If you’re a regular reader you’ll know large gatherings aren’t exactly my thing (who am I kidding? small gatherings aren’t my thing either 😬) but I do love planning them. And you know I can’t resist a good DIY. So today I’m all kinds of excited to share scenes from the pizza party we had last week to celebrate the start of summer holidays. Our friends at Panago Pizza supplied the food in exchange for this post, which left me more time (some might say too much time ha ha) to
obsess about focus on the decor and all the rest. Try our DIYs to bring a little extra to your own pizza party this summer and let someone else take care of the pies.
I like that Panago has something for everyone, so accommodating food preferences, intolerances and sensitivities is easy. Most of our guests clamoured for the pepperoni, but we also had plenty of pie for the vegetarians and a vegan pizza topped with dairy-free daiya cheeze for our lactose-intolerant friend.
Any time is pizza time! Watch, Forever 21.
We kept the decor cheap and cheerful with some DIY pizza bunting. To make it, cut triangles from yellow cardstock, glue on pepperoni and crust cut from red and brown felt, and string together with yarn, string or twine.
DIY pizza flip flops are even easier — just paint on the crust and pepperoni with acrylic paint and let dry. But make sure you check the bottom of your feet for paint when you take them off! Our paint chipped off the flip flops a bit during the course of the party and washed off completely in our water balloon fight.
Totally rad nail tattoos, Chapters.
I’m really proud of our DIY pizza hats, ‘tho they’re very time consuming. Just gonna put that out there. Paint the cheese on a floppy hat with yellow acrylic paint and let dry, then use a ruler and a sharpie to draw the eight slices. Cut pepperoni from red felt and sew on the hat. (It’s the sewing that takes forever, but I didn’t think glue would hold up.)
It’s always handy to have a few games to keep everyone entertained, so we came up with this DIY pizza toss. Just paint a pizza on a large piece of plywood or fibre board, cut pepperoni holes with a jigsaw (make sure they’re large enough for whatever you’re going to throw through them!) and tape red felt flaps to the back of the board using duct tape. We used small bouncy balls from the dollar store to throw through the holes, but small red balloons filled with rice or flour would also work.
And this DIY pizza piñata was just the best, and fairly easy and inexpensive to make (apart from the candy or whatever you want to stuff inside.) We made the form out of cardboard held together with masking tape (make sure to put the candy and rope inside before you seal it up), slashed the whole works a few times with a knife so it had some give, then covered it with layer after layer of crepe paper we fringed with scissors. (We taped the fringe on, but glue would probably work just as well. Start at the bottom point of the pizza and work your way up.) When the front and back were done we just slapped a little yellow and brown paint on the sides and left it to dry.
I would have loved to share some photos of everyone bashing away at it, but they’ve all got the kids’ faces in them and I try to keep those off the Internet. But you can imagine they had a blast.
Inflatable pizza ball, Winners. Pizza tee, Forever 21.
And who could forget about dessert? Mmmmmm, warm chocolate chunk pretzel cookies. Nom nom nom.
With caramel dip. Because you just gotta go for it.
We ended the party with an epic water balloon fight and again, I wish I could share some more actions shots but it’s face city so big nope to that.
To make a DIY team pizza t-shirt, just follow the instructions on a package of iron-on letters. (We get ours at Michael’s and I’ve used them tonnes of times. It’s easy. Promise.)
I love that Panago is 100% Canadian-owned. They make their pizza with 100% Canadian wheat and cheese, 100% organic Italian tomato sauce, antibiotic-free meats, and no artificial flavours or colours, so you can feel great about what you serve your guests (and yourself!)
Panago wants to help three lucky try small things readers get their own party started with a chance to win one of three vouchers for any two medium pizzas, any two salads, and a 2L pop. To enter to win, have a look at Panago‘s menu, then come back here and tell me what you’d order. (This entry is mandatory).
For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.
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And feel free to tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet). Make sure you’re following try small things on Twitter for your entry to count.
Let’s get this pizza party started! #Win 1 of 3 pizza meals from Panago Pizza & @trysmallthings http://bit.ly/panagopizza CAN 7/31 #Panago
The giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on July 31, 2017. The potential winners (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another will be selected.
Good luck everybody! And let me know if you try any of our DIYs!
Update August 2, 2017: Congratulations Jasen H, Stephanie C and Vanessa L!
Panago provided the food and drinks for our party, but all opinions are my own.