4 Reasons You Can’t Miss the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo

4 Reasons You Can’t Miss the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo

Reasons You Can’t Miss the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo

We are the official bakery sponsor of the Cincinnati Baby and Beyond Expo! Why is this event so special to us this year?! Because it’s perfectly timed at just two weeks before one of the 3 Sweet Girls’ due date! We’ll be checking out all of the exhibitors and do a little (or a lot..) of shopping ourselves! Here are a few reasons you won’t want to miss out on this event!

1. It’s a One Stop Shop

We love the Baby and Beyond Expo because it gathers a unique collection of vendors with products that you can’t find just anywhere! This makes it a breeze for parents, grandparents, friends and family to see everything in one easy stop.

From cribs and toys to adorable specialty boutique children’s clothing, it’s the perfect place to find gifts for mom-to-be, birthday presents for little ones, and sweet treats for all of the above!

 

2. Unique Vendors 

The expo is a great opportunity to see vendors that may be new to you and offer specialty, handmade products that you won’t see elsewhere!

A few vendors to be sure to checkout are:

Two Pink Balloons

Christa, of Two Pink Ballons, makes fun and colorful toys that help you engage with your kids and will keep them entertained for hours! Did I mention, she also offers monthly subscription boxes that will come right to your door?! They make great gifts and are so much fun, your kids might not even realize they’re learning while they play.

Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard’s offers natural peanut butter without added salt, sugar and oils. They are committed to building healthier families and communities. Bonus: Their website offers tons of drool-worthy recipes and ideas that definitely caught my attention!

The Red Balloon Play + Cafe

The Red Balloon Play + Café is a great place to visit to relax and eat fresh, healthy food from their café while your kids play. They offer classes and education on all kinds of helpful topics from cloth diapering to babywearing. Not to mention, they have an awesome playroom, offer parties and sell lots of awesome products as well!

Stitches & Sass

Stitches and Sass caught my attention because they make handmade modern accessories for babies AND pets! Their teethers and bibs are adorable and come in so many fun prints. They have gift sets that are perfect for shower presents and as a mom-to-be I was tempted to buy (way too) many of their items.

If you’re not shopping for a baby, take a look at their adorable bowties and pet bandanas for your fur-baby!

3. Great Resources

This expo is packed with resources for both first time parents and those with kids already! You’ll find tips on tons of helpful topics, from nutrition and healthcare to children’s activities in the area and local photographers! There are local doctor’s offices there to answer questions, diaper and formula companies, and even breastfeeding educators. No matter what topic you have questions about, there are vendors there to help!

4. 3 Sweet Girls Cakery is the Bakery Sponsor

What do we bring to the table?! Sweet treats, of course! We’ll have a wide variety of decorated cookies, brownies, cake pops, chocolate dipped pretzels and Oreos, and cake push ups made just for the expo.

We’ll also bring ideas and information about special ordering desserts for any gathering including birthday parties, pregnancy announcements, baby showers, gender reveal parties, and baptisms as well as any other event you could imagine planning!

Check out our website to get a head start on ideas as you look through creations we have made in the past or fill out our order form to let us know what you’re looking for!

This year’s event is on September 15th and 16th at the Sharonville Convention Center. We will be there Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm as well as Friday morning for a special VIP hour from 9am-10am! Tickets are $8 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE! We can’t wait to see you there!

5 (or more!) Reasons Why You Need Cookies in Your Life

5 (or more!) Reasons Why You Need Cookies in Your Life

5 (or more!) Reasons You Need Cookies in Your Life

Who can resist the smell of freshly baked cookies coming from the kitchen?! I know I can’t. Whether you prefer a chewy salted chocolate chip cookie, intricately decorated and iced butter cookies, or that special recipe that only your grandma can make just right, cookies are undeniably delicious.

Above all, one of my personal favorite things about cookies is that you never need an excuse to enjoy a fresh baked cookie with a glass of milk. Cookies aren’t a new trend but they sure are a lasting one, and I’m here to tell you 5 (or more) reasons why you need cookies in your life.

1. Memories

Holidays

There’s something about that nostalgic feeling that shows up with the first bite of your favorite cookie. Growing up in our family, we would get together before Christmas, make cookie dough from scratch, gather all the icing and sprinkles we could find, and spend hours decorating (and sampling!) cookies together. Then, as we headed off to bed, we’d leave a plate out for Santa to enjoy. Of course, I counted out one for each and every reindeer too.

It’s the memories that I have of baking with all generations of my family that stand out to me the most and I wouldn’t those memories for anything. Some families bake at home while others order cookies each year from that local bakery or grocery store that they have been ordering from for years. Either way, memories are created and shared around that plate of cookies and passed on year to year.

