Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter is just around the corner...


~Sweets and Treats for Easter~
The Kitchen is filled with chocolate bunnies, coconut eggs, and flower cookies in preparation for Easter. Spring flavors such as mint, lemon, coconut, cocoa, lavender, and vanilla bean are being packed into bags and shipped off to customers, cafes, and stores.
 
What's next on the menu? Mother's Day, of course. With special gift boxes of shortbread, marshmallows, and tea. The menu will go live after Easter and you can pre-order for a unique and tasty gift for all the moms in your life.
 
~Kimberley

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wedding Season

Photo by Kimberley

Kimberley's Kitchen is heading into my second wedding season designing and creating custom, handmade edible favors. This is very exciting for me and a little unexpected. I sort of stumbled into the wedding business via a network of other wedding vendors in the Lower Mainland and with the help of Jeannine at Vancity Bride. My brilliant photographer at Magna Vita Photography perfectly captured my mini marshmallow cake and it quickly launched me into the wedding business after being featured on Martha Stewart's Dreamers Into Doers community website.

By September 2011, I was fully booked for 2012, as I have to restrict how many orders I can take due to the detailed, labor-intensive nature of custom wedding work. I had to figure out a way to help more brides have custom confections for wedding favors and I dreamed up my new wedding favor concept.

Why confections?
Edible wedding favors have been trending for a few years and publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings have been featuring many homemade and artisan sweets for favors, all beautifully packaged and presented. Edible favors lend a very personal touch if they are custom created for the couple and are a lovely way to treat guests to something truly delicious and memorable. I have had some couples hand out edible favors at the end of the ceremony as a "snack" before the reception- practical AND tasty.

When ordering from Kimberley's Kitchen, couples share with me the theme, colors, and details of their wedding. I ask for favorite flavors, and any other inspiration to custom design a confection that is true to the couple. With coordinating colors, flavors, and packaging, couples will have a unique, one of a kind favor that will be memorable and delicious.

Introducing DIY Wedding Favor Kits!
Well, to be fair, I will be making most of it, and the couple will be saving money on packaging and shipping. BUT, couples will still have a custom confection designed to their specifications, save money, and give something that reflects their day.

It's as easy as 1-2-3!
The couple selects
1. the confection of their choice, 2. the packaging and details, 3. and then assemble at home.
What is wonderful about confections is that they have a long shelf life, so they can be shipped early enough for the couple to assemble and have ready for their day. Assembly will take 1-2 hours as everything will be ready to be packaged up. And couples save money on shipping, packaging, and labor.

I want to order my kit!
Please order with at least 6 weeks notice as every order is hand-crafted. Simply email kimberleyskitchen@live.ca to request a Wedding Survey. Or, if you already know what you want, email to request a quote.

Photo by Kimberley

Popular picks for 2012
Gourmet Marshmallows cut in shapes- see Lemon Flowers above- can be bagged or boxed for a sweet treat (I can create a wide variety of flavors, colors, and shapes)

Mini Marshmallow Wedding Cakes- served boxed, bagged or on a stick in your choice of flavors, colors and shape.

Photo by Magna Vita Photography

Marshmallow Sliders (a Kimberley's Kitchen creation) - gourmet marshmallow sandwiched between two cookies.

Photo by Vancity Bride

Personal S'mores Kits- give each guest their own kit for making s'mores, complete with homemade graham crackers (in shape of your choice) with gourmet marshmallows and chocolate. Not just for camping anymore, s'mores can be elegant and decadent.

Photo by Magna Vita Photography

S'mores or Fondue Stations- give your guests a fun way to enjoy treats and sweets and include in the dessert buffet.

Photo by Magna Vita Photography

Go a little retro- boxed or bagged candies that have a nostalgic feel are very popular, such as my Bag O' Brittle filled with Classic Peanut Brittle that is a delightful treat for your guests.

~Coming soon- an online guide to the confection menu, packaging options, and inspiration~

Email Kimberley at kimberleyskitchen@live.ca to order for 2012!