Metallic Streamer Dessert Toppers

There are still many festive holiday projects coming up, but today it is pouring out and I am home sick with my daughter. It’s a day in need of sparkle, so I thought I would give a quick nod to New Years with these simple metallic sparkler dessert toppers. Make the toppers using one of my new favorite products, glitzy metallic streamers.

The basic idea is to fringe the streamers and wrap around a kitchen skewer, see the complete tutorial I designed right here. Mixing metallic hues on the toppers will give your holiday desserts a sparkly dose of depth and style.

Photography done in collaboration with Pictilio.

Posted December 05, 2012 5 Comments
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lemon drops falling

Recently we spent a few hours in the park celebrating the coming of summer. Jackie took a multitude of lemon drop photos. It was originally planned for a video, but upon seeing the final work I just fell in love with the instantaneous shots.

There is an active discussion these days about film vs. video for weddings and events. While it is true they both give unique and important angles to remembering an event, I am partial to photography. I love how a photo captures such enormous depth in its perfectly still form.

Tim Walker in a recent interview said, “Stills are powerful because they freeze the moment…” When I remember celebrations it’s often the quiet, frozen moments which seem most powerful.

Photography by Jackie Wonders.


Posted June 13, 2011 5 Comments
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Alligator & Daisies – inspiration board

*Reminder- This is the last week to enter the 30×30 contest to win a $50 spa gift card. It has been wonderfully fun to read through your party theme ideas, some of them are downright brilliant!

Today’s reader question is from Kim, who recently asked for ideas to begin the planning of her twin daughters 2nd year birthday. She has been inspired by this adorable kids line at Gymboree and is excited about making the alligator theme work for a girlie party. Adding daisies + a bit of pink + good dose of moss & a few white ruffles will make her celebration gator friendly & also wonderfully girlie!

A little gator & daisy inspiration-

Ruffled shower curtain.
Closet daisies.
Alligator cross-stitch.
Easy paper daisies.
Reindeer moss frame.
Smiling fabric gators.
& The girliest gator purse around.

A great party idea that is sure to translate into a beautiful afternoon.


PS. Thanks so much for all your questions, you all seem to come up with the best things to talk about! Thanks also for your wonderful patience as I answer in due time. If you have a party planning question, contact me here to have it answered.

Posted April 07, 2010 2 Comments
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* Please click on the image above to read the entire D.I.Y. football banner post-thanks.


PS. This is how you will know when there is a new DIY/event post listed from now on. Simply click the picture if you want to see the full post. This one includes a laughable free download for your football viewing pleasure- enjoy.

Posted January 08, 2010 Comments Off
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Footballing bunting

This footballing bunting project was inspired by a funny article Bill Simmons wrote, by this clip from Scrubs where J.D. embarrasses the guys by watching footi-ball like a girl, and by the fact that I now live in an NFL team city so it was due time I got into the footballing spirit.

Go Bronco’s…. oh wait… nope… oops… I meant… Go Chargers;)

An ironic take on a football pendant banner.

The download includes 10 funny and completely stereotypical girl sport phrases. It can be printed out directly from your computer onto your teams chosen colors and hung up to decorate for the big game day.

Once printed you will need to think back to high school geometry and cut each page into an upside down triangle (Isosceles to be specific). Then hole punch the two top corners and thread your ribbon behind to add a fun detail to your next football gathering.

I will be hanging mine above the veggie tray to give the ladies a little laugh during the play-offs.

Here is the link-

* As always please do not reproduce this download for anything other than personal use. Just a fun project from me to you- thanks.


PS. This is meant to be a lighthearted fun project so if you are a girl who actually does love football please don’t be offended. I am not anti-you liking sports, I am just trying to make it laughable for those of us who prefer the commercials to the game.

Posted January 08, 2010 7 Comments
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why don’t we… party with fringe and fizzy drinks

Bright fringe banner

It’s about time to start thinking about all the holiday parties we have coming up. Tinsel, fringe and fizzy drinks are my plan for conquering this weekend and the crazy, amazing season ahead. The combination of colorful fringe and a few favorite words will solve any party decoration needs. We have feasts, multiple birthdays, a family reunion, and Christmas coming up – this festive combo will get me through it all.

With so much to celebrate this time of year, I’ve noticed having a few standard go-tos like this can really help me keep my sanity. I love this fringe garland because I can keep up all year long and just change the words out as needed for each event. Having a stand by drink allows me to be ready for any party… any time. I teamed up with Glam today to bring you this fun party garland and fizzy party drink – the best combo for whatever is being celebrated this holiday season!

Bright fringe garland banner

Bright fringe garland

bright holiday fringe garland

To make the tinsel and text garland, you will need wrapping tissue paper in your favorite celebratory colors (mine is pink of course!) and garland letters. Most party stores sell these for under 25 cents per letter.

Fold the tissue paper in fourths and cut along one side about 80% up to the crease. Open the tissue up and glue a string at the crease to create a layer of garland fringe. This banner has three lengths of tissue strung side by side.

