A “Date Night In” Pizza Party

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My husband travels often while I’m working full time, blogging, or chasing around our 2 year old, so the last thing we want to do when he’s home is get all dolled up for a night on the town. We would LOVE a date night together, but we’re just too dang exhausted, so it was time we had a little “date night in” with a simple pizza party.

I thought it would be fun to bring the pizzeria to our house, so I turned our dining room into a pizza parlor. I was going for a “sophisticated” summer pizza party vibe, so instead of the typical red and white check decor, I ordered up a few goodies including a navy tablecloth, a pizza peel, a pizza cutter and server, a metal pizza plate, and those cute little parmesan cheese and red pepper glass dispensers that you see at most pizzerias. I even added white wine to the menu for the elegant and summer theme.

We didn’t want to take any chances of waking up John, so instead of making our pizzas from scratch, we baked up the next best thing, DiGiorno pizzeria! thin crust pizzas, an entirely new pizza. I picked up a variety of four so we could sample from each of them including their Primo Pepperoni, Supreme Speciale, Spinach & Mushroom, and my favorite, the Margherita. Thanks to DiGiorno, our date night was easy and SO delicious.

DiGiorno pizzeria pizzas are by far the best “not from scratch” pizza that’s ever entered my oven. Their crust is drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and bakes up crispy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside. The sauce is specially-crafted from scratch using vine-ripened tomatoes, basil, thyme and oregano and toppings include 100% real cheese, premium meats, vegetables picked at the peak of ripeness and have no artificial flavors, so you’ll only taste delicious ingredients.

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A date night in pizza party including DiGiorno pizzeria pizzas and a glass of white wine

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Spinach & Mushroom – Topped with spinach, garlic, mushrooms

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Supreme Speciale – Topped with caramelized onions, red & green peppers, premium pepperoni, Italian sausage

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Margherita – Topped with diced roma tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, parmesan, romano and asiago cheeses. Cut this pizza into squares and display on a wooden cheese board.

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Primo Pepperoni – Topped with premium pepperoni

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We served white wine for a “sophisticated summer” pizza parlor theme.

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Primo Pepperoni – Topped with premium pepperoni

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How do you all celebrate your date night in? I hope you’ll share your ideas below.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Manicure Mondays – OPI Soft Shades Collection Giveaway

OPI Soft Shades Swatches Nude Nail Polish

Nail the nude look as OPI celebrates the lighter side of nail color for summer. The OPI Soft Shades collection adds the perfect touch of romance, sophistication, and style to all looks. The shades include delicately feminine pinks, nudes, creams, glitter top coats, and a gorgeous gilver {silver/gold} metallic. This collection is the ideal choice against a beautiful summer tan, or for the bride-to-be.

OPI sent me a collection to swatch for you all, and I also have another set to give away to one lucky reader.

OPI Soft Shades Act Your Beige Nude Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Act Your Beige is a beautiful nude sheer cream. I used 3 coats here to get an opaque finish.

OPI Soft Shades This Silvers Mine Nail Polish Swatch

This Silver’s Mine is my favorite in this collection. I love a good silver-gold metallic for summer!

OPI Soft Shades Put It In Neutral Pink Nude Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Put It in Neutral us a light pink nude cream nail polish.

OPI Soft Shades Make Light Of The Situation Glitter Top Coat Nail Polish Swatch

Make Light Of The Situation is glowing shimmer top coat. This is only one coat over Put It In Neutral.

OPI Soft Shades Chiffon My Mind White Shimmer Nail Polish Swatch

Chiffon My Mind is a nearly white sheer nail polish. I used 3 coats to build the opacity to a cream.

OPI Soft Shades Petal Soft Pink Glitter Top Coat Nail Polish Swatch

Petal Soft is a flirty shimmer top coat with pink hex glitter and some flower power white glitter. I used two coats over Chiffon My Mind.

One lucky reader will win this entire OPI Soft Shades summer 2015 collection nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries; however, some options are worth more entries than others, US and Canadian readers only.

