Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Thanksgiving Dessert Display ideas from Cafe Pierrot in Sparta NJ

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you’ve probably started thinking about your table decorations. We put together a dessert display to show off all of our delicious pies and cookies, and we wanted to share all the supplies and tips so you can pull one together for your own party.

Depending on the number of guests you’re inviting, you may not think you need all of these desserts… but every get-together is better with multiple pies, cookies, and cakes! And this way, there’s something for everyone.

pie rack full of thanksgiving pies from cafe pierrot in sparta nj

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NYC Housewarming Party!

NYC housewarming party by french bakery in NJ

Wondering what to do for your next housewarming party? Our platters of sandwiches and wraps are a great option for drop-in guests with different tastes! Order a brownie bite platter and some cannolis to round out the menu.

Moving out of the Sussex/ Morris County, NJ area? You can still have Cafe Pierrot make all your favorites. Stefanie (daughter of CP owners Rick and Laura) and her new roommate planned the perfect party – for their apartment in Manhattan’s Financial District.

NYC housewarming party by french bakery in NJ

Obviously, Stefanie didn’t want to use another caterer. She was already in Sparta for the weekend, so she picked up her sandwiches and desserts and drove them into the city!

They picked up a few extra chips and pumpkin salsa, and got rave reviews from their guests.

Perfect Housewarming Menu

Since this was an October event, the ladies added to the sandwich platters with some cozy favorites:

NYC housewarming party by french bakery in NJ

  • Pulled Pork sliders
  • Antipasto Platter: fresh mozzarella, salami, cappicola, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, Spanish Queen Olives, black olives, marinated vegetables
  • Fresh Fruit Platter

You could also add quarts of soup to serve as “soup shooters.”

NYC housewarming party by french bakery in NJ

Add our yummy cheese platter (we supply all the crackers) and a cookie platter, and you’re set!

They didn’t manage to get a photo of the yummy desserts:

  • Assorted Brownie Bites
  • Mini Cupcakes
  • Mini Cannolis

They had more than enough food for their guests, and one neighbor commented that the Lemon Dill on a Croissant was amazing.

All of our platters come in easy-to-stack trays and lids that help with transportation during the drive. The platters also make quite a statement when rolling them on a hand truck up the elevator and into the apartment.

These ladies are already hospitable and fun, making the party a success. The delicious food just added to a wonderful evening

Autumn Bridal Shower

autumn bridal shower at Schooley's Mountain Lodge catered by Pierrot Catering in nj

The scenery at Schooley’s Mountain Lodge looks beautiful in autumn, making it the perfect location for a bridal shower. We provided the perfect menu with quiches, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and even a mimosa bar!

wedding and event venue Schooley's Mountain Park in Morris County NJ
Schooley’s Mountain Lodge in Washington, NJ

Decorating the Schooley’s Mountain Lodge

fireplace at Schooley's Mountain Lodge in Morris County NJ

We brought in these beautiful tall lanterns and lots of pumpkins for this fall-themed shower. The lodge was the perfect setting for this cozy bridal shower.

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Each table had a small arrangement of gerber daisies in mason jars, plus our delicious chocolate caramel apples (the perfect favor for any autumn event).

schooley's mountain lodge wedding and event venue catering by cafe pierrot

Here’s another view of the setup in the lodge. This space can fit up to 150 people with space outside on a porch, as well as an outdoor chapel area for a wedding ceremony! Since this event was not for a wedding, we didn’t visit the chapel, but here are some photos from their website for reference.

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The porch at Schooley’s Mountain Lodge
Schooley's Mountain Lodge wedding and event venue in nj
Outdoor chapel at Schooley’s Mountain Lodge

We have Schooley’s Mountain listed as one of our preferred venues for Pierrot Catering, and we’re looking forward to weddings and more events at this beautiful location!

