challenge | key to my heart

*Welcome to the winter celebration challenge, so fresh and so clean. Where four designers have styled handcrafted party scenes to compete for a readers choice award + one incredible grand prize. This is stylist number four, do you think she should win? Vote and tell me why (you can vote for as many parties as you’d like this week!).

A winter white picnic designed by Courtney, editor of the very successful site Pizzazzerie. She styled this sweet spot for snuggling up with a loved one and sharing hot cocoa, sweet treats, and luxurious blankets under the trees. What a perfect plan for the weekend ahead!

Courtney’s picnic featured a few amazing treats, she served mini dark chocolate cups filled with marshmallows and hot cocoa alongside coconut truffles and petit fours from A Perfect Bite in Nashville, TN. They went perfectly with the color scheme and the extra glittered crystals added an extra sparkle. Local Nashville chocolate was served along with heart shaped mini marshmallows. Small “mints” were added to give the hot cocoa a fresh mint flavor!

Keys were a subtle theme throughout the picnic, hung alongside the fence and scattered throughout the design. Keys have such an old, vintage romantic feel which Courtney found intriguing to contrast with the fresh and clean theme. The scrumptious sweets rested on a handcrafted wooden tray, perfect for holding your treats and mugs at a picnic.

Check back later today for this wooden tray DIY project. Plus you have 48 hours to add a comment if you’d like this celebration design to win!


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Posted February 11, 2011
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125 Responses to “challenge | key to my heart”

  1. Katie Winstead says:

    Love, love, love this one! Definitely want this one to win! It’s beautiful Courtney! Great job:):)

  2. very married says:

    siiiigh. i wish things were still winter white around here. we’re getting to the point where the snow is winter… brown and sometimes yellow.

  3. Lydia Bolen says:

    Love Countney’s winter picnic!!!!!!!! Made me want a petit four!
    Very creative. I vote for her….number 4!!!!!

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  5. jenn says:

    I love this one! So creative! It’s the little dark chocolate cups with hot cocoa and marshmallows that put me over the edge. Too sweet!

  6. Jenny D. says:

    Love, Love this! Way to go Courtney!

  7. Jaimee says:

    Stunning work, Courtney!
    LOVE it!

  8. Stacy B says:

    I LOVE the Key elements! Courtney did such a great job with this one!!

  9. Love this key theme! So cute and original! Just lovely!

  10. This is the best! Courtney is so talented and always produces amazing, creative and simply beautiful designs! Great job once again, this definitely gets my vote!

  11. Amazing. LOVE this, Courtney! Beautiful! :)

  12. Danielle says:

    Love this :) So clean and elegant.

  13. Kristen says:

    I love this! Love the key to the heart theme and the setting is gorgeous!

  14. Lindsie Grey says:

    Gorgeous. I love marshmallows and this winter picnic is so adorable. Looks too good to share. :)

  15. Jessica says:

    Gorgeous! Definitely a winner :)

  16. hannah says:

    GORGEOUS! the perfect solution to a sometimes gloomy winter-I vote for this one!

  17. melissa c says:

    Beautiful and so romantic!

  18. Barb Raymond says:

    This is amazing! LOVE the touch of the keys everywhere!

  19. Dawn B says:

    I vote for Courtney! I LOVE her work!

  20. Phronsie Horton Dial says:

    LOVE the hearts in the chocolate ~ everybody knows that chocolate is the key to your heart ~ right? Really well done!

  21. Kyle says:

    This is beautiful! I hope to win!!

  22. Kate says:

    Adorable! It’s cute and cozy, wintery and warm all at once!

  23. Carrie says:

    Love this one! Courtney is so creative!

  24. Cassandra says:

    Ok, I want all of this, my anniversary is on the 16th this month and I can totally see myself snuggling up with my adorable husband and this yummy little spread — better get out the lipgloss! :) MWAAA — Courtney is so amazing!!!

  25. Mayra says:

    Amazingly beautiful, not only on the way Courtney designs but also on her great pictures. Key to my heart is such a romantic theme!

  26. Katie says:

    I love the keys! So cute! I’m from Nashville and I think it is great that she used local vendors. Looks like a cozy and romantic date I’d want with my man for sure!

  27. liz noonan says:

    I love it! Those pink heart marshmallows are perfect!

