Tips for hosting a stylish no-cook pizza party |

You can still host a great get-together even if cooking isn’t your idea of a good time.  By ordering some gourmet pizzas you can save yourself from cooking and still please the crowd.  Here are some tips for hosting a stylish pizza party.


If you can find a place with wood burning or brick ovens order your pizza there.  Their pizzas will generally have a crispy, thin crust with lots of flavor.  Another option is to order from a pizza place that offers lots of different toppings so you can create your own flavor combinations.


A few of my favorite combinations are:

  • Goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomato
  • Portabella mushroom, sausage and spinach
  • White pizza (garlic and olive oil base) with fresh tomatoes and basil
  • White pizza with arugula, figs and goat cheese
  • Spinach, roasted red pepper, black olive and feta cheese
  • Pesto pizza with grilled chicken and fresh tomatoes
  • BBQ sauce base with grilled chicken, red onion, bacon and jack cheese


If you are ordering from a basic pizza place that doesn’t have an extensive topping selection, pick up a bunch of fresh basil and sprinkle chopped or torn basil over a traditional margarita pizza to add a dash of fresh flavor and bright color.


A few presentation ideas:  serve pizza on a wooden pizza peel, a large cutting board, or a plain cake stand.


To round out the meal, serve pizza with a simple salad with homemade vinaigrette (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, fresh basil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice).


Sliced tomatoes and fresh buffalo mozzarella drizzled with olive oil would be a good appetizer.


Dessert can be anything from tiramisu or gelato (for an Italian-inspired theme) to a seasonal fruit pie (to stick with the pizza “pie” theme).


Pick up a few menus on your way home tonight and invite some people over.  You don’t even need to turn on the oven!