selfie hot potato party game

Selfie hot potato - fun party game!

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.

Selfie hot potato - fun party game!

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 6 Comments
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colored pencil candles

Colored Pencil Candles!

I was so excited when I saw this pin on how to make crayon candles (you know my love for setting things on fire). The crayons didn’t work… but I loved the idea so much I decided to try it out in another form. And, I am really excited for how these colored pencil candles turned out. Festive and fun!

They worked better than the crayons because the wax didn’t melt all over (fatal flaw of a crayon), and the pencils still had enough wax properties in their tips to light for a couple of minutes. Don’t get me wrong, these will not keep your house bright for a winter storm – but they’ll stay lit, long enough to sing a couple rounds of, “happy birthday!” Perfect for the time you forget to buy the candles, or for a little ones bright rainbow art party.

Colored Pencil Candles!

Colored Pencil Candles!

Here is a set of similar wooden rainbow pencils. Have a very happy weekend!

Posted February 21, 2014 14 Comments
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mophead tassel garland

mophead tassel garland

I love the skinny, pretty tassels that are adorning much this year. Here’s a tutorial on how to make them with wrapping paper, and I love how they look on a bright white pendant. BUT, there’s something to be said about a substantial frill and it’s graphic ability to turn a room into a party – right now! That is why I am so in love with this awesome mophead tassel garland!

Don’t the sections look like colorful mop heads!?! I sure think so… Much more fun than their skinnier tassel cousin. Lined up in a colorful display this garland will take your wall and make it the perfect backdrop for parties, showers, or impromptu photos sessions with the family.

mophead tassel garland

mophead tassel garland

mophead tassel garland

To make the mophead tassel garland; cut folded sheets of tissue paper in half and then fold each half into thirds.  

Posted February 20, 2014 6 Comments
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my favorite party pins

Balloons, streamers, sweet food – it doesn’t matter what we are celebrating, these elements must be nearby. Simply change up the colors depending on the group of friends and get ready to party. Even if you aren’t planning a themed event anytime soon, take a hint from this collection of my favorite party pins and make any day merry!

12 Party Pins

1. candy milkshakes - a beautiful mess | 2. ombre poppers – fete | 3. donut cake – a subtle revelry | 4. pom pom crown - a subtle revelry | 5. animal cake - herriott grace | 6. favor bags - minted | 7. confetti straws - best friends for frosting | 8. golden backdrop - glitter guide | 9. paper lanterns – oh happy day | 10. painted balloons - ruffled | 11. cacti centerpiece - local milk | 12. newspaper fans - style me pretty, photo via abby larson

Looking for more? Follow me on Pinterest right here.

Graphic done in collaboration with Lindsey Campbell for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted February 19, 2014 3 Comments
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rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whipped cream

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

On the list of things I love in life –  colorful, fun food ranks pretty high. These rainbow waffles are the perfect way to cure that craving and make any day seem festive and bright! The colors bring a cheery boost to a lounging Saturday breakfast, and I can’t wait to use them to say, “good morning – happy birthday!” on our next birthday morning.

Rainbows are perfect anytime of year (especially in spring), but throw in a bowl of gold flaked whipped cream and this sweet treat becomes the most fabulous way I can imagine to welcome the revelry that is Saint Patrick’s Day!

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

To make the rainbow waffles you’ll need (most importantly) a waffle maker, and also… 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 large eggs, 1-1/2 cups milk, 1 cup butter, melted and cooled, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and food gel or dye in rainbow colors.

And for making the pot-of-gold whipped cream you’ll also need; 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, yellow or gold food dye, and gold sprinkles for topping (optional).

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

Make the rainbow waffles by combining flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs, then add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined.

Divide batter evenly between 6 bowls. Add a few drops of red food coloring into the first bowl, stirring until uniformly distributed and desired shade is reached. Continue coloring batter in the remaining bowls: orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Follow instructions for your waffle maker. Cook waffles one at a time until all batter has been used. Stack the waffles in a rainbow pattern, red at the top, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Or you can start with purple at the top and end with red.

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

Make the pot-of-gold whipped cream by combining the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of a large stand mixer with balloon whisk attached. Whip the ingredients until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Add yellow or gold food coloring to whipped cream and mix until desired color is reached. Use immediately or refrigerate. Top waffles with whipped cream and add gold sprinkles for a finishing touch!

Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream | A Subtle Revelry

Photography and styling by Athena Plichta. Creative direction by Victoria Hudgins for A Subtle Revelry. 

Posted February 18, 2014 9 Comments
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festive screensavers & media sabbaths

Smelling the roses screen saver

Taking time offline each week to rest and revive my mind from constant media is a practice that’s really important for me. It reminds me of what I value most and allows my brain to reset, keeping me fresh for the new week ahead. Taking regular times where you turn off the screens is my biggest piece of advice for bloggers, moms, and really anyone who spends a significant amount of time online. Have you ever taken a rest from media? It’s so refreshing!

To help the cause we created three really fun screensavers. Each design has a horizontal version for your computer and a vertical version for your phone. Whenever I try to take time off I find myself often reaching for my phone, or opening my computer (it’s so addicting!). Having a bright and festive screensaver up reminding me what I WANT to be doing is such a huge help.  

Posted February 14, 2014 3 Comments
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