glitter ice cubes

Glitter ice cubes

After yesterday’s glitter crafting party, I have one more sparkly thing to share – glitter ice cubes!

They might be my favorite new party element for always and forever!

We served sparkling champagne and sparkling water during the glitter party in glasses filled these glitter ice cubes. The frozen cubes of awesome gave our drinks a festive and sparkly vibe. They’ll be amazing to use for birthday parties and any one of the quickly upcoming holidays.

Glitter ice cubes for sparkling cocktails.

glitter ice cubes

edible glitter ice cubes

To make the glitter ice cubes, first made a batch of ice cubes. Once they are completely frozen tap various colors and textures of edible food glitter onto the ice cubes. Do not add more water. Then re-freeze the ice cubes for a couple hours to ensure the two substances adhere tightly.

I figured this method out after a failed try in adding the glitter to the unfrozen water. It just ends up dissolving and coloring the water (not adding sparkle). However, if the cubes are frozen before, the glitter will stick right to the bottom and you’ll be left with a gorgeously hued surprise for serving drinks at your next shindig.

Glitter ice cubes and cocktails

Once the drinks are poured the ice cubes will melt and the glitter will become a part of your cocktail, adding a little taste of sweet sugar and a massive dose of colorful, sparkly fun! Happy glitter filled drinking.

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry)

Posted October 01, 2014 12 Comments
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glitter crafting party

Glitter lined cake

There’s always time for a glitter party! In the midst of our crazy fall, Delta Faucet asked me to participate in their #HappiMess campaign and throw a party. When I combine the words happy and mess, the only thing I can think of is glitter.

So I planned an after school glitter party – we made our own DIY glitter bobby pins, ate an edible glitter cake, the moms enjoyed sparkling drinks, there were taffy filled glitter favor bags, and we has a blast making the most beautiful and happy mess.

DIY glitter bobby pins

Glitter party!

Glitter party

Glitter lined cake

Glitter lined cake

Edible Glitter Striped Cake

The glitter cake was a huge hit! It’s an easy way to make a festive, bright statement at a party. I purchased a plain white frosted cake; if you call your local bakery they should be able to make one without any frills like this for you.

To make the glitter stripes, buy a selection of edible glitter from the craft store baking section. I was pleasantly surprised at the great colors that have evolved with this fun product. If you’ve never used edible glitter before, it is easy to use and tastes like sugar (we also love creating our own).

Cut strips of wax paper and lay them straight down on the cake, I pushed the paper gently with my finger against the frosting to hold it in place. Then sprinkle the edible glitter making a pretty cake filled with sparkling stripes. Repeat the laying of the wax paper and sprinkling of glitter across the top of the cake. We let our stripes dissolve on the side for an artistic look, but you could easily wrap the paper around the sides to continue to straight-ish lines down the sides of the cake. The lines won’t be perfect (it is glitter after all!) but the look is stellar and crazy simple to create.

Glitter Stripe Cake

Glitter favor bags

Glitter party

diy glitter barrettes

DIY glitter bobby pins


For our craft (because all good play dates need some sort of crafting involved) we had everyone make glitter bobby pins. With my kids in uniforms this year, we are always searching for ways to add sparkle and punch to their outfits. These bobby pins, inspired by are an awesome way to bring the sparkle and you can make a huge lot of them really affordably.

To make the glitter pins, gather bobby pins from your local dollar store. Purchase a couple different pin shapes to make sure everyone has a couple pins they love. Use an adhesive medium – we used Mod Podge to layer on the bobby pins (leave them on the cardboard for this part). Next sprinkle craft glitter over the pins and allow to dry for about 5 minutes. Carefully remove the pins from the cardboard before they dry completely. Finish them off with a light spritz of spray adhesive to hold the glitter firmly in place. Allow the glitter pins to finish drying before gently tapping to remove excess glitter and placing into hair.

Delta Faucet

Between the glitter cake and the glitter pins we had ourselves quite the glitter mess! Thankfully my new Delta Faucet can turn on without even pulling the handle! It is amazing! All that’s needed is a touch of the faucet to turn it on – I can even do it with my elbow or tongue (because of course we tried it with our tongue:).

It is great for a hand filled with messy glitter frosting which happens more often than you’d imagine. The faucet head is large enough to clean out a sink filled with glitter and sticky (because they stepped right in the Mod Podge) feet. I’m honestly in love with this new faucet and the ease it is bringing to my daily party clean up scene.


Delta Glitter party

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Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.

