Make Your Own Pizza Party

make your own pizza

Whether you're planning a night at home with your children or hosting a party with a living room full of hyper youngsters, you have to find a way to entertain the kids and get them to eat dinner. Take care of both tasks at once by setting up a make-your-own-pizza workstation. It'll be a night of great memories.

Step 1: The Dough

You can easily find store-bought pizza dough that's precooked, though it may only come in large sizes. In that case, each person can put their toppings on a portion of the pie.

For a truly unique dinner experience (and one that will be far more memorable for your kids and any friends they have over), make the dough from scratch, and then cut and roll it into personal-size portions for everyone (about 10 inches in diameter each). Kids love the texture of the dough as they knead it with their hands.

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Step 2: The Sauce

The easy way to do this is to use your favorite jarred marinara sauce. If you want to be a little more unique, you can try a pesto, or pink sauce (marinara with some cream mixed in).

If you have a little more time, you can even make your own sauce.

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Step 3: The Toppings

This is where the personal pizzas get really personal. Set out bowls of toppings for everyone to choose from. Set out everything from the traditional to the unconventional, and let everyone spread toppings in any combination they like. If the kids are working with uncooked crusts, spread flour over the table or counter top where their pizzas are being assembled so the dough doesn't stick to the work surface.

Ideas for Toppings

    bowls of sauce with spoons for scooping
    mozzarella (shredded)
    cheddar cheese (shredded)
    gouda cheese (sliced or shredded)
    feta (crumbled)

    bell peppers
    fresh tomato slices
    sun-dried tomatoes
    pineapple slices or chunks
    fresh spinach
    cilantro (chopped)
    black beans

    bacon bits
    Canadian bacon
    crumbled cooked sausage
    shredded or chopped cooked chicken (a good way to use leftover rotisserie)
    thinly sliced steak (undercooked so it doesn't dry out in the oven)
    uncooked shrimp (they will cook in the oven)
Unconventional Pizza Recipes

Step 4: Cooking

With the smaller size of the pizzas, you should be able to fit at least four in an oven at one time on two greased baking sheets (the sheets will catch any drippy cheese and sauce). For crispy crusts, try cooking them on pizza stones. Alternatively, you can partially bake the crusts before everyone adds their toppings, and then place each assembled pie directly on the oven racks -- this will help all the pizzas in the oven cook more evenly and reduce cooking time, while also making the crusts nice and crispy.

Make sure little hands stay away from the hot oven.

The small pizzas require a little less cooking time than a full-sized one, so keep an eye on the progress. Check on them at around 10 minutes, and make sure the crusts and any meat are properly cooked through.


While your little guests are happily munching away on their creations, throw dessert in the oven. The kids will go wild for this colorful fruit pizza with a cookie-dough crust. Save some time by mixing the dough earlier in the day, and refrigerating it until you're ready to roll and bake it.

Let the kids help put the toppings on it for the perfect cap to their pizza party.

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