It’s become a tradition that every year we host a Christmas Party for our friends as a way to share this magical time of year with them before everyone either goes away on holiday or spend their time with their families. We usually don’t get to see one another until New Year’s again so it’s a great way to get all our friends together and make it especially special for the little ones.

This year I decided to do something different because (a) I thought it would be more fun and festive, (b) I mistakenly thought it would be less work and (c) I was dying to plan something that involved Llama’s!

Whilst I am still very much on Team Unicorn, the enchanting creature trending since like forever, I think the Llama trend is giving this magical beast a run for its money and might just finally (gasp!) dethrone our beloved Unicorn. So naturally I couldn’t wait to plan something around this theme.

I set the table on our patio and we were lucky to enjoy great weather on the day. I loved the festive colours I was able to achieve with a bright pink runner, different coloured side plates and funky cactus drink jars.

I bought two colourful bunches of flowers at Woolworths which I placed in different glasses which we had at home. These colourful green and blue glasses belonged to Tessa’s grandmother and was brought down  from Greece and I just love them so much. Woolworths also had Mexican themed napkins for my place settings and I added some more colour to the table with colourful Christmas baubles I got at Checkers.

 

At each place setting I placed one of our decorated sugar cookies in different styles of llamas and cacti.


And of course our Falalala-Lama Christmas Cake featured as a centrepiece.

I went a little extra and made Pinata crackers for the adults which had a Mexican Moustache and mini bottle of alcohol in it for that extra fiesta feeling.

This was well received by our guests!

For the kids I got a plastic Mexican sarape table cloth from the party store as I knew they would be getting quite messy with their activity boxes and also bought them Llama crackers from Woolworths. I made each of them an activity box which included pages to colour in, a cookie painting activity, a cookie decorating activity as well as a craft activity and game. They really loved doing these activities and managed to keep them still for a little bit. I think they enjoyed the party most of all.

 

But of course what is a fiesta without food?! Whilst I thought making Mexican food would be easier than a full three course Christmas lunch, I was clearly kidding myself. I completely misjudged my timing and as we had our staff function the night before I wasn’t able to prep as much as I had hoped, but alas I am not perfect and in the end even though it might have been later than expected we all had a feast nonetheless.

Starters consisted of platters of nachos and hard shell tacos with some chilli con carne mince, tomato and peppers enchilada chicken, 7 layer dips, refried beans, salsas, guacamole and sour cream.

Our Gin Bar ensured everyone had a very Merry Gin-mas and if you look closely you will even see our little tree sported Gin filled baubles.

 

Finally it was on to mains which was Pulled Pork (Carnitas) and Fish Tacos. These came out much later and I don’t have the best photographs of them, but they were simply divine! It was the first time I made pulled pork which I cooked in the slow cooker overnight. Our friend Dane, who not only happens to be the graphic designer behind Tessa’s but also an amazing cook, fried the fish in a beer batter – and I must admit I felt a little hard done by that I slaved over the meals for hours and he ended up getting all the credit for his fried fish – haha just kidding.

Lastly we had Churros and chilli chocolate ganache and some Cruffins from the bakery which unfortunately I never got photos of!

But all in all it was one of the best fiestas I have ever had and many wonderful memories made both with our friends and our little ones.

To host your own festive fiesta we’ve created these fun printables which includes tags, place card or food tent cards, Christmas Llama and alcohol prints.

Download via this Dropbox Link or direct from this blog post.

 


HO HO HO! I am so excited to announce that Thursday, 13th December is the official start of Tessa’s Annual Countdown to Christmas with our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Christmas is after all a time for giving so we want to treat some of our lucky followers this year with mouthwatering Christmas treats and prizes. Want to see what’s up for grabs this year? Here is our line up of prizes and T’s and C’s:

On the 12TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A Traditional DIY Gingerbread Box delivered to my door.

  • Enter on Thursday, 13th December via our Facebook Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

On the 11TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A Traditional Nutcracker Cookie Set.

  • Enter on Friday, 14th December via our Instagram Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.
  • Prize to be collected before 22nd December.

 

 

 

On the 10TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A delicious cake for me and my love.

  • Enter on Saturday, 15th December via our Facebook Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

 

On the 9TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A Pastel DIY Gingerbread House DIY Kit so I can build memories with my family.

  • Enter on Sunday, 16th December via our Instagram Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.
  • Prize to be collected before 22nd December.

 

On the 8TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s Gave to me – A delicious 15cm Cranberry and Mascarpone Cheesecake.

  • Enter on Monday, 17th December via our Facebook Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

On the 7TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A whole llama love with their FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LAMA cake

  • Enter on Tuesday, 18th December via our Instagram Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 



On the 6TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – a Traditional Nutcracker Cakesicle Set.

