I adore this crochet blanket with a fabric back. Les Amis chevron crochet baby blanket in grey and blue - Platt Bandley Platt Bandley Platt Bandley Reed . not necessarily the color, but I love the idea of a backing! makes it more sturdy :)
I haven& looked at the pattern yet but if each & is actually three rows, I would do the double crochet row in brown the second row in white and the third row in red. that way they looked like little cupcakes!