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Jennifer Stafford Events

May 4th, 2012 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Jennifer Stafford Events

Jennifer Stafford is an event enthusiast who wears many hats… she’s a planner, wedding cake baker, dessert table designer, decor rental provider, and she even offers lessons and demos for DIY’ers and inquiring minds alike! She’s experienced and well-educated in her many fields, having completed courses at BCIT and the Pacific Culinary Institute. Having a hospitality, marketing, and catering background didn’t hurt either! With some hands-on practice, she honed her skills, and for 3 years now, Jennifer Stafford Events has been serving up cakes, cupcakes, and a variety of scrumptious desserts to many deserving couples in Metro Vancouver.

Wedding cakes start at $4/slice and cupcakes start at $2.50 a piece. The price goes up from there depending on the amount of labour or materials involved. Jennifer only uses high quality ingredients that make home baking so tasty which includes fresh cream, real butter, fresh eggs and pure vanilla and vanilla beans. Jennifer LOVES cake decorating because it acts as a creative outlet for her, so if you’ve got a unique idea, she’d love to hear it and she’ll do her best to make it happen! If you wish to place an order, Jennifer encourages you to give her a lot of notice to ensure her availability and have ample time to brainstorm ideas. Jennifer can deliver and set up your sweets at the venue; her fee starts at $25 but it depends on the location, how much labour is required, and the number of trips Jennifer needs to make. It’s best to contact her to get a more accurate quote.

If you need some decor, Jennifer can help with that too! Included in her rental inventory are cake & cupcake stands, candy jars, parasols, platters, a birdcage, and more. Click here to see what she has available, the rental prices are included in each photo. Items are available for pickup in Coquitlam but delivery is available for a nominal fee.

Be sure to keep an eye on her blog, Facebook page, or Twitter because that’s where she announces any special promotions. You’ll be able to keep up with her latest work too!

A Few Words With Jennifer…

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“Options, options, options! I love to bake all types of goodies, so we can always find something that is perhaps a bit less elaborate, and more budget-friendly, but just as tasty to serve your guests! I also love to create faux cakes if couples would still like to have a traditional cake on display, but serve something else to their guests.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“Everyone offering a creative service has a different eye or angle, so it’s about finding someone that you want to work with, shares a similar vision, or can offer you the inspiration you need for your event. The reason I started baking & designing for others was because when I was planning my own wedding, I couldn’t find anyone baking up exactly what I was looking for. People were either offering the desserts or the décor but not in the same place. I like to think of my custom baking & event services as where desserts meet design.”

Do you cater to different dietary requests?
“Yes! I find I receive the most requests for gluten-free desserts. I regularly bake gluten-free, and have been doing so prior to opening for business, as my mother has Celiac. So between the two of us we are often looking for ways to create a delicious dessert, without having to tell everyone that it’s gluten-free first!”

What’s your favourite traditional cake that you made and why?
“My favorite traditional style cake was a replica top wedding cake tier I did for my parents 30th wedding anniversary. My mom still had the top tier preserved (while inedible at this point) for me to study from, and I had a great time doing a replica with some modern touches.

Or my favorite simple and traditional cake is my chocolate cake iced in good old fashioned buttercream with a rosette design. I love the idea of a number of these simple but sweet cakes set up on cake stands and gracing a dessert table at a shower or wedding.”

What’s your favourite creative cake that you made and why?
“While all of the cakes I do are creative because they are custom designed, one of the favorites I’ve done a few times now is the mah-jong cake. It was fun for me to pull out my parents old mah-jong set and create my own tiles using fondant and edible markers. The feedback I received on the mah-jong cake was that the party guests enjoyed both eating the cake and playing with the movable tiles on the mah-jong board!

Another one of my favorite creative cakes is a faux cake that I created for a display table. I wanted to show off a giant pink peony, and I just went with it! Its not often that I create anything without a client in mind so it was fun to just wing it!”

Are you always looking to come out with new flavours? What’s your most interesting flavor so far, and which is your most favorite to eat?
“I am always happy to work with new flavor combinations, so I encourage my clients to tell me what they have in mind, and typically only send them flavor ideas if they need them. I recently did a matcha green tea cake with dark chocolate ganache & milk chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, it was delish! As far as favorite flavor goes, my heart belongs to chocolate (milk, dark, or white, I don’t discriminate)!”

Will you be expanding your menu to include other products?
“I don’t work from a set menu of products & flavors; I create what I feel like trying myself, or whatever the client is looking for. Some of my favorite projects were flavors, desserts, or designs I had never tried before!”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Take on as little as possible for the day of the wedding; all that needs to happen that day is that you get married. And eat seconds at dinner & dessert- you will be hungry later!”

To contact Jennifer, visit her website.
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All photos provided by Jennifer Stafford Events
Feature photo by Andrea Gurniak Photography
Photographer credits: Andrea Gurniak Photography, Sakura Photography, Cora’s Photography, and Sweet Heirloom Photography

Vendor prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are accurate to the date published.

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Comments

  • May 6th, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Marg says:

    Very impressive! Jennifer’s professionalsm and energy comes through loud and clear. Worth giving her an opportunity to bring her website to life inf the form of some sweet treats!!
    :) AM

     

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