What could be better than playing with your food? How about decorating it first? Budding chefs and the sweet obsessed—which is pretty much every kid we know—can bring friends along to make edible creations before blowing out the candles at these create-and-eat birthday party spots. An added perk for parents: cleanup is included!

California Pizza Kitchen

For little sous chefs who love to get hands-on in the kitchen, a pizza party at California Pizza Kitchen in Bellevue is the perfect option. The birthday kiddo and up to 25 of his or her closest friends will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant from General Manager Hal Reynolds (bet you didn’t know the restaurant used to be a bank?) along with a tour of the kitchen, pizza tossing lessons and the opportunity to make their own pies using a variety of kid-favorite toppings like cheese, pepperoni and olives as well as some unique ones too (think broccolini, corn and grilled chicken). Since Reynolds knows kids (he has twins of his own), he will make sure everyone in your party is entertained from start to finish. From decorating chef hats, to learning how to toss a pie, to personalizing pizza to-go boxes, Reynolds will keep your party going, so you can sit back and enjoy yourself. At the end of the experience, all partygoers will become certified CPKids Pizza Chefs and will not only take home the leftover fruit of their labor, but a free CPKids Meal Certificate to use on their next visit. As an added bonus, Reynolds will serve up complimentary samples to all of the adults in your party and will throw in print invitations and thank you cards. Now, that's amore!

Good to Know: For an extra fee, you can order CPKids aprons for everyone to wear and take home as a party favor. Don’t want to bring in a birthday cake? CPK will provide sundaes with Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream, triple-thick hot fudge, fresh whipped cream, rainbow chocolate chips and a cherry. Just make sure to tell them when you book your reservation.

595 106th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-454-2545
Online: cpk.com

photo: Kristina Moy

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— Sara Billups & Kristina Moy