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Rudolph the Reindeer Treat Bags

We are Rudolph obsessed in our house this year, therefore, this project was inspired by my little guy. If you are looking for a last minute way to wrap up some of those delicious Christmas cookies or homemade goodies for your friends and neighbors, or looking for a cute and simple way to wrap a gift for a little one, call on the most favorite reindeer of all – Rudolph! I recently made these goodie bags for a kid’s Christmas party and filled them with bags of homemade hot chocolate mix, hot chocolate spoons and Christmas cookies. They are easy to make and fun for your little elves to help with as well.

Rudolph Treat Bags via Haute Apple Pie

What you need:
Brown paper lunch bags
Large google eyes
Red pom poms
Brown cardstock
Scissors or circle punch
Black permanent marker
Brown pipe cleaners
Scissors or wire cutter
Glue (Elmers or Tacky)
Clear tape

Using a circle punch or scissors. Cut one-inch circles from brown cardstock.

Lay the paper bag flat. Glue on eyes. Make sure to leave at least 3-4 inches of space at the top to fold over. Glue brown paper circle to bag. Glue red pom on top of brown circle. Using a marker, draw a mouth. I had fun with this and made them all different. Some with buck teeth, some sticking their tongue out, etc. Allow to dry.

Fill bag with goodies or gift. Fold over firmly. Slide one pipe clear tightly to the crease of the bag. Tape the bag in place. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner upward. With a scissors or wire cutter, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Twist one on each side to create antlers.

Rudolph the Reindeer Treat Bags via Haute Apple Pie

I’m sure everyone will love these so much, they will shout out with glee. Too far?

Happy holidays to you and yours.




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Vintage-Inspired HAP Launch Party

Last Friday we hosted the official launch of Haute Apple Pie!  The party was held at The Home Market in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, a very fitting venue with its mix of vintage and modern home decorations that any modern homemaker would want to covet.

Many thanks to our family, friends and avid readers for making our launch party a huge success! Our gratitude goes to Kate Barrette, Owner of The Home Market, for providing us with a fabulous venue and showing our guests how to make their homes haute.

HAP Launch Party cocktail invite

Guests were invited via postcards created by HAP blogger, Katie, that set the tone for a casual cocktail party.

Vintage recipe card, flower paper punch

Vintage Martha Stewart-inspired flowers were made by punching a variety of different papers with paper punches and fastening them with a brass clip.  As parting gifts, guests were given Haute Apple pie recipe cards containing three of our favorite recipes of the night.

shabby chic holiday decor

Holiday decorations, from frosted pine scented candles to wooden ornaments, filled The Home Market giving guests a first glance at the season’s latest trends for the home.

shabby chic tablescapespiked apple cider

Cucumber Herb, Bruschetta, Sundried Tomato Twists

There was no shortage of food as the tables were filled with a mix of savory and sweet goodies, created by the HAP ladies.  Each dish was labeled with a rustic hand-made calligraphy tag nailed to a birch branch.  Guests snacked on Sun-dried Tomato Twists with fresh herbs, Creamy Goat Cheese Filled Cucumbers and Tomato Bruschetta with a Balsamic Reduction.  They sipped on Haute Apple Cider, a hot brandy concoction, and a wonderful selection of wines.

Haute Apple Pies, Pumpkin Cupcakes
They were also treated to seasonal goodies – mini Haute Apple Pies and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple-Bourbon Frosting.

birch log stand, handwritten calligraphy

Guests also had the opportunity to win one of two raffle prizes sponsored by The Home Market by placing their information in a vintage apothecary jar.  A hard cover copy of Ideal Home: The Interior Design Bible and a fabulous ivory platter by Soule Studio complete with a dish towel a recipe card holder were given to two lucky Haute Apple Pie readers.


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