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GIRLS DINNER: Pizza Party!

Ampersand Design Studio

Well, hi everyone! Welcome to our very first installment of "Girls Dinner" — we've had so much fun bringing this little idea to life and have been just dying to share! We partnered up with our good friends, Laura & Tobe, to do a series of rotating dinner ideas to share with you all! Our whole goal is to give you some simple ways to make sure to get your girlfriends around a table together! After all, good friends are what it's all about, right?
Our first dinner is a make-your-own-pizza party. Really, it can't get much easier. Just ask each of your girlfriends to bring some toppings and then the assembly is all part of the party.
We made three pizzas and they were all super simple...and want to know a secret? Laura just picked up the dough at Trader Joe's, so that part is the easiest! (and it's really tasty, too) Here's what we made:
1 – tomato, fresh mozzarella and arugula with tomato sauce
2 – goat cheese, carmelized onions, pear, arugula and olive oil
3 – chicken, pesto and mozzarella

* all photos taken by eric linebarger

So, we wanted to make sure you all grab some girls and do your very own pizza party, so we have a few surprises for you! Over on Because it's Awesome, Tobe has put together a "get the look" for the table setting and on A Girl Who Makes, Laura came up with darling DIY Leftover Bag and she shares her step by step! Go on, check them out! And we actually have two little treats for you right after the JUMP! First up is a free printable invitation. Yes, free! Just click on the link below and you can either fill it out digitally or hand write in your info!

* above photo by Ampersand Design Studio            Pizza Party Invitation by Ampersand Design Studio

And, just in case you are feeling crafy, here is our DIY for the polka dot napkins! They are easy, easy, easy!

• napkins for as many guests as you'll be hosting (We got ours from Target for about $7 for four)
• fabric paint in colors of your choiceand a palette or little plates to squeeze the paint onto
• corks for stamping
Easy, peasy directions: • Wash and dry the napkins to remove sizing and iron as needed. Don't use fabric softener.
• Place cardboard or waxed paper under the napkin you're stamping to make sure it doesn't bleed through to the surface below. (Oops, we learned this one the hard way.) • Dip your corks in the paint colors and stamp away for the dot pattern of your choice. • Drying time depends on how thick the paint is. Our paint tubes said to allow 24 hours to dry and 72 hours to cure completely before washing. Full disclosure: we didn't wash ours before we used them and they worked just fine.
• To care for your painted napkins: use warm water on gentle cycle with a mild detergent and fabric softener (optional) in a warm rinse. Cold water may cause fabric paint to crack. Line dry. Do not dry clean. Do not use harsh detergents or bleach. • Enjoy your fun new napkins!
* all photos taken by eric linebarger