Cookie Swaps

As we got older, the tradition changed and we started hosting cookie exchange parties. Each of our friends or family will bake and bring over their favorite flavor or recipe. Some are decorated, some studded with chocolate chips and others dusted with powdered sugar. We then swap, so that everyone ends up with a variety to take home and enjoy!

Traditional Cookie Tables

In other families, wedding cookie tables are a must-have tradition at wedding receptions. Some cities, like Pittsburgh, have their own well-known regional traditions, while other times the cookie table is a cultural must-have. It’s an awesome way to give guests from all over a special taste of where you’re from! For example, I love going to Greek or Italian weddings and sampling the traditional cookies that I’d never experienced before!

 

2. Killing Two Birds with One.. Cookie?!

Believe it or not, at weddings, cookies are a great way to multitask! I’ve seen cookies used as a seating place card, favor and centerpiece all in one. Not only are the cookies a statement piece on the table and they’re also a perfect snack for before or after dinner. Bonus: Using cookies in more than one way helps you save money and stick to the budget!

Seating Place Cards

Instead of just using paper place cards, you can create custom cookies to match wedding décor and add a personalized tag for a sweet and unique touch. Guests can take home their cookie as a favor or enjoy it as a treat at the reception.

I’ve seen cookies with the couple’s monogram, favorite sports team, or even a printed out edible photo of the couple as the focal point. The options are endless and make seating cards so much more than just a piece of paper! You can check out some of the wedding cookies we’ve made or find ideas on Pinterest and then customize to your wedding colors and theme.

Party Favors

Weddings aren’t the only place to use cookies as a favor. Birthday parties, wedding and bridal showers, anniversary parties and corporate events are all great opportunities to incorporate cookies into your theme. Individually wrapped cookies can be displayed on a dessert table and taken home as a favor, again doubling as dessert and a take home gift.

Dessert Tables

Dessert tables have been one of the biggest trends for weddings, showers and birthday parties in the past few years. They are the perfect way to give guests a variety of bite size treats to choose from and create a beautiful tablescape!

Bite size thumbprint style cookies, mini iced cookies, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate dipped Oreos are all a hit with guests and add that special touch to the display. They can be decorated with colored accents, drizzled with chocolate or detailed with royal icing to be the showstopper of your party!

3. Gifts

Have you ever needed the perfect gift to thank someone who you couldn’t live without, an idea to surprise a friend or relative for their birthday, or a way to show your appreciation for a teacher, doctor, bus driver?! Cookies are a great way to do just that.

Customized butter cookies can come in nearly any design and fit any theme. From doctors and nurses, school busses and apples, to birthday cakes with custom sayings, cookies can bring a smile to anyone’s face and show how much you truly appreciate them!

One of the most rewarding parts of owning a bakery is the opportunity to make special, one of a kind gifts that truly touch lives. We create cookies to thank doctor’s who have brought new born babies into the world and helped conquer cancer, teacher’s who have made sure every student leaves the classroom with a smile, and bus driver’s who get children to and from school safely each and every day.

With so many options, decorated butter cookies, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, or even chocolate dipped Oreo cookies can all be the perfect way to show your love and appreciation!

4. Corporate Promotion & Celebrations

Have you ever gone to a corporate event and left with a pen, notebook, or magnet as your take home gift and soon after wondered where it disappeared too? Yes, these gifts are practical and marked with a logo, but how much more memorable would it be to leave the meeting or event with a customized butter cookie that comes branded with your company’s logo and colors?!

Just like with seating place cards, corporate cookies can double as a favor, snack, center piece and even business card! Cookies catch a potential client’s attention at a pitch meeting, can be sent home in a goody bag, or be handed out at a networking event. Talk about the perfect post-meeting pick-me-up!

 

5. Endless Flavor Options!

Last but not least, you need cookies in your life because they come in endless flavor options, and endless isn’t much of an exaggeration! It would be hard to find someone who didn’t like a least one kind of cookie. From butter cookies, a firmer cookie similar to a shortbread that comes decorated with royal icing, to chocolate chip cookies that can be soft, chewy, crunchy or somewhere in between, there’s a cookie out there for everyone!

My favorite cookie tip: Find your favorite cookie recipe and then experiment with it! Change the flavoring, type of chocolate chips or other add-in ingredients to make it your own! I use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and adjust it for other events or seasons. It has changed from a plain old chocolate chip to salted chocolate chip, s’mores, peanut butter chip, salted caramel toffee and birthday cake.

It was even used for sea salt caramel chip cookies at a beer and cookie pairing with Rhinegeist Brewery. Talk about versatile! Maybe just by adding a hint of lemon or almond to a classic butter cookie you can bring back that same taste of the cookies your grandma used to make!

