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Three Years Later and Getting Hauter…

We can hardly believe it has been three years since the inception of Haute Apple Pie. This blog started as just a fun side project to share our recipes and ideas with our friends and has grown into more than we ever could have imagined. To celebrate our third blogversary, we have some Haute Apple Pie superlatives for you, with links to some of our best, favorite and most popular posts!

Thanks to all of you for reading this little corner of the world-wide web. We appreciate you stopping by and letting us host this three-year long party.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Most Pinned
This post tops the charts as our most viewed post of all time, mostly thanks to your favorite addiction and mine, Pinterest.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket over Garlic Parmesan Mash

Best Rehab
Who doesn’t want to make something old, look something new? Katie’s dresser rehab ranks #2 in the blog life traffic list.
{How to} Refinish a Dresser

How to Refinish Wood Furniture

Best Breakfast
We are not Nutella shy here at Haute Apple Pie. Anne’s French toast hit everyone’s morning sweet tooth.
Orange Scented French Toast with Nutella

The most popular meal posts include:

Best BBQ
The Perfect Bratwurst
Best Dinner
Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells
Best Dessert
Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting
Best Snack
The Art of Toddler Food: Veggie Dip

We’ve also found that our HAP readers are wild about parties! It seems we have quite the following of haute hostesses. Here are the winners in the party category:

Best Kid’s Party
Anne threw this adorable camping inspired birthday party for Isla’s 2nd birthday, complete with bug juice and s’mores.
Campfire Birthday Party

S'more birthday party favors

Best Baby Shower
The ladies collectively honored Stef with the adorable safari themed baby shower. Who doesn’t love a good candy bar!
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Baby Shower

Safari Candy BuffetBest Bridal Shower
Stef’s lemonade shower for her cousin’s wife was much more sweet than sour!
Summertime Lemonade Shower

Other parties topping the charts:

Inspiration for a Peter Rabbit Baby Shower
Pink and Brown Ladybug Party
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Baby Shower

We can’t forget about our do-it-yourselfers!

Katie’s DIY tie onesie rounds out at our third most popular post of all time! Consider making one of these for the little man in your life:
DIY Necktie Onesie

tie baby onesie patternOther projects to consider:

Fall Berry Wreath
Window Chalkboard

It has been a great three years and we cannot wait to see what the next three have in store. Thanks for reading!


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Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My! A Safari Baby Shower

As some of you know, fellow HAP blogger Stef is pregnant with her first child.  Katie and I got together to throw her a baby shower for close friends. We knew her nursery was a safari theme, so we decided to throw her a “Lions and Tigers and Bears…oh my!” themed shower.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

The invitations were created by Katie and set the tone for the adorable party.

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Safari Baby Shower Invitation

The table was set with burlap fabric and a tiger print runner, which we picked up at a fabric store and left unfinished for a rustic feel. Silverware was wrapped in a napkin and tied with coordinating ribbon.

Safari Baby Shower Ideas

Guests snacked on basil chicken club sandwiches, turkey and cranberry paninis, a mixed green salad and exotic fruit skewers.  All food was served in wood or rustic platters and labeled with place cards also designed by Katie.

Basil Chicken Club Sandwich, Fruit Kabobs

Guests enjoyed a tropical punch that was mixed with either champagne or ginger ale.

For dessert, we had Chai Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting and sugar cookie leaves.

Vanilla Bean & Chai Cupcakes

As party favors, everyone was invited to join in the fun of a candy buffet!  The ladies filled spice shaker jars with various green and brown candies to match the decor.  Candies were set out in vases and apothecary jars adorned with raffia and “Lions and Tigers and Bears” theme tags that matched the invitations.

Green and Brown Candy Buffet

Safari Candy Buffet

We all had such an amazing time putting this baby shower together!  Stay tuned to meet the newest member of the Haute Apple Pie family!

Haute Apple Pie baby shower

Anne, Stef & Katie


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