3 great spring bread recipes

Thumbprint Jelly Coffeecake

If you are being hosted, or hosting a brunch this coming weekend, we have a special treat today. Three really great spring bread recipes! They are each amazing to eat + simple to make at home. With sweet touches like a grated orange peel topping, jelly thumbprints and simple braiding – the homemade breads are a sure way to present a holiday brunch that everyone will adore.¬†Besides a dip dyed flower bouquet, a loaf of bread is my favorite way to thank a hostess and contribute to a gathering I’ve been invited to.

bouquet coffeecake recipe

orange twist bread recipe

Nutty Apricot Loaf Recipe

For easiest preparations the bread recipes are printable (just like our favorite fall breads!). Click on the photo above and save the recipe to print. If you’d like to follow along as you bake – the spring bread recipes are written out, with photo tutorials below.  

Posted April 14, 2014 0 Comments
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moss trim cake and bunny heads

Moss Bunny Heads

With all the sweet colors of Easter, sometimes a bold bunny head is just what’s needed to offset the pastel storm of the season. This moss trim Easter cake with moss bunny head cake toppers will quickly become a conversation worthy centerpiece at any spring gathering. The graphic shape of the bunnies popping up give this Easter cake a whimsical and grown-up fairytale look. Perfect for welcoming in all the magic of Easter.

bunny cake

Moss Bunny Heads

Moss Bunny Heads

Moss Bunny Heads

To make the moss trim cake and bunny head cake toppers; purchase a roll of floral moss from the local craft store. Cut the moss to the correct height for the cake and back it with wax paper (we used double sided tape to connect ours). Carefully run the paper around the side of the cake. Possibly the easiest way ever to decorate a cake! No baking skills required.  

Posted April 10, 2014 0 Comments
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polkadot painted easter eggs

Polkadot Easter Eggs

Continuing my obsession with creative no-dye Easter egg ideas, I painted a dozen eggs using my favorite painting technique – eraser painting. Which I love because it is just the easiest! Adding colorful polkadots to our eggs in a sporadic confetti like design makes for a festive way to decorate the eggs, and shows off their natural side with style.

Polkadot Easter Eggs


Polkadot Easter Eggs

Polkadot Easter Eggs

To make the polkadot painted Easter eggs, use a pencil top eraser and a few shades of pretty paints. Start by boiling the eggs. Let the eggs fully cool and completely dry before applying the paint to the egg shells.

Dip the eraser top in the paint, dab on a paper towel, and start painting stamp dots right onto the eggs. I love the look of the colorful polkadots on natural brown eggs, but they could definitely be dyed first for even more bright Easter fun. Fill in the polkadots completely with the paint, or leave some outlined for a whimsical touch. Allow to dry for a couple hours before handling the eggs.

Polkadot Easter Eggs

Display the eggs in small cups, ramekins, and vintage ice cream dishes for a festively pretty spring display.

Photography by Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted April 09, 2014 6 Comments
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dip dyed bouquet holders

A Subtle Revelry: Dip Dye Bouquets

Spring is a favorite around here for many reasons. The sun, the light, the flowers… The Flowers! To show off your flowers in pretty style these dip dyed bouquet holders are a great addition to any bouquet. They’re subtle, artistic, and completely gorgeous on their own. Adding flowers to the dip dyed paper will transform any simple spring bouquet into a show stopping gift.

A Subtle Revelry: Dip Dye Bouquets

A Subtle Revelry: Dip Dye Bouquets

A Subtle Revelry: Dip Dye Bouquets

Use the handmade bouquet holders to present thoughtful hostess gifts, to decorate a brunch, or to hand out for your dearest friend’s birthday. The process of dip dyeing paper is simple enough you can make stacks of the paper at once and have plenty on hand for making everyday flowers more beautiful. With spring brunches in full effect, Easter coming quickly, and Mother’s Day right around the corner – it’s a great season for giving pretty flowers and celebrating the ladies in your life.  

Posted April 08, 2014 2 Comments
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confetti blower party horns

Confetti Party Blowers

If there’s one party style I love, it is bright! I’ve learned over the years there is a fine line between bright fun, and overkill. This is why I’ve loved receiving this new launch of Crystal Cut Party Products by Chinet. Crazy patterned plates and cups can definitely be overkill, while this crystal clear set is great for showing off my very bright love of confetti!

To share this love of confetti with our guests, I created these paper confetti blower party horns. They’re easy to make and will give bright substance to a toast, bid a bride and groom a fun filled goodbye, or shower a birthday gal in cake worthy style. Think party horn, but instead of noise – you get noise and confetti! Consider it a major product upgrade.  

Posted April 07, 2014 0 Comments
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bunny balloons

Bunny Balloons

Happy Friday! We have had an exciting week around here and these little bunny balloons are exactly the bright dose of fun needed to close it out. I was staring at a white balloon the other day and thinking how great it would look with bunny ears attached. Right!?! So obviously, I dropped everything to make it happen! The balloons are great fun for topping Easter baskets, hanging by the brunch buffet, and marking seats at the Easter dinner table.  

Posted April 04, 2014 3 Comments
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