Valentine Pizza Party
Valentine Pizza Party
Designed by Brenda Hyde
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Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show
children about love within a family. What
better way to do this than to create a special
family evening with fun food, treats and family activites
Be sure to take pictures, and invite Grandma and Grandma!
HEART SHAPED PIZZASPizza Dough:
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oil
plus oil for coating bowl
Dissolve yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water in a glass measuring cup or bowl. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Make well in the center of flour. Pour yeast mixture and oil into well. Stir in flour from the bowl with your hand or large spoon to make soft dough.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, 5-10 minutes, adding a little flour if needed to prevent sticking. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes after kneading. Note: If you don't have time for this recipe you can use package pizza dough, or breadstick dough can be pressed just like pizza dough. I also use the pizza dough recipe that came with my breadmaker, and add a tsp. of dried oregano for a great dough.
To make heart pizza base:
Pat dough out on one cookie sheet for thicker pizzas, or two sheets for thinner ones. Don't form a crust. Place the dough in a 400 degree oven for 8 minutes or so. You want to partially cook the dough. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Use a large heart shaped cookie cutter OR make a heart template out of cardboard and cut around it with a knife. Cut the hearts as close together as possible to get as many as you can. Note: Take the scraps and brush with butter mixed with garlic powder. Place in a pie plate and bake until brown. This will make garlic bread "scraps".
Finishing your pizzas:
I simply use our favorite tomato sauce or pizza sauce, plus toppings that are family likes. These are toppings I would suggest:
Let each person create their own pizza, or two if they are smaller. Spread the sauce first, then the toppings. Place back on cookie sheets and bake until the cheese is bubbly. The crust will not take long at all since it is partially cooked. You just want to bake the toppings.
Salad FixingsPizza is so filling that you can just add a nice salad to complete the meal. Use your extra pizza toppings and purchased Italian dressing to make a simple but delicious salad tossed with a cut up head of lettuce. You can even add a handful of mozzerella!
Chocolate Cherry DessertIngredients:
26 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
1/4 cup margarine
8 ounces (1 cup) sour cream
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 cup milk
21 ounce can cherry pie filling
Red candy or sugar sprinkles
In a mixing bowl, combine wafer crumbs with butter. Press into the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. In another mixing bowl; combine sour cream, pudding and milk. Beat on low for 1 1/2 minutes. Spread over crust. Spoon pie filling on top. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon up each serving onto a pretty plate; top with a spoonful of whipped topping and the red sprinkles.
AFTER DINNER ACTIVITIESI Love You...
Cut out a 4 or 5 inch heart using red or pink construction paper. Write each person's name who is attending your dinner on the back of a heart. After dinner hand out one heart to each person, at which time they must give two things they love about the person written on the back of the heart.
Freestyle ValentinesBefore hand have an adult or older children cut pink, red and white hearts out of construction paper in all sizes. Make sure the biggest is at least 8 inches or so and the smallest is one or two inches. After dinner is finished and the children have cleared the table for Mom (of course), place all of the hearts on the table. Provide glue, markers or crayons and extra paper. Everyone can make their own freestyle Valentines! One year we ended up with heart airplanes, catepillers and faces. These can be given to friends or relatives afterwards.