Children’s Book Themed Baby Boy Shower!

If You Give a Dog A Donut Baby Shower Cake
Baby Shower Book Themed Details!
Baby Shower Book Themed Details!

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a sweet baby shower for my friend Kristen Steele. She's awaiting the arrival of a darling baby boy so it was an absolute pleasure to shower her + the little one with a baby shower. It was yellow, baby blue, and navy themed with Children's Books incorporated throughout! We built up baby boy's library with all the classics. It was such a wonderful time, and I … { read more }

Lavender Mint Juleps + Derby Party Ideas!

Free downloadable lavender mint julep card for Kentucky Derby parties!
"Hold Your Horses" Derby Party Ideas
Gold + Lavender Derby Party Ideas!

Hold Your Horses! It's time for a little Derby party inspiration and a darling free cocktail card you can print for your own party. Here's the back story to this little display! Above my desk I have 3 southern gold-foiled prints from Stephanie Creekmur. I happen to think she hung the moon and was at the front of the line when God handed out creative talent. Truly! So we decided that the "Hold Your … { read more }

“The Perfect Pair” Wine + Cheese Bridal Shower!

Host a "Perfect Pair' Wine + Cheese Bridal Shower
Wine and Cheese Bridal Shower
Spray Paint Wine Bottles for Quick + Easy Table Decor

Hosting a bridal shower is quite a fun fete. What will the theme be? How will you make decorations? What food will you serve? All the questions swirling around for how to make it a memorable shower for the lovely couple! I'm excited to share my "Perfect Pair" shower idea with you. Pair wines, cheese, and other accoutrements for a tasty and chic evening shower. Whether you're hosting a couples … { read more }

My Wedding Cocktail: Tennessee Iced Water!

Southern Wedding Cocktail Hour
Southern Wedding Cocktail Hour
Mini Soda Bottles at Black and White Wedding

I'm still gleaming from seeing my wedding featured by Martha Stewart Weddings! I thought I'd break it down here in a few posts about specific details. Cocktail time is first! I love the idea of a "signature cocktail" that the couple chooses to have ready-to-go for wedding guests. It can be their favorite drink or perhaps one with some significant meaning to the couple. Lots of couples are … { read more }

Free April Desktop Calendar | Frostings Book!

Free Desktop Calendar 2013
Free April Desktop Calendar 2013

I'm in complete denial that it's almost APRIL! Where in the world did the first 1/4 of 2013 go? I am looking forward to warmer weather (it's currently snowing in Nashville, what the what!). A new month means a new sneak peek picture of my 3rd book - Frostings - which will release this summer. **Tossing Confetti** Kyle Dreier + I chose this picture because it reminded us of the warmer weather … { read more }

A Culinary Tour of Chicago!

Cracker Barrel Bloggers
Cheese Food Styling by Pizzazzerie
Chicago Brunch

I'm so exited to share this little recap with y'all. I have partnered with Cracker Barrel Cheese to bring you a series of culinary + entertaining ideas all around.. you got it.. cheese! Specifically, Cracker Barrel's delicious cheese (the Vermont White Cheddar? oh my gosh, my new fave + the Jalapeno has my hubs on a serious cheese kick). I'll be sharing recipes, cheese pairing tips, cheese plating … { read more }

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 }