The Ultimate Birthday Pizza Party

For elementary school-age kids, birthday parties are a big deal. Friends are very important and any activity or theme that brings them together is sure to be a big hit. Planning for entertainment is a breeze, as most common party games, from pin the tail on the donkey to charades, were designed for this age group. Still young enough to think that their parents are cool but old enough to help out with most details, your child will show you that it's a party to plan!

If you ask a child to pick a theme for his or her birthday party, you'll likely end up with a current box-office winner. And it isn't easy to throw a festive Titanic party.

Your best bet is to avoid all commercialism. Instead, celebrate your youngster's birthday with the Ultimate Pizza Party. Invite friends, provide ingredients, and then sit back and observe your guests preparing the party food (although it might not be edible).

From activities to party favors, everyone loves pizza. There's no limit to creativity. You can even prepare a pizza-party cake using some frosting and orange food coloring!

Throwing a pizza party can be as easy as pie. Start by creating a clever, mouth-watering, pizza-shaped invitation. State the details -- not only where and when, but also what ingredients will be provided -- and encourage all guests to come bearing imaginative toppings. (Remember to keep the party small because you will need enough space in your kitchen for all the chefs.) Request that all attendees RSVP so you can determine how much food will be needed. Print out the invitations, and then recruit the kids to trace circles onto the backs, using a small mixing bowl. Cut out the circles and then paste on other "ingredients" created from construction paper. Be sure to mail out invitations at least two weeks before the party, so your guests have time to prepare.

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