How to Host a Pizza Party

1. Decide to throw a party. If it happens to be your little sister’s twenty-fifth birthday, so be it.

2. Invite friends who like pizza. (Warning: pretty much everyone does, so plan for a houseful.)

3. Make a big bowl of Honey Pizza Dough. OK, make that a GINORMOUS bowl. Don’t worry, you can always freeze the leftovers. (I think I did 8 batches)

4. Roast a several pounds of Roma tomatoes for Roasted Tomato & Garlic Pizza Sauce. This stuff is so good, you almost don’t need any pizza toppings. Almost.

5. Rock as many or as few pizza toppings as you like. (See suggestions below. I went with ‘many’, as you’ll see.)

6. Set up a station for roll/tossing/stretching pizza dough. Find all the pie pans in the house. Provide parchment paper, scissors, olive oil and a rolling pin or two.

7. Preheat the oven to crazy-hot. Like 450 degrees. Invite guests to shape their pizzas.

8. Snap some photos. Sigh. Wish you were twenty-five again. Pour a glass of wine.

9. Set out the prepared pizza toppings. Pictured above: diced sauteed bacon, sliced grilled chicken breast, baby shrimp, broccoli, pepperoni.

Toppings II: sauteed zucchini, diced feta, sauteed leeks, cherry tomatoes, sliced Vidalia onions.
And more toppings…diced colored peppers, Capicola, diced tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black olives, mushrooms, apples, pears, Gouda, oven-roasted tomatoes.

10. Encourage guests to create their own pizzas.

11. Get creative. Half pesto, half roasted tomato sauce…

…finished with shrimp, red onion, mozzarella and colored peppers on the pesto, and sauteed leeks, apples and Gouda on the tomato sauce. A.Ma.Zing.

12. Do not laugh at ‘stuffed crust’ attempts. Even if you think that looks like a lot of crust.

13. OK, go ahead and laugh.

14. Eat pizza, pour more wine. Laugh a lot.

15. Berate your friends for not eating more. Attempt to make up for it with another slice or three.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I want to come to one of your parties. And steal your kitchen.
    Happy Birthday to your sis!

  2. love the "sigh, wish you were 25 again". I like this idea too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. That sounds like so much fun! You provided enough toppings to keep a pizza fanatic happy. Wow.

    Which one is your sis?

  4. Jen- She's the one with the dark short bob, on the left of the two 'shaping dough' photos.

  5. You're such a great hostess… I can't even try to beat you at it! Also love the pic of tavia and i… I'm stealing it 🙂

  6. Okay, one of these days, I am so stealing your idea for a pizza party.

    My daughter is turning 9 in Jan, maybe then…she would love it.

  7. What a fun party idea. And what an awesome selection of toppings.

  8. So fun! Love the pizza party idea!

  9. Wow what a party and the pizza looks amazing.

  10. What a fantastic pizza party! I love it.

  11. Hi there,
    I want to ask you if you mind my preparing the zucchini chocolate bread recipe for my blog and linking it to your site for the recipe. I would include my own pic. I prepared it as a snack for a bunch of friends at the cottage and it created a frenzy. I think a muffin version is a great dessert addition to a lunch box. If not no worries.

  12. Perfect timing! Last weekend, we had our first REALLY successful homemade pizza (after many attempts), but we had caved and purchased pre-made dough from a local joint. Going to try your dough recipe next time.

    Love it! We just celebrated my SIL's 25th as well.

  13. Happy Birthday to your sister!

    I think I'll do this with my grandkids next time they come to visit. They're young but if they get a kick out of pressing a fork into peanut butter cookies – I think they'll have a blast making their own pizzas. Great idea.

  14. What a fun party! Makes me want to throw one now.

  15. I love making my own pizza. My parents and I do this once in a while during the summers. We throw the pizzas on the grill instead of in the oven.

    That photo of the "stuffed crust" cracks me up! I totally want to eat it. The crust is always my favorite part!

  16. Love!! 🙂

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