paper diamond lanterns

Paper party lanterns

Bright paper lanterns are one of my favorite ways to decorate for a late summer party. They give just the right burst of festive fun to an outdoor space. I love to see them hanging them in trees and surrounded by candles for an evening party.

Normally geometric lanterns are high on the difficulty scale, since I am definitely opposed to difficult summer projects we made this DIY version incredibly simple. Simple enough even the kids can help make them. Plus the lanterns are light enough to weather the summer evening wind in style.

Bright party lanterns

Party lanterns on A Subtle Revelry

To make the geometric paper lanterns, you’ll need; kitchen skewers, bright tissue paper, and glue.  

Posted August 05, 2014 0 Comments
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how to make sand cakes

Sand Cakes

We’ve had great fun this summer visiting some of our favorite beaches. Now that my kids are old enough not to eat the actual sand, we’ve decided to make our own version of sand… and it tastes amazing! The recipe for these sand cakes is one that I remember tearing out of a magazine years ago (something ancient, like 2002!) I fully remember, thinking that it was the type of sweet I wanted to save and make for my kids one day.

I pulled the recipe out all wrinkled and torn this summer and it did not disappoint. These little sand cakes are rich enough to make the adults happy, and so fun – the kids will go crazy! A perfect treat for finishing off our wonderful season of beach going fun.

Sand Cakes!

Sand Cakes

How to make edible sand!

The sand is just Nilla Wafers processed in a blender! Genius idea for a simple afternoon treat…  

Posted August 04, 2014 4 Comments
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a week of revelry

Ice cream cones stacked

I hope your summer has been incredible and amazing. The twins start Kindergarten in just a couple weeks (pinch me now!) We’ve been spending our summer weeks soaking in the sun and getting loads of quality time together. I am taking this week off to enjoy the last bits of our summer, and to focus on some big projects coming quick this fall.

I’ll see you back here Monday August 4th to share a couple fun posts we’ve been preparing for you. That week, I’ll also be sharing the first public glimpse of my soon coming book! So happy to finally be able to tell you more about it – I hate keeping secrets.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for projects to craft and posts to read – we have a complete DIY gallery that is filled to the brim with ideas, crafts, and simple ways to revel this summer.

DIY project gallery! Hundreds of posts for summer crafts and projects.

See the full summer DIY gallery right here and if you’re hungry here’s the recipe gallery – it’s filled with cakes! Have a great week. xoxo

(Top photo by Alejandro Melendez)

Posted July 28, 2014 0 Comments
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why don’t we – fill awesome things with confetti

Confetti star balloons + 10 awesome things to fill with confetti!

Confetti is a favorite around my house. BUT, my love for it often gets sidetracked because of its more messy qualities. Can you ever really get all the confetti out of a rug?

Instead of throwing confetti around and cleaning it up for hours afterwards… I opt to fill things with confetti. You get all the bright fun. Minus the crazy mess. Score! Since it’s Friday, why not find something a little dull and make it much brighter with confetti? Here are 10 of my favorite things to fill with confetti!

Balloons (top photo)

Jars to save for a special confetti wish

Cookies or cake - stuffing cakes is the best.


Ornaments that look as good for a party as they do at Christmas time.

Crackers to use as favors or gifts.

Gift tags

A wall art gallery

Party cones

Match boxes would be a fun countdown for a birthday, or to count down the days until school starts again!

Plus, a gallery of all our fun confetti projects to try.

Have a bright and mess free weekend friends. xoxo

Posted July 25, 2014 3 Comments
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blueberry + basil crumble

Blueberry + Basil Crumble

Last week, I found my perfect summer dinner party dessert. I have been searching for a recipe for a long time to serve when we have friends over that tastes amazing, is healthy, comes together easily, and looks spectacular. That’s not too much to ask from a dessert. Right?

Enter in my new (and soon to be legendary!) blueberry basil crumble. We made it one night and Matt was quick to inform me that he would say yes to anything I asked, if only he could have more of this dessert. The next night we served it to friends. Everyone loved it!

You can make the entire thing ahead of time for easy party prep. Serve the crumble in ramekins or miniature Weck containers for a fabulous dinner party treat.

Blueberry + Basil Crumble

To make the recipe you will need; 2 pints of blueberries, 1/4 cup fresh basil, 1 lemon, 1 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted), 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbs nutmeg, 1 tbs cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

Blueberry + Basil Crumble

Blueberry + Basil Crumble

Blueberry + Basil Crumble

Before jumping into the recipe, I knew I wanted our containers to have a bit of style. I used a length of pom poms and a small dab of hot glue to adhere the trim to our jars. They look more festive this way and it really accentuates the specialness of the dessert.

Once the jars get cleaned out, the trimmed containers can have a great second life as cute pencil holders for the office.  

Posted July 24, 2014 6 Comments
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air plant favors

Air plant favors

Air plants are one of my favorite kinds of plants. They don’t need soil, or much water (just a little spritz here and there) all the plants really need to live is water! That is my kind of plant.

Air plants make amazing favors for weddings or showers. They’re are a great solution if your looking to gift flowers that can last through an entire wedding day and are affordable to buy. Gift miniature (baby) plants on their own with simple thank you tags, or line a table with them placed in tea light holders. A more modern (and less messy) take on the succulent favor trend.

Air plant favors

Air plant wedding favors

air plant wedding favors

air plant wedding favors

To take the plants and turn them into sweet farewell favors, I placed each air plant into a tea light holder and adorned the front with a simple heart. I’ve tried painting glass many different ways before, yet it never seems to come our quite as bright and bold as I’d like. For these little glass holders, I used Elmer’s new Painter’s markers. I am so happy with the bright and colorful results – perfect for a celebration.  

Posted July 23, 2014 3 Comments
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