Making a delicious homemade pie can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Instead of tackling this huge endeavor by yourself, invite your friends and loved ones to a pie making party before Thanksgiving!
This is an easy way to turn a tedious cooking chore into an anticipated annual event. It’s also a useful way to combine ingredients and recipes, which ultimately saves everyone time and money.
So how do you go about planning a Thanksgiving pie making party?
Save the Date
First off, decide what date works best for you and your loved ones. If you want this to be a friend event, consider planning it the weekend before thanksgiving and then freezing the pies. If you’d rather pie prep with your family members, then have the event the day before Thanksgiving.
Make sure to organize your pie party during a time when there are minimal distractions in the house. If the guys are watching “the game” on TV, then host the party at a different time or location. Children can also cause a lot of interruptions, so hire a babysitter or plan a playdate ahead of time for the little ones.
Make sure to plan your pie recipes and baking needs ahead of time. This will save a lot of time the day of. Have an email thread where you share recipe and ingredient lists. And make sure you have everything you need in your kitchen. Otherwise have some of your friends bring over special tools, extra bowls, utensils, and pie tins.
Make sure everyone is one the same page about which pies will be created and what to expect from the recipe steps. In addition, you might want to look up some creative pie crust design tutorials to give your dessert some extra pizzazz.
Delegate a Leader or Hire a Baking Expert
It’s important to figure out who is the most experienced pie baker amongst the group. This person will most likely have to take charge and help everyone else if any questions or concerns pop up. If you’re willing to splurge, consider hiring a local baking expert to give you and your friends a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a scrumptious pie.
In addition to the baking prep, ensure your kitchen and refrigerator are prepped too. Clean out any unnecessary items from the fridge, and deep clean the kitchen and counters to eliminate any potential baking stress. Add extra work space on the dinner table and remove any chairs that can get in the way of prep stations.
Don’t forget, a pie making party is supposed to be fun! Make mimosas, nibble on a charcuterie board, enjoy some girl talk, take photos, and play your favorite movies or music in the background. The time will fly by if you add these extra ideas to the mix.