Repeat the steps with different colors making the full fringe garland. I suggest adding in a metallic just to make it shine. The best thing about this garland is that it can be made as long or thick as you like! Add in text strung on top of the garland. Change it out as needed. One project that will definitely take you all the way through the party season from Happy Birthdays to New Years Eve.

Tinself drink markers - fun for the holidays!

You might have seen that I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago filming a festive and rustic holiday party for Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Ritas. You can see the whole video with some easy and fun party tricks right here. This drink is another festive trick for getting easily through the party season. It has a sweet and bubbly taste that is fabulous for any party this time of year.

Pour a can of it over ice and top with a festive glass marker. For someone who doesn’t want to be standing behind the party bar all night, this fizzy drink in a can (all I have to do is pour:) is a great way to serve my guests something special.

bright holiday party garland

Tinsel and sticker drink toppers for holiday drinks (click through for the how-to)

To make the drink markers, snip off piece of tinsel and glue it to a small clothes pin. A little text sticker on top and your guests will easily be able to find their tasty drink all night long.

cran-brrrThe awesome flavors of Bud Light Lime Ritas are so incredibly delicious that wherever they go, a party happens! For more Fiesta Inspiration, visit!

Compensation for this post provided by Anheuser Busch. The opinions are all mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Anheuser Busch. Cheers to drinking responsibly and thanks for supporting our holiday sponsors!

Posted November 14, 2014 1 Comment
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paper trees advent countdown

Paper Trees Advent Calendar

Can you believe it is time to start thinking about advent already!?! In just a couple weeks the season will begin and the countdown will be on. These festive tree boxes are a fun way to hide a collection of toys and treats for counting down the days.

The graphic tree boxes would also make great favors for a holiday party, and simple wrapping ideas for small presents to be gifted. Although, a collection of the tress together for counting down advent is a fantastic way to make a whimsical fairytale forest show up at home this holiday season.

Paper Trees Advent Calendar

Paper Trees Advent Calendar

Paper Trees Advent Countdown

To make the paper tree advent calendar you’ll need; various shades of green paper – with a little yellow and metallic thrown in for good measure, a collection of small Kraft boxes, scissors, an exacto knife, festive ribbon, and treats to fill the boxes with.

Start by drawing and cutting out your trees. We found the more exaggerative and imaginative the better! The trees definitely do not need to be perfect, in fact having the kids help with this step could make the project extra fun. Aim for the trees to be a little larger than your boxes and every tree to be just a smidge different.

Once the trees are cut, use an exacto knife to put 2 slits in the sides of the trees for the ribbon to run through.

Paper Trees Advent Calendar

Fill the boxes with small toys and treats for the kids. Make a countdown calendar for grown-ups by filling the boxes with coffee cards, and rich dark chocolates. Once the boxes are filled run the ribbon through the sides of each tree and secure to the bottom of the boxes with tape.

Paper Trees Advent Calendar

Paper Trees Advent Countdown

Stack the boxes, or set them on a mantel/table standing up for a festive holiday display that everyone will be excited to open. An optional addition is to put numbers on each of the boxes, although I prefer a pick one you love everyday style. The countdown will come with how many of the festive trees are left standing in the forest.

I had fun looking for simple sweets like candy dots and a collection of toys that could be broken up, like these puppets to fill our advent calendar with this year. What are your favorite toys and treats to countdown the season with?

PS. This advent calendar can be sent in the mail – so great for grandparents counting down a visit!

(Photography © A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland)

Posted November 10, 2014 3 Comments
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why don’t we… say thanks

Thank you text pumpkins

November is a great time of year to stop and say thanks. In the past I’ve dropped off flowers or soup to say a sweet thank you to important people in my life. This year I am going to use pumpkins! We have a pretty large collection of pumpkins left over from Halloween that need to be festively re-purposed.

To make these thankful pumpkins. You’ll need spray paint, a metallic pen, and pumpkins (check the clearance sections if you don’t have any left over). Spray paint the pumpkins with a pretty metallic color on top, spray a bold fall color on the bottom, and use a metallic pen to write in words of thanks after the paint has dried.

Deliver to the doors of your dearest friends with a kind note of thanks. It’s a great use for the left over pumpkins and will make everyone feel amazing this weekend. Create a similar look with mini pumpkins for fall party favors, or write in guests names for easy Thanksgiving seating cards.

While we get to delivering, here are a few other nice ways to say thanks…

Write it out on a pie crust | Thanks for popping by with popcorn! | Thank you paper baggies to bring to school or the office | Thanks for coming apple roasting favors | A bouquet of cinnamon rolls is always a great idea | Mini pumpkin thank yous | And adorable donut thank you tags.

I wish I could drop one of these pumpkins off on each of your door steps this weekend. Thanks for hanging out here with me this fall & happy weekend! xoxo

(Photography © Beatrix Boros/Stocksy United)

Posted November 07, 2014 2 Comments
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