It is hard to imagine an adult or a kid around that does not adore pizza. For kids, the idea of making their pizza is probably just as thrilling as eating one. Kids love to create and make a mess while doing so. If you are up for a little messy fun, then have a make-your-own pizza party for your child. Neither you nor they will be disappointed.

Getting in the mood

 When the kids first arrive, have them all grab a clean, new, white apron. You can purchase these in bulk, either online or at many craft stores. Have your table set up with markers, pizza-themed stencils, and stickers. Let them put their names on their aprons.

After decorating their aprons and putting their names on them, the kids can then decorate their own paper chef’s hat.

These things are sure to get the kids in the right mood for their pizza-making experience.

Preparing the pizza dough

If you will make fresh dough, make it in advance and let the kids skip over that segment. Small children are not patient, and you do not want to leave any room for mishaps should the dough not rise, etc. 

Make sure to create small size chunks of dough so that the kids will make miniature pizzas. Otherwise, you will be waiting forever. If you are using frozen dough, make sure to have plenty of extra servings as children can (and will) drop their pizza dough. 

Have a rolling pin for each child and a small baking tray. You can buy these trays at craft stores, as well. If you believe in bulk, you will find it cheaper. This way, the children can take home their trays. It is best to put numbers on the bottom of the baking tray and assign each child a number. In this way, the children are eating what they are touching. 

Let the kids grab their rolling pins and start rolling out their wad of dough. Have an adult walk around to check and see if the kids need a little extra flour. Once they have their dough rolled out in circular pizza shape, have an adult scoop out a spoon full of pizza sauce and let the kids use the back end of a tablespoon to spread it around the dough.

Set the table with different ingredients for the topping. Ensure that you let the parents know that this is a make-your-own pizza party in case of any allergies or concerns. Put things such as different kinds of cheese, pepperoni, or olives.

Let the kids go to town and create their masterpiece. Get a large baking tray and place the mini trays with the miniature pizzas on the larger baking trays. In this way, you can cook many of the mini pizzas at the same time.

Are you having a birthday party?

You can have a cake made to order in the design of a pizza, or if you are feeling brave, you can have the kids decorate their cupcakes to resemble pizzas, as well.

The kids will remember this birthday party for a long time to come, and you will be remembered, as well.

July 18, 2021 — Fernando Sciessere

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