  28. Love this design! It got my vote!

  29. Samantha says:

    Beautiful! I vote for this elegant and romantic one!

  30. jtp says:

    I love this party idea…so snuggly and warm looking…. The petit fours look amazing!!! Great idea!

  31. Kristi says:

    Oh so pretty! But everything Courtney does is just that – oh so pretty!!! Loving all the white and the keys. Fabulous job ;-))


  32. Those petit fours look positively delectable. Great party Courtney, you have my vote!

  33. Katie says:

    Love the dark chocolate hot cocoa cups! That would be an absolute win if my hubby did that for us! :) I may have to do it for him though!

  34. Vanessa Grant says:

    Love this! The vintage keys just gives it the most romantic feel. This gets my vote!

  35. Absolutely gorgeous and fabulous as always Courtney! Love it!

  36. Love this and especially the Keys!! Will definately try to recreate this but by the fireplace!! =) Thanks for the inspiration! Great Job Courtney!!

  37. You got my vote! The styling is stunning!

  38. this is so precious! i love the chocolate cups and the keys being displayed throughout! so adorable courtney!

  39. Jessica says:

    All the different textures bring alot of warmth and depth to the shoot. Great job!

  40. Courtney is such a talent! Truly gorgeous my dear!

  41. Bird says:

    LOVE it!! So fresh and romantic! Got my vote too!

  42. Those marshmallows are heavenly! Did she make them or buy them somewhere? Would love to know the recipe or source :)

  43. Jeannie says:

    I love the textures and vintage, romantice look! This gets my vote!

  44. Beth Muller says:

    #4 is amazing. So soft and sweet. Love the petit fours.

  45. Debbie says:

    Wow! That’s simply beautiful! :)

  46. I want someone to take me on this picnic!!! Love it Courtney, beautiful as always: ) You’ve got my vote!

  47. PD says:

    I like most no 5, but theire all beutis

  48. gorgeous, courtney! it gets my vote!

  49. ZeMarmotte says:

    I love this!! It’s simply gorgeous. Got my vote!

  50. Yay Courtney! I vote she should win!

  51. Courtney rocks! Such a talented lady!

  52. these actually came from a grocery store in Nashville, TN!

  53. Jen says:

    LOVE love love. Especially the personalized keys!

  54. Amazing and full of lovely details as always! Loving those keys- what a sweet touch.

  55. Loving this whole thing. The marshmallows caught my eye immediately and the theme is so fun!

  56. Heather says:

    Love this one! So wintery white and looks delish.

  57. Debbie says:

    LOVE the style and design. Great job!

  58. Christy says:

    I vote #4, Courtney! This is so wonderful and magical, and at the same time, it is real, not cheesey. Thanks for bringing romance together with a sense of “romantic real love”. That is the best. The white against the dark chocolate just pops, and the warmth of the hot chocolate with the warm colors (dark chocolate color, wooden box, vintage details) and the warm blankets against the chill of all that white makes you want to get cozy with your honey! Hooray, #4!

  59. Erin Carter says:

    Courtney’s is my fave! <3 it!

  60. great job Courtney! love the skeleton keys!!

  61. I adore the keys and those ruffled pillows!

  62. Daravanh says:

    Amazing, so romantic and yummy.

  63. Definitely love the keys and it looks so yum!

  64. Tara says:

    So creative and beautiful!

  65. Nicole says:

    So beautiful and romantic!

  66. Melanie says:

    What a beautiful, romantic idea. A must-win! Nice work Courtney.

  67. Jill Rigsby says:

    LOVE, LOVE this one!! Courtney is very talented!

  68. Love the heart marshmallows with the mini chocolate cups. So sweet & romantic!

  69. Chris says:

    This one has my vote!

  70. LOVE this! Love the vintage romantic vibe contrasted with the clean white. Great job Courtney!

  71. Lena says:

    How gorgeous! Those little chocolate cups are ingenious!

  72. Katie says:

    so pretty and fun <3

  73. Faith says:

    Fantastic ideas… it :-)

  74. Gloria U says:

    Love all the keys! Can’t wait to show my mom, she has a lovely old key collection.

  75. Melissa says:

    Courtney- as usual, you’re amazing. Love what you did – so inspiring and delicious looking!

