Event in a Box: Take N Bake Pizza Party


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Slice, Slice, Baby!

Give your neighbors something fun to look forward to at the end of the week with a free Take and Bake Pizza event. We’ve taken a large part of the guesswork out for you, and below you will find some free downloadable decorations, recipe cards, shopping list, supplies to purchase, ideas, and more.


Table Layout Idea

Here’s just an idea of how you can layout your table to help make the pizza building process an organized, enjoyable experience! It’s a great idea to have a volunteer or two at the end, helping wrap and box. It’s a great way to put a bow on the event, and you’re able to get some personal interaction with each person who comes through the line.

Free Graphic Printables

  • Cut-out Pizza Pendant Bunting (4x6) – Cut these pizza pendants out and fold the tops over baker’s twine or string, staple twice, and hang for bunting decoration on a table edge or wall. Print out as many as you need for the length of your table/wall.
  • Topping Labels (half page) – Frame signs and set up on spread, or use photo clips.
  • Recipe Cards (half page) – Hang these above your serving table on a wire/string with clothespins, or make multiples and laminate them for people to take with them through the line and reuse like a menu at a restaurant. Recipes include BBQ Chicken, Chicken Carbonara, Mediterranean, Hawaiian Tasty, Buffalo Chicken and Margherita.
  • Baking Cards (6-up) Directions|Blank – Print out pre-made baking cards and cut out. These will be placed on top of pre-made pizza before plastic wrapping and placing in box. The baking cards with directions included are for pre-made regular dough. If you make with pita, gluten free or another type of crust, the blanks cards are available for you to type out your own pizza baking directions. We’d definitely encourage a test run before printing out your baking cards, as everyone has different ovens and crusts.
  • Pizza Box Stickers – Print these stickers out on 2 inch circle Avery labels. These are editable so you can include your names and cares team contact information. Stick these on top of every pizza box so it goes home with them!
  • Blank Signs (full page) – If you find that you need to add some more info or signage to help your residents fully understand the process, or need signage just directing to where the event is, you can use these pizza themed signs! If you'd like to reuse the sign... print it, frame it, and use a dry erase marker on the frame!

Shopping List

  • Dough (You can get boxes of premade 8” frozen dough at places like Costco or Sam’s Club) – regular and gluten free.
  • Sauces:
    • Marinara
    • Alfredo
    • Butter garlic
    • Ranch
    • BBQ
    • Buffalo
    • Sriracha
    • Olive oil
  • Toppings:
    • Meats: pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, grilled chicken, chicken sausage, Canadian bacon, beef, meatballs, bacon crumbles
    • Cheese: mozzarella, shredded parmesan, ricotta, vegan cheese, cheddar
    • Veggies/fruits: grape/roma tomatoes, mushrooms, green/black olives, artichoke hearts, onions, green/red peppers, spinach, banana peppers, jalapenos, pineapple, corn, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions
    • Fresh finishes: minced garlic, salt, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, grated parmesan, chopped cilantro, feta

Ideas for Decoration & Supplies You Could Purchase

Pizza Boxes 8”: https://www.amazon.com/PACKAGING-WPPB8KWP-Plain-Pizza-B-Flute/dp/B00QLMJKIO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1497989572&sr=8-4&keywords=pizza+boxes

Round Cardboard Trays 8” (These need to be removed before placing pizza in the oven): https://www.amazon.com/Hobbyland-Boards-White-Circle-Round/dp/B06XY5GWFL/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1498161144&sr=8-12&keywords=round+cardboard+circles

Chalkboard paper to label the toppings on the table: https://www.amazon.com/Chalkboard-Paper-Table-Runner-American/dp/B011SFZB6S/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1498161561&sr=8-15&keywords=chalkboard+paper

Canva 101 | Our 3 favorite calendar templates

Canva has quite a few calendar templates to choose from... so just pick the one that vibes with your community the best! Here are three that we like. We picked these templates because they are stylish, simple, and require minimal customization. Which ones are your favorite?

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Find all the calendar templates here: canva.com/templates/calendars/

Here are our full Canva calendar & Canva event flyer tutorials and be sure to check out all of our Canva 101 posts in the "Canva 101" category. Happy designing!

Canva 101 | Calendars & Months & Dates... Oh My!

Found your perfect Canva calendar template... but the dates are for 2017? I hate when that happens.

But don't worry... just scroll down to find the dates that match what you need (note, it might be October) and change the name of the month. Voilà! October 2017 becomes January 2018 in a jif (not to be confused with a gif).

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Here are our full Canva calendar & Canva event flyer tutorials and be sure to check out all of our Canva 101 posts in the "Canva 101" category. Happy designing!

Canva 101 | Finding the FREE Photos

Canva has so many images to choose from! And they're either completely free or $1. To find the free images, follow these steps:

  • Once you've settled on a flyer or calendar design template, your screen will look like this:
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  • You'll see "search" in the top left corner. 
  • Search for the type of image you want (food, happy people, trees, cocktails, etc.)
  • The free images will have the white "free" label on them. ("Pro" images are only accessible if you have a paid Canva account. "$1" images cost one dollar.
  • Use away!

Here are our full Canva calendar & Canva event flyer tutorials and be sure to check out all of our Canva 101 posts in the "Canva 101" category. Happy designing!

Canva 101 | The 10 Minute Calendar

Hi there! I'm Christy and I am not a designer... I repeat... NOT a graphic designer.

And, I was still able to make this calendar in 10 minutes. Here's what I did in pictures (with descriptions under each photo/step). If you're wondering how I got "there," just check the menu bar on the left side and/or top... and look for the yellow dots!

Here are our full Canva calendar & Canva event flyer tutorials and be sure to check out all of our Canva 101 posts in the "Canva 101" category. Happy designing!

Canva 101 | Calendars... Did You Know?

  • There are SIX pages of calendar templates in Canva.
    • To find: Click on "Find Templates" and then "Calendar." Or, simply search "calendar" in the templates section.
  • Not all of the calendars are free... because of the images used in them.
  • To  find the totally free templates, choose one template and "edit this template." Then look on the left side of your screen... you'll see all the templates listed there as well. The free ones say "free" on them. Like this: 
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  • To use the template you want and make it free, find the image within the template that's not free and replace it with a free one.
  • You can upload the Apartment Life logo ONE time (it's saved on the cares team toolkit) and it'll stay there for you to use every time your heart desires.
  • You can download your calendar in pdf, jpg, or png formats.

Here are our full Canva calendar & Canva event flyer video tutorials, and be sure to check out all of our Canva 101 posts in the "Canva 101" category. Happy designing!