Entertaining with Pizzazzerie


On this episode, we sit down with Courtney Whitmore, founder of Pizzazzerie, our go-to guide all things entertaining and style! On her “good ole blog,” as she calls it, Courtney brings us everything from easy, staple party décor and stunning tablescape themes to daily recipe and cocktail tips. She is a three time published cookbook and entertainment book author and is in the throes of writing her fourth as we speak.

In addition to the Pizzazzerie blog platform and books, Courtney is a creator and content contributor for major leaguers like Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, Target, Pier1, and MarthaStewart.com.  

But this stylish, southern hostess-with-the-mostess didn’t always have her sights set on the culinary and the creative. Undergraduate study at Vanderbilt brought and kept Courtney in Nashville, after which she worked as a career counselor for the university. After some time of feeling tethered to her office and burdened in a job that didn’t feed her vibrant spirit, she resorted to throwing small dinner parties for friends to brighten an otherwise arduous and unfulfilling season.

A true entrepreneur, her project turned to passion and, in time, billowed into all out pursuit. “The fear of going back to a job I hated far outweighed the fear of risking something new I could potentially love,” she tell us. “[By that point] quitting wasn’t even scary to me. I just refused to fail.”

Hear me all SHE’S! The people who find themselves in the following boats must, I repeat, MUST listen to Courtney’s encouraging and wise words in this episode:

SHE’S feeling stagnant and unfulfilled in their jobs

SHE’S considering making a jump from a place of stability to a place of passion

SHE’S pursuing blogging or creative online platforms

SHE’S who work for themselves or work from home

SHE’S who simply love to entertain

Our time with Courtney has something to offer all of us. The gratitude we can rest in and grow out of, even when we find ourselves in unhappy seasons. The perseverance and faith it takes to veer off the beaten path. The discipline demanded to find success in unconventional landscapes. The necessity of a supportive community in the midst of a digital world. The secrets behind and cathartic release in creating something beautiful with your hands. 

Courtney also divulges some of her staple items and accessories to keep at home for cooking, decorating, and entertaining. “It’s not as hard or expensive as it seems,” she assures, “and at the very least, just start small.” Hear more about Courtney’s decade long journey to success in entertainment blogging, and take heed of her charge to let go of perfection and just enjoy the process.

Easter brunch “grazing board” centerpiece.

Easter brunch “grazing board” centerpiece.

Find Courtney @

@pizzazzerie on Instagram & Twitter