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A Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape & Mini Pumpkin Cream Pie Recipe

Today I am sharing a simple Thanksgiving tablescape along with a yummy mini pumpkin cream pie recipe, that is one of my family’s favorite fall desserts. What makes this recipe even better is it is served in a mini mason jar. Because we all know everything is better in a mason jar, right?! 

side angle thanksgiving table

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This year we are spending Thanksgiving at my sister’s house, which I am so thankful for. She knows I love to set a pretty table, so while she is focusing on the cooking, I will be setting the table. As I need to transport the decorating essentials I can’t pack up the fancy china. Luckily, I once again found beautiful autumn dishes at the Thrift Store for a dollar a piece! At least if a dish breaks along the way, I won’t have to worry about it being a cherished family heirloom!

Dishes price tag

Thanksgiving Tablescape

The dishes I found are in classic autumn shades with pears, apples and grapes along the outer rim.  I knew immediately that I would incorporate gold pears to the tablescape to go along with the dishes. Look how pretty they are:

pear dishes

The Dollar Store was just unpacking their Christmas decor and these gold chargers were fresh out of the box. I scooped those up right away, as they will be great for Christmas too! 

Gold Chargers

As the tablescape needed to be simple, I used a burlap runner that has gold detail and it is perfect to go with the autumnal theme. 

burlap runner

Next up, an ivy garland that I previously used in a Summer Lemon Tablescape. Garlands are great to decorate with, as they run the length of the table but they don’t obstruct the view of the dinner guests. There is nothing worse than trying to talk over dinner with a huge floral arrangement in front of your face-though they are beautiful!

Close Up of Pears Thanksgiving Tablescape

I simply laid the garland along the length of the table and added the gold pears mixed throughout. It is always nice to have candles, so my mercury glass candle holders anchor each end of the table, along with taper candle holders to even it out.  

Side Image of Thanksgiving Tablescape

Next up, run a Thanksgiving themed ribbon through the garland for an extra pop of color. This ribbon was left over from the fall tablescape I shared last month.

Ribbon

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Add a place card and mini mason jar desserts and each place setting is complete! Now for the yummy pumpkin cream pie recipe!

Place Setting

Pumpkin Cream Pie Recipe

I first made this pumpkin cream pie about 5 years ago after seeing this post on Pinterest:

Mini Pots Of Pumpkin Cream Pie – The Crafting Chicks.

My family absolutely loved this dessert and every year they ask if I will make it. It is quick and easy, plus it is also good when you don’t want a full slice of pie after eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner!

 Ingredients

  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 1½ cups crushed graham crackers (about 1½ packages)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Pumpkin Cream Pie:
  • 1 cup pumpkin (pureed)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (3.5 oz. size)
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed 
  • Extra whipped topping for the top of the pies

graham crackers

Instructions

I don’t have a food processor, so I always use a good old fashioned rolling pin to crush the graham crackers. 

crust mix

Add the sugar and butter (see the full printable recipe below) and mix well. Press into the mini mason jars using the back of a spoon, or your fingers.

Crust in mason jar

Add the pumpkin cream mixture to each mason jar and top with whipped cream. You can add a dash of cinnamon if you like. Be sure to refrigerate about 3 hours prior to serving. 

filling

pumpkin creme pie

For the top of the lid I added a label that I stamped with “homemade & to die for”. It fit perfectly on the lid! Too cute right?

close up of dessert

I would love to hear if you give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Yield: 12 servings

Mini Pumpkin Cream Pie Recipe

pumpkin creme pie

Individual mini pumpkin cream pie recipe that is quick and easy to make, but so good!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 1½ cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 1½ packages of graham crackers)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Pumpkin Cream Pie:
  • 1 cup pumpkin (pureed)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (3.5 oz. size)
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Extra whipped topping for the top of the pies

Instructions

  1. Mix graham cracker crust ingredients together. Press into the mini mason jars with your fingers. Chill.
  2. Mix together all filling ingredients in a bowl by hand or on low speed with a blender for 1 minute. Spoon filling into mason jars on top of the graham cracker crust. Top with a layer of whipped topping and a dash of cinnamon. Chill in the fridge for about 3 hours.

Did you make this recipe?

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Be sure to stop by and visit all the talented bloggers who are sharing their Thanksgiving Tablescapes with us. This is one of my favorite blog hops and I seriously look forward to being wowed by these ladies each time. You will know exactly what I mean when you see the beautiful decorating inspiration. A huge thank you to my friend, Chloe from Celebrate And Decorate for hosting this fun blog hop. 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop 2018 (1)

Monday

Knock It Off Kim
Home Is Where The Boat Is
Everyday Living
Living With Thanksgiving

Tuesday

Panoply
Corner Of Plaid And Paisley
Red Cottage Chronicles
Home And Gardening With Liz

Wednesday

Me And My Captain
Bluesky At Home
Life And Linda
Our Crafty Mom

Thursday

The Painted Apron
Debbee’s Buzz
Loveland Lodge
Celebrate And Decorate

Friday

The Painted Hinge
The Sweet Sensations
Zucchini Sisters
a casa di Bianca
 

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Rebecca

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Hi Michelle! Those gold chargers were a great find. You'll definitely use them at Christmas and for many years to come. I love how your pears in the centerpiece match the pears on the thrift store plates. But my favorite part is the individual pumpkin cream pies at each place setting. Very original! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving at your sister's home.

Kim

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Hi Michelle! Those plates were a great find and perfect for the season. I love the inclusion of pears - I'm a pear lover this year - and the autumn colors and accents that are woven throughout your table setting. And those mini pumpkin desserts? YUM! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!