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5 Tips for Creating an Inviting Wedding Pie Dessert Buffet

rustic mountain wedding pie buffet

Photographer: Jessica Watson | Source: Ruffled®

Are you considering a pie dessert buffet for your wedding? Follow these tips to create a mouthwatering display:

  1. Choose rustic/country or pretty/elegant: Does the feel of your wedding lend itself more to a rustic/country feel or a pretty/elegant feel? If it’s the former, choose traditional fruit pies. If it’s the latter, think custards, meringues and fruit tarts.
  2. Vary the pie toppings: For visual interest and to whet your guests’ appetites, choose pies with a variety of tops: crumble, lattice crust, full crust top cut with slits.
  3. Display the pies at various heights: Instead of putting all the pies directly on the table, raise some up on raised cake/pie plates or props such as upturned baskets or stacks of old books.
  4. Add tall decorative elements: Especially if your buffet doesn’t include a tall wedding cake, add tall decorative elements such as flowers in vases, flowering branches, or sheaves of wheat.
  5. Add generous displays of fresh produce: Display fresh produce of the kind used in the pies. The fruits can be stacked on plate tiers or heaped in pretty bowls or baskets. The produce will add color and freshness.


Looking for pie recipes?
Take a look at our recipes (they’re all parve, so they can fit into a kosher meat or dairy meal):

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Wedding DIY: How to Decorate a Table with Garland

Garland wedding decorations

Let me refine the title of this article: it should be “How to Decorate a Table with Garland WITHOUT Putting Holes in Your Table or Your Tablecloth.” The conventional method of attaching garland to a table requires sticking pins into the table through the tablecloth. Not ideal, especially when the table and tablecloth are your own.

To style our wedding punch photo shoot we avoided putting holes in our cloth and table by attaching the beautiful Ruscus garland with tablecloth clamps.

The key is to use heavy duty metal clamps rather than the plastic versions. Use pieces of florist wire to attach the greenery to the clamps.

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how to attach garland to table

And here’s the recipe for that tasty watermelon punch.

Photo: Jason Weil; Rockville, Maryland
Garland: FiftyFlowers.com

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Want guests to have a great time at your wedding? Manage transitions.

Oxon Hill Manor garden gate

A wreath marks the entrance to the garden ceremony. Location: Oxon Hill Manor, Maryland. Wedding coordinator: Pavaune Pearson.

As you plan your wedding, keep in mind this idea: Your guests will enjoy themselves most if they always know where they are supposed to go and what they are supposed to do. It sounds obvious, but as the event organizer it can be easy to forget that the guests don’t know the venue and the program as well as you do. Put yourself in your guests’ place; feeling confused or being afraid of doing the wrong thing or going the wrong way is not fun. Help avoid confusion and make way for joy.

The big idea here: manage transitions.

You need to manage transitions in space — moving from room to room — and transitions in time — moving from one part of the program to another.

Managing Transitions in Space

  • Mark entrances clearly. Give guests an indication of where the entrance is from as far away as is reasonable, given the space. Even if you think that the entrance is obvious, a large or colorful gesture tells guests that they are headed in the right direction and sets the tone for the celebration. The gesture can be as simple as having someone standing near the door or some decorative element. For weddings, hanging a garland above the door or a wreath on a garden gate are great ways to say, “Wedding this way!”
  • Let people know they’ve arrived. Station someone at the entrance to each new space to say “Welcome” and hand guests a program, or offer a drink from a tray, invite guests to the hors d’oeuvres station on the far side of the room, point them in the direction of their dinner table, or just be available to answer questions.
  • When the event moves from one space to another, station people along the route to point the way. Even if people are only moving through a small vestibule between the chapel and the social hall, have someone standing in that space to gesture in the direction people should move. Some people will still be looking for direction and assurance. Seeing someone point the way will put their mind at ease let their thoughts return to enjoying themselves. Using staff from the venue or the caterer for this role can be expensive, so if your wedding coordinator doesn’t have enough staff to do this, consider asking an outgoing friend or family member to do it.
  • Signage, signage, signage. Good signage eliminates guests’ anxiety and helps the event run smoothly. One of my proudest event planning moments came when I lived in Kuwait and planned a large formal dinner attended by a large number of military personnel. As a protocol officer who was widely appreciated for his superlatively organized events arrived, he told me he liked my signage. I do pride myself on good signage.

    As you approach the final weeks of planning your wedding, think through how guests will move through the event space, what they will be looking for, and where they might get confused. Create signs, preferably in a style that fits the venue and your wedding, to show people where to go or give them information they will need:

    • “Bride’s reception in Dumont Room.—>”
    • “Additional ladies room in upstairs lobby.”
    • “Please have your coat check ticket ready.”
  • Give special consideration to people with mobility issues. If you know that some of your guests have difficulty walking or need an elevator, be sure to scope out the ramps, elevators, and other accommodations that the venue offers for people with mobility issues. If you can, provide details about the location of these features to guests who will need them before the wedding. Advise your staff and vendors to be on the lookout for these guests, and make sure the staff can point guests in the direction of these features and know how to get any additional help the guests need.

