It’s Halloween in suburbia, and that means it’s time for our annual Halloween Par-tay!
When it comes to planning the annual bash it is both the simplest and the most complicated party to throw each year. Easy because I have it outside, refuse to let people in the house (read, I do not clean before the party), and because it’s potluck so I am not in charge of all food prep. Complicated because… well, when you invite 40+ friends nothing is easy!
My contribution to this year’s festivities – pizza. But I didn’t just order pizza, nay I got ambitious and decided I would make homemade pizza, yes for 40+ people. But I knew I couldn’t spend all day in the kitchen, I had party setup, goodie bags to put together and kids to get in their costumes. My solution — Flatout Thin Crust Flatbread. Why? Because according to the package, I could cook a pizza in less than 10 minutes. That sounded about right, so I put it to the test. I mean I really put it to the test.
Day of the party.
I spent the morning putting together deserts and goodie bags with my four year old. When the baby woke up, it was time to head to the store to purchase pizza toppings (way to leave it to the last minute, mom). We came home, I fed the kids and got them down for naps. Then it was time to set up for the party. After the girls got up from their naps, I got them dressed and then it was time to cook.
Thirty minutes till party time.
I strategically spread out my pizza ingredients ready to become a pizza-making fool. The goal – 18 pizzas. HA!
Filling four cookie trays with three Flatout pizzas each, I set to work as a one-mom-pizza-making machine. (Did I mention my hubs was stuck in traffic, so I was on my own.)
I prepped the Flatout pizza crusts with a quick toast in the oven (4 mins per tray at 350) and slopped on the ingredients. Emphasis on slopped on because by now people were arriving and a mini panic began set in…
But I did it. Pizzas prepped, check!
Feeling calmer about dinner, I joined my guests to admire our gang of costumed kiddos. We had pirates and princesses, super heroes and villains, butterflies and flowers, fairies, ballerinas and more. It’s so much fun to watch our group of kids grow up together and see what they choose to dress up as from year to year.
Then it was time for dinner. I excused myself to the kitchen, and it was back to work. In went the prepped pizzas (about 5 minutes each). As they came out, I served them up fresh and hot. By the time the next batch came out of the oven, partygoers had already devoured the first batch. In and out, in and out.
In the end I made 17 pizzas with various toppings all served hot and fresh. It was beautiful.
Here comes the very best part, ready for it…
The pizzas were a hit! Everyone was impressed with my mad pizza making skills (even me) and they were delish. They were so good in fact, that one dad requested an empty bag so he could find Flatout Thin Crust Flatbread in the store. He also took home leftovers. (In case you don’t know, that never happens when I cook!) I felt pretty good.
BTW – My “secret” ingredient is Winn Dixie brand pizza sauce.
It was a great party. I am already looking forward to next year.
Disclosure – This post is brought to you by Flatout and TheMotherhood, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.