Pizza night at home may be something you do as a family, whether it’s once a week or once a month, but we hope it’s something that you do indulge in. With these tips on how to make it family night and some ideas on the proper tools to make it easy, homemade pizza night will be something you’ll all want to repeat. And remember, you always need more cheese than you think.

A person helping a child spread tomato sauce on a homemade pizza. : Marina Andrejchenko

Looking for a delish diversion to do with the fam-jam? Setting up pizza night at home doesn’t take much effort seeing as you’re able to delegate some of the work, which is a stealthy benefit of the whole family time thing. Teens can set up playlists, young kids can wash veggies and set the table, which may even give you time to try your hand at making our homemade pizza dough recipe  and tomato sauce—it’s easier than you think!

We’ve got lots of suggestions for you, natch. Recipes, tools, and a few fun ideas for the pizza party afterparty. Don’t be a weirdough! Get ready for the cheesy delight of family pizza night. And some extra-tasty puns because we know what you like.

How everyone can personalize their pizzas

A great idea, especially when you have kiddos participating in the party, is personal-size pizzas or customized slices. Either way, kids get to decide what they want and will maybe even try something new.

For personal-size pizzas, simply shape the dough into smaller portions and keep a careful watch as the pies may take a minute or three less time in the oven. For personalized slices, here’s how to make it easy: Roll out enough dough for a full pie, cover with sauce and a little cheese, bake until the cheese just starts to melt—this will give you a great base with a bit of solidity. Remove from the oven, slice, distribute on parchment sheets, and let everyone go bonkers with toppings. Slide those slices back into the oven and—presto! A pizza that contains multitudes.

Either way, you can set up a topping station with everything you desire; fill ramekins or a muffin tin with all those delicious bits. Consider this a no-pressure sitch for kids to experiment with pizza toppings they might otherwise resist trying. And, come on…you can try something new, too. Barbeque sauce on pizza? Sure. Shredded chicken pizza? Why not? And this might be the night you realize how awesome capers are.

About Jenny Latreille

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Jenny was always curious about the food that wasn’t available in her small hometown. As the city expanded, so did her desire to taste everything and learn all she could about cultures around the world. 40-something years later, she’s amassed an enormous collection of spices and recipes for making many regional cuisines. This hunger for cultural knowledge also led to an education in literature and linguistics, with a Master’s Degree in Globalization and Culture. She lives in an indoor urban jungle with a pack of cats known as The Adorables.

Hungry For More?

Our 2022 Portuguese Gift Basket

This year’s gift basket is filled with sausages, cheese, salt cod, pastes, snacks, and sweets. Plus my Taste of Portugal spice blend. Happy holidays!

A Taste of Portugal–My New Spice Blend

Taste of Portugal, our first spice blend, is bursting with the flavors I grew up with: smoked paprika, garlic, citrus, bay leaf, piri piri chiles, coriander, red wine, and more.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


    1. Thank you for catching that, SZ! You were totally right, we had the Karu oven pictured instead of the Koda.