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.
In 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.
I 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.
I 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!
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!
I 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:
Images by The Great Romance Photography
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