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1950s Diner Theme Piecyling Party with FREE Printables and Milkshake Recipe

November 2, 2015

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I have a confession to make: I don’t like cake.

Growing up I requested birthday pies instead, and my family was always torn about whether or not to add “Happy Birthday Sarabeth” icing on top. Does one add icing to pies? I think you can, mostly because I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like!

I guess this explains why pie goes hand in hand with parties in my household.

The latest party I concocted explored a new recipe that turned classic pies into milkshakes. I like to call this “pie-cycling!” And what fits the milkshake subject better than a 1950s diner theme?

The first thing I did was a little flavor taste-test. I headed to the store and picked up some Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies and Reddi-Wip® from Walmart.

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

Fox also decided he was really into a dog toy that looked and squealed like a pig and we didn’t leave that aisle for a good 10 minutes. He’s happy, I’m happy.

When I got home I baked both pies and learned a couple of neat tricks. First I covered the edges of the pies with aluminum foil to avoid any burning and second I brushed the top of the pies with a beaten egg for a gorgeous golden brown color. Worked like a charm!

After the pies were all set I grabbed my trusty helper, the soda jerk, and we got to work. Something tells me he’d get some pretty big tips if this was a reality.

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

In order to capture the essence of a sock hop, I made a vinyl record backdrop. I did this by tracing a real record (thank you, Barry Manilow Greatest Hits) onto black scrapbooking paper and cutting it out. Then I traced the top of a solo cup onto a colored sheet of paper and made the middle. I finished it off by using a hole punch to create a perfect middle circle and glued all three pieces together.

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

One of my favorite things on the table is the guest check bunting. I picked up a few guest check pads online, punched two holes in each, and strung along to the base of the milkshake glasses (which I stuffed with tissue paper while they were waiting to be filled with pie milkshake goodness). I made a larger version of this and it looked amazing, although I opted for the smaller string once I saw everything laid out.

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

The rest of the items featured on the table are these fun printables including a few other ’50s staples like cateye glasses and poodle skirts. They are available to download for FREE by clicking on each image below.

At the Hop Sign (7″x9″) – Download PDF


Retro Invitation (4″x6″) – Download PDF

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Milkshake Recipe Card (4″x6″) – Download PDF

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Soda Pop Bottle Wraps (2″x8″) – Download PDF

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Pie Markers (1.5″x3.5″ – folded in half) – Download PDFs

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Download All Files


Once I was all set up I tried a variety of flavor combos and mix-ins. The sky is the limit with these pie milkshakes! Any flavor pie, whether fruity or something else like pumpkin, pecan, or pumpkin pecan, mixed with any flavor ice cream, and toppings like sprinkles, cherries, syrups, and candy, will be sure to hit the spot for all guests.

My official favorite was this Creamy Razzleberry Pie Shake. It was the best kind of combination of tart versus velvety.

Creamy Razzleberry Pie Shake

Marie Callender’s Razzleberry Dessert Pie
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
Splash of milk
Maraschino cherry
Chocolate sprinkles

  1. Add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to cup.
  2. Mix in one slice of razzleberry pie.
  3. Add splash of milk followed by remaining scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  4. Mix to your taste. (I like mine chunkier so I mix using a spoon, but if you like yours with even consistency I suggest using a blender.)
  5. Top with Reddi-wip, maraschino cherry, and chocolate sprinkles. Enjoy!

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

1950s Diner Party - The February Fox

For more printables, recipes, and party ideas, visit the Marie Callender’s website. What’s your favorite flavor?


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  • Reply Dominique November 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

    This is so cool! What cute pictures! Very creative, love it!
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  • Reply Sandra DePaolo November 2, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Such great ideas!! I love how you set the table up. The pies look yummy and Fox looks adorable.

  • Reply JanetGoingCrazy November 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    What a fun idea for a party! I love all the special touches you put on the table and those printables are cutest! I remember my first Razzleberry pie experience (loved it!) and I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in a milkshake. Yum! [client]
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  • Reply Brittney November 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    What a cute themed dinner party! Those shakes look delicious 😉 I may have to make them sooner, rather than later haha. The decorations for the party were pretty on point too and your little guy looked like he was having the time of his life!
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  • Reply Hil November 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

    What a fun party! We were big into the 50’s growing up and this reminds me of what our basement used to look like (in the 90’s lol)

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