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.
Guests were invited via postcards created by HAP blogger, Katie, that set the tone for a casual cocktail party.
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.
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.
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.
They were also treated to seasonal goodies – mini Haute Apple Pies and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple-Bourbon Frosting.
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.