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How to Decorate a Huppah #7: Don’t Decorate It at All

Huppah undecoratedThe last in a series of posts about decorating your huppah…

Your last option in decorating your huppah is to not decorate it at all, but to leave it unadorned and keep the emphasis on the people standing beneath the huppah and the ceremony.

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How to Decorate Your Huppah #6: Wrap Garland Around the Poles

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One in a series of posts on how to decorate your huppah…

This is another huppah decorating option that works especially well for outdoor weddings. If you are using a huppah or poles from Huppahs.com, attach the garland to the screw at the top of the pole with florist wire. Anchor it to the bottom of the pole with florist tape.

To create a balanced look, always start at the top of the poles and wind the greenery or flowers around all of the poles the same number of times.

Consider carefully the direction in which you wrap the garland or the overall effect could end up looking unbalanced and a bit wonky. The easiest approach is to wrap all the pieces of garland in the same direction — clockwise or counter-clockwise — around the poles.

Alternatively, as in the illustration above, start at the top of the poles and wrap the garland on the two left poles in a clockwise direction, and wrap the garland on the right poles counter-clockwise. In this way, the viewer’s eyes are drawn up and away from the center of the huppah space, creating a light and open feeling under the huppah.

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How to Decorate a Huppah #1: Attach Garland to the Edge of the Canopy

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The first in a series of huppah decorating ideas…

A garland of fresh leaves or flowers around the edge of the huppah canopy brings a bright energy to the wedding space. The garland should be fairly light-weight. Use light flowering branches, wildflowers, or herbs. You can DIY the garland or have your florist make it. Garland is also available from online florists.

Huppahs.com’s Simplicity Huppah was designed to make this type of decoration easy. The canopy has small loops around the edges to which you can easily attach your own garland with florist wire.

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8 Pomegranate Red Wedding Details

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The Jewish significance of pomegranates dates back centuries. Many Torah scholars believe that the pomegranate, not the apple, was Eden’s forbidden fruit. The pomegranate wedding details here include three Jewish wedding items (center column, from top to bottom): a kiddush cup, challah cover, and kippah (yarmulke).

My next two posts will be recipes for the Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail and the Pomegranate and Pear Salad shown in the left-hand column, so stay tuned…

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #3: Create a Display of Pre-Set Food

Long tables are increasingly popular, but the cost of filling them with decorations is not. You don’t need to fill the entire space along the middle of the table to create a stylish look. All this week I’ll be posting tips to create a stylish long tablescape on a budget.

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Source: Wild Yeast (www.wildyeastblog.com)

Vegetable basket wedding table decor

Cathy's Rum Cake Caterers, Pheonix (cathys-rum-cake.com)

DIY chocolate truffle wedding dessert

Source: Borrowed & Bleu (www.borrowedandbleu.com)

Create a Display of Pre-set Food

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Source: Family Style Catering, Portland, Oregon (www.familystylecatering.com)

Whether you are serving a sit-down meal or a buffet, you can pre-set some of the food on the table and make an artful display of it. Some of the foods that lend themselves to creative displays are assortments of breads accompanied by ramekins of herbed butter, salad platters with dressings, and chocolates. When you set out some of the food on the table, not only does the food serve double-duty as decor, everyone will spend less time standing on the buffet line.

Consider serving the entire meal family style, a quirky micro-trend in the wedding industry that I think will become more popular over the next few years, especially for small, intimate weddings. As the term family-style suggests, all the food is set out in serving bowls and platters on the table and guests pass the food and serve themselves. Of course, when people are seated at long tables, you will need a number of dishes of each type of food, set out along the length of the table.

Next: Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #4: Candles, Candles, Candles

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Natural Elements and Stripes Create a Sophisticated Wedding Style

Huppah ribbon poles

Natural poles with soft ribbon stripes.

Cari and Dan’s wedding at Blue Hill Farm in New York shows how details from nature can create a sophisticated style.

Their unifying approach: Set natural elements against a backdrop of stripes.

The keys to making this motif sophisticated:

  1. Strive for high quality in the natural elements.
  2. Keep the stripes soft, not bold.

Let’s break it down. Take a close look at some of the details that make Cari and Dan’s wedding decor work:

  • White ribbon wrapped around the wooden huppah poles.
  • Striped ribbon of natural fibers laid across wooden chairs.
  • Informal table bouquet contrasts with the straight lines of the place cards.
  • Inlaid stripes on the hors d’oevres trays.
  • The groom’s boutonniere, a masculine arrangement of natural elements, finds contrast in the tie’s softly suggested stripes.

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Groom tie with soft stripes.

Photographer: First Comes Love Photography
Florist: Sandy Clotheir
Source: Style Unveiled

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