Dottie’s Cookie Party
Don’t those words just look like they go together?
Seems like Dottie should always have a cookie party, just because the words fit so nicely. All those iEeees!
Dottie’s birthday coincides with a pretty hectic holiday party season. Since I have lots of friends and family with holiday birthdays, I’m hyper-sensitive to making sure she gets her party on.
I think she was pretty happy.
Dottie’s cookie party was also a make your own pizza party.
(That ended up being the most fun part for the grown ups.)
Assembling your own food helps divert attention from food sensitivities and gives guests something to do when conversation slows.
The party was Tuesday night. Since the days I work in San Francisco find me out of the house until 8pm, I have to plan as much as I can ahead of time.
Make-your-own-pizza time was from 5:30-6:30pm.
Cookie decorating from 6:30-7:30.
(Bedtime could be stretched a little later.)
Make lists (to do and shopping)
Pick up non-perishables (drinks, napkins, paper plates)
Make cookie dough
Pick up drinks and perishables on the way home from work
Make pasta salad
I worked from home on Tuesday and was able to fit in a pre-work trip to the grocery store. I bought pizza dough from the grocery store (1.99 per ball of dough!), but you could also pick up pizza dough from your local pizza place (really! they sell it!).
After emptying a jar of marinara sauce into a bowl, I set out shredded mozzerella cheese, pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. I also had picked up arugula and fontina for the fancies, but no one really wanted the fancy stuff.
Pro-tip: People love a basic pizza bar! Unless they are fancies. Which my people are not.
Minutes before the guests arrived we assembled a big old green salad to round out the buffet. We were eating cookies for dessert so I put the water on for some decaf at the same time.
Guests arrived around 5:45. We opened each gift as soon as it came in the door — it made everyone happier. Each toddlers had their toys and each guest got to watch her open it. There were only five guests, but it worked for us.
We baked cheese pizzas earlier so they would be ready for the toddlers at party time. That way the toddlers had time for a dance party. Turns out the kids ate much faster than the grown ups so they had extra time to work on their cookies. And dance.
Stretching out our dough balls (heh),
spooning on the sauce,
sprinkling on the fixings,
making our own pizzas was something we all were strangely good at.
I bet you’re pretty good at making your own pizza too.
Then we decorated some cookies.