Bridal Shower Brunch Menu

Now on to our specialty – the food!schooley's mountain lodge bridal shower brunch by pierrot catering in nj

Brunch is really the best of both worlds. We featured our delicious quiches — the Spinach Tomato Feta quiche and Primavera Quiche (with zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese) — and the luncheon catering menu of wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Add a fruit platter, and it’s the perfect party!schooley's mountain lodge catering by pierrot catering in nj

Don’ forget dessert! We had some fall flavored macarons (pumpkin, salted caramel, and chocolate), chocolate mousse shooters, cannolis, assorted brownie bites, and mini cupcakes!

The guests loved all the options, and we loved sharing our favorite things with them! The chocolate mousse shooters and macarons are perfect for the gluten free guests. And the assorted brownie bites let you try a few different options.

Mimosa Bar

This is a new favorite for bridal showers. While the host provided the champagne, we brought all the juices and fruit!

bridal shower at schooley's mountain lodge catered by pierrot catering in nj

For some specialty options, we went beyond orange juice with grapefruit, pineapple, and cranberry juices. Then topped those glasses with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries!

 

Cinco de Mayo Party!

Last week, we launched a brand new year-round menu for a gluten-free taco bar! We got it together just in time for Cinco de Mayo, and we hope that you’ll celebrate with us!

Here’s a link to the menu with pricing!

Many customers order a Cinco-de-Mayo-themed Sweet Sixteen cake, and we wanted to provide more desserts and food for the party. Of course, we planned our own party for the new menu!

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Easter Preparations

Easter is right around the corner (2.5 weeks!), and I know you’re thinking about the food and party decor.

Last year, we shared our Easter Dessert table with a few free printable signs. Go get those free signs! Here’s what you need for everything else!

Easter Dinner

Check out the Catering & Desserts page on our website for full pricing and lists of items.

This year, we’re offering two complete dinner catering options:

Leg of Lamb:

stuffed leg of lamb for easter dinner from french restaurant and bakery in NJ

Leg of lamb, deboned, marinated with rosemary and garlic, tied and roasted served with a lamb rosemary au jus

choice of 2  vegetables:  herb roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, garden vegetables, or string beans

includes: one dozen dinner rolls (plain or snowflake), and a Lemon Rosette cake.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

breaded chicken breast stuffed with Swiss cheese & ham topped with a creamy cheese sauce

choice of 2 vegetables: herb roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, garden vegetables, or string beans

includes: one dozen dinner rolls (plain or snowflake), and a Lemon Rosette cake.

This meal is a favorite for a reason!

Easter Desserts

We added two new items from last year: a Bunny Face Cupcake Cake and a Bunny Face on a stick cookie! The cupcake cake is perfect for the kids at the table, and the bunny face cookie is a great gift as guests are leaving!

Easter bunny cupcake cake by french bakery in northern new jersey cafe pierrot

 

 

We love the decorated Easter Egg cookies for dessert, too.

Decorate Easter Egg cookies by Cafe Pierrot French bakery in north jersey

Setting the Table

Spring and Easter equal bunnies and pastels. We love the trend of eggs in a vase or basket with tulips and other favorite flowers for a centerpiece…

  1. Colored Eggs in a Jar
  2. Cafe Pierrot’s table last year
  3. White Eggs in a basket

White dishes with linen napkins always look natural and beautiful, and you probably already have them at home! Tie with a ribbon for a touch of color at low cost.

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via Boxwood Clippings

Wood slices and mason jars are reusable for many other holidays, but look spring-y enough for Easter!

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via Brit & Co.

Easter Egg Decorating

Cafe Pierrot may not sell decorated Easter Eggs (other than the cookies), but these egg decorating tutorials from pinterest will look great with our desserts!

  1. Naturally dyed eggs by Whole Foods
  2. DIY Dyed Robin Eggs by Honestly Yum
  3. Gold Leaf Easter Eggs by She Knows
  4. Emoji Eggs by Studio DIY (ok, these don’t match anything on the page, but they’re too fun not to share!)

Hope you enjoyed this little round-up of Easter decorating ideas! Stop by either store to pick up some of the yummy desserts!!