If you’re not already inspired to bake some cookies, think about the other bonus that comes with trying out new recipes… eating them! And if you’re not much of a baker yourself, check out our cookie page for lots of ideas that we’d love to customize just for you!

Contact us for more cookie inspiration and ideas!

Over The Rhine Location

Over The Rhine Location

3 Sweet Girls Cakery in Over the Rhine

In addition to our first and largest location near Kenwood, we have a second location in Over-the-Rhine that opened in July of 2015. If you see a beautiful ArtWorks mural that includes cake, donuts, pie & popsicles, you’ve found us! We happen to be located right behind this perfectly fitting design and would love for you to stop by to check out what we have to offer.

What do we offer in OTR?

We bake and decorate all of our desserts in the kitchen of our original location at 7458 Montgomery Road each morning and then bring all of the goodness down to our store front in Over the Rhine (OTR). We have a variety of cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolate dipped pretzels and oreos, and gourmet popcorn available for customers to walk in and purchase each day. Custom orders can also be placed in advance and picked up at the OTR location! We love creating custom orders for any occasion from birthdays and holidays to corporate orders. From logo cookies and cupcakes to staff party treats, we create cake, cookie and cupcake designs for the many businesses nearby including Kroger, Proctor and Gamble  and GE. Delivery in the downtown and OTR areas is also available, making it easy for you to get desserts delivered right to you for staff birthdays, client meetings or just an after lunch pick-me-up. We are open located at 29 East 12thStreet and are open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5pm in OTR.

We love being a part of the OTR community and are in awe of the incredible growth that has happened and continues to happen in the area around us!

Here are a few of the awesome things we encourage you to check out around us:

Weddings Venues

Over the Rhine has so many beautiful and unique wedding venues, where we deliver and setup beautiful wedding cakes, cupcake displays and dessert tables. You can check out photos of weddings that we have done in the past on our wedding pageThe Trancept, Bell Event Centre, Music HallRhinegeist Brewery, and the Monastery are just a few of the venues we work with to make couple’s wedding dessert dreams come alive in and nearby OTR. We schedule wedding tastings at our Montgomery Road location, but you are always welcome to stop into the OTR location to purchase treats to sample and begin to get more information!

Events

There are so many community events that bring people from all over into the OTR area. City Flea and Second Sunday on Main  are the perfect place to checkout many local vendors for delicious food, crafts, clothing and more. There is constantly something fun going on in OTR so be sure and explore this area!

Things to Do

We love being involved with Riverside Food Tours and highly suggest checking out one of their tours! They stop by with tour groups to enjoy cake pops and other treats. Food tours are the perfect way to get a taste of OTR and visit places you may have never been.

We frequently see Pedal Wagon’s pedaling by our store all week long and they’re a unique way to tour the area. If you’re feeling active, why not try out the Red Bikes in OTR?! Then you will really deserve a sweet treat!

Restaurants & Bars

Taste of Belgium is right down the street on Vine. We also enjoy stopping by Revel Urban Winery for a bite to eat and glass of wine. At Gomez Salsa‘s walk-up window you can order their infamous (and delicious!) “turtle” for lunch or swing by Rhinehaus for a drink while you wait for your order. These are just a couple of our favorite places to enjoy nearby!

Over the Rhine is a very special community that showcases incredible arts, food and drinks, entertainment & of course, desserts, that you won’t want to miss! Don’t forget to give us a call at 513-421-0100 or stop into our store front at 29 East 12thStreet Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12-5pm!

4 Wedding Dessert Trends for 2018

4 Wedding Dessert Trends for 2018

We LOVE Weddings!  Helping people celebrate their marriages is a big part of what we do at 3 Sweet Girls Cakery.  And we know that it can be tough planning all the details of showers, rehearsal dinners, and receptions, because it’s not something you do all that often.  That’s why we want to share with you 4 Wedding Dessert Trends we see for 2018.

These are things we notice as the orders come in week after week.  Now you can take this information and plan the coolest wedding events for yourself, your family, and your friends.

SIMPLE, YET PERSONALIZED, DESIGNS

When couples come in for tastings these days we can usually predict what kind of cake they are going to want.  The biggest trend we see with wedding cakes is that brides are wanting simple yet personalized designs.

Brides are looking for fresh new ways to highlight their personal styles and colors.  They love cakes with textured buttercream that are finished off  with fresh flowers.  Naked Cakes are also very popular, especially when they are decorated with fresh flowers and succulents for a unique, organic look.

BITE-SIZED TREATS

Another trend that’s becoming increasingly popular with couples these days is bite-sized treatsas a part of their display.  The most popular things we see are cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, chocolate dipped pretzels and oreos as well as gourmet brownies.  Wedding guests love to see how these edible works of art reflect the personality of the bride and groom.

