I love entertaining friends. I love the idea of planning, getting set-up and surprising with the fun things we have to eat and experience. But I really like having easy, easy parties. So when I was asked to host a Ragu party, I wanted to go easy. While I first planned a spaghetti night, I was inspired by Ragu’s instructions for grilled pizza and hosted a Make Your Own Pizza Party.
It couldn’t have been easier. We invited our very good friends, Mike and Stacey and their family, to join us for a last hurrah of the summer. Appetizers included mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and prosciutto with a little Ragu for dipping.
I prepared for the party earlier in the afternoon by preparing the appetizer plate and grilling vegetables directly on the grill–a trick it took me most of the summer to make a talent. That bag of Sweet peppers in the back of the image, above, has been one of my favorite finds all summer–it’s a bag full of mini red, orange and yellow bell peppers, perfect for snacking and cutting up for parts of dinner.
We sipped wine while the kids played in the yard for a while and about 5 minutes before dinner I prepared the Boboli pizza dough by grilling it, lightly, face side up. We took the kids to the buffet where we had every favorite pizza topping you can imagine–pepperoni, sausage, hamburger meat, cheese and fresh vegetables from the local shops. Of course we used Ragu sauces– pizza sauce and a variety of pasta sauces were available.
The kids decorated their pizzas and were so proud of their product. Being kids, they really only had pepperoni, hamburger, sausage or just plain cheese pizzas. The adults were a bit more creative in our toppings, but by the time we were ready to grill the adult pizzas, I was finished taking pictures.
A Make Your Own Pizza Party is a fun way to entertain family friends, and here’s the big news, you can host your own party! I’m giving away a $300 gift card from Ragu to one of my fantastic readers!
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