New This Month

It's a Thanksgiving Pie Bar: Happily Serve Yourself a Slice

This November, host a self-serve dessert bar displaying everyone's favorite pies, autumnal décor, and other tiered treats.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's the perfect time to reflect on what we are blessed with and an opportunity to spend precious moments with family and friends. This year, I wanted to showcase some of Martha's recipes by creating a pie bar for my guests to enjoy.

Gather in Gratitude

I love anything to do with buffet style serving. Let your guests pick and choose their favorite pie flavors straight from the bar! The best part is you can mix and match your pie selections to suit your tastes. Here's how to get started: First, find a good place at home to display your pies. I went with the buffet I have in my living room, as it is wide and long enough to set up your bar. Make sure you have enough cake stands of different heights to give dimension to the display.


Set out your plates and cutlery, and then be creative with seasonal fall décor. (My tip: Always incorporate organic items into the tablescape.) I used an assortment of freshly fallen leaves from the yard and real white mini pumpkins from the local farmer's market. Intertwined with all the tableware are some fabulous seasonal decor items I found at HomeSense Canada (or HomeGoods in the USA). I used cardstock paper to create the "PIE BAR" lettered banner for my focal point backdrop, which is easy to display using clothespins on a wooden board.

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Strung Up High

I created a cute decorative project for this bar: an easy garland made with string and different kinds of ribbon. You can put this together in less than 30 minutes and it can be used to decorate just about any area of the house. I strung it across my buffet and it looked so pretty with my Thanksgiving pie bar.

Pick Your Pie

From my home to yours: Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and meaningful Thanksgiving.


Styling, Design & Photography: Debi Traub of SimplyBeautifulEating