pie tasting party inspiration

If you are like me, when you think of Thanksgiving one of the first things you think about is PIE!  That’s right.  Not turkey or stuffing, but pie.  A couple months ago I shared a pie party inspiration board over on Organize and Decorate Everything.  I couldn’t stop thinking about this collection of ideas and how perfect they are for the upcoming holiday, so I am sharing them here on Circus Berry today.


Here, you can find some variations of pie that might be fun for your gathering, as well as some fun ways to decorate and display your selection.

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)

Now, let’s check out some serving and decor inspiration:

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)

Although I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I will be sure to use some of these ideas when I bring dishes to share!


thanksgiving hat treat boxes {diy}

Are you having little ones at your Thanksgiving table this year?  Wouldn’t these little hat treat boxes be so cute for them?  Take a peek at how to make these fun Pilgrim Hat or Indian Headdress boxes that can be filled with any little surprise your heart desires!  Most likely you have most of the items in your craft stash.


For each hat:  Cut a piece of cardboard tube to about 3 inches.  Cut 4 ‘notches’ in the tube.  Then cut two of the sides at an angle.


Tape it up so you get your hat shape.


Gather some strips of black and white tissue paper.


And get some spray adhesive.


Spray the outside of the tube and first cover the top with a piece of tissue paper.  This is going to be where the candy comes out of.  Then wrap around the outside of the tube, using more tissue paper or spray adhesive as needed.  Tuck in the bottom.


Embellish your pilgrim hats and Indian headdress.


Fill each hat with your treats.  Get a 3 inch circle (for the pilgrim hat) or a 2 inch circle (for the Indian headdress).  Hot glue to the bottom to seal it up.


Once finished they are like little piñatas.  The kids can pop the top and see what surprises are inside!   



 Wouldn’t these make great place settings as well?


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yarn and wire cupcake topper {diy}

Do you remember the Perfect Pair Party Inspiration I shared on Sunday?  One of the pretties I posted was a wire cake topper.  When planning out the details of the Perfect Pair baby shower some friends and I threw last weekend, I was certain that wire topper was going to be it for topping the treat selection…until I saw the Fall 2014 publication of Better Homes & Gardens “Make It Yourself”.  Here is a little sneak peek into the party and the fabulous toppers.

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No pun intended, but I love this twist on the wire cupcake topper.

The tutorial in the magazine is super easy.  Took no time at all!  I wrote out my words on card stock first.  Using 20 gage wire, I ‘traced’ the word, taping as I went along.  Bend, twist, tape, etc.


Once all taped, I carefully removed the word and began to wrap with brown yarn.  I finished the edges with hot glue and attached wooden skewers.


So cute and clever…thanks BHG!


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perfect pair party inspiration

A couple of months ago, some friends and I decided to throw a shower for another friend and her husband, who are expecting twins.  The occasion was set for October so the wheels started turning with pumpkins, apples, harvest, and all things fall popping in and out of my head.  Ultimately, pears won…they would be in season in the fall and there is a fun little play on words with “perfect pair”.

The “pear” party was yesterday, and before I reveal the full details (soon), I wanted to share some images that inspired the celebration to come together.


You can see there are a lot of neutrals here.  Brown, beige, cream, a little bit of black and white, and of course some green accents.

ruffled pom pom

I love the Burlap and Lace party on Jenny Cookies, from the big, puffy pom-poms to the use of crates and suitcases to elevate the desserts.


This twist on the traditional cake topper made by Le Rustic Chic on Etsy is just the right amount of simple, rustic, and can be personalized for essentially any event.


Green Wedding Shoes featured the idea of using empty frames, usually saved for gallery walls, as a base for the dessert table.  (I do have a thing for empty frames!)


Although a sit-down meal is not a part of the plan, I love the idea of place cards attached to something that can be taken home, like these shown on Sunset.

fall shower

This fall baby shower featured on Amy Atlas Events is chock full of rustic ideas.  You can see a lot of natural wood…boxes and benches, tables and stools.  And that rag garland…just a little goes a long way!


I won’t deny how much I love paper garland.  The natural  heart garland by 10 Paper Lane on Etsy is so lovely and delicate enough that it wouldn’t be overbearing.

table setting

This Rustic Wine and Cheese party Celebrations at Home has just the right amount of rustic mixed with a little bit of modern.  I am a big fan of the black and white mixed in!

Such lovely ideas and such inspiring images!  I can’t wait to show you how the Perfect Pair party came together.