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SAUCY WAYS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIZZA DAY ON FEB. 9 (YUM!)

New Yorkers and Chicagoans have debated thin crust vs. thick crust for years. The one thing they can agree on is that pizza should get its own holiday.

It does! Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day, so grab a slice or a whole pie and here are some other ways to celebrate.

HAVE A PIZZA PARTY

Cook! Purchase the Pizza Bible and start cooking. This recipe book is the complete guide to all things pizza and all types of different pizzas. Have your guests bring their favorite toppings and get them in the kitchen to make their own pie.

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DECORATE

Start off by hanging this adorable pizza banner. Make sure you have these jumbo pizza balloons floating all over. This pizza box is not only a great decoration but it also comes with pizza plates! And with these pizza cups, pizza napkins and pizza straws you will be ready to serve up a great pizza party.

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DRESS THE PART

You and seven of your best friends can all have BFF pizza necklaces each with their own personalized initial. Put them all together and you got a whole gold pizza pie. Wear this pizza princess shirt or this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pizza dress. Or you can order these pizza aprons complete with personalization for all your guests.

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PIZZA GADGETS

Presto makes a rotating pizza oven. It will bake your pizza on top and bottom so you get the perfect crust.

This outdoor pizza oven by Pizzacraft will allow you to make crisp, fresh pizza while you camp. It is propane fueled so also ideal for tailgates.

Cuisinart has a pizza package that includes a pizza stone, folding pizza peel and a pizza cutter all for under $34. Perfect for grilling pizza on your grill.

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KNOW YOUR PIZZA FACTS

  • 94 percent of Americans eat pizza once a month — about 45 slices of pizza per person in the U.S. a year
  • Pepperoni is the number one ordered topping, coming in at 40 percent of what Americans order
  • There are more than 63,000 pizzerias in the U.S. and Canada
  • More than 3 billion pizzas are sold each year, and another 1 million in frozen pizzas in the U.S.
  • Kids in schools usually have pizza two times a week — once for lunch in the cafeteria and then another time on a family pizza night.
  •  Pizza is no longer just for dough. There are recipes for pizza soup,  pizza dips,  taco pizzas and even dessert pizzas.
  • The most pizzas delivered falls on New Year’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday.
  • About 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the U.S.

Sources: Pizza.com and NationalDayCalendar.com

So pick up a slice or two and enjoy this yummy national holiday. Because all you need is love and pizza!

Katie Simpson is a writer for The Daily Clutch.

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