourself, see their website for locations or to purchase online. http://www.verabradley.com/

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Jewel-Toned Pops

The 31 Bits party was a great success. Our brightly colored, jewel-toned cake pops were a huge hit. Everyone just loved how the display looked with the beautiful jewelry. And speaking of the jewelry, it is beyond craftsmanship, beyond stunning, it’s just amazing what these women do with paper and their own hands.

We were so proud to be a part of this party and can’t wait to do another partnership in the future. If you love the colors we used for the 31 Bits party, remember, we can match just about any color and would love to be a part of your next event!

Monday, July 5, 2010

We LOVE Creative Custom Orders

When we were asked to make Tennis Ball Cake Pops, we leaped at the chance to jump the net. With icing in our hands we decorated these colorful, playful Cake Pops for a recent event. They were so adorable they didn't even need sticks and were displayed as a "bucket of balls".

We can do many different athletic Cake Pops and would love to decorate in your school's favorite colors. Please let us know if you have any awesome ideas for pops, with sticks or no sticks. We love a challenge and can show you a sample before the big day. Enjoy the summer and remember to stay sweet!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Don't miss your chance to order for your summer events!

Just a Bite™ asks you to plan ahead... our summer event calendar is filling up quickly... Please place orders for larger events as soon as possible with at least a week's notice.

Monday, June 14, 2010

31 Bits Launch Party

Just a Bite™ is partnering with 31 Bits for a boutique line launch party this summer. The event will be held Thursday, June 24th from 5:30-8:00pm at the Westerly in Corona Del Mar. Part of the proceeds will be going to 31 Bits and the women who make it possible.

31 Bits started out in 2008 when five college students from Southern California traveled to Uganda and met six amazing women. These women were creating piece of artwork disguised as jewelry, they needed to feed their families and pay for school, medical and shelter. Unfortunately the market was lacking and these intuitive college girls knew they could make a difference. 31 Bits provides a market for the jewelry made in Uganda and is helping to change lives, one necklace at a time.

Just a Bite™ Cake Pops will be displayed at this unique event and is very proud to be a part of such a remarkable and considerate project.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Taste of the Nation:No Kid Hungry

Helping to end children’s hunger is of great importance to Just a Bite™. This past weekend we participated in a fantastic event called Taste of the Nation: No Kid Hungry. It is one of 55 events taking place this summer, throughout the United States, in an effort to end childhood hunger. This star-filled affair took place at Media Park in Culver City on June 6th.

Brilliant LA chefs, mixologists and dessert divas, like our own Mindy Himmel, donate their time and talent to this cause. From Chilean Sea Bass to Thai Shrimp Skewers to Chocolate Cake Pops, every food you could imagine was in attendance. Funds are raised to support local recipients like St. Joseph’s Canter, Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness , Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and California Food Policy Advocates.

Our Cake Pops were displayed in the exclusive VIP tent and we were thrilled at the response. Just A Bite™ loves to work with parties and weddings, but we definitely have a soft spot for a charity. Remember us when you are putting together an auction basket or are having a charity event of your own.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Once Upon A Time

When you meet a person who is professional, thoughtful and friendly, you just want to shout it from the rooftops. Sharon Gall is one of these people. She is an amazing Event Planner and works under the name Once Upon A Time (Weddings & Special Events). Even her business sounds magical.

Sharon has over 10 years of experience as a Wedding Consultant and she has assisted hundreds of brides and grooms over the years. She has been a part of planning and executing weddings from San Diego to Santa Barbara, as well as out of state in Colorado, Oregon and Arizona. Sharon focuses on making your special day a successful and smooth event.

Mindy of Just a Bite™ met her at French 75 in Laguna Beach this past February and she has already referred business our way. We can’t thank her enough for her generous personality and for thinking of Just a Bite™ . In May we were lucky enough to provide some adorable Cake Pops for a B’nai Mitzvah for Nicole Chaness and owe this event to Sharon.

If you know someone who is getting married, or planning a unique event, have them give Sharon a call. They won’t be disappointed. Sharon can be reached at 949-275-4730 or by visiting her website www.onceuponatimeweddings.com

Monday, May 31, 2010

Get Carried Away West Coast Style

What do a pink carpet, movie premiere, cosmos, and Just a Bite Cake Pops have in common? Get Carried Away Sex and the City 2 premiere party, West Coast style. We were thrilled to be part of such a fantastic event. Nicole with the Henley Company was kind enough to include us in the Sex and the City 2 swag bags at this one of a kind party. And the Henley Company sure does know how to throw a party.

We were ecstatic to be a part of the biggest premiere party this side of Rockefeller Center and decided to serve up hot pink and white cake pops in honor of the famous foursome. Ladies on the West Coast were given the celebrity treatment and enjoyed delicious treats, a complimentary Cosmopolitan hosted by Skyy Vodka and some much needed girl time.

The event was a huge success and the movie didn’t disappoint. Mindy with Just a Bite said she laughed, she cried, and left satisfied. Of course who wouldn’t enjoy the movie with a delicious Cake Pop in hand? Remember Just a Bite can amp up the deliciousness at your next pink carpet event. Give us a call; we’d love to send a little POP your way.

