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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12 bouquets that will not wilt

A colorful bouquet is the perfect icing to make any room party ready. While I’m stocking up on fresh flowers to make our snowy weekend feel special, it can be sad to say goodbye when their time is up. I prefer flowers that stay fresh forever! Loving the idea of blooms made to last – especially when I don’t need to change their water. Here are 12 bouquets that will keep bright and festive all winter long.

12 Bouquets that Will Not Wilt

1. pom poms - camille styles | 2. pajaki chandelier - a beautiful mess | 3. silk flowers – wedding chicks | 4. paper lilies – the elli blog | 5. plaster flowers - a subtle revelry | 6. crepe paper - the bride’s cafe | 7. painted newspaper – instructables | 8. party poppers - a subtle revelry | 9. fabric roses - scout mob | 10. butcher paper - her library adventures | 11. tissue paper garland - a subtle revelry | 12. crepe and watercolor – craftberry bush

Graphic by Lindsey Campbell for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted February 07, 2014 6 Comments
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plastic spoon olympic wreaths

Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths

Along with the rest of the world, we are thrilled to be watching the Olympics this week. With games starting today and the opening ceremony tomorrow the kids have been dying to have a little Olympic revelry of our own.

Inspired by this pretty white wreath, we decided to try our hand at crafting with plastic spoons and made these vibrant and fun laurel wreaths. A great activity the whole family can get involved with while watching your favorite sports (ours is so obviously the bobsled). Go team USA!

Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths

Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths

The process to make the wreaths is crazy simple. Purchase a bag of plastic party spoons, these wreaths took about 24 spoons each. Glue the back of one spoon bowl to the handle underneath. It helps the form to also glue the end of the under handle up, that’s what give the wreath such a pretty curve.  

Posted February 06, 2014 6 Comments
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25 handmade balloon ideas

Nothing says “Party!” like garlands, candles, and balloons. They are my 3 favorite ways to instantly turn a dull space into a party. I’ve loved all the creative ideas spilling out of the blog world lately for making balloons. They are seriously awesome and can be done at home and on the cheap! Here are 25 favorite ideas for homemaking party balloons filled with fun (and sometime helium!).

25 Handmade Balloon Ideas

25 Handmade Balloon Ideas

1. “hot air balloon” cupcakes - party accessories | 2. ombre backdrop - little green notebook | 3. white wall backdrop - brooklyn bride | 4. gold-brushed balloons - balloon time | 5. faux balloon toppers - jader bomb | 6. gold “chandelier” - wedding chicks | 7. colorful banner - design mom | 8. “chandelier” cluster - the art of simple | 9. fringe balloons - sweet thing | 10. balloon canopy - sweet lulu | 11. clear confetti filled - camille styles | 12. name toppers - confetti sunshine | 13. vase filler - real simple | 14. flowers - all things simple | 15. two-tone - a subtle revelry | 16. cupcake toppers - lulu the baker | 17. donut balloons - studio diy | 18. ice cream cones - the craft in me | 19. giant ornaments - studio diy | 20. hot air balloon centerpiece - bridal guide | 21. macrame balloons - cupcakes and cutlery | 22. wreath (game) - the 36th avenue | 23. fruit garland - brittany watson jepsen | 24. pom covered balloons - design improvised | 25. candy filled balloons - white loft studio

Graphic created by Alli of Hooray, for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted February 05, 2014 3 Comments
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love shower piñata valentine

Showering Love Pinata Valentine

A piñata Valentine now that’s a treat! I love receiving sweet treats anyway I can, but placed inside a stitched up cloud piñata might be my favorite way ever to receive a handful of goodies.

Make these Valentine shower piñatas in miniature form, give out and win the best card in class. Or make them in large form to pull at a Valentine’s Day party, for a raining shower of sweets everyone is sure to love.

Love Shower Piñata Valentine

love struck pinata

Love Shower Piñata

Love Shower Valentine Pinata

Cut, stitch and fill – the steps are so simple!  To make your own shower of love large piñata; hand draw a cloud on a sheet of large craft paper and then double it over and cut it out to make two. Use embroidery thread to stitch it the cloud shut. We filled the paper cloud with confetti hearts and little candies, then added alphabet stickers to create an sweet message.

To create a tag for the pull, stamp a message using alphabet stamps. Add a brad to the top of the piñata so when the piñata is strung it won’t tear a hole in the paper. It worked PERFECTLY!  Such a fun way to give out treats on Valentine’s Day, or any rainy day in need of a sweet shower of fun.

To make the smaller piñata Valentine’s…  

Posted February 04, 2014 12 Comments
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printed ribbon + secret message wrapping

taped letter wrapping

taped letter wrapping

I love to personalize packages with pretty text and these printed sentiment ribbons from Twill Tape do such a great job. I am seriously in love with them! You can have 1 yard lengths of them printed to say whatever you’d like. Having a set say “Happy Birthday” from me makes wrapping my presents so much easier, and a version saying “thanks for coming” would instantly create awesome party favors.

I especially like them with a secret message included in the wrapping; “xoxo” written out in tape will delight your gift recipient as they open their packages with glee. Anyway you gift it, a little personalized ribbon will go a very long way in making your presents a bit more special this year.

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Posted February 03, 2014 Comments Off
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