There is something about the Fall weather that makes One just want to stay indoors and be cozy all the time.
I do know that this is not always a reality for some given their outdoor responsibilities such as work. But taking time to enjoy your favorite indoor Fall traditions does not have to be complicated. Going overboard is not always necessary. Does your family enjoy pies? Why not take it a step up and bake a few favorite pies and have a fun little party? If they don’t like pies, how about baking other seasonal desserts such as donuts, tarts, cakes, etc. and invite your family to a casual evening dessert party? You may even consider inviting a few friends over to join in on the fun. Make it casual and friendly and un-complicated.
I created a simple pie party for our family. My husband LOVES pies. And he loves them year-round. Many times we’ll make an apple pie or buy a pecan pie or he’ll go to a restaurant and pick up a few slices of pies in various flavors and bring home for us to enjoy. And if we’re having pie, we’re most-likely having coffee, too. Depending on the flavor of pie, we’ll also add a scoop of ice-cream to go along with it. But the little party was well received. I thought, what better way to enjoy a cozy Fall evening than to prepare a bunch of pies (5 total) and have a little family pie social? Not that we can eat them all in one shot. My husband and I and our 6 year old will have some. The other two smaller kids will not yet eat them. But I thought it would be a fun idea.
Note: Don’t laugh at my wooden serving spoons… surprised to find out I didn’t have enough spatulas until the day off:)
This easy centerpiece is made from spray-painted tin cans, faux flowers, and small candles. Find the tutorial here.
We don’t have a lot of mouths to go around so we had a lot of left-overs. But it was great having the options to choose a slice or two from our favorites. I froze the left-overs (apple, pecan, blueberry) and kept the pumpkin and potato pies in the refrigerator. I don’t think these will freeze well without getting mushy.
Host a simple, casual Pie Party for your family or family and friends by following these few tips.
- Choose a time that is convenient to both you and your family or guests – Ask if outside guests can come first before you start planning for them rather than planning, then hoping they’ll be available. Keep in mind that there may also be last minute cancellations.
- Keep the environment casual: Don’t overcrowd the space with decor. Choose a large enough to accommodate the dessert and serving items. Use a simple centerpiece and let the dessert take the center-stage on the table. See how I made this tin can centerpiece here. It’s been on the table for quite a few weeks now and I have not changed it. It’s simple, low enough, and I love it.
- Add a print or welcoming sign – Words that let others know what the party is all about can also ‘speak’ welcome. Whether you chose to have it on the table or the wall or a stand alone on the floor, be sure to include something. I have a sign that reflects the weather and and things that are typical of Fall that I added to the table.
- Serve their favorite Pie (or other dessert): I find homemade pies to be the best but there are some store bought freezer ones that taste great, too. Whether you purchase the dessert or make it, be sure to select ones that your guests will love. You already know what pies or dessert your family enjoy most. If you are not quite sure of what friends love best then you can always ask. Don’t forget to include a few different varieties or flavors of what you serve.
- Add dessert complements: What can you add to make the dessert complete? If you are serving cakes, what toppings can you add? In this case, I was doing pies so I added complements like whipped cream topping and caramel syrup. I didn’t add ice-cream but we did have a scoop or two with some of the left over pies on the days following.
- Don’t forget to add drinks: Nothing better than dessert and warm drinks on chilly nights. Set up a little corner for drinks such as coffee, tea, cocoa, cider, etc. Don’t forget to add water for those who may prefer that option.
- Make Clean-up easy: Use disposable plates, cups, and eating utensils. Clean up will be less of a hassle. If you are hosting guests they won’t feel obligated to stay and help wash the dishes when everything’s over. Keep things simple by using disposable and use the time to chat rather than to clean.
- Dispossable Takeout Containers: If you have friends over, it may be helpful to have disposable takeout containers if they want to take a few slices of pie home.
What are some of your favorite Fall desserts? Have you tried turning them into a small party for your family or friends?