  76. Jessica says:

    Olive & Sinclair chocolate!!!! That’s my friend’s company- soooooo yummy!! I vote for this one! (not just because of that, I love all the white and the keys.)

  77. Teresa says:

    Amazing! My 10 year anniversary is Valentines day and I love the white color theme. So elegant and also super fun!

  78. Oh Courtney! I LOVE the old fashioned keys. So very sweet! Even just one in a charming box with a hand written note would win anyone over. You have my vote!

  79. Cassie says:

    so GORGEOUS! You got my vote!

  80. Ebony says:

    Love this!


  81. I vote for Courtney! I love her work, and I love her as a person!!

  82. So pretty, love all the whites, perfect!

  83. Ann says:

    Love the touches of the keys – whimsical and vintagey. And that colour scheme – gorgeousness!!

  84. Scarlet says:

    Always love Courtney’s style! Very classy and well presented. The tiny chocolate cups with marshmellows are a nice contrast to the other white decor. That along with the subtle display of keys which I assume represent “keys to ones heart” make this a very well developed theme! Nice job Courtney! :)

  85. Meredith Haugner says:

    Looks so gorgeous and yummy, Courtney, like always!! Love it, you never fail to impress!! Good luck!

  86. Dawn Bennett says:

    Love this. Where do you get the key with the words?

  87. LOVE. Makes me want to snuggle up all weekend!

  88. Angela says:

    Great job, Courtney!

  89. Mary Lozano says:

    Love Courtney’s design, a sure winner. This is so simple, classic and romantic. Great job Courtney. Love the vintage keys!

  90. Gorgeous as always Courtney!!!

  91. Such a darling concept! Courtney’s attention to details is remarkable. Love this look. Good luck!!

  92. Gorgeous Courney! I especially love the vintage keys. You have inspired a valentines day surprise for my husband!! x

  93. Kim says:

    OH MY how beautiful. I love the chocolate cups….

  94. Danyiel Johnson says:

    Love Countney’s winter picnic!!!!!!!! Without a doubt she gets my vote.

  95. Leslie Staggs says:

    Love Courtney’s party design. So many cohesive details. A masterpiece!

  96. Stephie says:

    I really love this. It’s so beautiful and I think it really appeals to me at the moment because I would love to be cold and enjoying a winter picnic! Have a great weekend and I can’t wait to hear all the exciting news next week, Stephie x

  97. LOVE this, Courtney’s designs are always so detailed. Her aesthetic is gorgeous. This is my pick for a winner, hands down!

  98. Sarah @ Dreamers Joy Events & Design says:

    Very Romantic! Love those marshmallow hearts! :)

  99. LaVonne @ LF Events says:

    Courtney is AMAZING at what she does! Always an inspiration & this is just another example of that!!

  100. Maggie S. says:

    So sweet. I love the white on white petit fours. So versatile for weddings showers or receptions. Wherever did you find those gorgeous keys?

  101. BEAUTIFUL! I live in a small coastal town on the west coast and we do not see much snow. The old keys mixed with the winter fun reminds me of when I was a child and would visit my Grandparents. Grandma would make us hot coco and she always had homemade treats for us. You get my vote!

  102. jules p says:

    this setting and all the goodies made me swoon. You are amazing!

  103. Patricia Mazzei says:

    Love it all!

  104. Beautiful job, Courtney! I love the use of the keys throughout…such a cute a touch!

  105. Patricia says:

    Loved it all!

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  107. Jane says:

    I absolutely LOVE these pictures!

  108. The keys have it! Courtney have waved her magic wand and created a Winter Wonderland fantasy!

  109. Debbie L. says:

    Beautiful, beautiful job! Love the keys!

  110. Brooke C. says:

    Love it!

  111. Naomi says:

    Corutney all the way!!!!

  112. anne says:

    This is fantastic – so beautiful!

  113. Gorgeous love this project, Courtney did an amazing job. love it

  114. Kelly says:

    Love the key details and adorable chocolate cups! Courtney all the way!

  115. Tara says:

    LOVE this design by Courtney! Never fails to impress!

  116. Courtney DEFINITELY wins!!!

  117. joanne says:

    oh, this is so fresh looking! makes me want to sit down and eat up!!