I hope you’re loving the contributor posts as much as I am. Anne is sharing a beautiful and delicious Pie Tasting Party this month. In one of our previous neighborhoods we would have a Pie Night the week before Thanksgiving. This post is making me want to start one in my new neighborhood. Thanks Anne for all the great ideas!
Hi friends! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the very, very end of summer. Since fall is officially only about a week away, and the cooler weather is sweeping in here in WNY, I thought to share some inspiration for a Pie Tasting Party with you all today. Why Pie? Well, first, why not? But really…
Fall reminds me of pie. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie…heck, even chicken pot pie. It is probably because the warm and cozy feelings I associate with pie. The smell of cinnamon, the warm oven on, and of course, one of the few holidays when it seems like a good idea to overstuff myself with pie. I took those warm, fuzzy feelings and went with it. You will find that I am including some pie tasting party menu ideas, as well as some simple decor you could pull off yourself (or shop Etsy for…). I went with a rustic feel, colored with brown and cream for this party. It seems to go well with pie. Ready?
Let’s start with the food.
Pie comes in all shapes and sizes, including in pop form. So yummy and so easy, they definitely earn a spot at the pie tasting table. You could stand them up (cake pop style) or just lay them out on a rectangular white platter. (recipe and image via Bakerella)
Once everyone brings their contribution, top the pies with cute flags to label each. (image via Belle on Heels)
Some people just aren’t great with forming pie crusts. Hand pies displayed all in a row, in a box with some wax paper adds to the rustic feel and won’t give the lesser pie baker anxiety (like me!). (recipe and image via Hoosier Homemade)
Why not wash down that pie with coffee…they seem to go hand and hand. Set up a cute coffee station with some of your decor as a backdrop. (image via Take a Megabite) Use chalkboards as signage and keep your coffee condiments on ice. (image via A Night Owl Blog)
Cream pies, fruit pies, and crumb pies–whatever the offerings, display them in different dishes at different heights to add to the visual appeal. And don’t forget to tuck some homemade whipped cream into the mix! (image via Bon Appétit)
Use extra pie crusts to make Pie Fries and put out some dipping sauces to go with them. This might be the most clever pie-themed idea I have seen yet! (image via Dinner with Juile)
Mini Pies, just as tasty as their full-sized counterparts, make for a pretty display and might be just the right size for take-home treats. (image via Tara Guérard Soirée)
Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s look at some decor inspiration. Sticking with a party theme does not need to be difficult or over the top. With small, thoughtful items, carefully displayed, you can set the stage for your party and make it look pin worthy.
Start with the silverware. Check out all of the cool utensils from Sucre Shop. You can show off your earthy side and give the rustic feel with wooden forks. Plain or stamped, they add a nice detail. (image via Sucre Shop)
Coffee filter flowers match nicely with the colors, as well as the coffee station concept. For little money you can have something feminine and festive to deck your table. (image via A Pumpkin and a Princess)
Jute twine. Oh, the possibilities! Use as pretty ties on mugs or wrapped utensils; wrap the base of cake stands a couple times around; string your coffee filter flowers on there for garland. (image via Shop TomKat )
Whether it is finished, unfinished, or vintage, a wooden crate makes a great addition to rustic decor. Use one flipped over to add layers and height to your pie table. (image via The Wedding of My Dreams)
Set a pretty backdrop for your pie table or coffee station using layers upon layers of Doily Garland. Just make a length…or two…or ten (using your twine of course)…and drape away. (image and tutorial via CAKE.)
A book page table runner would make a pretty and unique base for all of those pretty pies to sit on, and since I have been wanting to do some book page crafts, this will probably be lining a table of mine for some occasion this fall. So pretty. (image via Little Birdie Secrets)
If you want a little more natural and a little less…frilly…try a fringed burlap (and glittered) banner for your backdrop. Or combine the Doily Garland with this one for the shabby chic feel. (image and tutorial via Yellow Bliss Road)
All of those pies means leftovers. Probably anyway. Send some home with the guests in Pie Favor Boxes, wrapped up with some of that twine, with a wooden fork tucked in. Now you have thought of everything. (image via Stephmodo; available at A La Modo)
Here is a little something to get you on your way! I am excited to share some pie flavor labels with you for your party display.
I thought of some of the most common flavors, but also included some blank labels for you to write on. Print on card stock, cut, and adhere to some 4-6 inch skewers. You can leave the guess-work to who made the peach pie.
Now, go tell your friends when you are going to have your get together, everyone make his or her favorite pie to bring, and let the good times roll. Get it…rolling out pie crust. Ok, my sense of humor could use some work!
Hope you were all inspired! Can’t wait to come back next month and share some tricks, or treats with you. We shall see.
Have a great week!
Thanks Anne! Don’t forget to also check out Circusberry where Anne blogs regularly.