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challenge | key to my heart

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!



  1. Katie Winstead

    11 February

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

  2. very married

    11 February

    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

    11 February

    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

    11 February

    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.

    11 February

    Love, Love this! Way to go Courtney!

  7. Jaimee

    11 February

    Stunning work, Courtney!
    LOVE it!

  8. Stacy B

    11 February

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

  9. Glamour and Grace

    11 February

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

  10. Christine Copeland

    11 February

    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. Megan Ogulnick

    11 February

    Amazing. LOVE this, Courtney! Beautiful! :)

  12. Danielle

    11 February

    Love this :) So clean and elegant.

  13. Kristen

    11 February

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

  14. Lindsie Grey

    11 February

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

  15. Jessica

    11 February

    Gorgeous! Definitely a winner :)

  16. hannah

    11 February

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

  17. melissa c

    11 February

    Beautiful and so romantic!

  18. Barb Raymond

    11 February

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

  19. Dawn B

    11 February

    I vote for Courtney! I LOVE her work!

  20. Phronsie Horton Dial

    11 February

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

  21. Kyle

    11 February

    This is beautiful! I hope to win!!

  22. Kate

    11 February

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

  23. ranin Z

    11 February

    so cozy!!

  24. Carrie

    11 February

    Love this one! Courtney is so creative!

  25. Cassandra

    11 February

    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!!!

  26. Mayra

    11 February

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

  27. Katie

    11 February

    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!

  28. liz noonan

    11 February

    I love it! Those pink heart marshmallows are perfect!

  29. Amy @ Living Locurto

    11 February

    Love this design! It got my vote!

  30. Samantha

    11 February

    Beautiful! I vote for this elegant and romantic one!

  31. jtp

    11 February

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

  32. Kristi

    11 February

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


  33. Sarah Kate Snyder

    11 February

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

  34. Katie

    11 February

    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!

  35. Phronsie Horton Dial

    11 February

    It got my vote!

  36. Vanessa Grant

    11 February

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

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

  38. Jennifer Lauren

    11 February

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

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

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

  41. Jessica

    11 February

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

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

  43. This is fabulous!

  44. Bird

    11 February

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

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

  46. Jeannie

    11 February

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

  47. Beth Muller

    11 February

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

  48. Debbie

    11 February

    Wow! That’s simply beautiful! :)

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

  50. PD

    11 February

    I like most no 5, but theire all beutis

  51. gorgeous, courtney! it gets my vote!

  52. ZeMarmotte

    11 February

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

  53. Caitlin Losey

    11 February

    Yay Courtney! I vote she should win!

  54. Anastasia Marie

    11 February

    Courtney rocks! Such a talented lady!

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

  56. Jen

    11 February

    LOVE love love. Especially the personalized keys!

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

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

  59. Heather

    11 February

    Love this one! So wintery white and looks delish.

  60. Debbie

    11 February

    LOVE the style and design. Great job!

  61. Christy

    11 February

    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!

  62. Erin Carter

    11 February

    Courtney’s is my fave! <3 it!

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

  64. Aleah + Nick Valley

    11 February

    I adore the keys and those ruffled pillows!

  65. Daravanh

    11 February

    Amazing, so romantic and yummy.

  66. Wendy {JustWenderful}

    11 February

    Definitely love the keys and it looks so yum!

  67. Tara

    11 February

    So creative and beautiful!

  68. Nicole

    11 February

    So beautiful and romantic!

  69. Melanie

    11 February

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

  70. Jill Rigsby

    11 February

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

  71. Samantha {Papermints}

    11 February

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

  72. Chris

    11 February

    This one has my vote!

  73. Carrie @ Half Baked

    11 February

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

  74. Lena

    11 February

    How gorgeous! Those little chocolate cups are ingenious!

  75. Katie

    11 February

    so pretty and fun <3

  76. Faith

    11 February

    Fantastic ideas… it :-)

  77. Gloria U

    11 February

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

  78. Melissa

    11 February

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

  79. Jessica

    11 February

    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.)

  80. Teresa

    11 February

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

  81. 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!

  82. Cassie

    11 February

    so GORGEOUS! You got my vote!

  83. Ebony

    11 February

    Love this!


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

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

  86. Ann

    11 February

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

  87. Scarlet

    11 February

    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! :)

  88. Meredith Haugner

    11 February

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

  89. Dawn Bennett

    11 February

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

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

  91. Angela

    11 February

    Great job, Courtney!

  92. Mary Lozano

    11 February

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

  93. Gorgeous as always Courtney!!!

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

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

  96. Kim

    11 February

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

  97. Danyiel Johnson

    11 February

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

  98. Leslie Staggs

    11 February

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

  99. Stephie

    11 February

    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

  100. Mara @ Events by LMG

    11 February

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

  101. Sarah @ Dreamers Joy Events & Design

    11 February

    Very Romantic! Love those marshmallow hearts! :)

  102. LaVonne @ LF Events

    11 February

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

  103. Gorgeous! Love it.

  104. Maggie S.

    12 February

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

  105. Martha Vanderzanden

    12 February

    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!

  106. jules p

    12 February

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

  107. Patricia Mazzei

    12 February

    Love it all!

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

  109. Patricia

    12 February

    Loved it all!

  110. Patricia

    12 February


  111. Jane

    12 February

    I absolutely LOVE these pictures!

  112. Debbie @TheHipHostess

    12 February

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

  113. Debbie L.

    12 February

    Beautiful, beautiful job! Love the keys!

  114. Brooke C.

    12 February

    Love it!

  115. love it!

  116. Naomi

    12 February

    Corutney all the way!!!!

  117. anne

    12 February

    This is fantastic – so beautiful!

  118. Bianca

    12 February


  119. Rowaida Flayhan

    12 February

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

  120. Kelly

    12 February

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

  121. Tara

    12 February

    LOVE this design by Courtney! Never fails to impress!

  122. Divine!! Well done Courtney!!

  123. Kristen Steele

    12 February

    Courtney DEFINITELY wins!!!

  124. joanne

    13 February

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

  125. […] * Welcome to the winter celebration challenge, so fresh and so clean! This DIY project belongs to Courtney’s key to my heart design. […]