Friday, May 28, 2010

HOLD YOUR LINE - Not just another cycling club

Just a Bite Cake Pops is proud to be partnering with Michele Landry Designs to sponsor a new cycling PLUS club... based in Newport Beach but open to all. You might see our gear in Arizona or in other select places around the country. Michele Landry, artist and athletic rock star decided it would be fantastic to bring the group of friends that train and play as a group, together in a bigger way with custom cycling kits (a kit is the outfit that you always see cyclists crusing around in, you know, the matchy matchy spandex get-up) that promote our mission (more on that later) and that just happen to look and feel amazing.

Landry is a natural athlete, yes, but she also has a gift for the visual arts. From interior design to handmade designer jewelry, she just plain makes things look good. Including the HOLD YOUR LINE kits you see in the photos. If you look closely, you will see the Just a Bite logo front and center on the jersey and what's that sticking out of the back pocket of the jersey - OMG IT'S A CAKE POP. What better fuel for a long ride than a cake pop, better eat it before it melts.

In addition to Michele Landry Designs and Just a Bite Cake Pops, you will also see featured our other partners, Edge Cycle Sports , a triathlon gear store in Irvine, Palmer Design (she created that fantasic logo for Michele with the hummingbird and the HOLD YOUR LINE logo), Skirt Sports (absolutely amazing running and athletic apparel for women - the ORIGINAL running skirt company), and Massage 360.

And there's more, members of HOLD YOUR LINE also enjoy great discounts with each of our sponsors - 20% at Just a Bite Cake Pops.

As a group, we train hard, we play hard and we race hard (then we eat cake pops). It's about having fun and looking and feeling your absolute best while doing it. Our partners exemplify these philosophies. Below - you will see some explanation of the "HOLD YOUR LINE" phrase we keep mentioning. The references are to cycling but it is clear that these principles translate well to our everyday attitudes, interactions and aspirations. Keep your eyes peeled for HOLD YOUR LINE team and in the meantime, hold YOUR line.

1) Do not make any sudden changes in the path you are following
(Life translation: Be reliable)

2) Riders who are following you should have confidence in you that you will hold to the line that they see you traveling in
(Life translation: Stay consistent)

3)Ride smooth, with no real sudden movements, direction changes, or hard braking (Life translation: Be respectful and kind to others)

4)If you're riding in a group, then you need to be aware of who is beside and behind you with an overlapped wheel. If you keep moving around in front of them, you are going to cause a major pile up, so look over your shoulders and just be aware of riders around you
(Life translation: Treat others only as you consent to being treated in the same situation)

5) You must plan your line and speed through the curve and not just go into it and without being worried with the other riders
(Life translation: Do not be selfish)

6)It's not hard. If you're behind someone and you watch them as they go into a turn you can get a picture of what their line through the turn will be -- or at least should be. You'll also have an idea of what your line will be and hopefully it will be the line that people around you are taking into account for their lines through the turn
(Life translation: To apply it, imagine yourself on the receiving end of the action in the exact place of the other person (which includes having the other person's likes and dislikes). If you act in a given way toward another, and yet are unwilling to be treated that way in the same circumstances, then you violate the rule.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fancy Favors

Everyone deserves a little fancy. And what says fancy better than Tiffany blue? This past week, with the help of our special talents in color matching, we made over 100 red velvet cake pops with Tiffany blue candy coating and white sprinkles. The colors went so well together and really "pop". Our bride also requested chocolate pops with white candy coating, topped with chocolate jimmys. The wedding colors are blue, white and chocolate and her guests are going to love this yummy favor. We even boxed them in clear boxes with crinkle paper for a special presentation.

These unique treats are on a plane heading to Canada for a wedding this weekend. It’s always fun to have such a cool order and we would love to make these favors for your special event or party. Remember we can match almost any color and love a challenge. So let your imagination run wild and we’ll help you pull it off.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Double Header

Today, Just a Bite got to participate in a B'nai Mitzvah at 7 Degrees in Laguna Beach AND an amazing wedding at the Fairmont in Newport Beach. The B'nai Mitzvah was for a brother and sister. The theme colors were neon green and hot pink. What fun colors!! We got to partner with Francie from Balloons Sound Great. She makes amazing balloon arrangements (check out her website) as well as custom sculptures and displays. We brought the cake pops and she created the fantastic displays to show them off. Check out these pics of us setting up, the finished product and a couple examples of Francie's creativity for this event.

We even ran into a couple at 7 Degrees that was checking out the venue for their wedding and we gave them a couple pops we had to spare.

Next, on to the Fairmont. The display for the wedding we created ourselves. And the brainpower to create a circular display designed to hold and show off 435 cake pops, each with a handwritten placecard, was no small feat. We couldn't have pulled if off without all of the great ideas and help.

The foam that made the base for the display was too large to assemble before delivery so we put it together onsite and then carefully placed the cake pops around the beautiful manzanita tree arrangement created by Manjit of Manjit's Flower Cottage. Three words, OMG. The centerpiece was amazing but that was just the beginning. The floral touches throughout the ballroom and in the entry area took your breath away. His creativity and detailed touch added such elegance to our shared placecard presentation. Enjoy the photos of the Just a Bite wedding display and some of Manjit's work. What a fantastic day.

It is such a joy to see all of the hard work come together when we get to share our creations for events such as these.