  • Enter on Wednesday, 19th December via our Facebook Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.
  • Prize to be collected before 22nd December.

 

On the 5TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A small berry Pink Christmas cake.

  • Enter on Thursday, 20th via our Instagram Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

On the 4TH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – A Festive Activity Kit!

  • Enter on Friday, 21st December via our Facebook Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

On the 3RD DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – a glittery New Year’s Eve Cake!

  • Enter on Saturday, 22nd December via our Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

On the 2ND DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – a chance to give back to my community. R500.00 gift card to my nominated charity.

  • Enter on Sunday, 23rd December via our Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 

On the DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tessa’s gave to me – R500.00 gift card.

  • Enter on Monday, 24th December via our Page. Winner will be chosen at random and announced the following morning.

 


Terms and Conditions:

  1. This promotion will commence on Thursday, 13th December 2018 until Monday, 24th December 2018. The competition is open to all residents of South Africa, however unless specifically stated otherwise, prizes must be collected from our Bakery.
  2. All comments posted in response to the competition post will automatically be considered when choosing a winner. It is a condition of entry that all postings are subject to the terms and conditions. Submission of a posting will be taken to mean acceptance of the terms and conditions stated.
  3. Entry is strictly limited to one entry per person.
  4. Winners will be chosen at random by Tessa’s.
  5. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Winners will be notified via our Social Media Platforms. They have 3 days to respond and claim their prize after being notified, after which time the prize will be considered unclaimed and will be re-assigned using a random selection method.
  7. Prizes are not transferable to exchangeable for cash or store credit.

Did you know that we now have a direct line to the North Pole? Santa has entrusted us with a magic Post Box that sends letters direct to his workshop, so grab those good little boys and girls and keep the magic alive by getting them to pen their wishes to the jolliest fella in the North Pole and stand a chance to win.

Letters to Santa can be posted in Santa’s Magic Post Box between the 7th and 22nd December and each child who posts a letter stands a chance to win a R1,000.00 Takealot Voucher for themselves as well as a R1,000.00 Takealot Voucher for any Charity they nominate.

Kids posting their letters to Santa on Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd will be spoilt with a yummy Christmas cupcake.

HOW TO ENTER: 

Kids, write your Letter to Santa along with your age and name. Write a short creative letter telling him what your biggest Christmas wish is and why it is important to give to others during Christmas.

Mom and Dad, place your contact details on the back of the letter.

Post your Letter to Santa in Santa’s Magic Post Box next to the Christmas Tree in our store.

COMPETITION RULES: 

  1. Tessa’s Letter to Santa Competition is open from Friday, 7 December 2018 to Saturday, 22 December 2018.
  2. Winners will be announced on 23 December 2018 via our Social Media Platforms and via the parent contact details provided.
  3. Competition is open to children aged 10 years and younger.
  4. To enter, entrants must submit a short, creative letter to Santa telling him what their biggest Christmas wish is and why it is important to give to others during Christmas. Entrants must nominate a Charity.
  5. The letter must be handwritten by the child and in the child’s own words. Parents may assist younger children who aren’t able to write yet.
  6. Incorrect spelling, composition and sentence structure will not penalise the letter in any way.
  7. The following prices will be awarded. R1,000.00 Takealot Gift Voucher for entrant and R1,000.00 Takealot Gift Voucher for Charity nominated by the entrant.
  8. No purchase is necessary.
  9. By entering this competition, you give Tessa’s Bakery the right to publish your letter on our social media platforms.

DOWNLOAD YOUR LETTER TO SANTA TEMPLATE – Santa_letter


Got any questions about your Christmas Order? Our helpful FAQ will ease any tension and confusion during an already frantic and stressful holiday period!

What are your trading hours over the Christmas period?

This year we are only closing for the major holidays and will resume normal trade after Christmas until New Year’s Eve. Please note that if you are ordering cakes for the 27th December or 3rd January that orders will only be available for collection after 12:00.

1 – 22nd December – NORMAL TRADING HOURS

Monday, 24 December – SHORTENED HOURS – 8:00 – 14:00

Tuesday, 25 December – CLOSED

Wednesday, 26 December – CLOSED

27 December – 30 December – NORMAL TRADING HOURS

31 December – SHORTENED HOURS – 8:00 – 14:00

1st January – CLOSED

2nd January – ClOSED

 

When is the last day I can place any Christmas Eve orders?

Christmas Eve cake orders close on 22 December 2018.

Christmas Eve biscuit orders close on 20 December 2018

We will however have both Christmas cakes and biscuits available for sale in store on Christmas Eve. These are however to be sold on a first come first serve basis.

