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.

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