Monday, July 11, 2011

Backyard Luscious Mini Berry Pies

For our USA weekend, we celebrated with an All American Backporch BBQ.
*Just for fun* I set up a table with a variety of mini berry pies...HELLO DELICIOUS.

 My idea started with thoughts of FRESH CHERRIES in the summertime.

So, I got my American homemaker housewife on 
and did the dirty work of cherry pitting... we could have our fresh cherry pies!

Deep red cherries with long playful stems dipped in white chocolate.

Cherries are one of my all-time favorite fruits and summer loves!  When I was a girl, we had a huge cherry tree with branches sagging from treasures of red cherries.  We ate them by the bowlfuls on adventurous summertime days.  My brother and I also worked our little entrepreneur spirits and we would fill big red coca cola soft drink cups with cherries, line them up in our red wagon and sell our cherry cups door to door.

For the other pie choices, 
I collected an assortment of fresh berries.

The pies were:
Mixed Berry 
The blueberry was my favorite baby pie!

I've been pretty crazy over the mini-sized food serving trends.  Baby pies don't disappoint.  Last year for the 4th, the dessert table was a retro ice cream sundae bar.  This year was a backyard pie shop. The boys tell me that last year's was more exciting but I'm all about the pies.

When setting up a pretty table that gives the guests CHOICES, I like to showcase each choice differently.  Every dessert gets its own individual presentation.  Instead of lining up a row of plates, make those desserts shine with something unique for each dessert! 

Use baskets, stands, trays, bowls, plates, and boards for dessert presentation.

I used chalk tags for labeling the pies.  

I made a couple playful flags for one set of pies
by simply tying ribbon around kebob sticks.

I have this adorable handmade cherry pendant banner that perfectly complimented the setting.

 My Luscious Pie sign is from GoJumpInTheLake etsy shop.  You will with every single sign there.  Each message is a heartwarming reminder of playful moments in both times in your past and present life. 

 I wrapped some of the pies with paper to grab and go for those who didn't want to mess with a plate and fork.

 Sweet berry sauce bubbling onto hot pies out of hollow stars...

 To me, nothing is better than al la mode for my pies! 

I know you want a slice of pie now. 
  Find something sweet, real, fresh, and American 
and enjoy your week loves! 

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Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oh Lisa, everything looks wonderful!! I love the sweet mini pies you've lovingly made and the bunting is so charming! Thank you for sharing your source for your pie sign. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it! Everything looks festive and wonderful!!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Your pies look sooo yummy!! And very pretty set up you have :)

jetangels said...

Nothing says America more than pies! Love the idea of mini assortment pies. Does that mean I can eat more than one?

Jenny said...

Okay, it's official. Visiting Lisa for an 'event' is going onto my bucket list.

Geez, Louise, girl! These look scrumptious!

Staci J said...

Lisa, these look amazing! My mouth is watering:) Thanks for your sweet comments about my lemonade stand, and stopping by our little ol' blog last week!! Looks like you guys are having a fun summer!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

My head is spinning - there is so much to comment on. I grew up with 3 cherry trees in the backyard and there are so many memories that those convey. Also, we have a pie party every year and there are so many ideas that I can use for this year!

LaVonne said...

Love the pies :)

Thanks for sharing, enjoy your week!

LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

Unknown said...

oh my goodness those look Ah-mazing!! said...

Mini pies are ALWAYS a huge hit! I've been making these since I was a young girl (used to save the store-bought pie tins back in those days!) Now with Williams Sonoma and other stores carrying mini pie making tools, it's so simple to make these darling little hand-held convections that are big on taste and even bigger on impact with guests Ooooing and Ahhhing over them!

I'm big on mini everything - especially cute things!!

Vanessa Washburn said...

looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea! those little pies look amazing. :-)

Visiting from the shabby chic cottage linky!


Unknown said...

your mini pies are gorgeous, I think I will have to make some for the next party we host!

