{The Nest Celebrations} Naming Day

Traditional christenings are becoming less and less popular and there has been a surge of Naming Days that are taking their place. namin6

Naming days are usually non-religious but are a fantastic way to celebrate your new little person with your nearest and dearest.

Today, we speak with Amanda who chose to give her son Reid a Naming Day!

TCN: So, why a naming day and not a traditional Christening or Baptism?

My husband and I aren’t particularly religious but we still wanted Reid to have his own special ceremony and a day all about him so we chose to have a Naming Day instead!naming

TCN: How old is Reid?

Reid is One! We combined his first birthday party and naming day ceremony so we could have one big day to celebrate our little man.

TCN: Did you have a Naming Day for your other child as well?

Yes, Jayce our 2.5 year old also had a Naming Day on his first birthday as well. naming3

TCN: Did you use a Celebrant or just do it yourself?

We decided to go with a Celebrant. She was the same lady who completed Jayce’s Naming Day as well as our wedding! So it has been lovely that she has been a part of our lives in so many ways over the years!

TCN: Are their any local suppliers who made your Naming Day just that little bit more special?

Yes!

We have a beautiful cake from Cakes By Katrina

Some delicious food provided by Smoking Brothers Catering

Our gorgeous balloons were from Balloons and Baskets

My lovely dress was from Little Party Dress

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{Christmas Prizeapolooza} How about you get cake and eat it too?

You better get ready for the best damn sugar hit of your lives nesters, because the deliciously delightful Cakes By Katrina are the bees knees and the ants pants.

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Offering your one of a kind handmade cakes that range from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the most glamorous wedding cakes.

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Katrina is a mum, baker and all round talented person. These truly are works of art, and you will want to frame her cakes rather than eat them!

All products are individually designed and tailored specifically to meet your needs – and the best bit…the absolute magnitude of flavour choices to choose from!

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Not only is she deliciously talented but she is also SUPER DUPER lovely. So make sure you call Cakes By Katrina today!

Contact:

| Phone: 0438 442 028 |

| Email: cakesbykatrinatobin@hotmail.com |

| Facebook: www.facebook.com/cakesbykatrinatobin |

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The gorgeous Katrina is sharing the Christmas spirit and is offering one VERY lucky Nester a $100 voucher to be used towards a cake before June 2016! How exciting!

To be in the running, all you have to do is be a liker of Cakes By Katrina and The Central Nest and like the competition post of our facebook!

Remember for an additional entry make sure you ‘tag’ a friend!

Good luck Nesters!

All winners will be announced 20 December 2015.

 

{Love Birds} Mr & Mrs Barnes. A family forever.

“Love is a force more formidable than any other.

It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured,

yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment,

and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

– Barbara de Angelis

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Be still my beating heart.

This wedding is one of the most magnificent weddings that has ever come across my desk.

I love the warmth, the love, the happiness of this stunning couple. A beautiful country wedding with touches of glamour, elegance and fun.

Thanks to the gorgeous Mr & Mrs Barnes for sharing their special day with The Central Nest. We wish you (and your growing baby bump) all the best for your futures together xo

The Love birds: Tess & Martin Barnes, married 18 January 2014.

Ceremony & reception: Waldara, Oberon.  The bridal party enjoyed staying at Waldara for the whole weekend.

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The property has two houses- a homestead, where the ladies got ready and a barn house, where the men got dressed. The ceremony was on an island, in the shade of some big old trees (as it was forecast to be in 38 degrees that afternoon!) The bridal party and the guests then had drinks and canapés in the garden of the homestead which overlooked the property.  The reception was in a specifically designed barn (which was completed just in time-the day before!!)

The dress: The bride says the dress was the first one she tried on! It was a Maggie Sottero gown which had a couple of alterations including changing the back from lace up to lace covered buttons. She also chose to wear capped sleeves for the ceremony and then look them off for the reception.

Groom & wedding party attire: Suits from Jack Holman’s Menswear.Barnes Wedding_057 (2)

The bridesmaid dresses were originally found on Pinterest! After extensive searching online the bride was able to locate them locally in Orange!

The Flower girls wore dresses from Myer.

Hair/makeup: Kayla and Melissa from Luxe Hair and Body did an amazing job on hair and makeup.

The bride wanted an elegant and soft look and was extremely happy with the result. The luxe girls travelled to Waldara and the bride says their relaxed personalities added to a beautiful morning preparing!

In the weeks leading up to the wedding the girls were pampered by the lovely ladies at Beauty 4U.Barnes Wedding_327

Food: Felicity Thompson and her team created a delicious menu using fresh local produce.

Canapés
Chicken, dill and rocket mini sandwiches.
Corn blinis with avocado and cherry tomato salsa.
Crispy pork belly with caramelised dressing.
Coconut prawns with mango mayonnaise.
Homemade sausage rolls with char grilled tomato chutney.
Chicken balls with roasted red capsicum relish.

Main course –shared platters in the middle of each table
Whole fillet of beef, with mini potato galette and roasted truss tomatoes.
Salad of mixed leaves with avocado, caramelised walnuts, nashi pear and shaved Parmesan.

Dessert–  An extensive dessert table prepared by Legall Patisserie
Date and crème brulee tart
Crème brulee
Lemon tart
Coffee choux
Raspberry almond tart chocolate choux
Macaroons
Japonais
Fruit flan
Toffee Choux
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Midnight Snack – Narromine smoked ham, with crusty bread rolls and chutney.board

Cake: Cakes by Katrina.

