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Cinnamon Apple Popcorn and Apple Sangria Recipes November 8, 2012



A few weeks back, I posted photos from Ella’s Sweet as Apple Pie birthday party. This theme was so adorable and I love how her mom, Courtney, put everything together. Talk about attention to detail. If you have not seen the photos, check them out in this post here.

Today, I wanted to share with you the a couple recipes that Courtney used… for the Cinnamon Apple Popcorn and the Apple Sangria. I love how Courtney served the apple popcorn in cones and decorated these with the cupcake toppers. She simply punched the cupcake toppers using a 2 inch circle punch. And of course, the red bucket fits the theme perfectly. 



Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Popcorn


2 cups chopped dried apples

10 cups popped popcorn

2 cups pecan halves

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Place apples in a large shallow baking pan. Bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and stir in popcorn and nuts.
  • In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients.
  • Drizzle butter mixture over popcorn mixture, stirring well.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Pour onto wax paper to cool.
  • Store in airtight container.


Recipe for Apple Sangria 


3 1/2 cups chopped Honeycrisp apple (about 2 pounds)

1/2 cup apple schnapps

1/4 cup honey

4 whole cloves

2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

2 (1/4-inch) slices peeled fresh ginger

1 large navel orange, quartered $

1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine (such as Beaujolais) $

1/4 cup club soda, chilled, divided

4 thin horizontal slices cored Honeycrisp apple


  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain wine mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
  • Pour about 2/3 cup sangria over ice in each of 4 glasses; top each serving with 1 tablespoon club soda and 1 apple slice.

The tent style food labels for this collection are now available in my Etsy store.

By the way, Courtney purchased the adorable apple shaped cookies from Sugar and Flour on Etsy. Aren’t these lovely? The delightful apple cake pops were purchased from Entirely Sweet on Etsy



Remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. I actually have a board on Pinterest with loads of ideas if you are thinking of hosting an Apple themed party, then you should check it out for sure. Click here for the Apple Pie Party Pinterest board.


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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