Though I’m getting ready to welcome September in 80+ degree heat today, the red-tipped leaves of the maple in my front yard are telling the story of autumn. And you know what? I’m OK with that. Fall brings some of my favorites: crisp, cool air, bright blue skies, stunning foliage, and apple picking!

If you caught the hint with our post the other day (I know, very subtle), this month is going to be all about Apples. It’s kinda perfect, when you think about it: every back-to-school image in September includes a big red apple (wonder how many kids still bring them for the teacher?). Our local orchard has just opened for annual apple picking. And we’re all starting to crave those warm, spicy treats that are only made better with apples.

Apple Inspiration

We’re also working on lots of apple theme events, from bachelorettes to baby showers. The “Apple-y Ever After” theme is especially popular this year, so we’ve collected some apple wedding and event inspiration. From bouquets to favors, decor, DIY, paper goods, and confections, find some of my favorites below. And find even more on Pinterest, on our Green Apple Theme and new Orchard Theme boards. You could easily adapt some of these ideas for fall birthday parties or baby showers, too.

caramel apple

Light up your life (and your table) with these simple apple votives, appropriate for an Apple-y Ever After shower or just a fall table. I’ll admit, I was surprised to see how perfectly appropriate apples can look in a bouquet. Aren’t these beautiful? Caramel apples make a sweet treat for a fall event, or you can put together a DIY caramel apple kit and let your guests take them home (along with the stickiness!).

The green apple theme will need apple green invitations; we love this monogram stationery by The Printery. No apple party is complete without appley treats; these apple crumb bars are a sweet addition to any shower, and apple martinis with a kick of ginger will liven up any girls’ night or bachelorette.

Of course, sharing apple lip balms with your guests is always in good taste. Talk with us about how to make your favors just right!

apple-y ever after lip balm favors

Flavor of the Month

Green Apple, Candy Apple, Apple Pie, Apple Spice, Cranberry Apple…decisions, decisions. The Flavor of the Month for September is (drumroll, please)… Caramel Apple. Tart green apples enrobed in warm, buttery caramel make the perfect sweet and tart fall lip balm flavor. Don’t you agree?

caramel apple lip balm

Caramel Apple is available all month at 15% off. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, remember you can request a free Flavor of the Month when you place your order. Just look for the check box at checkout to add your balm.

What’s your favorite apple idea? I’m a big fan of apples in bouquets, myself. (And I’d never say no to an apple crumb bar.) What do you think?