How to throw a DIY pizza party

If you’re looking for a fun, all-ages winter activity that won’t break the bank, try a do-it-yourself pizza party. For less than the price of takeaway, and a lot more fun, you can host an entertaining evening that ends in a delicious meal for all involved. Here’s what to do…


A DIY pizza party can be a great budget option for kids’ parties and grown up get togethers alike. If you’re hosting a child’s birthday bash, the shopping is on you. If you’re inviting friends, get everyone to bring a few ingredients to spread the cost.

For a kids’ party your shopping list should include:

  • Strong white bread flour
  • Dry yeast
  • Tinned tomato sauce
  • Medium to hard cheese, such as cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • Assorted meat toppings (pepperoni, sausage, etc)
  • Assorted veg toppings (mushrooms, olives, sweet corn)

For adult palates, add more fresh ingredients:

  • Strong white bread flour
  • Dry yeast
  • Fresh tomatoes (for sauce)
  • Hard cheese such as Manchego curado or Pecorino
  • Buffalo mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola
  • Soft goat cheese
  • Assorted meat toppings
  • Assorted veg toppings (shaved fennel, rocket, roasted red peppers, etc)
  • Fresh basil
  • Capers
  • Assorted olives
  • Anchovies
  • Prawns or mussels (cooked)


You’ll need to several pizza pans or flat baking trays at the read; two or three large mixing bowls for dough and space to spread out ingredients and assemble.

It’s a good idea to have the dough ready before your guests arrive. The following recipe from the BBC is for two large or four individual pizzas, so adjust the quantities to your guest list.


  • 600g strong white bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp dried yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • semolina (corn flour) for dusting
  1. Put the flour, yeast and 1 tsp salt into a large bowl. Stir in 500ml of slightly warm water and the oil. You should end up with a wettish dough that is rough and lumpy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover with a tea towel and if your kitchen is cool keep it out, but if it’s warm put it in the bottom of the fridge. Leave dough to rise for at least 6 hrs or until doubled in size.
  2. When ready to cook, bring the dough to room temperature. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Dust 2-4 baking sheets with semolina. Dust the work surface with flour, then divide the dough into 2 or 4 pieces. Knead each piece on the floured surface, incorporating enough flour to stop the dough being sticky.


Once your dough is ready and your guests arrive, sort them out into pairs or small groups to top their pizzas. Kids will a challenge; give prizes for the most creative pizza! Themed pizzas can be fun for grown-ups. Why not build pizzas that represent favourite movies, or songs?


Pizza is quick to bake; just enough time to serve salad and pour drinks. Simplify clean-up by using paper plates and plastic cups. Soft drinks for kids, wine for adults and everyone will be happy.

What’s your favourite pizza flavour? Share in the comments!

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