Entertaining for the holidays is one of my favorite things (along with rain drops on roses and red woolen mittens)! Being sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser sweetens the whole thing considerably! #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias
A holiday pie buffet will give your guests a warm welcome to your home and invoke memories of family gatherings of the past. Best of all, pie can be served warm out of the oven, at room temperature or even cold – so no matter what else is going on that day, it’s the perfect dessert to serve at your holiday gathering. With the hurried pace of the holidays, using Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pie and Reddi-wip® Whipped Topping is the way to share the joy of pie without spending all day in the kitchen.
Every month or so, the women in my neighborhood get together for a girls night. As the holidays approach, it seems like the Mom of the family experiences an increase in stress and a decrease in free time. I decided to host a relaxing pie night for these superwomen to kick-off the holidays. It was such a fun night and so great to visit with the 11 that were able to make it before holiday parties, Christmas shopping and to-do lists take over the month.
Let me show you some of the simple details that pulled this party together:
Easy Holiday Decorations
I started with a crisp white table cloth and layered a burlap table runner that I purchased at WalMart down the center.
I purchased a fresh pine bough (the scent is amazing!) and used it throughout the party. It ran along the center of the food table, created the centerpiece, accented the pie plates and the utensils and food jars.
The pie plates are wooden dessert trays and they added a great accent to the table.
Around the jars of chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and the cranberry sparkle I wrapped a length of red paper napkin, burlap, jute twine and a sprig of the pine bough.
For the centerpiece I created a cute pie shaped pennant banner to bring the holidays and the pie theme together. You can print your own Piece On Earth banner here: Piece On Earth Pie Banner
One trick to making it is to add a dot of hot glue to the back of each pennant to help give a little weight to it so it hangs vertically a little better.
I tied a napkin and fork together with a bit of jute twine and then added a fresh sprig of pine to bring it all together. Super simple, but super cute!
Holiday Pie Buffet
The Cherry Crunch and Dutch Apple pies are so classic and incredibly delicious on their own. I wanted guests to linger a bit around the table a bit. To add a bit of interaction I made a delicious salted caramel sauce and a quick fudge sauce (grab the recipes below) for drizzling and included some Reddi-wip® to top it all.
I made these table tents to give guests an idea of how to use the sauces on the pies to create a Caramel Apple Pie and a Black Forest Pie. You can print them out and use them too! Just click on this document: Pie Table Tents
One thing that I love about Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pie is they package the pie and crumb topping separately! You only add it the last 10 minutes of baking. I’ve baked pies from scratch in the past that have the crumb topping burn before the pie is fully done and this idea was an a-ha moment for me!
To carry on the holiday theme I offered guests a Cranberry Sparkle punch – it is just cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. I added fresh cranberries to bamboo skewers for drink stirrers. While I was assembling them my daughter and I decided to taste a fresh cranberry. Holy cow, totally not what I was expecting them to taste like! It was hilarious to see my daughters sour face – those things are TART!
Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves and begins to boil gently. Continue to cook until syrup turns a deep Amber color, swirling pan every 30 seconds instead of stirring (about 6 minutes). Whisk the mixture as you very slowly pour in the cream. Add butter; continue to whisk until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla and sea salt. Allow to cool slightly and pour into a jar.