At-Home Family Activity: Pizza Night + Slumber Party...
As I’ve been getting into the swing of spring, I remembered a bunch of you sent me questions and requests about the family pizza night I had posted a few weeks ago. Drew and I have made this a weekly tradition for a few months now and it’s a HUGE hit with the kids. I love that it’s hands-on and collaborative; the kids look forward to it every week.
A pizza party is one of my favorite ways to get my whole family in the kitchen. If you’re looking to try it out with your kids (or even just your sweetheart), here are a few tips and pointers to get you started.
Use Store-Bought or Homemade Pizza Dough—Either is Delicious!
We pick up our pizza dough from Harmons in Utah. It makes the prep super easy but with a yummy homemade taste—perfect for busy families.
(We haven’t made our own pizza dough from scratch yet, but I’d love for you to tag me in your favorite recipes on Instagram!)
Shop all these cute PJs in the carousels! Isla Rose's set is linked here and Bear's is linked here.
Gather Your Favorite Pizza Toppings
My kids love classic pepperoni and Drew and I love fancy stuff like basil and balsamic vinegar. (This balsamic glaze is so yummy, by the way; I use it on pizza, salad, and charcuterie boards all the time.)
Drew and I also love to make a Caprese salad for the side with tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, and pesto. (The basil pesto sauce from Harmon's is incredible!)
Bake Using a Pizza Stone. It’s a Gamechanger!
I use my pizza stone from Williams Sonoma and crank up my oven as high as it will go. Here’s the important part: make sure you put the stone in beforehand and let it heat up with the oven.
While this is going, roll out your pizza dough on a large pizza board and add all your ingredients, including sauce, cheese, and toppings.
Once your oven reaches temperature and the pizza stone is extra hot, use the pizza board to transfer the pizza onto the stone. This can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. My main advice is to be as quick, smooth, and level with your motion as possible.
Once the pizza is safely in the oven, you can bake it for about 4-5 minutes depending on the size and toppings.
Use a Pizza Cutter to Slice Your Pie
Once the pizza is done, I use the same pizza board to slide and pull the pizza back out of the oven. I then transfer the pizza onto a rack or my large circular cutting board to let it cool. One of my favorite tools is my Bialetti Pizza Chopper from Williams Sonoma: it’s this cutter tool that you rock back and forth to slice across a big pizza. (This makes a great addition to your own kitchen or a perfect gift for couples and families!)
My RP Home Serving Board is available in the link!
Once we've put together our pizza buffet and drinks, we’re ready for our weekly family sleepover. I have to admit this is how I bribe my kids to sleep in their own beds during the week... they love sleeping with Drew and me so I make it a special occasion for Fridays only. (On this night, we even filmed a cute promo for Netflix's #YesDayChallenge. Check out the full reel in the link!)
I love how this pizza night creates something for my family to look forward to every week. Making dinner encourages us to work together, relax, and wind down in a happy and comfortable atmosphere. I truly hope it creates some of their best memories of home.
Sending you best wishes for spring and summer! Let me know if you decide to try out a family pizza night (or something similar) on my Instagram. I also love collecting new ideas for setting traditions and trying out new projects with the kids, so please don't hesitate to share your favorites!
Family Pizza Night Essentials:
Your Favorite Pizza Toppings