Party! Pizza Party! Parkers Bros. Slice of Life Board Game

It seems strange now, being an adult, that two simple words ? when used together ? combined to astound us to fits of awesomeness as kids. Those words were: Pizza Party.

Whether a family gathering, a birthday celebration, a classroom reward or whathaveyou, pizza parties were the paramount where food and social function met. (Mr. Charles “Chuck” E. Cheese can attest to this.) So it’s no wonder it was not long before the siblings at Parker Brothers got hip to this phenomenon and created a board game in an attempt to… roll in the dough.

“Pizza Party” was a simple game that played kinda like Memory. There were four game board sections (that could fit together ala pizza pie slices) that made a complete circle. Each “slice” had six cutout sections where little cardboard circle game pieces (think of a precursor to “pogs”) could be filled into. The little game pieces represented four types of toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and green peppers).

Those “toppings” (and their creepy/smiley faces) were placed face-down amid players and you would turn one over on your turn. Depending on which slice of the pie you got, your mission was to collect your six pieces before anyone else. There were also “switch” game pieces which meant you had to trade game boards with your opponent who had the corresponding color (Red – pepperoni, Yellow – mushroom, Green – pepper and Blue? – onion, maybe purple was harder to print).

Perhaps most memorable (or stays-with-you/ earworm annoying) was the completely ’80s television commercials that would run with standard white shirt-red scarf pizza chefs, neon glow sign, kids in wild print shirts and, of course, the rap-inspired jingle. The chorus of the song was shouted: “Party! Pizza Party! Party! Pizza Party!”

Take a look and listen down memory lane:

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Mashismo was a bicentennial baby and a child of the '80s. He grew into his ears and out of his awkward phase (glasses AND headgear!), but never truly grew up.
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5 thoughts on “Party! Pizza Party! Parkers Bros. Slice of Life Board Game

  1. Drahken says:

    I remember that commercial well. I never played the actual game though (didn’t sound remotely fun). Still, the commercial is a classic.

  2. Total earworm of theme. I have been singing it all day now thanks to this post. I got to play the game a few years ago (not back when it came out). It is a fun game for kids and pizza theme makes everyone happy.

  3. Great post and memories, Mashismo! I was sadly mislead though in thinking this was how the local pizza place in my neck of the woods would be when I was hired one Summer.

    I didn’t get to do a fancy dance with smiling children but I did have my Manager burn my fingers bad enough that I lost some of my fingerprints. That was the same night I quit.

  4. CMJ says:

    Oh, is that what that song is from! I get that song in my head from time to time, but I never really think what it’s from. Awesome! Makes sense; I still know the lyrics to many commercials from the 80s. Like the Pac Man cereal song, or Monhichis. Guess it proves that our childhood brains are so fertile and uncluttered with adult stuff, and that we also got to watch a lot of TV.

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