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Pie-oneering a Good Time: How to Host the Best Pie Party

Want to throw the best pie party ever? We’ve got you covered with tips, tricks, and recipes to make your event a slice of heaven. So gather your pie-loving pals and get ready to pie-oneer a good time!

There’s a chill in the air that only comes around during the autumn season.

I don’t know about you but during the fall I start to crave good old comfort foods.

And some of those comfort foods may just include sweets too…like warm chocolate chip cookies…yum.

Or maybe a slice of hot apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top…ohh now we’re talking because that’s one of my favorite desserts.

Why is it that I only seem to indulge in pie during the fall and usually only on Thanksgiving?

There’s something about Thanksgiving and pie that kind of goes hand in hand don’t you think so?

But after doing some research to write this blog post I found all sorts of ideas for pie parties.

There’s nothing like getting together with friends and family to enjoy a sweet treat like a classic pie.

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Welcome to Our Virtual Dinner Party

You may be asking yourself exactly what’s a virtual dinner or supper club.

Back in 2021, we started this club with our good friends Stacy, Rachel, Jen, and Michele.

We all share ideas and inspiration for entertaining at home.

Since we live in different parts of the country (Texas, Nebraska, New Jersey, and North Carolina), we can’t get together in person.

Our virtual supper club is the next best thing to being together. One day we hope to be able to do this together in person!

Each month we choose a different theme and share beautiful tablescapes, party decor, entertaining ideas, and recipes on our blogs.

And even though we call ourselves a dinner club, we’ve shared ideas for breakfasts, brunches, luncheons, and cocktail parties too.

We also invite a guest host to join in the fun every month.

This month we’re thrilled to welcome back Diane from South House Design.

Anne and I have known Diane for several years and you’re going to want to get to know her too!

She makes the most beautiful Christmas stockings so now is the perfect time to head to her blog and storefront.

Of course, there’s lots more to explore on her website so go have some fun looking around.

This month our virtual supper club’s theme is Pie-tastic! (I may be having a little too much fun with these pie puns…lol).

We share beautiful tablescapes, party ideas, and delicious pie recipes.

And just wait until you see all of our friend’s creative tables at the end of this post!

Check out all of our virtual dinner club tablescapes and menus!

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What is a Pie Party?

chalkboard with wood frame and pie party written out with wheat hoop wreath hanging over

A pie party is a great way to bring people together in celebration.

It’s a way to gather everyone for cozy conversation, laughter, and fun.

A pie party is kind of like a potluck where your guests will each bring a pie with them to the event for the other guests to enjoy.

Although fall is a wonderful time to throw a pie party you can really do it any time of year.

During the spring and summer think about all the pies you could whip up when fresh fruit is at its peak.

Here are some more warm-weather pie ideas to bake:

  • blueberry
  • strawberry
  • key lime
  • lemon meringue 
  • fruit tart
  • banana creme
  • peach
  • cherry
  • coconut creme
fall stems in vase cake plate with dried gourds on top and next to it

As the weather cools and the holidays get closer classic traditions like an old-fashioned apple pie always come to mind.

Need inspiration for making a pie in the fall or winter?

Check out this list of pie ideas:

  • pumpkin
  • pecan
  • apple
  • cranberry
  • peppermint
  • buttermilk
  • chocolate
  • caramel
  • peanut butter

Here are some of our favorite fall pie recipes!

Pie doesn’t always have to be sweet!

Some of the best pies are savory and make a great option for dinner.

How fun would a pie dinner party be?

Then you could include both savory and sweet options…some for the main course and then others for dessert.

Savory Pie Ideas:

  • tomato
  • shepherd’s pie
  • sweet potato
  • cheeseburger
  • chicken or turkey pot pie
  • roasted vegetable tart
  • taco pie

How to Plan a Pie-tastic Party at Home

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Hosting a pie party requires very little food prep because each guest will be providing a pie to share.

If you’re planning to only serve sweet pies then you may want to consider having your affair in the evening after your guests have already had dinner.

