As a young girl in a large Italian family, I was often helping my Mom cook, bake and prepare for upcoming family visits that would bring over 35 members of the family to our table. I can fondly remember watching my Mom in awe as she expertly added spices to sauce without measuring, gracefully tossed a variety of salads and swiftly rolled out dough for cookies – hundreds of cookies. Some would be served immediately, some frozen and served at the next event. But regardless of the count on hand, this was the moment I looked forward to – making the desserts. What seemed like just beige colored blobs on a metal sheet pan – would bake into perfect puffs of golden goodness – and my sister and I were the ones “in charge” of decorating the edibles bringing them to life with sprinkles, chips, icing drizzle and all sorts of candy decorations. As I got older, my talents got better and my love of baking grew stronger. As my Mom gets older, I am becoming more instrumental in helping her; I am not just the kid with the sprinkles. Sharing this experience with her is such a fond memory and I believe it was the catalyst for my own business venture.
I started dreaming of this business venture 7 years ago after my twin girls were born. Friends would call and ask me to help with their special events. It wasn’t easy to balance babies and helping everyone out but I knew if I stayed committed, I would build a base of customers and my offerings. In between bottles and naps, I would create and assemble invites, gift bags and candy bar jars along with baking – tons of baking. Many times I would find myself at my own kitchen table with my Mom and sister alongside of me – taking the role of my “helpers”. The warmth and laughter we shared those nights brought back so many fond memories and I knew this would be the secret ingredient to my success – dedication and love for my work and the support and heritage in cooking with family.
I am proud that I am passing this on to my girls now and that they sit with me as I bring to life someone’s event. I am so excited that I have taken my craft to another level and am able to help plan and deliver all the necessary details - from theme, to invitation, to favors, to the edibles that make the occasion special, I share the importance of perfection and making each customer feel their event is unique.
I truly experience so much joy in seeing my friends and family enjoy something that I have created – whether it is food, an occasion environment, mailers or the take-home gifts that celebrate a moment. I know that I can bring that joy to others and want to be given the chance to do so. It is important to me for my girls to see me succeed. They know that this all started in my own home and I want them to see how it can blossom into something that they can be proud of and perhaps make their own someday. I want them to never be afraid to ask for help and in return value strong ties to friends and family. I want them to understand that loving what you do can keep you motivated, willing to go the distance to succeed. It’s not always easy – they have seen that too – but in the end the reward can be worth the effort. And maybe above all else – I want them to feel confident as together we all wear our matching “2 Sweet” shirts as we “advertise” around and about.
First and foremost – your support will help me open a store-front, acquire supplies and equipment! Your contribution will ensure that you have access to someone (me!) who will be there for your party needs, wherever I can help.
To break it down even further....If I were to meet my goal of $20000 I would have covered my lease for a year, be able to purchase a convection oven, new mixers and a new computer system to use in store.
In exchange for your generosity I have many "Perks"!
*$10 Name recognition on the website
*$20 Name recognition on our website and a voucher for 2 cupcakes
*$50 Name recognition on our website and a voucher for 6 cupcakes.
*$100 Name recognition on our website, a voucher for 6 cupcakes and a cupcake named after you for a month!
*$200 Name recognition on our website, a voucher for 12 cupcakes and a cupcake named after you for 6 months!
*$500 Name recognition on our website, a voucher for 12 cupcakes and a cupcake named after you for 1year and a 2 Sweet T-shirt
*$1000 Name recognition on our website, a voucher for 24 cupcakes and cupcake named after you for 1 year, a 2 Sweet T-shirt and your name on the in store 2 Sweet contribution board
*$2500 Name recognition on our website, a voucher for 50 cupcakes and a cupcake named after you for 1 year, a 2 Sweet T-shirt and your name on the in store 2 Sweet contribution board and 2 invitations to the Grand Opening!
I cannot express how much your generosity will be appreciated! I want something that makes my family proud of me. I want my girls to say, "Look what Mommy did!" I want to be able to stand there at the Grand Opening and say, "I did this....but not alone. I did it with the help of family and friends that believed in me!"