Happy National Pizza Day! Can you think of a better reason to celebrate one of the best foods on earth?! I sure can’t. You might have caught onto this by now, but Kim and I love to find any reason we can to throw a party, and, we absolutely could not resist celebrating national pizza day.
So, you might be wondering why throwing a pizza party is worth your time and effort? I’ll tell you.
Everybody likes pizza, it is a total crowd pleaser.
Pizza is adaptable to many different diets: gluten free crust, no cheese, veggie only, etc, without creating too much extra work.
Pizza is relatively inexpensive and it is easy to feed large crowds of people.
A pizza party is interactive. It counts as the activity portion and the food portion of a party.
Now that I have convinced you this is a good idea, let’s start planning.
This is a very easy piece of decor to make that is cute and functional. I made one that listed the toppings I was using, but you could also include crust options, sauces, drinks, or even desserts. Type it out, add some cute pictures, and print it! I told you it was easy.
“Slice Slice Baby” Chalkboard Sign
Chalkboard signs are my favorite last minute addition to any party theme. This literally took me one minute to write on, plus, I love a good pun. If you don’t have any chalkboards, now is the time to invest. Your future party-self with thank you.
"Love You to pizzas” Banner
Again with the pizza puns-I'm sorry in advance. But come on, you cannot go wrong with a cute banner, and there are so many options! You can definitely purchase these, but you all know I love a good DIY project.
Pizza Plates and Napkins
This one isn’t really decor, but I couldn’t resist. These paper plates and napkins are so stinking cute and only $12.99! Thanks Amazon!
Now, onto my personal favorite part of any party: the food. Forget ordering pizza and try making it instead! After all, I did say this was an "adult style" pizza party.
It is important to be aware of any dietary restrictions from your guests beforehand so you can be prepared. Have fun picking out your toppings and don’t be afraid to get creative! Some of my favorites are:
I like to have a couple of different crust options-thin crust and regular, and I usually provide a minimum of two sauces as well. Marinara and Alfredo sauce are my go-tos, but BBQ sauce, ranch, or buffalo sauce are also delicious and a great option if you want to shake things up a
bit. If you have any gluten free friends, cauliflower crust is definitely the way to go. Don’t be surprised if your non-gluten free guests go for this one too-it’s actually really tasty!
Pizza Party Tips
-Make smaller sized pizzas so you can fit more in the oven at a time, especially if you have a lot of guests. Using thin crust and cooking at 400 degrees will also help speed things along. But, the nice thing about a pizza party is that they are very social, so people usually don’t finish creating their pizzas all at once anyway.
-Cut all the toppings up pretty small so it’s easier for people to grab/spread on pizza. Do this ahead of time to save yourself some stress later. We are BIG advocates of being able to enjoy the party you are hosting!
-If you want to be super impressive, have toppings that go on after they cook. Fresh pesto, balsamic glaze, fresh arugula, etc. are all great options. This will give the pizzas that “restaurant style" look and taste.
-For an easy dessert that fits with the theme, make a giant chocolate chip cookie and serve it like a pizza! You could even use store bought dough and serve it with ice cream!
That’s all folks! Who says pizza parties are just for kids? This is a great way to bring friends and family together, and it’s pretty easy! We can’t wait to see what kind of pizzas you come up with!