Don鈥檛 tell mom, but we secretly love Friendsgiving just a little bit more than Thanksgiving. A day dedicated to eating with people you love, but without all the fuss of cooking everything yourself? We鈥檙e in! To make this year鈥檚 Friendsgiving dinners even easier, we鈥檝e teamed up with MRS. SMITH鈥橲庐 to put a DIY spin on plain pie stands 鈥 because even though we may be taking a few shortcuts in the kitchen, we still intend on displaying our desserts in style.

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Top off your pie stand with a MRS. SMITH鈥橲庐 pie and no one will know you didn鈥檛 make it from scratch! ;) Whether your pie preferences lean towards the classic pumpkin and apple, or you鈥檙e more of a tangy cherry or very berry kind of gal 鈥 these pies, made with real butter for the flakiest crust ever, have got you covered!

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Materials:
鈥 8 inch white ceramic pie stand

鈥 porcelain pens

Instructions:
1. Press down repeatedly on the porcelain pen tip to start the ink flowing.

2. Begin drawing shapes, words and patterns of your choice onto your pie stand.

3. If you make a mistake, simply wipe it away with a wet paper towel, dry it off and then continue drawing your design.

4. Let your paint pen design dry for 24 hours and then bake in your regular household oven for 35 minutes at 300潞 Fahrenheit.

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That鈥檚 it 鈥 seriously. Easiest DIY ever and dishwasher safe after you bake it in the oven! So grab your supplies and follow along!

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Press down repeatedly on the pen tip to start the ink flowing, and then start drawing shapes, words and patterns of your choice onto your pie stand. Note that these pens, while dishwasher safe after being baked, are not meant to come in contact with food, so make sure to keep your design on the base of your stand.

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Remember, if you make a mistake, it鈥檚 easy to start over. Simply wipe your design away with a wet paper towel, dry it off and then continue drawing your design.

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We started this first design off with a bunch of red leaf shapes, followed by some orange ones to fill it in.

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To give the feeling that these fall leaves are blowing in the wind, we added a few swirling dotted lines.

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For a second festive pattern we drew a little pumpkin patch all the way around the base of the stand. Add little stems and vines on top of orange pumpkin shapes to complete the look!

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Or if lettering is more your jam, write a little custom phrase onto the base of your pie stand. See? Easy as pie ;)

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Once you鈥檙e happy with your design, let your stand dry for 24 hours and then bake in your regular household oven for 35 minutes at 300潞 Fahrenheit to seal the deal and make the whole thing dishwasher safe!

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Intimidated by baking a pie from scratch, but still want that homemade taste? No problem, just pop a warm MRS. SMITH鈥橲庐 pie on top of your new pie stand and your dessert course is complete! We wanted our Friendsgiving table to feel fun and festive so we paired a sparkly gold sequin table runner with white, gold and green linens and then scattered some burnt orange paper leaves around the whole table.

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And while we love a good pumpkin pie, we decided to add a little zing to our pleasantly non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a MRS. SMITH鈥橲庐 Original Flaky Crust Cherry Pie. And even better 鈥 these pies have one of the cleanest branded pie labels out there, with no high fructose corn syrup, 0 trans fats and no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.

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YUM. We鈥檙e definitely going back for seconds ;)

What other DIYs are you adding to your Friendsgiving table? Tell us in the comments below.

This post is a collaboration with MRS. SMITH鈥橲庐 .

DIY Production and Styling: Lee Schellenberger

Photography: Brittany Griffin