Dinner Party

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.

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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

Pizza & Pints Party

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Here's a pizza and pints flyer by request—and we are loving the alliteration of the event name! I'm sure we can all agree on one thing — a pizza party is never a bad idea. We hope you have a great turn out!

For more information on events with alcohol, please see our policy manual.


To learn more about being a CARES Team, or to refer a friend and receive up to a $200 referral bonus, check out our website.

Crawfish Boil Flyer

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Planning on throwing an awesome crawfish boil for your apartment community? Well, we've got the perfect flyer for you - requested from one of our awesome CARES Teams! Hand these out to your neighbors and enjoy some mudbugs.


To learn more about being a CARES Team, or to refer a friend and receive up to a $200 referral bonus, check out our website.

BBQ Flyer

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Planning a Barbecue Party this spring or summer? We've created a generic flyer just for the occasion by request. We hope you all have fun grilling out with your neighbors!


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To learn more about being a CARES Team, or to refer a friend and receive up to a $200 referral bonus, check out our website.

Independence Day Flyer

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Planning for an awesome 4th of July Party? This flyer has a fun, vintage take on the stars and stripes with plenty of space to include all your party details!


To learn more about being a CARES Team, or to refer a friend and receive up to a $200 referral bonus, check out our website.

Kentucky Derby Garden Party

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This party is the perfect excuse to talk in that charming southern accent of yours that you practice in the mirror every morning. And also, so you can buy one of those big, obnoxious hats (or maybe just pull it out of your closet). Serve your neighbors mint juleps, dainty snacks, and entertain them with some themed-out games. Your community will have lots of fun with this unique party idea, and we're sure you'll have fun planning it, too! And as a reminder to our CARES Teams - Refer to the alcohol policy on the CARES Team toolkit (under General – Apartment Life Policies – CT Policy Guide), and sync with your Program Director if you have questions.


To learn more about being a CARES Team, or to refer a friend and receive up to a $200 referral bonus, check out our website.

Pizza Party

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Pizza parties. They're simple, easy, and a fan favorite. Here's a flyer... happy eating!


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND and be eligible for our referral bonus up to $200.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick info form and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife) – and use the hashtag #CARESteam.

CARES Team Request: Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday

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We asked our CARES Teams what event flyers they would like, and Taco Tuesday was one of them! In addition to this editable flyer, we've got a Pinterest board with plenty of ideas. This year (2015), Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday, so this event would be a perfect way to celebrate!

We would love it if you would share your own tips in the comments below if you have hosted an event like this.


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND and be eligible for our referral bonus up to $200.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick info form and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife) – and use the hashtag #CARESteam.

Event Flyers Galore

Have you checked out the free, editable event flyers on our blog lately?

We've decided to put all the event flyers from each blog post onto a Pinterest  board, Event Flyers Galore, so they can all be viewed in a "list" format. Based on CARES Team feedback, some of our teams wanted a list of event ideas, so our newest Pinterest  board will function as just that. Each flyer will link back to its blog post with more details and the downloadable version.

Cool, huh? We think so, at least.

Here's the link. Check it out, pin, and share!

Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick application and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife).

Event Feature: Big Budget Luau

Event budgets of our teams range from teeny-tiny to large-and-in-charge and include everything in between. Regardless of budget, you can still host high quality events that foster deep connection and a create a great time for everybody! This event is specifically for those teams that have a budget toward the larger end of the event-budget-spectrum and are looking to spend some money! John & Lindsey are one of our CARES Teams in Charleston, SC, and they hosted a Luau last month complete with a fire performer. The fire was a huge hit and really helped to bring the whole theme together. They pulled out all the stops! This guy lit five different things on fire and did 15-minute performances two to three times throughout the event. What a bright addition to their Luau!

This is a unique and entertaining way to bring people together and add some "oomph" to your events. The company John & Lindsey used was Liquid Fire Entertainment. If you're in the Charleston area and looking to use them, they come highly recommended!


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick application and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife).

A Huge Miniature Dinner Party

It's kind of all the rage at weddings and parties these days... the little things: details, sentimental things, finishing touches, and miniature food and drinks. I'm not sure what makes these little things so fun, but just about everyone loves mini-stuff! Maybe because it's adorable... maybe because it's easy to devour in one bite... maybe because it shows people what you truly value... whatever the reason, it's fun! Here are some idea starters to get your brain wrapped around throwing a huge miniature dinner party:

  • Miniature food! Our pinterest board for this event is packed with ideas and recipes to get you started. We would love for you to share with us the ideas for mini food you come up with on instagram by tagging us (@aptlife)!
  • Adorable mini drinks: tea in miniature mason jars, mini champagne flutes, mini beer mugs, miniature milk shakes, mini cocktails, mini soda...the list is, quite possibly, endless.
  • Mini decorations. Again, mason jars are a great way to incorporate mini things. You can find them tiny, too! Put sand/candles in them for a beach theme, or pack them full of baby's breath (a miniature flower), or hang them around your community's outdoor space for some added style.
  • Is there a restaurant or shop in your area that specializes in mini stuff? Call them up and invite them to cater your event, partner with you, hand out free samples, or provide guests with a drink menu if they specialize in specialty-mini-drinks.

We would love to see your mini party on Instagram... so don't forget to tag us (@aptlife).

Enjoy the little things!


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick application and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife).