Everyone loves pizza! In this short video, we show how to put together a cute pizza themed party featuring a giant pizza cookie, felt pizza bunting, and mini pizza piñatas for party favors!
Welcome to our second installment of Party Starters! For this party, all the food, decor, and favors were modeled after everyone’s favorite food: pizza! The whole video (it’s only 4 minutes long!) can be found here. It shows how to make each DIY and showcases the whole party set up. We’ll be linking to each individual project below and sharing some back stories so keep reading!
This was the first party we shot and because of that, there is a real lack of photos to share! We promised behind-the-scenes shots into every party but the reality was that the first day got off to a bit of a slow start! We weren’t totally sure how the whole set up was going to go or what the production team had in mind so it took a little while to get ready. By the time this party was done we felt the need to rush into the next one so we could finish them both in the same day.
Malissa’s husband Greg was supposed to be nabbing the shots as we filmed and helping to get the finals but he didn’t do a very good job. haha! Just teasing Greg–we appreciate all the help you gave us and we know there were many reasons why you couldn’t be up there photographing all day :D
But being the first party, there was definitely a learning curve for this one, so we were all glad we got the easiest party out of the way! And I was extra glad that we chose to do the easier parties this day because I was completely exhausted! We talked a little bit about why it was all so tiring in our Donut Party post the other day but there was a whole other story/disaster/nightmare that happened the night before this first day of shooting.
Basically, at about 12:30 am, I was heading to bed (and feeling pretty happy about this timeline as we’re usually up very late the night before a big party or deadline) when I realized my tub was starting to fill with water. We had a drip in that faucet for the last 4 days and had tried to get it fixed right away but it was too complex for our original handyman. I wasn’t necessarily worried about the drip in itself but unfortunately there was also a problem with our pipes.
Tree roots had been growing up them! For who knows how many years! And, due to the worst luck of all time, the problem just had to culminate on the worst possible night ever. Because of how our plumbing is (maybe everyone’s is this way?) no other drains work if one is clogged. So no showers would drain (and in fact the showers started to bubble up), and no toilets would flush. This at 1 am on the night before people were needing to wake up very early to shower (two of us for being on camera all day!), and over a dozen people would be working an exhausting 10 hour day and need bathrooms! Are you kidding me?!
Long story short-we couldn’t get a plumber who could fix it at that hour, we had to turn off all the water, and I had to relocate my daughter out of her room. I finally crawled into bed around 3:30 and woke up 2 hours later for one of the longest, hottest, and most tiring days of my life! The whole day, no one could use bathrooms, we were carting water over in jugs from my parents house to wash dishes, the house smelled really bad, and plumbers were sawing into walls to get to the pipes in the background in addition to needing my attention and guidance in order to fix the issue!
It was truly the worst possible thing I could ever imagine happening on that night. I was a tired I had never experienced before that morning and to be honest, it was really REALLY hard to work up the energy and positivity I needed for this shoot. BUT! Hopefully that doesn’t show in the video. We threw every little thing we had into shooting and I was just so thankful at the end of the day that the issue was resolved and I got a few more hours sleep the next night.
Let’s move on to happier subjects! Like this GIANT pizza sugar cookie! This was one of those recipes that was just so fun to brainstorm and perfect. I’ve seen plenty of sugar cookie “pizzas” in my life but they usually have whipped cream and fruit toppings; they don’t resemble an actual pizza! We decided it would be a perfect dessert for a pizza theme and were so happy with how it turned out, isn’t it cute?! We used licorice wheels for pepperoni, bubble tape gum for Canadian bacon, sliced black licorice for olives, cut air heads for peppers, and yellow square pieces of bubble gum for pineapple! Don’t be intimidated by the royal icing–Wilton sells pre-made packages that are a breeze to whip up and put on!
For our DIY decoration, we went with a fun felt pizza bunting! Because pizza slices are the same shape as traditional bunting, we knew this would be perfect! You can customize these to have all your favorite toppings and use this decoration again and again. Make one with us by following the simple steps and grabbing the free template here.
Mini piñatas will always be one of my all-time favorite favors ever! They’re so personal, fun for everyone, and when you follow our directions, they can be used over and over! We filled ours with candy and tiny toys, but the possibilities are endless! Another simple DIY that can be found right here!