Is there anything better than a wood-fired pizza party? You get to show off your pizza cooking skills, enjoy fantastic music, socialise with those closest to you, and above all, enjoy delicious crispy pizzas that only a specialised pizza oven can provide. It will appeal to your friends too as a pizza party offer something different to the same old barbecue parties people throw each year.

If you are planning on inviting some friends over for a wood-fired pizza party, there are a few things you need to consider when it comes to making preparations. After all, you want to make sure your guests have a great time and enjoy perfectly cooked pizza!

Get Decent Wood

You will not get very far if you do not have any wood to burn in your pizza oven. Plus, you want to make sure you get good quality wood that burns safer and longer while also adding to the scrumptious smokey flavours a traditional pizza should provide. Traditionally, authentic Italian pizzerias use kiln-dried oak firewood. However, if you cannot get your hands on that, any hardwood such as ash, sycamore, or birch will do the trick. Softwoods do not burn as long as hardwoods and are not as clean. 

Think About Toppings That Suit Your Guests

Not everybody likes the same toppings, so it is important to plan the different toppings you will use ahead of time. Consider the tastes of all your guests. Pizza is a very versatile dish, so this allows you to get as creative as you like.

Especially consider the dietary requirements of your guests. Some may prefer vegan toppings. Also, if kids are likely to attend, make sure you go for some classic pizzas such as margarita, pepperoni, and Hawaiian. As for the adults, why not consider gourmet recipes such as the popular Charcuterie pizza or the delicious Wild Mushroom with Truffle Oil pizza? 

Prepare Your Pizza Toppings for the Big Cook

The most time-consuming part of cooking a pizza is the preparation. It literally takes minutes for a tasty pizza to cook in a wood-fired pizza oven. However, chopping all the toppings can take a lot of time unless you’re one of those master chefs with ninja-like knife skills. Prepare all the toppings well before your guest’s arrival and keep them in separate containers.

Not just the toppings either. You should prepare your pizza dough the night before. Then, with both already prepared, on the day you just have to think about cooking the best pizza your guests have ever tasted.

Think About Timing – In Which Order Will the Pizzas Come Out 

Often, you will bake your pizzas on a first-come first served basis. It makes sense that those that arrive first should be at the top of the list. However, as the guests really roll in, make a conscious decision of who eats before who. If there are lots of kids, you really want to get them fed and out of the way first. Seniors also should not have to sit and wait around too long. Your beer buddies can wait till last!

Make Sure You Have All the Correct Cutlery and Dishes

This is something else you should plan in advance. Depending on how many guests you’re expecting for your pizza party, you might need a hefty number of plates, dishes, and cutlery. You will need serving plates to display your many sliced pizzas. Then you need smaller plates for your guests to use as they pick up the slices to eat. Most people eat pizza with their hands but it is best to have some cutlery on hand either way, especially if you are serving some side dishes such as salads or desserts such as ice cream. 

Get Cooking!

With everything now in place, you are ready to start cooking. You have nothing else to distract you as you have prepared everything in advance. You can now put all your focus on cooking up a treat for the guests lucky enough to receive an invitation. Plus, don’t forget to supply plenty of refreshments or perhaps ask your guests to bring some with them.