Monday, September 23, 2013

Socializing with Pie!

Oh goodness... what was I thinking?!?! Somehow I got it in my brain in July that I would have the energy and patience to plan a pie social fundraiser for the month of September at church! Because teaching 4th and 5th graders during the week, middle schoolers on Sundays, being the church secretary, and union president wasn't enough to fill my plate! Haha! Good thing I like crafting, organizing, and eating pie! 

I enlisted the wonderful Lutheran folks' help to take care of the pie baking portion of the activity.  30 pies were on the sign up sheet and I'm pretty sure there were at least 35-40 pies that actually arrived at the social! So of course the 30 pie labels I made were insufficient! But that's a good problem to have! The labels were so fun to make, and I realized they would be really cute as place cards for a party! 

I started these tags by simply cutting blank cards in half.

Each card received a color block base, and then my new favorite crafting find! The Martha Stewart Home Office Avery Labels! 

Each piece was just placed in the middle of the next. And then I attached a button or two for pizazz, and because I just really like using buttons! 

As if making all the little tags wasn't enough prep and decor, I decided to make a banner too! I used cardboard letters as stencils for my EAT MORE PIE pennants.  Each pennant was a 12" by 6"  rectangle  that I put a one inch fold on at the top to use as a hanger.  

I, of course, continued the button theme! 

And used clothespins to secure the pennants to the tulle.

A little swag detail! And a couple bows on each end! Ta-da! 

To make a long post even longer, I incorporated a silent pie auction to the event.  Each pie received a label and a bid sheet on the auction table. Some pies sat on cake stands, baskets, and tiers to add some dimension to the table and gave me more room to fit more pies!   

I have to give a huge shout out of thanks to my parents, Aunt Kathy, and Craig for all of the help setting up and taking down. And a huge thanks to the pie makers, ice cream donators, and those that helped by washing dishes, moving tables, and cleaning the kitchen! There is no way that the pie social and auction would have been so successful without all of the helping hands! And a thanks to Craig for sharing his journey to China and Mongolia with us as the program portion of the event! 

I leave you with a couple pictures of some happy pie eaters! :) 


  1. Sounds like a fun, successful event! Your tags are adorable.

  2. Great job, Melissa!!
    It was fun to watch and cheer on the pie bidders! Who knew that a pie could bring out the competitive nature of people? Ha......thanks for organizing a fun and worthwhile event! I lost out on the banana cream, but the lemon pie was excellent!

    1. Thank you! You were an immense help! And I know that I couldn't have pulled it off without your help!