colorful cactus

colorful cactus

Happy Friday! We are in the middle of a whirlwind week of family visiting and I am having so much fun prepping (and re-prepping) the house for our guests. I always buy fresh flowers when we have guests, but am still waiting for spring blooms to make it to Reno. Instead, I happened upon bright festive cactus at Home Depot. I grabbed as many as I could carry and planted them in little latte bowls. They’ve been such a fun burst of color while we wait for spring. I would definitely recommend planting bright cactus in little bowls this weekend. xoxo

Posted March 07, 2014 2 Comments
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shamrock paper fans

Shamrock Paper Fans

Saint Patrick’s Day has long been a beloved holiday to dress in green, and enjoy a Guinness at our local Irish Pub – since the twin’s have started preschool the holiday has become so much more! They have a leprechaun who visits their class and turns everything green (even their milk!) It was basically the best day of the school year for a 5 year old.

To help with this year’s celebration, we created these fun shamrock paper fans. They are a fabulous way to gussy up the wall for the day, and they look great as bright green treat toppers. Giving each kid (or co-worker) one to open, close, and fan themselves with will definitely be a St. Patrick’s Day hit!

Shamrock Paper Fans

Shamrock Paper Fans

The fans are so easy to make, the kid’s could even be involved in the process. You will need two 12×12 pieces of green scrapbook paper for each shamrock, 2 wooden sticks, glue, scissors and a bit of ribbon to pretty up the ends.

Shamrock Paper Fans

Shamrock Paper Fans

To make the shamrock paper fans; cut each piece of scrapbook paper into a long oval, then accordion fold the paper vertically (here is a photo tutorial on how to accordion fold paper). Once the accordion folds are set – fold each paper in half, glueing the long ends together.

Repeat the process with another sheet of paper, and glue the two sheets together along the long end of one side. To finish off, glue the sticks onto both outside ends, and (optional) glue ribbon to the bottom. I prefer to use hot glue for this project as it dries super quick.

Gather a few different shades of green to end up with a field of shamrocks that will make any classroom or office feel Irish loving for the day!

Photography by Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry. Also felt shamrock garland and more accordion fold paper projects right here.

Posted March 06, 2014 1 Comment
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beeswax birthday candles

beeswax birthday candles

When it comes to candles, there’s not much that beats the ease of making them with beeswax. It’s as simple as rolling (that’s it!) I love the look of crazy long birthday candles, and these ones require almost no effort! They’re bright, festive and will make any birthday seem supremely special.

beeswax birthday candles

beeswax birthday candles

beeswax birthday candles

beeswax birthday candles

beeswax birthday candlesticks

beeswax birthday candles

To make the beeswax birthday candles, you’ll need beeswax and wicks. Here’s the pack I used, it comes with wicks included and makes about 50 of these candles. Divide the wax by color and cut each piece vertically into thirds – this gives the fun tall & skinny candle effect.

Press the bottom of one piece together with the top of another, to form one extra long piece of wax. As it connects use your thumb to smooth out the wax.

Place the wick along the end closest to you and gently roll the candle together. Place in a cake, on a stack of donuts, or just about anywhere for a birthday moment everyone will adore.

beeswax birthday candles -smoke

Photography done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography. More birthday candles – right here.

Posted March 05, 2014 6 Comments
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the best apps for revelry

I thank technology everyday for making it easier to put on parties! Want to organize a seating chart for 300? Need to know how much wine to buy for your dinner party of 8? There is literally an app for anything a hostess might need. Here are my top 10 apps for revelry, no matter what kind of party you might be planning.

10 Apps for Revelry

Do you want your guests to remember the event with a customized video? What about impromptu karaoke? These apps include everything and give you the power to plan an awesome party while you’re out buying the balloons. Download a few before your next gathering:

1. food 52 | 2. top table planner | 3. pro party planner | 4. vyclone | 5. pitchin | 6. dj mixer 2 | 7. conversation cards | 8. hello vino | 9. karaoke anywhere | 10. postable 

And don’t forget my favorite crafting apps, right here.

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

Posted March 04, 2014 Comments Off
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pineapple honeycomb wreath

honeycomb pineapple wreath

I am so happy to welcome March this week, with its bright burst of spring it is ALWAYS a sight for sore eyes. I am dreaming of all things warm, and there’s no reason not to revel in the new season quickly approaching; even though our weather might be still catching up.

Brighten up the door, the wall, even the day by harnessing your best warm weather vibes and making this fun pineapple honeycomb wreath. It’s an amazing antidote for those lingering spring dreams.

honeycomb pineapple wreath

pineapple honeycomb wreath

pineapple honeycomb wreath

DIY: pineapple honeycomb wreath

To make the honeycomb pineapple wreath you’ll need a bunch of pineapple honeycombs (affordable ones right here) and a foam wreath frame. The idea could be created with any honeycomb you might want – limes, apples, or a fruit cocktail wreath would be fun!

To create the wreath simply open the honeycombs and use hot glue to attach each one to the wreath form. Connecting the bottoms first and moving around the wreath. Hang with a  length of fishing wire indoors or outside to welcome in the first sunny day of the season.

Photos done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry. Find more bright wreaths right here.

Posted March 03, 2014 1 Comment
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the holiday of the pie

Celebrate National Pie Day!

This week we celebrated national pie day! Although I am traditionally more of a cake girl, I’ve really come around to pie’s this year. Especially when they are served in cute boxes, when you can write inside of them, when they are placed inside a cake, or when I can buy them for 69 cents!

To celebrate the holiday of the pie, I asked my friend Meadow who owns Levi’s Pies to serve up a small selection for us to try. We had a miniature pie tasting after dinner this week, and seriously each one was better than the next. It was great fun to taste the pies in miniature form. We each got a bite of so many amazing flavors, and the explosion of fruit was just the sweetness I needed while waiting for spring.  

Posted February 28, 2014 8 Comments
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