Pizza Party Plan

You won't be defeated by last-minute details at your pizza party if you follow these timely tips.

If you plan on baking more than one pizza at a time, look for recipes with the same baking temperature.

Instead of serving only hot pizzas, offer a cold variety that can be made ahead.

Consider having some small Italian bread shells and assorted toppings for the kids. They can have fun making pizzas to suit their tastes, and you don't have to worry about them not liking the pizzas you've prepared.

For each pizza, chop and measure as many ingredients as you can the night before and refrigerate in small resealable plastic bags. Write the name of each pizza on a large resealable plastic bag and fill with the appropriate smaller bags. This not only saves you time, but also makes it easier for guests to jump in and help assemble pizzas on party day.

If a recipe instructs you to prebake the crust, do so the morning of the party. Store the cooled crust loosely covered at room temperature.

Two pizzas that bake at the same temperature can be put in the oven at the same time. Each pizza should be on its own shelf. Halfway through the baking time, rotate the pizzas, moving the pizza on the higher rack to the lower rack and vice versa. You may need to add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time.

While pizzas are baking, set out any cold pizzas and other food.