Entries from February 17th, 2017

Homemade Pizza Party Giveaway

gourmet pizza party  There is something about the winter months that makes me want Pizza for dinner even more than I usually do, which lets face it, is a lot. Who doesn’t like Pizza? It’s a comforting circle of cheesy bread love, plus the topping options are endless. One step better than going out for your favorite slice is inviting a few friends over for some homemade pizza and last week I turned your average pizza night up a notch to do just that. I teamed up with Ecco Domani to share my take on a homemade pizza party, it’s a little bit fancy and a little bit casual, and the best part is that you can win a slew of goodies to create a memorable pizza night of your own.

thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-98thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-40thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-158thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-57thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-106In all things I like to strike a balance… high and low, vintage and new, casual and fancy… etc. etc. The trick to finding sweet spot when it comes to aesthetics is all about finding a good balance. A pizza party is an easy casual party to throw, but add in a few elevated elements like homemade pizza, cloth napkins, tasty wine and a beautiful place setting and you’ve got yourself a special evening without too much fuss.

To make things easy we set up a pizza buffet on the dining table where guests can help themselves. Along next to the pizzas I laid out glasses and a bottle of wine in a chiller as well as a large salad bowl. To make it a pretty presentation, I laid out some eucalyptus as a runner and set the pizza’s up at varying heights using a pizza stone and a cake plate.

thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-155thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-5thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-29sss-pizza-party2I set up cheese plates around the kitchen and living room for people to nibble on and place settings around a large coffee table to carry on the mix of casual/fancy and to create an intimate vibe. I am pretty sure someone has to have proven that you can’t hold on to pretension while sitting on the floor.

sss-pizza-party5 thegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-1I used woven chargers (you might remember them from my DIY headboard. I told you I’d re-use them), ceramic plates, gold flatware, striped napkins and a little bunch of eucalyptus and a thistle to top it off. And now onto the pizza!

sss-pizza-party3fennel-salami-pizzaI made two kinds of pizza, one savory sausage and one vegetarian that is a little sweet and a little spicy and both start with a homemade crust.

pizza-makingthegreatromancephoto-sarahsherman-eccodomani-139sss-pizza-party4 I have two local restaurants nearby that make incredible gourmet pies and I created two pizza’s inspired by my favorites from each place. Find my full recipes for the Fig-Pear Pizza with Arugula (above) and a Fennel Salami Ricotta Pizza on EccoDomani.com (here and here)

Which brings us to giveaway time!

pizza-party-giveawayI hand pick these pizza perfect items to give away to one lucky reader ($500 retail value). To enter head to my instagram or Ecco Domani’s, find an image from this post that is labeled #EccoDomaniContest and comment how you’d upgrade your pizza party. See more details and terms on the contest here.

Happy Pizza Partying.

Included in the giveaway is:

1 Pizza stone // 4 Plates // Pizza Cutter // Pizza Server // Pizza Flour // 4 Blush Linen Napkins // Apron // Bees Knees Spicy Honey // Six wine glasses

Additional Sources from my party:
Plates // Napkins // Chargers // Flatware // Glasses // Coffee Table // Pillows // Rug // Dining Table // Chandelier // Serving Boards // My Dress

Images by The Great Romance Photography

This Post was done in collaboration with Ecco Domani Wine. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.

a-frame kitchen progress + hardware round-up

kitchen-progress3 I’ve got some A-frame progress you guys(!), some very construction dust filled progress, but we are one step closer to a finished kitchen, so I will take it. If you’ve been following along, you already know that we went with Ikea cabinet bases but then chose Semi-handmade doors and drawer fronts for our A-frame kitchen. I love their DIY options (which we also used in our LA kitchen) because they come unfinished and ready for paint which means you get to pick any color your hearts desire. I painted ours months ago now, but we finally got them in! Well, at least the bottom ones. But yay green! You can read about my color choice and the painting process here. And now it is time to choose the hardware…best wood, brass, leather, concrete cabinet pulls knobs My original idea for the door hardware was to cut holes in the doors with my drill press to use as finger pulls but with a million other things on my to-do list, I completely forgot! Since the panels are already painted, and in Palm Springs, I am not about to bring them back to my workshop here, and I don’t trust a hand drill for a job like that, so on to plan B we go. I started searching for some more unique hardware options than my go to brass pulls and pulled together (no pun intended) my favorites from wood, to leather, to concrete.

I am loving wood hardware lately but with the wood countertops, I’m thinking leather or concrete might be the way to go.

HARDWARE SOURCES

Wood:
Stealth // Meacham // Mid-Century Modern // Reedsport // Kaboom // Half Moon Rounds

Leather:
Leather Loop // Salamanca Knob // Kennaston Pull // Leather Recessed // Multi Leather Pulls // Leather Bin Pull // Leather Pull // Leather Drawer Pull // XL Leather Pulls

Concrete:
Concrete Knobs // Betty Concrete // Cement Disk // Yoko Knobs // Cement Pillars // The Bunker 

 

kitchen-progressOh and it feels so good to have our appliances in and I delight in a thing called an undercounter fridge. You might remember we did the same thing with our cabin in Michigan and I didn’t miss having a full sized fridge once. Being a vacation home, we aren’t stock piling away groceries for the long haul, so by moving it to below the counter it frees up much needed visual space and adds more work surface area. My other favorite thing about this fridge is that we went with a “panel ready” option, so we had Semi-Handmade make a door front to match the rest of the cabinets and it blends in seamlessly (err, it will be seamless once we level the fridge that is, right now the unit is a bit crooked and covered with dust, but do you see how good it will be, do you see?! If you squint and imagine it all clean it helps, I swear by it).

kitchen-progress2 We still have quite a list of things to do, more painting, lights, skim coating the far wall, figuring out doors for the spice cabinet, toe kicks etc, but I couldn’t wait to share how it is looking with the base cabinets in and the floating shelf up! I also couldn’t help but take a look back at the before photo to see how far we’ve come.

kitchen-BEFORESlowly but surely we are bringing this dark and dated gem of a place into this century. Now if only we could stop running into silly problems that keep eating up our budget like new roofs, and septic systems and such. Septic schmeptic, I want my leather sling chairs!

Catch up on all the A-frame progress here.

Additional Sources:
Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea  // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea  //

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