Everyone loves pizza, and build-your-own pizzas are the craze right now with chains popping up everywhere. However, to enjoy a custom-made pie, you have to stand in line, it’s expensive, and on top of that you have to wait for them to cook it. It would be better to grab your own toppings and hang out with your friends in the comfort of your home.
A make-your-own pizza party is a perfect way to kick off the weekend. Everyone gets to make a pizza their way and have fun doing so. It can be adults-only or you can get the kids involved. Pizza is for all ages. It brings back the memories of Friday nights after the game and good times with friends and family.
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Any good make-your-own pizza party is all about the options, from dough to sauce to toppings. I’ve created a list of options and recipes to help you plan your own pizza party in the comfort of your own home. Don’t forget to serve a salad with a selection of these delicious salad dressing recipes, plus a fun dessert like my recipe for dark chocolate brownies!
We’ve made decorating for your pizza party easy with these free pizza party printables! Print them out, hang them up, and send out those invites!
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Time-Saving Tips for Pizza Night
Too busy for homemade? Don’t let that keep you from hosting a fun make-your-own pizza party. A quick trip to your grocery store will give you what you need:
- Buy pre-made pizza dough
- Purchase pre-cut veggies like cauliflower and broccoli in the produce section of your store
- Grab a bag of shredded mozzarella
- Use a high quality marinara sauce from your grocery store
- Serve a pre-made salad
Save on your pre-made pizza dough with Pillsbury® coupons!
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Pizza Dough Recipes
Pizza dough is the base, the foundation of a great pizza. People will argue thin versus deep dish all day long — you can’t make everyone happy but you can try. If time allows, make homemade pizza dough and be sure to provide an option for your gluten free guests.
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If you’re craving something akin to the tastes of real Italian pizza, try this comprehensive recipe and guide for making your own crust.
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If thin crust is your weakness, try making this recipe by hand or with a mixer. Either way, it’s sure to please!
From cauliflower to eggplant to butternut squash, these creatively gluten-free pizza crust recipes will keep everyone happy.
Pizza Sauce Recipes
Make sure to have one or two sauce options for your guests. A simple tomato-based pizza sauce is a must, but you can also change it up with a white sauce or pesto.
This recipe for tomato-based pizza sauce is hearty, zesty, and freezable. Make a big batch and freeze half for later, or offer it all up on your pizza party night!
Change things up a bit with a cream-based white sauce. This recipe guides you through all the steps to making a white pizza.
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If your guests are the adventurous type, offer up this delicious basil pesto sauce. Fresh ingredients work best, and once you taste this sauce you’ll be craving more.
Cheese is what holds the pizza together. Margherita pizza is the most traditional of all the pizzas and a must-have for your party. Use homemade sauce, fresh basil, and the best mozzarella you can find for the tastiest margherita pizza.
Layer or mix cheeses for a flavorful pie. Other cheeses to have on the table include:
- Goat cheese
Some people like to keep it simple while others like to build layers of flavors on top of their pie. Have a plate or ramekins full of a variety of veggie toppings to choose from available to your guests. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Diced green and red peppers
- Roasted red peppers
- Sliced olives
- Sliced onions
- Sliced tomatoes
- Sliced mushrooms
- Fresh basil
- Pineapple tidbits
- Roasted garlic
- Fresh greens like kale, arugula, or mixed greens
Need more topping ideas? Check out these homemade pizza ideas — we’re especially fond of the Chicken Caesar Pizza!
Many guests will want to add protein to their pizza. Have a plate with some of the following proteins they can add to their pizzas:
- Ground beef
How to Cook Pizza
Cook your guests’ pizzas on a pizza stone for the best results. If you don’t have one available, try this technique to get restaurant-quality pizza.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
- For the first 10 minutes, cook the pizza on the bottom shelf, then move to the middle shelf and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes.
- Broil for one minute to finish the pizza off and give the crust that beautiful charred look.
- Let rest for a few minutes before slicing.