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Push-up Pops by Courtney Dial Whitmore {Interview & Giveaway!}

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It’s a brilliant idea, really.

Dessert molds which can hold anything from ice cream sundae creations to mini wedding cakes.  A little nudge, or push on the stick, and your said dessert is raised up, easy to eat, and fun at the same time.

A little too fun if you’re the only one in the house, it’s only 10 am, and you’ve already eaten two. 😉 (Courtney these are so delicious!)  Regular sweet drop-offs such as these push-up pops make me a popular neighbour.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

This chocolate chip cookie version, which pales in comparison to the gorgeousness coming below, and which I enjoyed making (and eating!), was originally created by the talented Courtney Dial Whitmore, author of Push-up Pops and founder of the popular party planning website Pizzazzerie.

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I was so thrilled to have the chance to interview her here, and to be able to offer you one copy of her book! She’s as sweet & stylish as her pretty push-up pops, and I know you’ll love her and her book too!

Interview with Courtney Dial Whitmore, Author of Push-up Pops

Marian: How would you describe your book to someone who hasn’t seen it?

Courtney: Colorful + Fun for Baking and Party Lovers! Push-Up Pops contains over 30 recipes from pies to cakes and everything in between for these cute containers that are perfect for eating at parties! Each recipe includes a full color photo with a party tip. There are holiday themed ideas as well as traditional favorites (like chocolate chip cookie + margaritas). It has a little something for everyone!

Marian: Would you be able to pick your favourite push-up pop from your book?

Courtney: This is a tough one because these recipes are all delicious. My favorite tasting recipe is the Snickers Pie. My favorite looking recipe is the tuxedo because I love black/white stripes and served these up at my wedding! I also think the rainbow push-up pop is fun and can be themed for any color scheme or party!

Marian:  Where/How do you find your inspiration?

Courtney: It’s truly a matter of keeping your eyes wide open for sayings, colors, or patterns that flip the light bulb on! I always look for inspiration in everything from home décor to stationery designs. Pattern is really huge for me but also catchy phrases like “Eat, Drink & Be Married” or “Margaritas & Monograms”. There are also the classic holidays + events that I try to add unique twists to like unusual color schemes (who says Christmas can’t be pink?).

Marian: Did you always want to be a party planner?

Courtney: Not at all! I had no idea what I wanted to do – I thought I wanted to be a career counselor or go into marketing so I did both those things but didn’t feel fulfilled creatively. So, that’s where the blog came in – to give me an outlet for creative party and entertaining ideas. I did watch my Mom throw lavish parties growing up (she used to write for magazines), so I think I always had the “hostess” gene in me somewhere. It wasn’t until the blog started doing really well that I realized it could become an actual business. I’m thrilled and love working for myself!

Marian:  Where does the name Pizzazzerie come from?

Courtney: The word pizzazz means “an attractive combination of energy and style”, and I have always loved the French word pâtisserie so I combined them. That’s where I got Pizzazzerie! 🙂 It’s definitely not a site about pizza to some people’s dismay though we did just write an article on a fun gourmet pizza party!

Marian:  Are you able to share with us any information about your next book?

Courtney: Yes! My 2nd book is called Candy Making For Kids and is full of darling ideas that are truly easy for little ones (no candy thermometers needed here!). From candy toffee to seashell “pearls”, the recipes are super cute for parties or just a rainy day! It’s available for preorder now on Amazon + Barnes & Noble!

Marian: Courtney, thanks so much for being here; it was a pleasure to ‘meet’ you and I can’t wait to see your next book! Thank you as well for the opportunity for someone to win a copy of Push-up Pops!

If you’d like to find Courtney on line, you can find her here:

Website:  Pizzazzerie.com

Twitter handle: @Pizzazzerie

Facebook: Pizzazzerie

Push-Up Pops {Giveaway} CONTEST CLOSED

Win a signed copy of Courtney’s book, Push-up Pops!

This contest is international. The winner will be chosen randomly at random.org. The contest closes at 7pm EST on Sunday, July 15th, 2012.

More gobblydegook details about official giveaway rules can be found here.

 

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CONGRATS to the winner, comment #360, Su Murillo!

Thanks for entering everyone!

xo,

Marian
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371 Comments

  1. Dorene
    July 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink
    301

    I would love to win. You have great ideas

  2. Dorene
    July 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink
    302

    I shared on face book

  3. Judy Schoen
    July 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink
    303

    I’ve been eyeing this book! Would love to win it

  4. Meghan
    July 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink
    304

    i would love to win this book! wonderful giveaway!

