Monday, August 8, 2011

Dinner Date Party + Pizza Making!

My roommate and I moved in to our cute new house a few months ago and we have yet to host a dinner party. So, this past weekend, we did just that.

The details:
2 roomie hostesses + 6 couples + 1 birthday girl
The menu:
DIY- Pizzas
Choose of toppings:

Sauce: White or Red
Toppings: sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, peppers, peperoncini's, crushed red pepper, fresh basil, diced onions.
Cheese: fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan. 

We started off the party with a fresh Caesar salad and veggie tray, and good conversation. A few of us hadn’t seen each other in a couple months so it was nice to catch up on life.

Then it was time for pizza’s! We found thin mats (similar to place mats) for each couple to make their pizza on. 

Each couple had a pizza crust, a mat and a little bit of flour. This is where the skills came out! 

Some pizzas were looking great, others a little iffy! It was hard to get the dough just right and shaped like circle. Lacy and Matt’s literally looked like the shape of America, see pics below.

This part was so fun! We brushed the dough with a little olive oil and garlic and then put it on the grill for about 3 minutes, took it off and came back in for the actual building of the pizza. Next we choose the sauce, meat and variety of toppings. Once we got it just the way we wanted, back to the grill it went. We let them cook about another 4 minutes depending on the size and toppings. All the pizzas were yummy and turned out great! This was our first time with this dinner idea so there were a couple mishaps, I’m not going to leave those out. First, my co-hostess Mer, and her BF were the ones who tried the dough on the grill first...all I heard was laughing... hysterical laughing! Apparently Mer was asking if it was done and the response was, “well it’s black.” So the first one we tried completely burnt to a crisp, I think the grill was on too high! Ekkkks! Live and learn right? And of course we bought just enough dough for each couple no extras just in case. We must have thought we were pro’s and there would be no need for a couple extras. Not the case, the closest grocery store we went for replacement dough. Once the heat was tuned down the dough cooked nicely. Second mishap, we just didn’t measure the amount of cheese and a couple toppings correctly. I mean one bag of cheese for 12 people? Half are boys?!?! I don’t think so. Back to the closest grocery store we went! We also had to pick up a couple more toppings seeing that some were favorites and were totally EMPTY. All in all the pizzas were a huge success. It engaged our guests in the cooking process, it was fun, and people were able to create their own masterpiece. The thought of the cleanup was dreadful, when the pizzas were being made and the flour was everywhere, I just knew this clean up would be interesting. ;) BUT, as soon as we were all done, all our lovely girls started an assembly line of cleanup mode! It was incredible and before I knew it, the kitchen was looking like normal and we were on to the next part of the night. Catch Phrase! If you have not played this game, you must! It is such a fun group game. We played guys vs. girls and it was hilarious, the competitive sides come out! The girls won of course, not without the boys insisting we cheated. They could not accept defeat. Haha. We sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed a giant yummy cookie with ice cream. Stuffed doesn’t even come close to describing how I felt.

The birthday girl loved the evening.
Pizza Party Date Night + Birthday = A+

Sunday was RELAX mode. B and I laid in bed for the majority of the morning and early afternoon and it was just what we needed. I love cuddling on Sunday. Later that day we enjoyed dinner with Mer and Bill at Z-Tejas and then headed to the Eric Church Concert. For those of you who didn’t know this, I am a HUGE, I mean HUGE country fan. B surprised me with these tickets about a month ago; Eric Church is one of my top favs. We had a great time, thank you B.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a fabulous idea! I might have to do this the next time I host a dinner party!

    Thank you so much for your comment!!


  2. the pizza looks different and even the shapes lol
    seems like choices for topping..
    wow..i am a great fond of Pizza and Italian food!

  3. What a fantastic idea!! You are so creative, I love it :)

  4. These pizza's look great! I nominated you for an award on my blog today...stop by and check it our if you have a min? Have a great week

  5. Just found your blog. You are so pretty! You live with your roommate and boyfriend? What is your job, you get to dress so cute for it!

  6. What a great idea!!
    I'm so trying this with my friends.
    Thanks for the idea :)

    Lots of Love,

  7. what a fun pizza night! it is always a great time making your own pizza, new follower :-)

  8. this looks like so much fun and something i've always wanted to try! love the nametags on the cups too!

    thanks for stopping by goodiesandbesties today!


  9. omg what a good idea! im totally going to have make your own pizza night at my new flat x

  10. what a cute idea! you're adorable :)

    thanks for stopping by my blog, definitely following yours now! xoxo nicole


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