Behind The Scenes: Taking Photographs for the Blog!

Samoa Doughnuts!
Food Photography Blog Set-Up
Blog Photography Set-Up

Recently, I posted a picture of my new tripod on Instagram and got some responses that led to the creation of this post. I've also gotten a few emails of people asking what camera I shoot with, how I set up my shoots, what lighting products do I have, etc. So this post was born, and I hope it helps answer all your questions if you're a blogger, shop owner, or just want to get better at taking … { read more }

My Visit to the Krispy Kreme HQ! + Recipe for Krispy Kreme Tiramisu

Doughnuts on top of Birthday cake!
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Krispy Kremes

A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a Blogger's Summit in Winston-Salem, NC at the HQ of KRISPY KREME! Growing up in North Carolina, these are the BEST doughnuts! They're amazing and maybe the only reason my parents could get me up to go to Sunday School when I was younger. So, I headed to NC (got stuck there because of the snow - but I had doughnuts) and saw all the ins and outs of doughnut … { read more }

Sneak Peek of my next book + Free Desktop Calendar!

Frostings by Courtney Whitmore Photography by Kyle Dreier

Hey, Ya'll! Fun news, my next book - Frostings! - hits shelves this summer (pre-ordering will be available sooner so stay tuned)! I literally could plaster my walls with the photos in this book (I'm biased) but my husband would die so I'll just stick to framing them in my office. My point is that this book is as much about cute and fun ways of serving and styling desserts as it is the recipes. … { read more }

Courtney’s Top 10 Gifts for the Holidays!

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Top 10 Holiday Gifts by Courtney Whitmore of  Pizzazzerie.com | MUST SEE!

1. Livescribe's Sky wifi smartpen: I was thrilled to test out this new product and ya'll, it's a winner! Perfect for the techie in your life, this pen has revolutionized my note-taking and drawings. I spend countless hours doodling ideas on notepads in waiting rooms, parking lots, airports, conferences, etc. and now we have a way to digitize those ideas and keep them organized (organization is my … { read more }

My trip to the Hershey’s HQ!

hershey blogger baker's dozen
Hershey Test Kitchens
Hershey Create Your Own Candy Bar

You might have seen my tweets + instagrams a couple of weeks ago about my trip to HERSHEY'S HEADQUARTERS. Yes, it was as sweet as you can imagine. Yes, there is chocolate everywhere. Heaven, really. I was so lucky to be asked along with 11 other bloggers to be a part of the "baker's dozen" for Hershey's. We are showcased here on the Hershey's Kitchen website! My trip started off with time at … { read more }

My 2012 Holiday Card from Minted!

Back of Holiday Card
Minted Holiday Cards! - Tag Style!
Minted Holiday Cards by Pizzazzerie

This year, I partnered up Minted to design my holiday card (remember their darling party line I shared a couple of weeks ago?). This was super easy since every single one of their designs is FABULOUS. The hardest part was picking one! I knew I wanted a "tag-style" because any reason to add ribbon to anything is a 'yes' in my book. However, it means another decision SO I need your help...read … { read more }

The sweet project I designed for TARGET!

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Pizzazzerie's Courtney Dial Whitmore for Target

I am so excited that my project for Target (yes, TARGET!) is live on their online magazine - A Bullseye View! When I found out that I would get to design something sweet for TARGET, I about died. So, to see it live on their beautiful online magazine just has me on cloud 9!! I have to say - seeing Pizzazzerie up there for Target has a nice ring to it, don't ya think?! Woohoo! This was such a sweet … { read more }

3 Bloggers who Influence Me + BlogFrog!

amanda green bottoms
jenn sbranti
cindy hopper

Today's post is a wee bit different. I get asked a lot how to grow your blog and help make it a full-time job instead of a part-time hobby. Well, one of the first online communities I found (through some random clicking off of another blog) was BlogFrog! I've had the pleasure of meeting many of their team members at various conferences, and they have grown quite a bit (a new NYC office!). If … { read more }

Michael’s Blogger Event: Pics + Details!

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When Michael's Stores asked if I wanted to travel to Dallas to meet their team, craft some fun projects, and see upcoming products/trends, etc...I yelled "YESSS". Of course I would love to! I have been working with Michael's on styling their products (see my back-to-school + tailgate projects here) so I was thrilled to head out west to meet their team! We started crafting right out of the gate! Jo … { read more }

Pizzazzerie.com seeking Web Marketing + Design Intern!

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Hi Friends! Join our fabulous team... If you love reading blogs, designing collage + style boards, pinning away fabulous party ideas, have experience with Photoshop and/or Wordpress...then you might be a fab fit for interning with one of the top party + entertaining blogs on the web! This job will include: - Assisting with web editing + blog styling - Blog content + creation - Social Media … { read more }