Make Your Baby Shower Unique

Make Your Baby Shower Unique

Make Your Baby Shower Unique

1. Choose the Type of Party

Baby showers have been a special way to celebrate expecting parents and the new addition to the family for a long time, but here are a few ways to make your shower more unique!

Couple’s Shower

mean that the dad gets to be involved too! You can also invite kids for a more casual event. 

A Baby Brunch

What’s better than mom-osas and breakfast foods with friends or family!?

A Sprinkle

is held for parents who aren’t having their first baby. It’s a way to celebrate the mom-to-be with a get together, but not necessarily the expectations of a shower. Since parents often have much of what they need for the baby already, ___

A Sip & See

is held after the baby arrives! It’s a way for friends and family to stop by for a drink and to see the baby! Everyone comes during a set time period to make it easy on the new parents.

Long Distance Shower

can be held in many ways, but an idea I heard recently was to pick a day or week and have everyone send a note of encouragement or gift to the parents-to-be at that time. What’s better than getting mail that’s personal and special?! They will be surprised when they open the mailbox and see so many little notes and gifts.

Gender Reveal 

Gender reveals are a great reason to celebrate with friends and family while finding out the gender of your baby. There are an endless number of ways to announce the gender, from gender reveal cakes and cupcakes to popping balloons filled with pink or blue confetti. 

 

2. Pick a Personalized Theme

Baby shower themes have become much less traditional and more focused on the parents-to-be! Pastel “baby colors” are much less common and fun, personalized themes are in! These days, it seems that any party theme can be used for a baby shower theme, which opens up the options for food and desserts, games and favors. Here are a few popular themes that we’ve seen for baby showers recently:

A Baby-Q

A great way to create a casual atmosphere and is very fitting for a couple’s shower theme as well. You can serve BBQ or make it a cookout with festive drinks and games!

“Taco ‘bout a Baby” Fiesta

Fiestas are a great time for tacos and margaritas as well as bright, colorful decorations and games.

Woodland Theme

Simple rustic styles with woodland animals, plaid and tree stumps have been popular themes for the past year or so. It’s a theme that can work for a baby boy, girl or a surprise which makes it very versatile.

How Can 3 Sweet Girls Help?!

For my own baby showers, we chose to have a “Taco ‘bout a Baby” Fiesta ladies lunch and a couples Baby-Q! Here are some dessert ideas that we came up with. No matter your theme, we would love to help you with ideas for your baby shower cake, cupcakes, cake pops or dessert table!

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!

We’re the Official Bakery of the Baby & Beyond Expo Again!

We’re the Official Bakery of the Baby & Beyond Expo Again!

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!

We love the Baby and Beyond Expo because it’s gathers a unique collection of vendors with products that you can’t find just anywhere, all in the same place! 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 is the perfect place to find gifts for mom-to-be, birthday presents for little ones, and sweet treats for all of the above! It’s also packed with resources for parents on tons of helpful topics, from nutrition and healthcare to children’s activities in the area and local photographers!

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. Stop by for a snack to entertain your kids while your shop, grab treats to go for a weekend get together, or just treat yourself!

We’ll have ideas and information about special ordering desserts for any gathering including upcoming 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 inquiry 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!

Queen Bee Half Marathon

Queen Bee Half Marathon

Queen Bee Half Marathon

This race is a blast! Whether you are running, walking or doing a combination of the two (Yes, I’ve tried all three options and can vouch for them all) the Queen Bee Half Marathon is one of the most fun half marathons around. Last year, I was handed a bottle of wine as for completing the race and finishers under the age of 21 received a freshly baked 3 Sweet Girls cupcake! How much better can it get?! While these finisher’s gifts may vary year to year, the incredible cheering sections along the race course and views of Cincinnati are there to stay! There is also a 4 miler race option if you’re in search of a shorter race. The Michelob Ultra Victory Party is a perfect way to celebrate the morning post race with food, drinks and lots of good company!

That’s not all! The Queen Bee is more than just a fun race, it’s geared toward women (although men can participate too!) and it supports incredible local charities, donating over $200,000 to them in the past.

How does 3 Sweet Girls Cakery come into play?! We are the official Bakery sponsor of the Queen Bee! We will be a the Bee-U-Tique Expo at Duke Energy Convention Center on Friday October 12th from 11 am to 8pm where you can find running vendors, and of course our booth full of a selection of Queen Bee themed treats! We’ll be making Queen Bee cookies, cake pops, brownies, and chocolate dipped pretzels and Oreos! Whether you’re running, walking or just tagging along for the expo, stop by for a sweet treat. You deserve it!

Holiday Market & Specialty Treats Show

Holiday Market & Specialty Treats Show

The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market & Specialty Treats Show

We are the official bakery sponsor of the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at Duke Energy Convention Center. We will be there with a variety of holiday cookies, cake pops, cake push ups, gourmet popcorn, brownies and other sweet treats.  We will also be selling gift cards and taking holiday orders! To learn more check out their website and check our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram posts are the event approaches!

Slice Night

Slice Night

Slice Night

Enjoy all the pizza you can eat from these 16 local pizzerias: Adriatico’s, Bub’s, Dewey’s, Fratelli’s, Giuseppe’s, Goodfellas, Krimmer’s, LaRosa’s, Mac’s, N.Y.P.D., Pisanello’s, Pizza Tower, Pizzelii, Ramundo’s, Snappy Tomato, and Roc-A-Fella’s Pizza.

