Entertaining : Ideas For Hosting A Pizza Party With International Flair

Today I’m participating in our second blog hop of the holiday season, where 9 entertaining experts have collaborated to bring you inspiration for Thanksgiving & Fall Entertaining {see full list of participants & links at the bottom}. Since I am currently shooting some Thanksgiving posts for next week I decided I would share my suggestions for hosting the perfect Pizza Party! Originally designed for The Party Dress Fall e-zine, this gourmet pizza party has an international twist as reflected in the decor, the pizza flavors, and the desserts.

The scene is set with Autumn colors & patterns and travel related props. The menu represents 3 locations from around the world: Hawaiian pizza = USA, Italian pizza = Italy, & Mediterranean = Greece. You could make the pizzas yourself, have guests make them as part of the fun of the evening, or order from your favorite restaurant.

For this party design I used luggage tags as place card holders which also double as a favor for guests. Apple cider is served in flip top bottles and pizza is placed on the table family-style alleviating the need for a centerpiece. Themed labels for the pizza flavors were made using map graphics of each region. You can find my recipes for the Hawaiian pizza and Italian pizza previously posted; the Mediterranean was ordered from our favorite pizzeria and includes grilled chicken, spinach & artichokes on a white garlic sauce (yummm).

For an inviting dessert table I used small suitcases & mini globes for an interesting display. Once again the food reflects international tastes: French macarons, Italian tiramisu style dessert, and classic American {mini} pies. The pies are another great take-home favor since they are individually packaged.

Ideas to Remember:

  • Turn your pizza party into an international travel theme by incorporating different flavors from around the world.
  • Use fun props like mini globes & suitcases, maps, luggage tags, etc. to reinforce the theme.
  • Make pizzas ahead of time and pop in the oven as guests arrive, OR have them make the pizzas as part of the fun. Order your favorite flavor from a restaurant for even easier planning.
  • No need for a centerpiece when you serve the pizzas family-style.
  • Serve desserts from around the world: pastries from France, creamy delights from Italy, all-American pies from the US.
  • Send guests home with themed favors like a luggage tag or boxed mini pie.

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  1. says

    These are some of the best ideas serving pizza! How fun to walk in and see this on the table. Your entire presentation is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing all the information and the wonderful photos.

  2. says

    What a great idea for a casual party with friends. I just stumbled across your blog & have just spent the last half an hour enjoying myself reading through some old posts. I have just signed up as your latest follower & I look forward to popping back for some more inspiration!

  3. says

    What a beautiful party! I love the international theme you tied in, and the luggage tags are a fabulous idea too. I think one of the greatest things about a pizza party is that it’s so great for all ages. What a fun party to share with family and friends!

  4. Tammy G says

    Can you email me directions on how you made the pizza stands please? Love them! Wanting to do pizza party for classmate and her hubby.

    Greatly appreciated!



    • Chris says

      Hi Tammy,
      All I did was put a black dish on top of a wide candle stick & use Glue Dots to hold the dish in place.
      Easy Peasy :-)

  5. Amy from WW says

    Where did you get the glasses you used to hold your beverage? I love them and would love a couple!