Last week we had my younger son's 5th birthday party at California Pizza Kitchen. I didn't even know that CPK hosted birthday parties until I read this blog.
The party started at 10 a.m. when the restaurant was closed to the public. When we arrived, the birthday boy got his very own CPK chef's jacket.
As the other kids arrived, we gave them each a paper chef hat to decorate with stickers and markers.
At 10:15, the kids were taken on a tour of the kitchen facilities.
They saw the bread slicer, the dish washer, the pantry, and they got to go into the walk-in refrigerator. They even got to see some large flames in the kitchen!
Towards the end of the tour, the manager gave them a lesson on how to throw a pizza crust.
Then they each got to make their own pizza with whatever toppings they wanted.
While their pizzas cooked, the kids decorated aprons and pizza boxes.
In no time, their pizzas were ready.
We brought our own cake in.
For party favors, the kids kept their hats and aprons (ordered from Amazon.com), and we handed out these chocolate bars.
CPK also gave the kids a coupon for a free kid's meal during their next visit.
The party lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. For most of the party, the restaurant was closed to the public, so it was nice having the place to ourselves.
The price was right ($10/kid) and we liked having the party outside of our home. Sure makes for easy clean-up!