Confession time. I totally failed at birthdays this year. As of a few days ago my 6 year old still had his piñata sitting around from his January birthday and my 9 year old was still waiting for the pizza party I promised him in July.
In my defense, I was pregnant in January and we were traveling in July.
Weak excuses though. Moms are supposed to be able to do it all, right? And my kids have been reminding me of that for months. We finally made up for my shortcomings with a little help from Flatout flatbread last night and I’m using all the brownie points I earned with my kids to get them to clean their rooms today. Win-win.
Flatout is introducing their brand new Thin Crust Flatbreads Artisan Pizza line exclusively at Walmart and they are packed full of flavor and perfect for busy moms who need a quick dinner solution. If you like something with a bit of kick, the Spicy Italian with crushed red pepper baked right in it is fantastic!
My oldest son makes it fairly easy to plan birthday parties. He lays out exactly what he wants to do every year and this year he wanted to have a make-your-own-pizza party. Sounds simple right? Except that I have been so overwhelmed with caring for a newborn for the first time in 5 years and catching up on all the things that didn’t get done while I was on bedrest that I just couldn’t manage to make my super easy pizza crust recipe for a party.
I was complicating things. Flatout’s new line of artisan pizza flatbreads simplified it and the chance to try them out gave me the push I needed to throw together a party.
First step – decorations. I have to tell you, we are not overly crafty around here. Most projects are well beyond our ability but we wanted a festive atmosphere. We found a fun idea on Pinterest that turns regular construction paper into really fun homemade streamers and it was simple enough that my 4 year old even jumped in and help. Some simple glass containers made a perfect choice for displaying all the pizza toppings we were going to use and since we’re moving into Fall we stocked up on some cute miniature pumpkins to lay out on the table.
Next we had to tackle food. We wandered the aisles in Walmart searching for anything that could possibly be a pizza topping. We came up with:
- green peppers
- feta cheese
- pine nuts
- artichoke hearts
- canadian bacon
Then it was party time! I get overwhelmed when it comes to cooking for a crowd but if you are going to do it, this was the easiest way to go. There was a small amount of prep involved — I had to chop veggies and cook sausage — but since everyone was making their own pizzas most of the actual prep work could be done once people arrived. I LOVED that I didn’t have to mess with cleaning up the dinner mess before everyone showed up because they were the ones making the mess. So easy!
We just set everything out and let everyone create their own pizza buffet style. The Flatout pizzas were a huge hit but we did learn that you have to go easy on the sauce. Because they are so thin, using too much sauce will make your pizzas floppy. Once we figured that out we had some great pizza creations.
My Top Pizza Creation
My oldest son and I have a favorite pizza recipe and we were dying to tweak it a bit and try it out on the Flatout bread. It was delicious. Here’s what we did:
Top a Spicy Italian Flatout flatbread with a thin layer of pesto sauce. Cover with freshly grated mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle your pizza with shredded chicken, toasted pine nuts, chopped artichokes, diced green peppers, and feta cheese.
Cook the Flatout pizza for 4-6 minutes or until it is crispy.
Trust me. Try it and you will thank me.
Having a make-your-own-pizza party with Flatout flatbread was so easy. We’ll definitely be keeping that little trick up our sleeve for future parties and then maybe we won’t have to celebrate birthdays two months late.
. . . And maybe next time I’ll have the right candles on hand. I swear he isn’t 81. We went for 8 + 1 for his 9th birthday . . .or 9 year old 2 month birthday as it turned into. At least he has a sense of humor.
Keep an eye out for a great giveaway coming up next week from Flatout and Walmart!
Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign through The Motherhood and Flatout