A Pizza Party Playdate!

Howdy there! Yesterday afternoon I let my kids each invite a friend over to play, I told their parents that the kids could ride home on the bus (to our house) and they could pick them up around 6, after I feed them supper. So how to you entertain 6 kids aged 6-8 for 3 hours and feed them something everyone will like? Easy, you have a Make-Your-Own Pizza party!

 

The biggest tip I can give parents is to do all of the prep work before the kids get there. I made the pizza dough in the bread maker (recipe at the end of this post) and chopped up all the topping ahead of time. I printed labels/place cards from my new Pizza Party Kit with the toppings typed on them so the kids would know what they had. Also the “Menu” sign was a fun touch and the kids could think about what they wanted to make before it was time to cook.

Also I made some banana muffins for dessert because I had 3 ripe bananas on my counter. I am very proud of myself because they are all puffy and round on the top, that never happens-so I took a pic, I love the happy cupcake toppers from the kit, I ended up giving them the muffins with a glass of milk when they arrived off the bus (I’m such a softie :)

OK so while the kids were playing a prepared the toppings and dough. I did not have enough matching bowls for the toppings and I hate to use disposable so I used  a bunch of teacups to display the toppings. Don’t worry, the kids won’t notice LOL! Also I divided the dough in 8 equal portions (two were reserved) and set a sheet of waxed paper at each place at the table. The wax paper will limit the mess and make it easier to get the pizzas in the pans later for cooking. Be sure to sprinkle the waxed paper with flour before you put the dough down so it does not stick. Let the kids pound the dough flat (they will have a ball with this!) and when they have it flat go around the table and put a tablespoon or two of sauce and let them spread it around. Then let them decorate their pizza!

Don’t forget to make them wash their hands before and after they make the pizza! After they are done you can send them off to play again you can put the pizzas on cookie sheets covered with foil. Use a toothpick to engrave their name next to their pizza so you can remember who made it. You might want to spray the foil with cooking spray, I did not and at first the pizza felt like it might stick but I let it cool for a few then I could lift it off the foil with a spatula. Look at the pretty pizza!

The kids had a blast and I am so glad that I can see my kids interact with their friends, hear them chatter about stuff and laugh, what a nice afternoon! It was no more work than making dinner and they all ate what they made, only 2 kids had leftovers!

The party printables only took a couple of minutes to print, cut and assemble and they add such a nice touch. Here is a look at the Pizza Party Kit:

Here is Linny’s Famous Pizza Dough recipe (I’m Linny LOL)

4 cups bread flour

1 1/2 cups water

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (soybean, olive or canola)

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon yeast

Put everything in a bread machine and run on the dough cycle, it will take about an hour and a half. I divided it to make 8 pizzas and that was good for the kids and me for a portion. Let the kids flatten the dough and decorate the pizza then bake the finished pizzas for 10 minutes at 400. Check that the crust is golden and I like to peek underneath to make sure the underside of the pizza is a light golden-brown.

I am entering this project in the Paper Playtime “Party” challenge. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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