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The al fresco pizza party you need to be throwing this summer

Nothing screams summer quite like an al fresco dinner party, especially one where the focal point is homemade pizza. It’s the perfect, laidback party food that, when done right, is a surefire way to wow your guests. So, we are officially unofficially declaring this summer the summer of the cheffy pizza. 

Now, you may be wondering what elevates a pizza from simply satisfying to chef’s kiss-worthy. That’s where our friends at Crate & Barrel come in. Long-time experts in entertaining, they’ve provided us with a comprehensive list of their fave kitchen tools and tableware finds that will totally up your pizza-making game—and maybe even make you say buh-bye to take-out pies for good.

You can even enter The Ultimate Pizza Party Sweepstakes for your chance to win over $2,500 worth of pizza party prizes, including $1,500 for your pizza party, one Ooni Koda 2 Max pizza oven and Crate & Barrel entertaining essentials. Head to https://www.crateandbarrel.com/evite-pizza-party-sweepstakes to enter until July 25, 2024!

And if you’re searching for the perfect summertime recipe worthy of your Ooni’s first firing, look no further than this salad pizza recipe from cookbook author and private chef Gaby Dalkin. Sungold tomatoes, soppressata and Little Gem Lettuce sit atop melty provolone and a perfectly crisped crust to create the most satisfying bite. As you eat slice after scrumptious slice, you’ll begin to wonder: Am I in my backyard or on the coast of Italy?

If you’re ready to try your hand at crafting pizza perfection, here’s everything you need to host the ultimate al fresco pizza party this summer.

Tablescape picks

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Marin White Melamine Plate

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A dinner plate with an artisanal feel that’s perfect for outdoor dining.

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Marin White Melamine Platter

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29.95

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To match your new plate set.

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Chilewich Easy Clean Placemat

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20.00

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An easy-to-clean option that doesn’t skimp on style.

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Bash Acrylic Beverage Dispenser

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The stress-free way to keep the drinks flowing.

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Bash Beverage Tub

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119.95

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Hand-hammered aluminum for a sleek-yet-relaxed feel.

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Tour Stemless Wine Glass

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11.95

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Shatterproof acrylic with a subtle taper.

Kitchen tools

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Ooni Koda 2 Max Pizza Oven

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998.95

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Reaches blazing temps so you can make restaurant-quality pies at home.

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Ooni Infrared Thermometer

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49.99

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Accurately reads your oven’s temp for perfect pizzas every time.

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Ooni Pizza Peel

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69.95

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Seamlessly move pies in and out of your oven.

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Rocker Cutter

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19.95

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Slice in style with this easy-to-use pizza cutter.

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Cast Iron Skillet

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64.95

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Make pizzas, cookie pies and sizzling entrées in this chef-favorite pan.

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Acacia End-Grain Cutting Board

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$69.95 - $79.95

A butcher block-style board that’s as versatile as it is good-looking.

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And just like that, you’re ready to fire up your Ooni oven and host the ultimate al fresco pizza party. Next step? Invite your guests! We love the sleek and elevated feel of this invitation for any backyard pizza bash. And when the day of your party comes around, keep the good vibes going strong with this Spotify playlist, curated by the one and only Gaby Dalkin.

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