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.

Branding and Initial Web Design Nature
Web Design Production Jane Reaction
Site Development Alchemy + Aim