As the weather cools, we start thinking about steaming goodies coming from the kitchen & want to share these pizza baking party ideas! Nothing makes the mouth water as much as the scent of baking pizza, and we know it! Children, teens, and adults alike will love baking pizzas. For a fun cooking party, let the kids make their own, experimenting with different sauces, difference herbs and spices, cheeses and other toppings.
Even though a pizza party is usually casual, decorations make the event memorable.
Spread your table with a checked tablecloth. Decorate with candles in green bottles. Make little labels for your different ingredients. Hang white or cream twinkle lights around the room. Use the green, white, & red colors from the Italian flag for other party decorations, such as balloons, streamers, and more. Create a banner that says “Viva, Italia” or “Buon Compleanno,” if you are having a birthday party.
Have index cards or recipe cards handy for guests to write down their favorite pizza recipes. We can create recipe cards to match the invitations above, a special keepsake of your party.
Have chef hats and/or plain white aprons for your guests to wear. Your guests can take them home as a souvenir. If there is down time while the pizzas are baking, let the teens and/or children decorate their aprons or hats with fabric markers.
Before your guests arrive, get pizza dough ready, either from scratch, a mix (available in the baking aisle at the grocery store), or a refrigerated tube. Your guests will make small pizzas, so that you can bake multiple pizzas at one time in your oven. It also gives them the chance to try each other’s pizzas and try multiple recipes. On a large table, you’ll want to have lots of bowls to hold all the different sauces, cheeses, and toppings so that kids can access them all when making their pizzas.
Have available for dinner toppings any or all of the following:
- mozzarella cheese
- goat cheese (for people who don’t do well with cow’s milk products)
- other assorted cheeses, such as parmesan, feta, American, or bleu cheese crumbles
- assorted meats, such as pepperoni, crumbled back, cooked sausage, ground beef, ham, chopped chicken, and chopped turkey breast
- assorted vegetables, such as diced onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, green olives, black olives, red sweet pepper, sweet banana pepper, and pine nuts
- assorted green vegetables, such as spinach, green peppers, spinach, shredded lettuce, and fresh basil leaves
- mandarin oranges
For sauces, have available any or all of the following:
- canned tomato sauce
- traditional pizza sauce
- olive oil
- alfredo sauce
- thousand island dressing–to make a Big Mac-style pizza, use this as the sauce
- barbecue sauce
- additional dried herbs (such as basil, oregano, thyme or rosemary) so that guests can season their sauce the way they prefer
For dessert pizza, have on hand any or all of the following:
- mini marshmallows
- graham cracker crumbles made with cracker crumbs and margarine/butter
- fruit pie filling, such as apple, cherry, or blueberry
- chocolate chips
- peanut butter chips
- cinnamon and sugar
- white frosting
- lemon curd
- whipped cream
Soda drinks are classic choices, but they tend to get kids super-energetic. If you want to keep the kids calmer, here are a few ideas.
- Fruit juice with sparkling water
- strawberry lemonade
- A small basket with a box of pizza dough mix, small can of tomato sauce or pizza sauce, a small baguette, and a tiny bottle of olive oil.
- Pizza cutters with brightly-colored handles
- A dessert pizza kit basket with a box of pizza dough mix, a packet of cinnamon and sugar, and a tub of white frosting. You can make it pretty with a ribbon and a decorative napkin or tissue paper.
The Final Touch:
If you are using a pizza theme for a gift-giving occasion (such as a birthday), express your thanks with our Italian Pizza Party Thank You Card.