The Pizzazzerie Team

Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie.comPIZZAZZERIE is your go-to guide for entertaining in style from easy and delicious party foods to daily party tips and inspiration!

Courtney Whitmore launched (pronounced piz·zazze·rie [pəˈzaz ərē]) in 2010 to share entertaining inspiration and ideas with her readers. She is now a published cookbook author, entertaining and food stylist, and continues to share daily party inspiration on the blog.

Growing up in the South, Courtney has always loved the art of presenting classic Southern foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz. She attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications + masters in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise has been seen in Better Homes & Gardens,, Ladies Home Journal, AOL’s DIY Life, Access Hollywood, and

She is the author of 3 cookbooks – Push-Up PopsCandy Making For Kids, and FrostingsHer first book, Push-up Pops (March 2012) was named one of Amazon’s Top 100 Hot New Releases! Find them in bookstores nationwide.

When she’s not creating for, Courtney styles + creates for brands such as Target, Frito Lay, Hershey, Pier 1, Pepperidge Farm, Bacardi, and more to connect consumers with their products in an entertaining setting. She is also a content creator for PARADE, The Huffington & ForRent.comShe’s a former contributor to eHow, Occasions Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, and WSMV Nashville.

She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband (Chris), baby daughter (Blakely, commonly referred to as #babypizzazzerie), and dog (George).

Courtney works with brands and companies on recipe development, food and party styling, food and product photography, brand ambassadorships, giveaways/reviews, and company events. Email: courtney {at}

Cara McGrady for Pizzazzerie


Cara McGrady is the owner/designer behind One Swell Studio. After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she discovered the world of party planning & soon found herself deeply in love with styling dessert tables & designing party decor. She opened the virtual doors to her Etsy shop, One Swell Studio, in December 2010. Since then, Cara has been specializing in designing invitations & decor for bridal showers, baby showers, & children’s birthdays– while having entirely too much fun planning parties for her boys. She & her husband, Tyler, live just north of Pittsburgh with their two little guys, Hudson & Coleman. She loves hot tea, iced coffee, & re-runs of “The Office.”  [Cara’s Posts on Pizzazzerie]



Phronsie H. Dial is a creative stylist and designer for many of the tablescapes + parties seen on the blog and Pizzazzerie’s brand clients. She lives in Brentwood, TN and happens to also be Courtney’s Mom (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). This mother/daughter duo is always planning their next party!  In the past two decades, Phronsie’s Tables and designs have been spotted on Raleigh, North Carolina’s News 14 Carolina and in magazines (Bridal Crafts, Woman’s Day, Crafts & Things, and Country Woman). 

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