They also love the option of picking up a small treat, then going off to mingle and dance before coming back for something else.  Cookies offer us the ability to use a variety of sizes.  We’ll feature lots of detail including monograms on larger items and then include assortments of smaller less detailed ones combined on the trays.

Cake Pops are extremely popular and mostly displayed on platters so that they are easy to pick up.  These are a great treat for children who need something to do during all of the “Grown-Up Stuff.”  We love to include the couple’s colors and styles in our cake pops and brides love the option 0f including gold, silver and or rose gold on their tables.

Cupcakes will always be in high demand as options on a dessert table.  They add a whimsical element of fun.  They are smaller than a slice of cake.  And they are items that guests can choose and serve to themselves.  They also look fabulous when displayed on a tower with a cutting cake.

 

FLAVOR TRENDS

The most popular flavor trends we see these days are people choosing Vanilla with Raspberry Filling, Death by Chocolate, Wedding Cake, Birthday Cake, Red Velvet, Oreo, Lemon Blueberry and White Chocolate Raspberry.  We offer a large variety of flavors allowing couples to serve their guests by shooting the works or just keeping it simple.  You may not think of birthday cake as a wedding flavor but it is popular with everyone from 1 to 100!  It is fun and festive.

GROOM’S CAKES

Groom’s Cakes are becoming more and more popular! The groom’s cake has a rich tradition in wedding history, particularly in the American South. Historically, a groom’s cake was often a chocolatey, decadent treat that would be served alongside the wedding cake at the reception.  The single women at the wedding would each take home a slice of the groom’s cake and sleep with it under their pillows. Tradition held that they would then have sweet dreams of the man they would someday marry.

These increasingly requested cakes offer couples a chance to personalize the wedding or rehearsal by getting to know the groom in a fun way.  A groom’s cake is created to feature the groom’s interests and/or passions.  It may be shaped like his favorite car, geared towards his favorite sport, resemble his alcoholic beverage of choice, or be a combination of things.

Many of my brides also like to surprise their fiancé with a groom’s cake rather than tell him about it ahead of time. It’s their way of saying, “Thank you for putting up with the insanity of wedding planning.” It’s also an intimate and loving way to give him a moment to shine at the wedding.

Regardless of how it is presented, shared, or used in the celebration, the groom’s cake can be a quirky, fun, and delicious way to make your wedding unique and memorable.  Of course, it’s an added expense, but if you have a little leeway in your budget, it might be a nice way to show your groom (and your guests) just how much you love him!

Groom’s cakes can be made from simple to complex so share your ideas with us and we will work to create a unique cake within your budget.​

Hopefully you can use these ideas to plan the wedding of your dreams.  If you would like to learn more about our wedding options, please call us at 513-984-1100 or visit our wedding page.  We would love to get to know you and help you create a personalized and unique wedding display!

Say ‘I Love You’ with Something Sweetly Special

Say ‘I Love You’ with Something Sweetly Special

Valentine Cupcakes with Hugs Heart CookieValentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. Do you know why we celebrate it and how it became so popular? How did a  fertility festival which dated back to ancient Rome become Christianized? Why do we share chocolates and flowers? Check out the video below and click here for some interesting Valentine’s Day facts.

And don’t forget to put your order in for the perfect cake pop bouquet or that perfect cupcake or cookie that says ‘I Love You’. Our bakers and creative decorators offer many designs for custom orders in addition to gift boxed cookies and bagged sweets. So let your loved ones, friends, colleagues, bosses, teachers, nannies and everyone else in your life let you know how you feel about them with something sweetly special. Stop in today!

 

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Don’t Let the Holidays Overshadow December Birthdays

Don’t Let the Holidays Overshadow December Birthdays

As we all are busy preparing for Christmas we must not forget the wonderful December birthdays of our friends and family, especially the young ones!

Our selection of custom birthday cakes is vast and creative input from our customers is always welcome. Check out the gallery of birthday cakes for kids for fun and festive ideas.

And don’t forget our party room. And as the holidays approach, let us cross one thing off your ‘to do’ list by putting together a cupcake decorating birthday party.

Our in-store party room creates the perfect space for your creative child to spend their birthday with friends! It offers you a stress-free solution for giving your child a very special birthday. The children will each have 4 cupcakes to decorate as they choose. The party is not a decorating class. It is a time where the children use their own creativity to decorate cupcakes. The party is self directed. There is someone available to assist with refills of beverages, buttercreams and sprinkles as needed.When it’s time to sing Happy Birthday, your child will receive a  jumbo cupcake! 3 Sweet Girls Cakery Birthday Parties are perfect for kids age 5-99! Click here to learn more.

Cupcake Decorating Birthday Party

 

We are located in Kenwood/Silverton and also in OTR. Please call us at 513-984-1100 to order. You can also email us with questions!