  5. Amber Cristofaro
    July 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink
    305

    This giveaway is real tweet… I mean treat. 🙂

    https://twitter.com/add1dragon/status/223982950092505090

  6. Amber Cristofaro
    July 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
    306

    I want to win just so I have an excuse to try these. I keep wanting to try it but they look so messy to serve to little kids to eat.

  7. Amber Cristofaro
    July 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
    307

    Shared on facebook. Pick me, pick me. 🙂

  8. Novi Susanti-Klos
    July 14, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink
    308

    Love the idea!! Would really love to win… Me please 🙂

  9. Dale Mansill
    July 14, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink
    309

    Brilliant idea for kids parties, so creative! I would love to be entered in to the competition pretty please 🙂

  10. Edencakes
    July 14, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink
    310

    Pick me please please please

  11. Wendy
    July 14, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink
    311

    I would love to win! Looks like a fabulous book!

  12. Aly
    July 14, 2012 at 2:53 am | Permalink
    312

    So unique.. Bet the book will have more fun ideas. I would like to have a copy of the book.

  13. Lucy Trott
    July 14, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink
    313

    I would love to win and would be the only one in the country!!

  14. Aly
    July 14, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink
    314

    shared it on facebook!

  15. July 14, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink
    315

    Yes I want to win… pretty please?

  16. July 14, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink
    316

    shared on facebook

  17. July 14, 2012 at 5:56 am | Permalink
    317

    And also tweeted on my boyfriends acount

  18. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
    July 14, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink
    318

    Yes, I would love to win!

  19. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
    July 14, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink
    319

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  20. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
    July 14, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink
    320

    Shared this post on FB

  21. July 14, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink
    321

    I would LOVE to win this book! Such great sweets ideas and I adore Courtney.

  22. July 14, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink
    322

    Tweet Tweet! 🙂

  23. July 14, 2012 at 7:36 am | Permalink
    323

    Shared on FB! 🙂

  24. July 14, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink
    324

    I would LOVE to win this book! Just darling!

  25. July 14, 2012 at 8:23 am | Permalink
    325

    Just tweeted…!

  26. July 14, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink
    326

    Linked on FB!

  27. July 14, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink
    327

    Would love making these with the kids! Would love to win!

  28. Edencakes
    July 14, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink
    328

    Shared on FB 😀

  29. kathryn paradine
    July 14, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink
    329

    shared it on facebook…would love to have this book!!

  30. July 14, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink
    330

    What a fun book! I would love to win this so I can make these for every family birthday party I host.

  31. July 14, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink
    331

    I shared giveaway on blog’s Facebook page

  32. July 14, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink
    332

    This would make a great BD present for me!
    I would love to win!

  33. Ashley
    July 14, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink
    333

    I would love to win – this would be a great book to add to my collection!

  34. Maryann - Cookie Artisan
    July 14, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink
    334

    I would love to win this book! Such creative ideas that are just so amazing! I also “liked” it on my Facebook!
    Fingers crossed!

  35. Ana Lara
    July 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink
    335

    I want to win!!!! 😛

  36. Janice
    July 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink
    336

    Would love to have this book!!!

  37. Ana Lara
    July 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink
    337

    Shared it on Facebook! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. Rima
    July 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
    338

    What a fun way to eat desserts! I want one!

  39. Shannon
    July 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
    339

    I’d love to have these, please. I have shared it on Facebook.

  40. Debbie
    July 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
    340

    Would love to win these. I had bought some to make but haven’t tried anything yet.

  41. TaniaM
    July 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
    341

    I would love to win this book, it looks so amazing!

  42. July 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink
    342

    questi dolci sono proprio una bella idea! spero di avere fortuna e di vincere! ciao!

  43. Amanda LeDoux
    July 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
    343

    Tweeted it! Love following you on twitter and insta!

  44. Tania Claxton
    July 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
    344

    I would looooovvvvveeee to win this.

  45. Nana Phyllis
    July 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink
    345

    I’d love those push up pops! My grandchildren would benefit from my having them!!

  46. Nana Phyllis
    July 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
    346

    I shared on facebook.

  47. Michelle R
    July 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
    347

    I would love to win a copy of Courtney’s book, I just love the idea and the kids would love to help. Thank-you for giving all of us this chance!

  48. Michelle R
    July 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
    348

    I tweeted the contest post.

  49. Michelle R
    July 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
    349

    I shared this post with my facebook friends.

  50. July 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
    350

    i would heart to win the gorgeous book… and i tweeted it too! great give away, thanks for the chance 🙂

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