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Sunday Funday Linkup and A $50 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway

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Happy Sunday and welcome to our weekly linkup party! This week we’re chatting up beach vacations, a matchy-matchy summer look for less, a summer collection nail polish giveaway, and a $50 Sephora gift card giveaway!

Get Featured! For a chance at next Sunday’s #FundayLinkup spotlight, add your links using the widget below this post. We’re highlighting our fave picks every week at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs + Facebook! Visit my co-hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and The Budget Babe for more weekly inspiration.

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

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Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale is giving away the music festival inspired Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert collection of smokin’ hot creams that are as dusty as the Coachella Valley.
Bon Bon Rose Girls
The Bon Bon Rose Girls share a fun little video they made of their BFF Myrtle Beach vacation, a trip that captured memories that will last a lifetime.
The Budget Babe
Reese Witherspoon made a pencil skirt and sleeveless blouse combination pop with bright fuchsia accessories, and The Budget Babe styled a perfect look for less.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

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It’s palm tree cuteness over at Lipgloss and Crayons! Our favorite series at Carlie’s blog is by far her Mommy and Me posts, and we’re not sure that it gets any more adorable than their coordinating palm tree outfits, just in time for summer! We’re also crazy about mommy’s super comfy pink slip-ons that are under $10! Thank you so much Carly for sharing your #FundayLinkup with our readers!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • My husband travels a lot, so I can’t wait to give this french toast for one recipe by A Peachy Sonder a try!
  • Jan Loves shares 10 summer dresses under $35 with styles ranging from super casual to dressy.
  • I’m loving Twenty Something’s weekend wrap-up, especially her link up to a super stylish bedroom makeover.
  • I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying every single piece of this Wednesday Wishlist outfit by A Touch Of Tartan. I heart Hunter Rails, so I especially need that top.
  • Lauren McBride is a glowing beauty in a white chiffon maternity dress.

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 Norstrom’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
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Share Your Best Of The Week

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Chocolate Brownie And Mousse Trifle

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This chocolate brownie and mousse trifle recipe is exactly what you want to make for all of your chocolate lovin’ friends! It feeds a crowd, has a very cool presentation, and is super easy using your favorite brownie mix and whipped topping {win, win, win}. I’ve made this for a family get-together, teacher’s appreciation day, and stuck a spoon it in for my pregnant friend.

I finally learned how to make chocolate curls and it couldn’t be easier. Check out my chocolate curls tutorial, a step-by-step how-to in pictures.

Chocolate Brownie And Mousse Trifle

Chocolate Brownie And Mousse Trifle

Ingredients

  • 1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy

Instructions

  1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping until no streaks remain.
  3. In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and half of the 12 ounce container of whipped topping. Repeat layers. Shave chocolate onto top layer for garnish. Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Spread each layer from the middle of the bowl to the edge. You want the edges to be as straight and clean as possible to show off each layer in the trifle.

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Is this chocolate brownie and mousse recipe a dessert you would try? If you have any fun desserts that are easy and feed a crowd, I hope you’ll share below.

Giveaway – Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Swatches

In the spirit of the music festival style that has remained on-trend for the past few spring and summer seasons, Deborah Lippmann has released her beautiful summer 2015 collection, The Painted Desert. These smokin’ hot creams are as dusty as the Coachella Valley featuring purple mauve, deep slate gray, nude, and camel shades. Deborah Lippmann sent me a collection to swatch for you all, and I also have another set to give away to one lucky reader.

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Swatch Love In The Dunes Purple Cream Nail Polish

Love In The Dunes is a full coverage purple mauve crème.

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Swatch Shifting Sands Nude Cream Nail Polish

Shifting Sands is a full coverage light khaki crème.

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Swatch Desert Moon Gray Nail Polish

Desert Moon full coverage pebble grey crème.

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Swatch Swatch Terra Nova Camel Nail Polish

Terra Nova is a full coverage warm camel crème.

One lucky reader will win this entire Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert summer 2015 collection nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries this time; however, some options are worth more entries than others, US and Canadian readers only.

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