Pizza-making 4th birthday party for Dash

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Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Hey mamas! Today I get to share my older son Dashiell’s 4th birthday with you. This is the party that I swore was going to be low key, that *wasn’t* going to appear here on Cakelet, that was just going to be a simple pizza-making party for a few of his friends at our favorite family restaurant. Hmmmmmm. We all know how that turned out, don’t we? Fast forward to the day before the party when I’m making and canning homemade pizza sauce for favors. Once you get started it’s hard to stop!

We decided to have Dash’s birthday at our favorite (and his) pizza spot, Pitfire. We walk through our neighborhood to have dinner here almost every Saturday, and we knew it would be a fun and comfortable place to celebrate a family party. Plus, bonus, for the first time ever a birthday party NOT at our house. Hallelujah!

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pitfire hosts pizza-making parties for kids, which was totally perfect for Dash, who loves pizza like no other food. And perfect for me since I didn’t have to plan anything. Oh, except all of the decor which naturally took on a life of it’s own. I will never learn.

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

After Forrest’s fiesta 1st birthday, I’ve officially become obsessed with making piñatas. So for this party, there was only one option… a giant slice of pizza! I used the Oh Happy Day tutorial again, and made some fun geometric garlands following this DesignLoveFest tutorial. My guys even helped! Or maybe I should say “helped”?

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

For the table, I used a roll of kraft paper and everyone’s favorite IKEA tea towels, plus a few messy, bright floral arrangements set in San Marzano tomato cans. (I saved the cans from the pizza-sauce making project.)

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Each kiddo got a paper lunch sack stuffed with a hand-painted apron, pizza sauce, pizza dough recipe, jelly beans, and a matchbox car. For the name tags, I quickly watercolored different patterns (polka dots, gingham, and stripes) on card stock and wrote each child’s name using sharpie. Quick and dirty but it turned out cute!

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

There’s my little guy enjoying a cold beverage.

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Dash had the best time getting wild with his friends on the patio. Not sure Pitfire knew exactly what was coming!

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

That little girl on the right? Total photo-bomber! Everyone is friends at Pitfire.

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

For the pizza making class, they set us up at the marble bar in front of the pizza oven. I think our group was a teensy bit on the young side for this kind of activity, but all of the kids really got into it which was really cute.

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

They tagged each pizza and kid with a number and then delivered the pizzas out to our table for a big pizza feast.

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Which ultimately included jelly bean toppings. Note to self: Do not let the kids get into the favors *before* the party is over! I’m always learning in both the roles of mother and party-thrower.

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

We had a local bakery make a simple strawberry naked cake. First time ever I haven’t made this carrot cake for a birthday party. Another huge relief. It turns out you just don’t have to do it all!

Pizza-making 4th birthday party | Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Most importantly, Dash had a super fun day. And I didn’t have to do any clean up! Can’t recommend finding a local restaurant that you know well to host your kiddo’s party. Especially in the winter when you know your guests will most likely be inside.

Thanks for reading everyone!

xx, Kristina

Photos: Scott Clark Photo / Venue: Pitfire Pizza / Cake: Hotcakes Bakes / Decor: DIY

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Angelica Golden on Mar 4, 2014

How fun! I love Pitfire pizza!

Meridith on Mar 4, 2014

Such a great idea, I will have to keep this in mind! Great decorating ideas as well:)

Dara on Mar 4, 2014

It looks great Kristina! You're so creative! Dashiell looked so happy :)

Dawn Seymour on Mar 4, 2014

Love this, love that place and love to your handsome guy! I'm taking notes from you...again! xoxox

Birthday Party Planner on Mar 4, 2014

Hi I really liked the birthday party theme. It is really beautiful and eye catching. All the kids are looking so cute indeed.

Michelle on Mar 5, 2014

Adorable and so fun!

lisa on Jun 19, 2014

LOVE this idea Kristina! Dash is so so cute!!!

angel on Aug 16, 2014

i am 100% in love with this idea and how you executed it! absolutely everything! would you recommend this for 3 year olds? or think they'll be too young? also, what did the kids do while the pizza was cooking? thank you!!

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