Thursday, 12 July 2012


As a kid, I went to numerous birthday parties where we'd build our own pizzas, Mom would pop 'em in the oven, and they'd be ready in minutes. But what about a pizza party for adults?

Back in February, R and I went to our friends, E and M's place for dinner and they did just that. They created a build-your-own-pizza bar with enough ingredients to last them the entire rest of the week. It was such a simple idea, yet I just never really thought of it for a dinner party. It was definitely a more casual dinner party, but that's what I loved about it. And, just a few months later, I set up my very own pizza-making dinner party. 

The great thing about doing a build-your-own-pizza bar is that you can prepare everything in advance, and it's inexpensive. Plus, you can't really go wrong with pizza, even for those adult friends who never grew out of their picky eating habits. 

Depending on how much you want to spend on ingredients and/or how much time you have to prep, your ingredients might vary. Here are the ingredients that I think make the best pizza-making bar:

whole grain pita bread
artisan flat breads
make your own dough
make your own gluten-free dough

olive oil
tomato sauce

mozzarella, preferably fresh
feta cheese
parmesan or Romano cheese
goat cheese

pepperoni or sausage
grilled chicken

sweet & hot peppers
roasted garlic
roasted veggies like zucchini/artichokes/tomatoes
fresh basil 

Swap the soda for a good bottle of wine and make your next dinner party a grown up pizza party! 

What are your casual dinner party ideas for a relaxed evening in with friends? Share them!

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