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 Frostings Her 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) and baby daughter (Blakely, commonly referred to as #babypizzazzerie).

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}

About Our Team


Cara McGrady


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.”


Handmade Mood


Sarah, Candice, and Amanda are the talented trio behind Handmade Mood, a place for beautiful inspiration, delicious recipes, high impact DIY’s and more! They will inspire you to create, embellish, and craft an amazing handmade  home and life. 


Phronsie Dial

Contributing Stylist

Phronsie Horton Dial (“Phronsie’s Tables”) is a creative strategist and has helped design many of the tablescapes seen on Pizzazzerie. She is a Raleigh, North Carolina based designer whose designs, “Phronsie’s Tables”, have been published in numerous magazines including: Bridal Crafts, Woman’s Day, Crafts & Things, and Country Woman as well as seen on News 14 Carolina.


Stephanie Creekmur


Stephanie Creekmur is a graphic designer based in Nashville, Tennessee where she owns and operates an online stationery boutique ( Born southern in Music City and raised in a small farming town in southwest Ohio, Stephanie earned her B.A. at The Ohio State University where she fell in love with designing paper goods. She is determined to save the handwritten note and never belittles the details because she believes it is the little things that make the big things worthwhile. When she is not designing for herself or Pizzazzerie, she loves to spend time with family and friends.