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Arthur Birthday Party: Portrait Pizzas

Encourage your kid to play with their food! This portrait pizzas are a great alternative to delivery.



  • english muffin halves (one for each guest sandwich size is best)
  • variety of pizza toppings
  • spaghetti sauce
  • shredded cheese (you can get a prepared "pizza blend" in most stores)
  • knife and cutting board (for adult use only)
  • large plate or platter
  • serving bowls/spoons/forks
  • paper or plastic plates
  • cookie sheet
  • spatula


  1. Arrange muffin halves on a plate or platter. Put the platter on your party table.
  2. Prep all the toppings by cutting them into different shapes and sorting them into several different bowls. Lay bowls out on your table with serving spoons or forks in each. (All cutting and prep should be done by an adult only.)
  3. Pour the sauce and cheese into separate bowls. Insert spoons in each and lay them on your party table.
  4. During the party, give each guest half an english muffin on a plate.
  5. Starting with sauce and cheese (or just cheese if someone prefers "white" pizza), let each guest create their own pizza face using the toppings you've provided. (Make sure they use the utensils you've provided, too!)
  6. Here's a tip to share: use cheese as "glue" to make multiple toppings stick together.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Collect the portraits as they are completed and lay them out on a cookie sheet. (To help keep track of which portrait belongs to which artist, jot down kids' names in the order in which their pizza faces are arranged on the cookie sheet.)
  9. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. (Oven should be operated by an adult only.)
  10. Let them cool on the pan for a bit before giving pizzas back to their owners for eating.


Note: We used pepperoni, green olives, mushrooms, and broccoli florets. It's a good idea to check with your guests' parents regarding any possible food allergies prior to deciding on a party menu.
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