A timeless go-to option for effortless entertaining, pizza parties are synonymous with casual, lighthearted fun for all ages. Inviting guests to choose their favorite topping and design their own pizza is an easy way to set a relaxed mood and invite conversation - and a simple solution for catering to different appetites and diets. We've given the traditional pizza party a refined makeover by pairing classic red-and-white checkered linens with beautiful, durable dinnerware and accessories; authentic vintage pieces add a touch of warmth and character. Chef Bruce Hill of Northern California's Pizzeria Picco shares his tips and recipes for creating irresistible pies.
For this laid-back gathering, buffet-style serving is a natural choice. Set out enough plates, flatware and napkins to accommodate your guests, and consider wrapping napkins with a real olive branch for a special Mediterranean touch. Watch our video on entertaining with pizza for ideas on arranging our collections to best suit your gathering.
Decide on a specialty “house” pizza like Picco's Margherita, then choose additional toppings for guests who'd like to design their own pie. List the available pizzas and topping options on a chalkboard to let guests know what's available - and to add restaurant-style charm. Watch our Making Pizza video for tips from Bruce Hill on making Picco's Margherita, Cannondale and Specialized pies.
Keep the drink menu simple by offering a single great red wine - try Tejada Tempranillo, from our designer Celia Tejada's family-owned ranch and vineyard in Lake County, California - and serve it in a beautiful decanter to aerate the wine and fully bring out its flavor. Pair the wine decanters with an assortment of high-quality wine glasses to allow guests to serve themselves.
Once you've decided which toppings you'd like to include, arrange them in bowls like our Campagna ceramics. A high-quality salami or other charcuterie makes a great topping for meat-eaters - or a simple, casual appetizer - and veggies and pesto make great options for vegetarian guests. Purchase several blocks of real Parmesano Reggiano from your local market to ensure the best possible flavor - each fresh block comes directly from the Italian provinces known for their high-quality cheese. You can also try Costco for great deals on this cheese, and for fresh Buffalo Mozzarella flown in daily from Italy.
Prepare your own pizza dough, or pick up pre-made dough from your favorite local pizzeria to save time. Once the pizzas are prepared, bake them on a ceramic pizza stone to achieve the same crusty, delicious texture as pizzas prepared in a commercial brick oven. A hearty salad like Picco's Rocket Man Salad paired with McEvoy Ranch olive oil and a little sea salt makes a great side dish to any pizza variety, and can also be served right on top of the pie.
Bring a Tuscan feel to your party by choosing dinnerware and accessories that capture the region’s artisanal spirit. Our colorful Campagna ceramics are designed, formed, painted and glazed by Italian potters. Carefully decorated with words and images from the Mediterranean’s culinary vocabulary, this versatile assortment of pieces sized for serving and dining makes a buffet-style dinner simple and stylish.
No pizza party is complete without grated Parmesano Reggiano, freshly picked oregano and crushed garlic for sprinkling on top – plus olive oil and vinegar for breads and salads. Our handcrafted earthenware Rhodes Accessories give these key ingredients the special presentation they deserve, and the ice bucket beautifully displays and chills a bottle of water. Classic red-and-white Pizza Check Napkins keep the look casual and traditional.
Space-saving and versatile pieces like our Vintage Wood Collection make it easy to arrange all your essentials across a single tabletop or buffet – and since they’re hand carved of sustainable mango wood, they’re a naturally beautiful addition too. Display meats, cheeses or even flatware on the turned-leg pedestals. The Lazy Susan keeps toppings and accessories easily within reach.
Arrange our Found Pizza Boards and Paddles around the room for the authentic feel of an old-fashioned restaurant. Originally used for preparing traditional German pizzas over 20 years ago, each hardwood board makes a unique vintage statement. Watch our video with collector Stacy Borocz to learn the story behind these pieces.