Bengals Game Cupcake Demo

Bengals Game Cupcake Demo

Watch us demo cupcakes for the Bengals game on  Fox 19

CINCINNATI (Sydney Benter) — There’s a new shop opening up in Over-the-Rhine that looks and feels like a real life candy land. The sweet treats come from a local mother and her two daughters; together they run Three Sweet Girls Cakery. It’s a family business that, quite literally, started in their kitchen. The Ebbert girls find themselves in an enviable position–surrounded by cupcakes and success. What started as a hobby has grown into a full-scale confection operation.

“We pretty much just did cupcakes in the beginning–just making them for friends and friends of friends and then it just grew into cake pops and cakes and cookies for lots of people,” says Kristen Ebbert. The family expanded their business into a space on Montgomery Road three years ago. They’ve grown so quickly that now they’re opening a second location in Over-the-Rhine. “We just thought it would be really fun to go down there and kind of be in the heart of the city and everything that’s going on,” says Lisa Ebbert, the family matriarch.

Lisa and her daughters Lauren and Kristen are all equal partners in the cakery. “I think the coolest part is that we’re in charge of it so if there’s something we want to do we can try it and it gives us more freedom to–if there’s decorations we want to try or flavors or colors or anything–we can really explore whatever we want to work on; whatever is fun for us,” Lauren says.

The OTR Three Sweet Girls location on East 12th Street is set to open the first week of July 2015.

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Soapbox Media

Soapbox Media

New Bakery Comes to OTR

By Soapbox Media

Lisa Ebbert comes from a long line of bakers, and the success of her homemade cupcakes led her to open 3 Sweet Girls Cakery in Kenwood in 2012. In mid-July she and her two daughters, Kristen and Lauren, will open their second location at 29 E. 12th St. in Over-the-Rhine.

Over the past few years, the bakery has had customers come out to the Kenwood location from downtown to pick up sweets for parties and meetings. It seemed like a logical next step to take the bakery closer to those customers. 

“We’re very excited to see the growth downtown and want to be part of it,” Ebbert says. “We love Over-the-Rhine, the people and the energy and diversity of the neighborhood.” 

Ebbert and her daughters are currently renovating the 500-square-foot space to be a mini version of their Kenwood location, with turquoise and pink walls and a whimsical mural. The OTR location is considerably smaller than the original and doesn’t have a kitchen, so they will be bringing everything to OTR from the main bakery.

3 Sweet Girls will offer a daily selection of eight cupcake flavors and about 15 flavors of cake pops, including their specialty Flying Pig Cake Pops. The bakery will also have custom decorated cookies, chocolate pretzels and Oreos, cake push-ups and cupcakes in a jar as well as homemade dog treats and pup cakes.

“We hope to bring a fun, creative energy to Over-the-Rhine and hope to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and bring a little joy to people’s days,” Ebbert says.

The Ebberts are currently hoping to be open before the July 14 All Star Game and plan to have a variety of baseball-themed treats.

Business Courier

Business Courier

Three Sweet Girls opening OTR bakery

By Andy Brownfield

An Anderson Township mother and her two daughters are opening a new bakery in Over-the-Rhine after three years of successful operation in Kenwood.

Lisa Ebbert comes from a long line of bakers. Her grandfather, Edward Nickles, founded the Navarre, Ohio-based Nickles Bakery, and her father, Edward Davis, is a graduate of the American Institute of Baking in Chicago. Ebbert carried that tradition on with her daughters Lauren and Kristen in their Kenwood-based Three Sweet Girls Cakery.

Ebbert and her daughters are now opening a second Three Sweet Girls in Over-the-Rhine at 29 E. 12th St. with a target opening date of July 6.

“We really wanted to go to downtown. My daughters are young, and we love it here, but we also live the city, we love Over-the-Rhine, we love everything Cincinnati, and we can’t wait to get out and be with Cincinnatians,” Ebbert told me. “It’s just fun down there. We love going out and walking around and going out to eat and getting to know that part of the community.”

Ebbert and her daughters started baking in 2010, making cupcakes for friends and family. But more and more of those friends and family members insisted they go into business, so they began taking orders online and in 2012 moved into part of a building owned by Ebbert’s husband at 7458 Montgomery Road to give the bakery business a go. They ended up expanding and taking over the entire building.

The bakery still specializes in cupcakes but has grown into cakes, cake pops, cookies, custom designs and other sweets. The OTR location will sell all of those things, but because the 500-square-foot location lacks its own kitchen, it will have less emphasis on custom designed cakes and more on satisfying the sweet tooth of passersby and neighborhood residents, Ebbert said.

“One thing people really love are the cake pops because we have more than 100 different flavors we rotate all the time,” she said. “People just come in to buy one and end up getting a dozen.”

Cupcake Crazy Changes Name to 3 Sweet Girls Cakery

Cupcake Crazy Changes Name to 3 Sweet Girls Cakery

Cupcake Crazy Changes Name to 3 Sweet Girls Cakery

We are so very excited to announce that Cupcake Crazy has changed it’s name to 3 Sweet Girls Cakery!!! We started out almost 5 years ago in our kitchen at home baking a few cupcakes for friends and then their friends and it exploded. We can not thank all of you enough for the support you have given us. You have been loyal and dedicated and because of all of you we are able to add a new 2nd location in Over the Rhine in July.

We have expanded our product line and while 3 Sweet Girls will always be crazy for cupcakes we offer so much more. Our custom designed cakes have been very successful allowing us to really get creative. We make thousands of cake pops every week. We did not even make cookies in the beginning and now we can barely keep up with the demand.

We are so excited to be able to open this second location in the city, to expand our product line and to offer a whole new brand to grow into. We want to take this opportunity to change our name to represent us better and 3 Sweet Girls Cakery Does that. We look forward to creating all kinds of delicious and creative treats in the coming years!!

Thank you, Lisa, Lauren & Kristen Ebbert