Pizza Night... or Pizza Party!

I don’t know yours, but my kids absolutely love pizza! And not just because they were born in Italy where pizza is part of the weekly menu; they love it because it's full of flavour, you can choose your favourite toppings and it’s fun to make with your family or friends! In our house, pizza is a Saturday night favourite: I prepare the dough on Friday using my sourdough starter, I leave it to rest overnight and on Saturday afternoon, is ready to be transformed into the most deliciously Neapolitan pizza!

But pizza is also a great option for a kids’ party (for when parties will be allowed once again!), not just to be served as food, but as a fun activity for all the guests – kids and adults alike! Let’s see what you will need to organise a party for 6-8 kids (primary school children will have lots of fun but I can guarantee that the older ones will love it too!).

For the Pizza:

  • 2kg of Pizza dough (you can make your own or buy it ready-made from the supermarket)

  • 1lt Tomato Passata (I prefer CIRIO passata but most supermarket own brands will be fine)

  • 1kg Grated mozzarella

  • Your favourite toppings!!! For the kids I recommend: salami, ham, frankfurter and French fries. For the adults: mascarpone cheese, walnuts, onions, smoked ham, mushrooms, anchovies and grilled vegetables (aubergines, zucchini, bell peppers, olives, anchovies, capers…).

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt & pepper

  • Oregano and fresh basil

  • Plain flour to dust the surface

For the set up:

  • Disposable tablecloth (either a paper one or a wipeable one, whatever you prefer)

  • Plastic placemats, one per kid (you can find very cheap ones from IKEA, Poundland, Wilko or similar). As a cheaper alternative, you can use brown parchment paper cut into rectangles.

  • Small plastic bowls for the toppings.

  • Some rolling pins (kids can share so you don’t need one each however, there are some very cheap ones from Poundland that you can then use as part of the Party Bag – more on this later!)

  • Children aprons – again, these could be part of the party bags and you can find plenty of options on Amazon, Etsy or your local shops.

Now that you have your shopping list, you just need to set up a date and time, some party invitations and you are ready to enjoy a fun and entertaining Pizza Party!

On the day of the party, make sure to take the pizza dough out of the fridge at least 6-8 hours in advance, so it can get to room temperature and proof a final time before baking. Divide the dough into small balls, one for each participant (for a kid pizza you would need approximately 180-200gr of dough) and place them on a tray sprinkled with flour and cover them with cling film. Now place them in a warm place (your oven, or a warm room) to rest until it's time to roll them.

Prepare the table with your chosen tablecloth, and a placemat for each guest. On the placemat you can put a small rolling pin (if you have decided to include it in the party bag) or just a kid apron. Put the toppings into the small bowls (cut in small pieces, if needed) and place in the middle of the table together with the seasonings, the grated mozzarella and the tomato sauce (put this in a bowl too with a large spoon for serving).

When the kids are ready to start the pizza making, give each of them a ball of dough so that they can roll it into the shape they prefer (because who said that pizza has to be perfectly round???), add the toppings the like, season to their taste and then bake in the oven at 200 degree Celsius – leave this part to an adult. The pizza will be ready in about 10 minutes.

Well, it’s now time to enjoy the fruit of your labour… the kids will love it and I'm sure adults will do too!

I mentioned the party bags: instead of the more common sweet cones or similar, why not prepare a nice package with apron, placemat, rolling pin, some sweet or chocolates and a nice pizza certificate? You can put it on the table so the kids can open it when they arrive and then bring it back home at the end of the part... job done!

Am I missing something? Oh, yes… the cake!!! Instead of a big cake, why not ordering some individual cakes so that the kids can try different flavours? Or maybe some biscuits to add to the party bags!

Have fun!!!