Looking for a sweet way to celebrate an ice cream lovers birthday? These ice cream birthday squares are so festive and fun! They’ll be an instant hit and can freeze in a couple hours. Claire made them for us, using an ice cube tray as the mold (we’ve done that before!). They’re are a fabulous way to turn ice cream into finger food for your next party.
Serve these beauties on small squares of parchment paper for a fabulous way to say “Happy Birthday” to one friend – or an entire roomful with ease.
Start by making a basic vanilla ice cream mix. Combine one and a half cups of heavy cream, half a cup of sugar, one cup of milk, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract in a small pan over a medium heat. Whisk until the sugar has fully dissolved, don’t let it simmer or boil. Once cooled, divide the mixture into three bowls. Add a few drops of pink or red colouring to one bowl, and purple to another. Add the colour slowly, mixing with a fork until you have a pastel shade. Leave the third bowl white.
In your freezer, prop a giant ice cube tray on an angle (a small tub or a bag of frozen peas make a good stand!). Use a small jug to pour your vanilla mix into the molds until they are half full, one colour in each mold. Having the tray at an angle will give you the diagonal line through your ice cream squares.
Once your first colour has frozen thoroughly (be sure to refrigerate your remaining vanilla mix in the meantime), lay the tray flat and pour a different colour into each mold until they are all full. Let these freeze through, and them pop ‘em out when you are ready to serve! To make these extra party-fied, dip the squares into a plate of sprinkles, and scatter some on top.
Project recipe and photography by Claire for A Subtle Revelry. See more pretty photos from her at South by North.
Posted February 27, 2014 4 Comments
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I think a lot about revelry in our everyday lives. Of course I love holidays, I think birthday’s are rad… but when it comes down to it – those moments are so few and far between in our year. I find such a thrill out of making the everyday a bit more special and fun, because everyday deserves a party (or so the tagline of this blog says!). I’ve been wanting to give greater glimpses into my own life and how our family does this, which is why this post, sponsored by P&G, is so perfect. Here is the first installment of a new series I am dubbing “everyday revelry” – the laundry version.
One thing I’ve found out while enjoying revelry on a daily basis is that the little things really make a difference. Want to make life more fun? Want to cheer everyone up? You don’t have to throw a massive event… maybe just buy a $10 disco ball and hang it up in the laundry room, or in the kitchen to catch the evening sun while you make dinner (from experience this might be the best $10 you ever spend!). Stash a couple balloons at the bottom of the laundry basket for the kids to find when putting away their clothes. Simple and festive ways to make everyday, even laundry day, a merry one.
Posted February 27, 2014 3 Comments
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It’s almost March! The onslaught of spring has me in such a bright mood lately. Rainbows, flowers, and sun cannot get here soon enough. To celebrate the colors that are about to explode into our lives… 25 most favorite rainbow projects. They’ll keep you going through these last few weeks before the clouds break. Add a pot-of-gold and each would be a bright addition to St. Patrick’s day.
25 easy rainbow projects:
Column One (top to bottom): 1. fortune cookie favors - a subtle revelry | 2. cupcakes - blooming homestead | 3. bonbon bracelet - loom love | 4. colorful drawers - livet hemma | 5. skittles & nerds candy cake - the 36th avenue | 6. knit blanket - purl bee | Column Two: 7. balloon banner - catch my party | 8. petal cake - modern taste | 9. fascinator - studio diy | 10. streamer backdrop - little green notebook | 11. nesting baskets - tuts plus | 12. rainbow in a jar - i heart nap time | Column Three: 13. melted crayon art - glorious treats | 14. butterfly sun-catcher - minnie co | 15. heart garland - liz stanley | 16. rainbow in a bag - social graces | 17. over the rainbow printable - simple as that | 18. veggie flatbread - gimme some oven | Column Four: 19. natural paintbrushes - learn create love | 20. make-your-own-rainbow favors - griottes | 21. colorful ice cubes - happy hooligans | 22. mobile cloud - lait fraise | 23. diy crayon holder - sugar bee crafts | 24. fruit & veggie “skittles” - joyful abode | 25. pot of gold cake pops - ambrosia
Graphic done in collaboration with Alli Michelle.
Posted February 26, 2014 1 Comment
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I’m a sucker for little party details, they can really make any day feel special. But sometimes there’s no escaping the need to go big. Like fill a whole wall, deck out an entire room with bright festive fun. BIG! This scallop party garland is a great asset in these moments. It’s so simple, anyone can make it, and it literally transforms a blank space to a whimsical party spot in moments.
To make the scallop party garland all you’ll need is 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper, scissors and glue dots. Each strand of the garland uses one piece of scrapbook paper – so you can brighten up an entire room on a shoe-string budget!
Posted February 25, 2014 3 Comments
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Every once in a while we get to see a post really inspire others to celebrate well. The original piñata cake recipe is one of these kinds of posts. After so many comments and hundreds of thousands of pins, the emails started coming in from everyone who made their own piñata cakes. And loved them! People began altering our recipe to create their own versions of awesomeness. It’s been pure blogger bliss to see something I loved so much be loved by so many others.
I thought I’d share with you my most favorite variations I’ve seen over the past year. Your creative minds blow me away! Here are the best piñata cakes; which ones inspire you?
Piñata cake Easter egg
Rainbow piñata cake
Cupcake piñata cake
Posted February 25, 2014 4 Comments
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Last time we had a group of friends over, we played this new party game and it was such a hit! Pretty sure it will become my go-to for all showers, parties etc from here on out. The game is a version of hot potato, but so much more fun because it includes taking and posting selfies! We all had a blast playing.
To play the game have everyone sit around the room and place someone in charge of the music. Remember hot potato from when you were young? Instead of passing a potato around, you pass your phone. Everyone has to take a selfie as they go. When the music stops, whoever has the phone in hand must post the selfie they just took. It would be extra fun to make a party hashtag to go along with the game.
We all got a kick out of watching our friends pose their own selfies (I mean isn’t that always hilarious?!?). Would you try it? Your friends might want to punch you, but it’s seriously a hoot.
Photos of me taking a selfie by Jocelyn Noel Photography.
Posted February 24, 2014 2 Comments
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