Jenna and Ashley’s Tips For A Great Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, we checked in with Jenna and Ashley to find out what their tips are for a great Thanksgiving celebration! Take a read below to find out Jenna and Ashley prepare for gatherings with their friends and family and keep reading right until the end for a sweet surprise!


Tip 1: Flowers

I always start with the flowers! Chat with your florist (we love Heather from Academy Florist) about the size you want your arrangement to be, and the colours you’d like to use. You’ll also need to set a budget at this point. I usually ask for something narrow and low, since you want to chat with your dinner guests and not be too crowded at the table! If the budget allows, I also like to add a little “something” to each place setting, like a floral wreath or a little bouquet of flowers for each guest to take home.


Tip 2: Place Settings

EQ3 is one of my favourite stores, and I’ve outfitted my home with quite a few pieces of theirs! My favourite piece for fall is their Onyx serving platter, which I used as chargers in our Thanksgiving Shoot this year. They’re insanely pretty and I plan to use the one I bought as a serving platter. EQ3’s Sienna Stoneware is gorgeous and has a handmade feel to it. Jenna owns a complete set and loves it!


Tip 3: Dessert

We’re usually in charge of dessert for our Thanksgiving Dinner (shocker!) and we’ve been bringing a Pumpkin Spice Cake and a Party Platter consistently for the last few years. They never disappoint and provide a great variety of treats for guests. We always bring a few Cookie Dough Cups as well for our sister who is vegan!


We’re going to be giving away everything you need to set the table this Thanksgiving over on our Instagram feed! You’ll be able to curate a Pinterest-worthy tablescape for your home that will warmly welcome your guests and leave a lasting impression even after the pumpkin pie is done!

What you’ll win:
– $300 gift card to EQ3 to select your own dreamy tableware
– $100 gift card to Academy Florist for stunning florals
– $100 gift card to Jenna Rae Cakes for sweet treats everyone will love

Head over to our Instagram Feed to enter our contest!

Celebrate 5 Years With Us!

Jenna Rae Cakes Mini Choquette with Mini Macaron JRC Turns 5


We are celebrating 5 years this Saturday, March 30th the best way we know how– sweet treats and an exciting giveaway!


When we first opened our doors on Academy road 5 years ago, we had no idea what the future would hold. What we originally thought would be a little storefront to keep Jenna busy while she worked on wedding cakes in the back turned into two shops, shipping macarons across Canada, and a hard-working team of incredible staff who help us bring our vision to life each and every single day. Had you asked us if this is where we thought we would be when we first opened, we could tell you that the day our doors first opened we had no idea what was ahead.


It is thanks to YOU, our customers, that we are where we are today. Without you coming to our shop, waiting in the line ups, offering suggestions on what you’d like to see on our menu next and buying our cooler clear of sweet treats, we wouldn’t be celebrating this birthday! Thank you for coming to our shops time and time again, bringing your friends and family to try a treat, ordering a birthday or wedding cake, and sharing your posts on Instagram. You helped get us to where we are today and we are so grateful.


To celebrate 5 years, we are having a birthday celebration at our shop on Academy on Saturday, March 30th from noon until 5pm. We are handing out complimentary mini mac-a-choux to the first 200 customers. Each vanilla chouqette is topped with a mini birthday cake macaron and a candle!


Plus, everyone who walks in the door can enter their name to win our grand prize… macarons for a year! If you are the lucky winner, you’ll receive a 12-macaron gift box shipped to your door the first full week of every month (April 2019-March 2020). Plus– you’ll receive all holiday box collections (additional box at Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day).*


We are so excited to celebrate 5 years with you this Saturday!


*Contest entry only available by stopping by in person to our Academy road location on Saturday, March 30th. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on our Instagram story. Macarons will be shipped out to the provided local address the first Tuesday of every month. Additional holiday boxes to be sent out when available.

Giveaway with Portia-Ella

We wanted to introduce you to one of our favourite local beauty destinations– Portia-Ella!


If you haven’t heard of Portia-Ella yet, you need to check out this incredible store full of Canadian brands that put ethics and quality at the top of their list of values. Portia-Ella specializes in natural beauty that isn’t tested on animals, doesn’t use slave labour and is actually made of all the good stuff that nourishes your skin. From makeup to skincare, Portia-Ella has everything you need to pamper and care for your skin as we head into the cooler months when our skin is naturally adjusting to the harsher climate.


Ashley met Julie (one of the owners) at an Ace event in the city. Julie is wonderful and super passionate about the business and educating people on ethical beauty. She loves to reinforce the fact that you don’t have to compromise quality in any way to buy local and chemical-free. Her passion for her store and how to remain true to her values in all she does is absolutely inspiring.


Portia-Ella is located in the outlet mall and as soon as you walk in, you’re immediately transported into a beautiful, nourishing space that smells beautiful and looks modern and inviting. The store is filled with so many great products, brands (including companies from right here in Manitoba!) and price points to choose from. I know I am amazed to find ethically made makeup at half the price of your standard beauty store.


Revamp your beauty routine for fall and indulge your sweet side with our Jenna Rae Cakes X Portia-Ella giveaway!


The Prize:

– Skin Consultation
– Mini Facial
– Makeup Application
– Bag of goodies form Portia-Ella
– Gift Box of 12 Macarons
– $25 gift card to Jenna Rae Cakes


Visit our Instagram and look for the image below to enter!

Jenna Rae Cakes X Portia-Ella Giveaway


We are so excited to share with you our love for Portia-Ella and we want to wish Julie and the Poria-Ella team the best as they are expanding across Canada soon!


From Portia-Ella: “Your skin absorbs the ingredients found in your makeup and skincare! Fillers, parabens, additives can be toxic, affect hormone function and fertility. Animal cruelty is awfully outdated and child labour shouldn’t be included in anyone’s beauty routine… right?

Good news is you don’t need to compromise. Upgrade your routine at Portia-Ella. YOU redefine beauty through ethical standards. Top performing cruelty-free, fair trade, vegan, toxin-free products. A proudly Canadian curation. What’s your ethic?”

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