Another Great Local Birthday Party Idea!

I’m back with another birthday party suggestion for you! We recently celebrated my son’s 3rd birthday party with a DIY pizza celebration at Reginelli’s Pizzeria. My kids’ birthdays are 6 weeks apart, and I didn’t have the energy for two big parties so close together. My youngest turned 1, so he got the bigger celebration this year. However, I still wanted to celebrate my 3-year-old, but with a smaller party. My goals for this party were: reasonably priced and very little prep needed from me. My son loves pizza and after a few Pinterest and Google searches, I decided a pizza party would be perfect for him.

I didn’t want to do the party at home and stumbled across pizza party offerings at Reginelli’s! I really enjoyed our experience and wanted to share it with other Moms looking for a fun and affordable party solution.

The Logistics

All locations offer the party option, but only the Clearview location has a private room. Party guests get to create their own pizza and eat their creation after it is baked. There is a per-child price for each pizza and a small fee for additional toppings. Child drinks are included free of charge. Parties have no time length and can be scheduled via their website or call the restaurant directly. Guests can bring in their own cake/desserts and décor, and they do work with a partner to provide a cake if needed. You can add additional food and drink options for adult guests and there is an attendant assigned to each party.

Our Party

We hosted our party at the Lakeview location and scheduling was very easy. I completed the event request form on their website and a manager contacted me the next day. They asked a few questions like how many guests I was anticipating, what date/time I was seeking, and if I had an idea of what I would like to order. We settled on a Saturday morning as soon as they opened at 11 am. I didn’t have a guest count or any ideas about menu options at the time. They were very flexible and said I could call back a few days before the party with the info. I wanted to keep our guest list small so we only invited a family totaling, 7 kids and 10 adults.

Invites – To give ourselves a little setup time we asked our guests to arrive at 11:15 am and sent out a text invite.

Décor – Since the party was at a pizzeria, we didn’t have to do too much for decor and I kept it super simple. I ordered pizza-shaped balloons from Amazon and had them added to balloon bouquets at Party City that I picked up the morning of. Reginelli’s provided coloring sheets/placemats for each child.

Cost – This will vary based on your options. Each child’s DIY pizza starts at $12 (I believe this price drops for larger guest counts) and there is a small fee for additional toppings. Kid drinks are free of charge. I paid the menu price for adult food and drinks.

Food and Drinks – For the adults, we ordered a variety of pizza, salad, and appetizers for the table and each guest ordered their own drinks. For the cake, we brought in a cake and cupcakes.

Favors – I ordered aprons and chef hats for each party guest and had their names ironed on. The kids had fun wearing them and were able to take them home for costume play.

Other details – They set us up in a corner of the restaurant that was more than enough space. One long table was set up for the kids, another table for the adults, and a smaller table for cake, favors, etc.

Pizza decorating – Once all the kids arrived, our attendant took each child’s topping order. They brought each child pizza dough, marinara, cheese, and their chosen toppings out and taught them how to prepare their pizza. Then they let the kids do as they please. They even included my 12-month old who had no clue what was going on and ate all of his toppings before they made it to the pizza dough. After the kids were done, the attendant took the pizzas to the oven to bake and then returned them to our table afterwards. The kids had a blast eating their own pizzas!

I highly recommend this as a unique and easy party option that can be fun for all ages. And if you choose the Lakeview location, I hope you get Brandon as your attendant. He was amazing and made our party a breeze!

 

Danielle is a native New Orleanian. She graduated from Ben Franklin and attended the University of New Orleans' undergraduate and graduate schools. She and her husband Abraham married in 2017 and welcomed their son Blaise in June of 2019. She balances motherhood with working full time as the Director of Finance and Operations at a local CMO. As a first time mom she is learning to embrace the chaos. Danielle’s current struggle is getting her little one to nap as well at home as he does at daycare and to utilize his sippy cup. This type-A mama can usually be found on the go with a to-do list and a plan. She enjoys gift giving, thrifting, watching tv and sewing. Additionally, she never turns down a happy hour or beach vacation. She is excited to experience New Orleans as a mom and is truly proud to call it home.

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