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First Birthday: Ella is As Sweet As Apple Pie! October 5, 2012



I loved creating this new collection- Sweet as Apple Pie– for my friend Courtney’s daughter, Ella who turned one this month. Courtney held the party at her parents house in Texas… the location- with huge live oak tree- was perfect for this theme! Courtney told me she wanted lots of patterns and prints incorporated into the design and of course an apple motif. She wanted to mix pinks, red, green, yellow and teal. I love playing with color and creating fun patterns so I really enjoyed designing this collection. In case you were wondering, Courtney used Riley Blake fabric- Apple of My Eye– to create the gorgeous tablecloth. She even made the party hat for Ella. Very impressive, Courtney.

Food wise, Courtney offered a selection of fruit pies and also cupcakes. She had apple cake pops and of course apple cookies. She displayed these in wooden buckets and I love how she incorporated the scales. I especially love the Ella bunting that Courtney made out of natural burlap. She used a couple red and white paper straws on either end and attached the pennants to twine using red mini clothes pegs. By adding this banner to the apple pie, it reinforced the theme of the party, As Sweet As Apple Pie. The sign on the pie table read featured a quote by E. Somerset Maugham (an English novelist and playwright): The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.

If you have a first birthday party coming up, you may want to consider creating a photo banner featuring a photo from every month of your baby’s life. This makes a wonderful keepsake and also lets your guests see how much your baby’s grown and the changes each month brought. Courtney asked me for apple signs- month one, month two, month three, etc. You could easily do something similar. She simply attached the signs to the photos using fabric covered clothes pegs. Alternatively, you could use alligator clips that you line with ribbon.



Courtney- thank you so much for sharing photos from Ella’s birthday party. It looks like the party girl had an amazing time and you certainly did an incredible job with all the details of this party. Happy 1st Birthday to your sweetie pie. The Sweet as Apple Pie collection is now available in my Etsy store.


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