 

What do I need to know when collecting my order?  

This year we will have two separate queues for Christmas Eve. An express queue – Collect and Go – for those who only wish to collect their fully paid for cakes and a queue for in store retail sales and for customers who wish to collect an order as well as purchase a few extra items. We hope that this will ease the flow for customers. Queues will be clearly marked with queuing stanchions.

We will require full payment for Christmas Eve orders before the 23rd.

Please note that no walk-in consultations for cake enquiries will be accepted.

Please ensure that you check your order or if you are sending someone on your behalf, please ensure that they know exactly what they are collecting. If you placed an online order, provide them with a copy of the confirmation email so they can check that they are collecting the correct order. In particular please ensure that they know the collection time chosen for the order.

Please do not arrive before your chosen time as this will only lead to tension if your order is not yet ready for collection.

 

My cake is only for Christmas Day, how should I store it overnight? 

Please pay special attention to our Cake Care Guide. Whilst we know that your fridge will be filled to the brim with all your festive eats, buttercream is especially fragile during our sweltering summer months and it is important to keep the cake refrigerated even if stacking your fridge might feel like the most difficult level on Tetris! Follow our guide and you will be sure to serve not only a delicious but a beautifully presented cake.

 

We hope the above information is helpful. Please send any further questions to order@tessasbakery.co.za.

 

 

 

 


We really love Christmas at Tessa’s and every year we dream up themes and cakes that we hope will help you create beautifully festive tables with scrumptious treats that everyone will be talking about for years to come. But before I delve deeper into our Christmas range and share some pretty cool printables with you, I have a confession to make – I suffer from O.C.D. – Obsessive Christmas Disorder – I have admittedly been planning Christmas, since before Christmas in July! I try and fool myself into believing it’s because we are in retail that I have to stay ahead of trends and research Christmas as far back as March, but deep down I know the truth and although I am super excited that December is finally here, that we have a cracking Christmas range, that the Christmas lights on the tree are twinkling in the background as I write this, and as jolly as I am for the upcoming festivities, a part of me is sad that it’s almost over, like I just don’t want it to end, ever!

When planning our 2018 range, I drew inspiration from the Nutcracker story which I love and decided to incorporate this into our theme this year. That it coincided with Disney’s release of their feature film this year was purely coincidental. We couldn’t decide whether to incorporate the traditional Christmas colours of the toy soldier or the pink hues of the Ballerina and in the end decided to do both settings because you know we are extra like that! So let’s start with our pastel pink collection.

If you suffer from OCD like I do and are wondering where we got our Nutcracker Toy Soldiers and decorations from, then you simply need to pop on over to Santa’s Warehouse and best yet, their online store is open all year long so you can secretly fuel your obsession without any judgement.

We have two beautiful feature cakes in this range as well as biscuits, cupcakes and cakesicles and a fun DIY Gingerbread House Kit. We chose light but very Christmassy flavours for our pastel collection, with a pink velvet cake with berry filling and a light vanilla cake with a delicious apple filling.

 

And if you are a lover of all things Pink as Tessa and myself are, or if your home is overrun with little princesses then our pastel range will be perfect for you and Mr Price Home have some amazing pink table decor and crockery to match.

But of course, pink is not for everyone and if you love the more traditional hues of Christmas then you will love our Traditional Nutcracker range.

Our traditional range has everything you could ever ask for in Christmas, from aromatic gingerbread flavours, an edible Christmas Village, tangy cranberries and boozy Baileys and a sprinkling of snow. Novelty biscuits and cakesicles make for the perfect table favours or treats for little ones while our feature cakes will certainly leave your guests talking about it long after their plates are empty.

If you are looking for table setting gifts for your guests then our Novelty Biscuits or Cakesicles make the perfect little treats and characters peeking out from a simple napkin fold.

 

But of course it’s Christmas, the season for giving, so this year we will be sharing a bunch of free printables with you to make your Christmas even more festive and memorable. Download our gift to you, a Nutcracker printable set consisting of two festive prints, name place cards and tags which will beautifully compliment not only your table but our cakes and treats too.

Dropbox Download Link 

So from all of us here at Tessa’s – have a cracking Christmas – ’tis after all the season to be nutty!

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Christmas is around the corner and what better way to countdown the days until Christmas than with a daily giveaway. If you haven’t already bought one of our delectable cakes for your Christmas table, don’t despair there is still plenty of time to do so!

Let the countdown begin!

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition starts 13 December and ends 24th December.
  • Enter via our Facebook @TessasBakery.
  • Each day a new prize will be posted on social media (Facebook) and at the end of every day we will choose a winner.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly and contacted directly.