Unknown said...

I my goodness...such amazing eye candy! I want one of each and then will come back for seconds! Yummy!


Lizabeth said...

Absolutely yummy looking! My husband would be wearing a mustache of blueberry pie! Those are adorable! I've never tried mini ones like this! I love your flag banner, it's so sweet!

Renee Hanlon said...

These look so delicious and festive. I love to label my foods when entertaining too but you have given me some new ideas!
Renee @ Rustic Crafts

Michele @ {Primp} said...

So cute! I love the chalkboards and bunting, and would also love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

Unknown said...

I featured this on my blog today!


Unknown said...

what a fun idea, I love your style and blog!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...


Love the mini-pie dessert idea. Now I just need to find a good GF pie crust recipe. This is such a great spread for the classic American BBQ~

If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

Kelli W said...

Those pies almost look too good to eat...almost! I've pitted fresh cherries for a pie before and my hands where stained red for like three days after:)

Jennifer said...

I love EVERYTHING about this party - the bunting, the chalkboard tags, everything!! I host a weekly linky party - Saturday Social. I would love it if you would come link up!

- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Julie said...

Beautiful! These pies look so delicious.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What delicious (and beautiful!) little mini pies! Your vignette is so lovely~ Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime!

TidyMom said...

Oh Lisa! It's almost too beautiful to eat!! Wonderful job!!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

Have a fabulous weekend!

Simply Sammie said...

Love this! There is nothing cuter then minature food.

Anonymous said...

What a pie of a party!! Great idea! Love the dipped cherries idea too! said...

This is gorgeous!! I love all the little details. I have that same wire cake stand too and it's my favorite. Plus I was reading about you... I have 3 little boys too! AND I saw your magic party on HWTM the other day... my son's Red Scooter Party was featured on HWTM last month! Super cute blog- I'm your newest follower :)
Laurie @ Gallamore West

mamita said...

Greetings. I'm new visiting your site. These mini pies are adorable and they sure look yummy! Congratulations for the presentation of the pies. By the way, what flavor is te one that is doble crusted? Congratulations again and thanks for sharing your ideas.

Allison Shops said...

Oh my! They all look wonderful. Love the setting. Would you mind telling me more about the sign? I'm looking for signs for DD2's kitchen.
Dropping by from Met Monday.


Anonymous said...

I don't know which to be more excited about - the delicious pies or the gorgeous setting! You are an artist!!! I love the sign Go Jump in the Lake made for you, I'll go check out her shop in a minute. Thank you for sharing the beauty with us ... did I mention I love the stars cut in the pastry?!?!

Redo 101

Okio B Designs said...

Everything looks so yummy! Especially those cherries!


Felicia said...

Oh my goodness! You had me at Pie's! How gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

That bunting is totally adorable, but it was hard to take my eyes off that mouthwatering pie. And this is coming from someone who is a chocolate cake person, so that is a great compliment to your pie making abilities. I bet they taste as good as they look!

Yasmeen said...

First time visiting your site - such a beautiful bunch of little pies! Love the setup and the sign as well. All just really lovely :)

Jennifer said...

I came across your blog on Balancing Beauty & Bedlam...I love it...I'm a new follower!

Very cute ideas! I love so many things about this party...the cute fabric banner, the table-scape is so pretty...I especially love the chalk board tags!

I'm hosting a link party..."Fusion Fridays" {Open All Weekend!}

I would love it if you would come by on Friday and link up!

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Wow, the pies & the photos are so impressive. I just want to walk right into one of these pictures & be there!

Warmly, Michelle

Georgia said...

photos are amazing!

Unknown said...

Won't you be my neighbor?

Teri said...

Absolutely adorable! I love the whole look of your pie display.
Thanks for a great post. I found you on Tempt my tummy Tuesday.

Dori at The Red Feedsack said...

I love this idea. I just may have to do this on my porch this summer!!! Beautiful pies. - Dori-