The Ultimate Birthday Pizza Party

Activities
Have some fabulous contests. Ideas might include:
-- The Most Creative Pizza and the Best Tasting Pizza
-- Pin the Pepperoni on the Pizza. Yes, just like the donkey! Hang a Boboli on a wall outside. The winner is the blindfolded child who lands a pepperoni nearest to the center of the pizza.
-- Write MUSHROOM PIZZA on a large piece of paper, set the timer, and see who can come up with the most words of three or more letters using the letters in "mushroom pizza."

Food and Favors
Elementary-age children love favors such as pizza magnets, which can be found at cooking supply stores. Or, offer gift certificates for one free piece of pizza at your local pizzeria! Inexpensive chef's hats can also be purchased at cooking supply stores and make a humorous prize for contests.

Inherently, the theme of the party provides the food. Here are some tips and ideas to help with the initial planning:
-- For simplicity, use pre-made crusts, such as Bobolis. Buy the smallest size so that each child can create his or her own masterpiece.
-- Offer numerous toppings, from sausage to pineapple, to encourage creative pizza making, but provide one standard sauce that everyone must use.
-- Eat outside and use disposable dishes. Your house may end up very messy if you aren't careful.
-- Leftovers go home with the guests. Trust me, you won't want them.

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