It is time for a make your own pizza party! This past Saturday, I had the honor of appearing on the CBS5 Eyewitness Morning news in San Francisco to present an idea on an economical kid’s birthday party. For the segment, I decided to do a pizza party. My thought was it was good for kids of all ages, as parents can tailor the level of involvement based on the child’s age. In addition, rather than having a ton of party games that can get competitive, I came up with activities that would suit kids of multiple ages playing together.

So let’s get started with the ideas!

1) We started with this ADORABLE download invitation from Tom Kat Studios.  I also downloaded a cute Thank You icon and used it to make thank you notes which could be used after the party for gifts!

2) I suggested getting inexpensive aprons from Michaels and letting the kids decorate their aprons before they got started with assembling pizzas. I’d suggest using the craft line from Martha Stewart Crafts or iron-on transfers from Michaels (of course with adult supervision).

3) It’s time to make some pizzas! It is a good idea to start with a pizza peel, especially if you’re making several pizzas at the same time. I like this one from Williams-Sonoma, and its also eco-friendly.

4) To make the assembly part more fun for kids, I love these decor elements from Paper and Cake. I chose to use their tomato sauce label (love it!) and also their small mise-en-place labels for the ingredients. There are many more options from this line, and the collection is now available in Paper and Cake’s etsy store!

5) A party wouldn’t be complete without dessert, right? Well no kid is going to opt for fruit instead of a birthday cake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a fruit pizza to offer the kids too. The recipe for this fruit pizza comes from San Francisco Entertains, the new cookbook from the Junior League of San Francisco. The book will be available 10/20 and can be purchased here.

6) You can’t let your guests leave empty-handed, so I suggest sending them home with these adorable pizza cookies — in both “slices” and “whole pie” shapes. Too cute!  These are from Little Laura’s Sweets. Laura will soon be launching her new line, Da*Lish. The cookies are topped with favor labels from Paper and Cake as well.

Many many thanks to my friends from Tom Kat Studio, Paper & Cake, Williams-Sonoma and Little Laura’s Sweets. This shoot wouldn’t have been possible without you. I love your products and keep up the good work!

Additional thanks go to the very talented Elisa Cicinelli, a wedding photographer here in San Francisco. She snapped the pictures of me (along with CBS’s morning host, Julie Watts). Thank you for waking up early and documenting the day so I could share it on my blog, Elisa!

And in case you missed it, you can view the segment here!

Pizza Party Details – Kids Birthday Party Idea!

Entertaining & Parties, Press

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