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography and Katie McKay Photography.

The bride says she was over the moon with the photos captured. She says the photographers were so much fun. Tess didn’t want to miss out on any of the party so the photographers managed to take photos during canapés! It was perfect!

The bride and groom say that the photos were a perfect reflection of the day. There was so much fun- no standing in a line posing! They really show the happiness of the day, everyone is smiling and laughing the whole time.

Cars: They had golf carts to take the girls to the Island. Family members were the drivers.Barnes Wedding_271

Stationary: The groom’s mother designed all the stationary. This was particularly lovely as she designed a logo with the bride and groom’s names on it with an olive tree in the background (Martin’s grandmother’s name was Olive). This logo was used on the invitations, menus, the order of service fan, kids colouring in book and the thank you cards. They bride and groom also has stubby holders and etched wine glasses made for the guests using the logo.

Music: Kyle Manning, a family friend sung and played the key board as the bride walked down the aisle and signed the registry. His band arrived later that night and had everyone up dancing for the entire night!

Special moments: The bride and groom say “the best thing about our wedding was of course the outcome, being married! However, our favourite thing on the day was having all of our favourite people in the same place, at the same time! That is a once in a lifetime occurrence and we are so grateful that all our friends and family could be there to share in the best day of our lives!”

Guests: 125Barnes Wedding_374 (3)

Stockists: Reception/ceremony: Waldara, Oberon | Dress: Abbey Bridal – Maggie Sottero gown | Suits: Jack Holman | Flower girl: Myer | Hair/makeup: Luxe Hair & Body | Beauty: Beauty4U | Dessert: Legall Patisserie | Cake: Cakes by Katrina | Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography & Katie McKay Photographer |Music: Kyle Manning

{Christmas Prizeapolooza} Merry Christmas from Cakes by Katrina

One of the most popular giveaways last year was the delicious goodness of Cakes By Katrina.cake3

Katrina is a qualified chef and mother of three and manages to combine her super skills into some magnificent (and delicious) works of art!cake 4

I cannot even tell you in words how spectacularly talented she is when it comes to all things cake!cake2

Not only are her creations the most marvellous things to look at, they also taste like a dream!

All products are individually designed and tailored specifically to meet your needs – and the best bit…the absolute magnitude of flavour choices to choose from!cake

Put Katrina on your favourites right now, I guarantee you will not regret sampling one of her brilliant cakes! She is the answer to your prayers when it comes to all your wedding, engagement, Christening and birthday cake needs!

Contact:

| Phone: 0438 442 028 |

| Email: cakesbykatrinatobin@hotmail.com |

| Facebook: www.facebook.com/cakesbykatrinatobin |

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The gorgeous Katrina is sharing the Christmas spirit and is offering one VERY lucky Nester a $100 voucher to be used towards a cake before June 2015! How exciting!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a liker of Cakes By Katrina and The Central Nest and like the competition post of our facebook!

Remember for an additional entry make sure you ‘tag’ a friend!

Good luck Nesters!

All winners will be announced 21 December 2014.

{Christmas Prizeapolooza Update} Delicious Mud Cake Indulgence

Just before Christmas we had our first ever Christmas Prizeapolooza. This was a fabulous success and we will never be able to thank the many local businesses that jumped on board and helped us celebrate the festive season by giving away loads of brilliant and generous gifts to some very lucky Nesters.

One of the wonderful businesses involved was the gorgeous Katrina from Cakes by Katrina.

She is one of those ridiculously talented people who can not only bake a delicious cake but can make it look like a million bucks at the same time!

The lovely Fiona Gilbert was the lucky winner of our Christmas Prize and shared this picture with us.

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This was a delicious chocolate mud cake and Fiona assures us it was simply scrumptious!

We thank Katrina for being so generous and you can find more information about Cakes By Katrina here -> Facebook – Cakes By Katrina

{Prizeapolooza} Need some sweetening up this Christmas?

You are either a naturally gifted baker… or you are me. Katrina Tobin is a superstar of the first variety!christmas photoshop small copy

Katrina is a qualified chef who started her business while at home also looking after her three children! She has been making speciality cakes for all occasions for the people of the Central West since 2012.

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Cakes by Katrina are not only wonderful to look at, they also back up their appearance with a delicious taste. Your tastebuds will dance once you try one of her cakes (I can personally attend to that!)

Prior to Katrina’s entry into the marketplace, Bathurst did not have a wide variety of cake suppliers who were actually able to deliver awesome handmade-hand-decorated cakes at a reasonable price!

All products are individually designed and tailored specifically to your needs – and the best bit…the absolute magnitude of flavour choices to choose from!

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So whenever the need for cakes, cupcakes, biscuits or cake pops strikes (for example every Wednesday at 3.17pm in my office) Katrina is the person who should be on your speed dial!photo 1

You now have an answer for your wedding, engagement or christening cakes! She also offers novelty cakes, cake toppers and the best birthday cakes you have ever seen!

You can contact Cakes by Katrina as follows:

Phone: 0438 442 028

Email: cakesbykatrinatobin@hotmail.com

Website: Coming SOON!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cakesbykatrinatobin

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Cakes by Katrina are baking their way into your heart by offering one very special Nester the chance to take home their very own handmade, scrumptious chocolate mud Christmas cake this year (valued at approximately $70.00!) Imagine how much that would impress the in-laws (or out-laws as my hubby-bird calls them!) For your chance to win all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Cakes by Katrina’s Facebook page and be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest!