Thursday, October 1, 2009

Let's have a Pizza Party Mix-Up!

It's my Blogoversary!

Let's have a...

Pizza Party!!!

And, Mix it Up! It isn't much fun to have a party without guests; especially a Pizza Party!!! And, did you know October is National Pizza Month? A National Pizza Month Blogoversary Party is just what I have in mind. We'll play a game and have prizes too!!! Let's begin with the game:

How to Play the Pizza Party Mix-Up! Game

1. Scout out a prized pizza recipe from one of your favorite bloggers. You may want to check your blogrolls, bookmarks, favorites and someday recipe folders or perhaps, the list of pizza recipes I posted for National Cheese Pizza Day in September. If you need more pizza recipes hints, you could also hop on over to the other side of the page and do a quick "pizza recipe" search in my Hospitality Search Engine. 

2. Contact the blog administrator and let them know you plan on firing up a version of their posted recipe. You need to tell them for a couple of reasons.
a. It's always best to ask permission first. (you're going to need to grab their link and image. See #4)
b. Leave a comment on their blog and invite them to "play!" Let them know that since you "borrowed" their recipe, they too can win a prize!!!

3. Between October 1st and midnight October 25, 2009, bake up your adapted recipe and give it a new name. Then, post it on your blog with a link to this post, just in case anyone else wants to come. You can grab the button if you like too!!!
Naming Your Recipe: Give your pizza recipe a name to be remembered. Long, short, colorful or just plain ol' cheesy, it matters! Why? Because, you want a catchy name that will tickle visitors. They will let you know with their VOTES! The way I figure it, choosing the "best" pizza at the party is no easy task. However, voting for your favorite Mixed-Up Pizza, although also difficult, will add a more pronounced flavor to our Pizza Party! Best of all, the newly created pizza name with the most votes Wins a Prize! Here's an example.
Which would you vote for?
Aunt Marilyn's Pizza
Aunt Marilyn's Irresistible Buxom Pizza; Some Like It Hot!
4. Email the links (URL) from the original recipe and your adapted Mixed-Up recipe to monthly.celebrations {at} gmail {dot} com. (Note: this is a new email address I created just for these types of occasions:) It sure would make it much easier for me if you send the two images labeled original and Mixed-Up. For instance:
The original recipe was found @ soso.blog.com. (label image original.jpg) The Mixed-Up recipe can be found @ your.blog.com (label image mixed-up.jpg)

The Prizes!

It's my party and I can do what I want. I'm giving three (3) prizes chosen personally by me. The deadline for all entries is midnight Sunday, October 25, 2009. Here's how to win:

1. Chance #1: I'll list all of the Mixed-Up Pizza entries on a new post by midnight Monday, October 26, 2009. Visit that post anytime after midnight October 26th and midnight October 30, 2009 and vote for your favorite pizza name in the comment section of that post. Not this one:) The Mixed-Up Pizza with the most commented votes WINS! Prize #1. (I'll tally up the votes and post a list of all prize winners November 1, 2009 on a new post.)

About the Prizes: I've been re-visiting some of my previous posts to this blog from 2007. I don't mind saying, quite a few of them need to be "spruced" up a bit. That's okay though because blogging has been a growing experience for me and you, my meandering visitors, have nudged it along more than words could ever express. In that light, I have personally chosen a selection of gifts from Channon who is a Pampered Chef® Consultant. I was "introduced" to Chan by Marjie, host of the Modern Day Ozzie & Harriet blog. You may remember Marjie, Marjie "brought" Ice Cream in a Bag to the Picnic Game back in June. You can see the gifts on the updated post I did here.

Prize # 1: When I saw the Pizza Party Set in Chan's online catalog, I just knew it would be perfect for the Mixed-Up Pizza Party Game for my Blogoversary. Throw in the fact that October is National Pizza Month, and you have every reason in the world to put that Large Round Pizza Stone, which also has handles, to good use. The kit also includes a Pizza Cutter and a Pizza Crust and Roll Mix tucked in the boxed kit. How cool is that?

2. Prize #2: Would you know your pizza in a crowd? Is there something unique to your recipe that would make it easy for you to decipher even if it is all Mixed-Up? It's not going to be easy. If your pizza was one of the chosen ones, you too have a chance to WIN! Here's how:
All Mixed-Up Pizza entries AND their counterparts will be displayed in two columns. Column #1 will be images of the Mixed-Up Pizzas with a link to their creator's blog. Column #2 will picture the original pizzas, also with links to their respective owners. They will not be in order. The OWNER (original pizza recipes owners only, please) who figures out which Mixed-Up Pizza was there's first, WINS Prize #2. (don't worry you still have a chance to win a prize even if your pizza was not one of the chosen ones. see #3:)

For example:

I decide that I want to Mixed-Up a pizza recipe I find on Blogger A's blog. I like everything about the recipe except for the crust because I have a notion I'm going to name my newly created Mixed-Up Pizza, the Crispy, Crunchy, Crusty, Easy as Pie Pizza. Now, say Blogger A's original pizza was called Easy as Pie Pizza and all I did was add a crispy, crunchy crust and Mix It Up. Would Blogger A spot the change among all the other Mixed-Up Pizza entries? You think so, huh. Well, Good Luck, many others may be able to pick their originals out too!!! Or, not. The first blogger to identify their Mixed-Up Pizza from column #2 and claim their pizza in the comment section of the Mixed-Up Pizza entries WINS Prize #2.