A pie party would be a fun way to get friends together during the holidays and much easier than hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

If you’re already having family over for Thanksgiving then a pie party is an excellent idea for a Friendsgiving gathering.

That way you’re not making two big dinners but you still get to celebrate and give thanks to your friends.

Once you decide the date and time of your get-together then you’ll want to make a list of guests to invite.

You can either send paper invitations through the mail, send an electronic invitation through an online service or just keep it really casual and invite people via text.

Be sure to ask guests to tell you what type of pie they will be bringing when they RSVP to your party.

You don’t want to end up with all the same desserts.

Where Should You Set Up for a Thanksgiving Pie Party?

dining table styled as a buffet with natural rustic fall items and white dishes

Styling a buffet table for a pie party doesn’t have to be difficult.

Be sure to think about where you have enough space to put out all the desserts plus have room for your guests to mix and mingle.

Many times people tend to gather in the kitchen during a party.

You can use your kitchen counters or island as a pie display area covering them in butcher or Kraft paper.

If you have space you can always add a pop-up folding table and cover it with a pretty tablecloth.

Or just move your kitchen or dining room chairs away from the table to set up your buffet so guests don’t have to reach over the chairs.

That’s exactly what I did in my dining room.

I moved the chairs to the perimeter of the room so that people could still have a seat if they wanted.

Then I pushed the table against the wall to set up my pie party tablescape.

What Decor Do You Need to Style a Pie Buffet Table

table set with pie dishes, dried gourds and natural elements

When you keep the decorating simple for a pie party it allows everyone’s pie to actually be the guests of honor.

Using seasonal decor is the easiest way to bring some style to your table.

I went with neutral fall items mixed with wood pieces that I already had at home to style my buffet table for this pie party.

Instead of using a regular tablecloth, I placed a pretty plaid throw blanket diagonally over my white table.

I love the soft cream and brown color scheme with fringe on this blanket.

The wood slices under the pie plates along with the wood crates bring a rustic look to the room.

dried gourds on plaid blanket over table next to wood crate and chalkboard

Stalks of dried wheat placed around the tabletop between the pie plates and serving pieces add a natural element and echo the dried wheat hoop wreath hanging from the chalkboard.

I also used my collection of dried gourds on the table which are my favorite fall decorating pieces.

Each of these gourds was only a few dollars at our local antique store.

I tried to dry some on my own but they rotted so I had to toss them. Not sure what I did wrong so if you know please tell me.

How to Display and Serve Pies for a Friendsgiving Party

overhead view of buffet table styled with gourds, pie plates and other fall decor

Let your guests know that they can bring their pies in a disposable plate so that you don’t have to worry about washing dishes before they leave your party or getting it back to them later.

When you’re setting up your buffet table be sure to provide a spot for your guests to place their pies when they arrive.

I put out several pie plates and cake stands that way when people bring their pie in a disposable container we can just set it inside or on top of a pretty plate.

Incorporating both regular pie plates and pedestal cake risers varies the heights of your desserts and adds interest to your tablescape.

The wood crate turned upside down also gives you another higher place to serve from.

I always try to use risers of some sort on my tables to vary the heights of serving pieces.

If you don’t have decorative pieces to use as a riser just grab a cardboard box or a stack of books then cover them with your table linens to create different levels for your display.

Using all white plates in different styles keeps everything coordinated on the table.

And since disposable pie plates are usually a bit smaller they will easily slip inside these pretty fluted and ruffled designs.

stack of dessert plates, napkins and forks on buffet table decorated for fall pie party

I also set out a stack of dessert plates from my everyday dish set, gold forks, and pretty fringed linen napkins.

If there will be a lot of guests at your get-together you may want to consider using paper plates and napkins with plastic utensils.

Using disposable products makes for quicker clean-up at the end of your evening.

Now that you have the tips and tricks to host a successful pie party, it’s time to get to work!

Start planning your get-together today and don’t forget to share your photos and memories with us.

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