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Spice up a Dinner or Birthday Party with a Make Your Own Pizza Party

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Spice up a Dinner or Birthday Party with a Make Your Own Pizza Party

January 23, 2013

Give your next dinner party an Italian twist by having a make your own pizza party!  The perfect way to spice up a boring get together or keep the kids amused at your child's next birthday party, making personal pizzas is easier than you think and will ensure your next party is one to remember.

Invite Your Fellow Chefs 

Invite your fellow chef's to join you for a night of pizza and playtime with personalized "Itza Pizza Party" invitations.  You can personalize your invitations with all the party details, letting your guests know they'll be making their own pizzas for the meal!  You might want to warn them things could get messy, so unless you're planning on providing chef hats and aprons they should plan on wearing clothes they can get dirty in, as they could end the night covered in marinara and cheese if the pizza tossing gets a little out of hand!  Include a firm RSVP date so you can ensure you have enough supplies for everyone.  You wouldn't want to be caught with not enough dough for everyone, leaving a guest with no pizza to enjoy. 

Pizza Party Decorations

Unless you're planning your Make Your Own Pizza Party as a birthday party, there's no need to decorate, unless you're feeling particularly festive, but if you're looking for a way to kick your party up a notch, you can add some Italian accents to your decor.  List the ingredients you have available on an Italian menu board and hang it prominently in the kitchen.  Spice up your kitchen decor with a Viva Italia banner in the dining room or kitchen area.  Set your tables like an authentic pizzeria, including red checked tablecloths, candlesticks stuck into empty wine bottles, and simple flowers in basic glass vases.  Turn down the lights, turn up the ambiance with candles on every surface in your dining area in votive and tealight holders.  No worries if they don't match, it will add to the atmosphere!  If you're worried about guests accidentally knocking the candles over, which can be a concern with lots of children running around, go with flameless LED candles instead.  You'll have all the ambiance and none of the fire risk!

Setting up Prep Area

Setting up your pizza prep area ahead of time will save you stress and time once your guests arrive.  If you're an experienced chef, are only expecting a few guests, and have a sense of adventure, you can try tossing your own pizza dough.  Find a good recipe online, try a test batch beforehand to work out any kinks in the process, and then let your guests give it a whirl!  For larger parties and younger crowds though, you might want to stick with precooked pizza dough.  You can find them at the grocery store in personal pizza size, which is perfect for your party.  Check the cooking instructions beforehand to be sure you have everything ready and the oven preheated to the right temperature.  Set up an assembly line-style buffet so guests can dress their pizza however they like, starting with a basic marinara sauce.  For variety, you can also have pesto, barbeque, and alfredo sauces for the more adventurous guests to try.  Have bowls filled with various toppings set out, with spoons or tongs to make it easy for guests to top their pizzas.  Some topping suggestions include cheese,  pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, bacon, ham, onions, green pepper, olives, garlic, pineapple, sun dried tomatoes, anchovies, and mushrooms.  Have extras of popular toppings so you won't run out before everyone has finished creating their masterpiece!  Once everyone has topped their pizzas, pop them in the oven, pour the drinks, toast good friends and enjoy your delicious creations! 

Whatever the occasion, whether you're celebrating a birthday or just another Saturday night with friends, turning your party into a Make Your Own Pizza Party will add an extra element of fun, so don a festive pizza hat and get ready to enjoy America's favorite food with your favorite friends!

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