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A Summer Pizza Party Plus Menu

You know my motto when it comes to kids’ parties?

Feed the parents! 

We hosted a kids’ birthday party with a purr-fect cat theme, and well, cat food was not so appetizing. I did set out some Goldfish crackers, but aside from that strayed from the theme…

How do I plan a menu for a kids’ party? I do much the same as I do for a party with a mixed-age crowd. I believe strongly in preparing something special for the parents to enjoy. At parties, kids tend to play and not “sit to eat,” while parents deserve a moment’s rest and a good meal. That’s why my motto is “feed the parents.” 

Designing a Party Menu – Three Tips:

  1. Consider the time

The event was from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. That means dinner!

  1. Consider the crowd

The guests were equally split between kids (6- to 10-years old) and adults. We went with a home-made pizza party and prepared some hearty salads. For drinks, we made freshly-squeezed lemonade. The parents ate well. As predicted, the kids ate popcorn and fruit. And, of course, Goldfish crackers!

Sonia Checchia poses with her spread of party food.
  1. Consider the season

While pizza is a year-round favorite, the party was in early summer. The menu featured summery produce and lighter fare that works well on a hot day. Since we set the food table indoors, there was no need to be concerned about bugs or sun exposure.

A Summer Pizza Party Plus Menu

  • Three types of “Pizza al Taglio”
    • Pizza al Pomodoro (Just tomato)
    • Pizza alla Cipolla (Sauteed scallions)
    • Schiacchiata all’Uva (Grape & sugar)
  • Pizza Bianca, recipe from Serious Eats
  • Minty Bean Salad, recipe from My New Roots
  • Mozzarella & Tomato
  • Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, Spinach & Balsamic Reduction
  • Fruit
  • Pink Popcorn, which is stovetop-popped popcorn with salt and melted candy disks (pink, in this case)
  • World’s Best Chocolate Cake, with ganache and an espresso/cinnamon/mascarpone filling, recipe by Helen Goh & Yottam Ottolenghi
  • Lemon Yogurt Cake

For drinks, we served freshly-squeezed lemonade and various bubbly waters.

Which would you grab first?