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Host a Thanksgiving Pie Party

Host a simple Thanksgiving pie party this year. Ask friends to bring over their leftover pie .... BYOP! It's a great way to visit with friends and family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this pie party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.

Host a simple Thanksgiving pie party this year. Ask friends to bring over their leftover pie .... BYOP! It's a great way to visit with friends and family. Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThis post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.

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Sip it :: Pumpkin Pie Martini

I have to warn you, this pumpkin pie martini tastes even better than it sounds.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying–it tastes waaaaay better.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini

Serve these to your best friends and make them happy. I recently served these at a Thanksgiving pie party and they were a huge hit!

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.

Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around. And that makes my hostess-heart happy.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons simple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 dash ground cinnamon

1 dash ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner

ice

Cinnamon stick for garnish

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Cheers!

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Photography by Vanilla Sky Photography for Thoughtfully Simple

Pumpkin Beer Soup

It happened. I had leftover pumpkins from Halloween and decided I would make soup out of them. I’m not sure why I was intimidated, it was super easy — yay for firsts!

pumpkin soup

What I loved about this soup is that it had a great texture to it. I could taste the veggies and they still had some bite. I like my soup with some bit and pieces of love still in it.

This soup would make an amazing course at your Thanksgiving dinner. You could even make it up early in the week and it will be fine in the fridge until Thanksgiving. Double “yay” for getting things done ahead!

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Thanksgiving Soup Dippers

Soup Dippers for Thanksgiving

This time of year is great for testing new recipes. And with Thanksgiving being next week, you will likely have hungry guinea pigs to test your new creations on. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dishes has to be the herbs. Herb-a-licous flavors make me happy.

I recently made these soup dipper pastry squares that are full of those herb flavors I love. They were so simple to make using only Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, olive oil and herbs!

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