Compensation was provided by Delta. The opinions expressed and excitement are all mine. Thanks for supporting our site sponsors!

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted September 30, 2014 3 Comments
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sugar glitter layer cake

Sugar Glitter Cake

I’ve always loved the look of glitter on a cake, but purchasing edible glitter always seems a bit above my crafting pay grade. As a result, I started dreaming about making my own. It’s really simple to make, and the glitter can be tinted to any color imaginable. I am so in love with this cake! The gorgeous texture and pretty details make it great treat for showers, birthdays, and parties this coming spring. Shimmer, shine, eat… repeat!

Sugar Glitter Cake

DIY Sugar Glitter

To make the sugar glitter layer cake you will need – your favorite cake mix in any flavor (here’s my favorite), 1 can of frosting, white sparkling sugar (8 oz), and Pearl Dust in the colors you want (they come in 0.05oz vials).   

Posted February 10, 2014 4 Comments
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Glitter Tassel Animal Ornaments

Everything about Christmas should make us smile, including the tree! Craft up a few ‘party animal’ ornaments to quickly get into a joyful and festive mood. They easily lift a hurried holiday mood with every passing glance and would be great toppers for presents as well.

Here’s how to make your own tasseled animal ornament:

1) Paint the figurines, top to bottom, using silver leaf paint and let it dry according to the directions.

2) Cut strips of tissue paper about one inch wide and 6 inches long. Then begin cutting fringe strips, closely spaced, about 3/4 of the way up. To save time, cut several colors of tissue paper at once.

3) Starting from one end, begin carefully rolling the tissue paper up into a tassel, adding a few dabs of glue every inch or so. About halfway through the rollup, glue in a string so that your tassel can be attached to the ornament later. Finish rolling up completely with more glue.

4) Attach a small eyehook onto the ornament. Gently hammer the eye screw into the top of the figurine to get it started and then manually screw it in the rest of the way with your hands.

5) Thread a thin string through your eye screw and then attach your tassels. Tie off the hanging string to create a loop and cut of excess.

Project styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for A Subtle Revelry, The Holiday Issue.

Posted November 27, 2012 10 Comments
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double-sided glitter

We are planning a festive girls camping time later this week with a couple friends on our deck. I just love having a little girl to glitter up and party with (smile!).

I’ve fancied up basic typed invitations with glitter for the occasion. It is crazy simple to do… place double sided tape, add a sprinkling of glitter and shake of the excess. The look is really fun and would be perfect to gussy up your own invitations, labels or birthday favors this summer.

Posted May 14, 2012 6 Comments
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glitter stamped fruit

Baking glitter and a new set of stamps is all you need to produce a party look that will brighten up the winter. Stamp pears, apples and other fleshy fruit with glitter for an instant glam up. Place the fruit in a group to create a centerpiece or on individual plates for a dinner party setting.

Stamped with love they are perfect for Valentines Day. Stamp with the words party, joy, or happy for a birthday. Stamp with the word eat for a whimsical dinner party appetizer addition. The fruits are not only pretty but also edible! See the complete tutorial at Project Wedding.


Posted January 17, 2012 16 Comments
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wrap it up | with glitter and bows

I’m taking advantage of the holiday weekend by showing a good friend around my new city. I wrapped up a present for her daughter’s birthday with a bit of glitter ribbon! It was really easy to make by coating ribbon with spray adhesive and sprinkling glitter right on top. The sparkle brings a nice touch of glam to go with the gift.

Hope your long weekend is filled with glitter and love.

PS. Other links to inspire you until Monday, a Thanksgiving picnic, adorable little notes, calligraphy stamps, a hair bow to wear anywhere this winter, pretty photo calendar, artwork from leaves, and a guide for getting rid of stains this party season!

Plus, in case you missed it, my favorite advent calendar and advent wreath (can you believe it is almost here!) more holiday goodness coming next week.


Posted November 10, 2011 17 Comments
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painted and glittered tapers

For an easy and pretty holiday centerpiece you only need to grab a pack of taper candles, a couple jars of acrylic paint and some rubbing alcohol. I shared this quick tutorial last week on Project Wedding to make your own painted and glittered candles. The tapers would fit in perfectly at any celebration table this month. Something about candle light makes every dinner feel more cozy, don’t you think?

Happy November…

PS. A few other recent wedding projects hot cocoa favors, a heart embroidered runner and cute confetti hearts.


Posted November 01, 2011 13 Comments
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