Deciphering which pizza is yours may be quite a challenge. That's why, prize #2 is also a boxed Pizza Party Set with all the trimmings. (Large Stone with Handles, Pizza Cutter and the Pizza Crust and Roll Mix) Good Luck!
3. Prize #3: Everyone who leaves a comment also has a chance to win Prize #3.
Chan and I agreed it was best for me to purchase all the prizes from her and re- distribute them from my end. By doing it this way, I am able to send the prizes directly to you, know matter where you are. Which means, everyone is invited to the Pizza Party Mix-Up!
Third prize is a choice prize. By leaving a comment, not only do you get to "drool" over the assortment of tasty pizza recipes, you also get to choose either a Pampered Chef Pizza Cutter, or a copy of The Pampered Chef's Cook's Library cookbook Festive Holiday Dessert Recipe Collection; a collection of 19 simple to prepare festive recipes with step-by-step easy directions. I should mention, it is available in English only. Comment winners will be randomly drawn through the online Random Generator.

After all the winners are announced, I will "realign" the original recipes with their Mixed-Up adaptations so you can easily see both versions. Of course, there will be links to both.

Please Note: You can still play the Pizza Party Mix-Up Game even if someone adapts one of your recipes. However, In all fairness, please resist discussing whose pizza you're adapting with others.

The inspiration for this "style" pizza party rested upon my brain one day while I was blog hopping. I stumbled upon the Book of Yum's Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event and thought I would just mix it up a bit. I don't know very much about gluten free cooking but boy oh boy, there sure were some intriguing recipe entries. I'm in the process of adding more gluten free resources in my Hospitality Search Engine and thanks to Book of Yum's blogroll, it shouldn't take too long.

Surprise Prize!

I just this minute decided to include another small prize. Be the last person to "leave" the party and I will send you a copy of the Season's Best Recipe Collection filled with 24 appetizer, main dish and dessert recipes, ready in 30 minutes or less! It too includes step-by-step instructions and is available in English only:( (leaving the party, at my party anyway, means leaving the last comment on the list of entries before the votes are tallied. (midnight October 31st)

That's it. I'm looking forward to sharing all of your recipes and I do hope everyone has FUN!!! I know I will:) If you have any questions, I'm sure I've forgotten something, leave a comment below or drop me an email at my new email address; monthly.celebrations {at} gmail {dot} com. or atacalenda {at} gmail {dot} com. Please Remember: All entries must be sent to the new email address. See ya there, Louise:)

Dates to Remember

  1. Entry Deadline: October 25, 2009
  2. Voting: October 27-30, 2009
  3. Winners Announced: November 1st

You didn't think I would leave you without a list of other October Food Celebrations, now did you?


  1. Happy Anniversary!!! I'm sure you'll have a wonderfully festive party!

  2. Happy Blogoversary! I'll have to think about this one!

  3. Whoa...that is a LOT of information! My head is swimming. Happy Blogoversary, first of all. Second of all...I'm gonna try hard to enter this...such fun and wonderful, generous prizes! :D

  4. Pizza is one of my fav things!

    Happy blogoversary!

  5. You sure know how to party! I hope I can participate. Thanks Louise!

  6. louise!!! happy blogoversary!!! :D

    the pizza game is a fun idea!

    here's to more blogging years! i love learning about food in and stealing recipes from your blog. <3

  7. Thank you Duckie. We sure will! I hope you drop by for a nibble:)

    Hey Marjie, Have the boys join in on the party. I'm sure they can come up with an inventive name:)

    I too hope you can come Heather. It was such fun choosing the prizes!!!

    Thanks for the well wishes Teena. I hope you will be joining us:)

    I hope so too Kasha. I look forward to seeing what you create and what YOU name it!!!

    "steal" all the recipes you like, acey...? i already know you make a "mean" lunch. thank you so much for your well wishes. i really do appreciate it:)

    Thank you Natashya. I'm so glad we've "met."

  8. Does that mean I shouldn't link back to the original recipe in my post? I'm confused.

  9. Hi SilverMoon Dragon, I'm sorry if I have confused you. I'm not sure what you mean but YES, you should link to the original recipe in your post and send both links to me. Hope this helps. email me with any more questions!!!

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