birthday balloon bombing a car

Balloon Bombing A Car

Balloon Bombing A Car

April is a month filled with birthdays around here. I’ve been scheming up really fun ways to celebrate that I’m excited to share. Carly’s bedroom balloon bombing got me thinking about how I could recreate the idea for my favorite people (who I don’t live with). The result? A car bombing… with balloons! Make a friend’s day with she’s out running errands, surprise a family member while they’re at work, or let your beau know you care by filling their cars with balloons and leaving a sweet note of love before fleeing the scene.

Balloon Bombing A Car

Balloon Bombing A Car

To do your own car bombing with balloons, purchase about 15 filled balloons (for a regular sized car) and blow up another 30-40 on your own. We transported ours in large trash bags which worked great. Fill the floors and seats with the breath filled balloons and top it off with the helium ones, to fill out the ceiling and window areas. A strand of bunting in the window and a small love note left on the dashboard finish off the look.

Balloon Bombing A Car

A quick tip to grab the keys while someone is at work; call in asking for a co-worker or assistant who will be overjoyed to run them out for this sweet surprise.

Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry. More birthday balloon ideas, right here.

Posted March 31, 2014 10 Comments
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a watermelon cake

Watermelon Cake

I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago that my family is drastically altering the way we eat. We are working through some health issues, and currently cutting out the normal sweets and treats that I am used to serving. While a decadent chocolate cake will still be the birthday norm around here (not to worry!) I’ve also been searching out healthy alternatives for our weekly gatherings and Sunday night dinner parties.

This watermelon cake is my new favorite! It is so simple to whip up, and it is as much a show stopper as any of our other party cakes. Plus, the cake is completely healthy. Just a watermelon! We served it at our last Sunday night dinner and everyone quickly fell in love.

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake

To make a watermelon cake that is all natural, gluten free, paleo friendly, whole 30 approved (or whatever diet you might be sticking to). Purchase a watermelon – look for a wide one which will give you a nice substantial base. Cut the rind away and slice to a good thick size. For a taller cake buy a couple different size watermelons and stack as you go. Serve on a cake stand with your naturally fabulous party style.

If you’d like to top it with whipped cream (it’s really good!) here is my favorite old fashioned whipped cream recipe, and here is a great coconut whipped cream recipe.  

Posted March 28, 2014 4 Comments
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ring tied rug (made with t-shirts!)

Ring Tied T-Shirt Rug

I have so many house updates I am dying to make this season. An avid believer of making every day and every space revelrous, we aim for light, bright and unabashedly festive whenever possible in our house. This ring tied rug made with bright t-shirts is a gorgeous example. And, it is easy enough to pull together this weekend – right after you clean out that pesky closet. YAY for spring!

Ring Tied T-Shirt Rug

Ring Tied T-Shirt Rug

Ring Tied T-Shirt Rug

Ring Tied T-Shirt Rug

Ring Tied T-Shirt Rug

The process to make this rug is a piece of cake, but it will take a couple hours to put together. Be prepared with a full Netflix cue to distract while you cut and tie. All that is needed are several bright colored shirts, with a little stretch in them, and a pair of scissors.  

Posted March 27, 2014 3 Comments
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paper bunny fruit bags

Bunny Fruit Bags

Bunnies are the simple (and cute) mascot for Spring, and they inspire these fun fruit bags. They’re made from paper bags and will instantly liven up lunch time fruits and veggies. Place a basket out at brunch and your guests will be instantly drawn to the tied ears, colorful nose and sweet peak of fruit inside.

paper bunny baggies

Bunny Fruit Bags

Bunny Fruit Bags

To make the bunny paper bags you’ll need; paper bags (look for fun paper bag designs at your local craft store), a roll of colorful tape, ribbon to tie off the ears, and fruit to place inside.


Posted March 25, 2014 16 Comments
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shredded carrot ice cream

Shredded Carrot Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is something I love to make. While, rolling it out in mason jars is definitely the most fun – this carrot ice cream recipe tastes so much creamier and includes real, raw carrots! Cookie cutting the ice cream bars into carrot shapes gives a fabulous way to present the treat for spring, and will totally distract your kids from the good-for-them shreds of carrots happily hiding inside.

Shredded Carrot Ice Cream Recipe

Shredded Carrot Ice Cream Bars

Homemade Carrot Ice Cream

To make the carrot ice cream recipe, you will need; 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1-1/2 cups peeled, finely grated carrots (from about 3-4 medium carrots), 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 1-1/2 cups heavy cream, pinch fine sea salt, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 4 large egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Make sure to have these kitchen essentials are available; 9×13 casserole pan (we used a paper disposable pan with lid), carrot-shaped cookie cutter, and green decorations (jimmies, sprinkles, gel).


Carrot Ice Cream Recipe

Make the carrot ice cream by; melting the butter and brown sugar together in a small pan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the shredded carrots and cook until the mixture is thick and the carrots are soft, about 6 or 7 minutes. Remove from heat.  

Posted March 24, 2014 7 Comments
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festive ideas for the first weekend of spring

Welcome Spring

I am so happy it is officially spring! I am currently knee deep in Easter shoots, bright home updates, and birthday party plans. For our shared birthday, Matt and I are hosting a lip synch birthday party contest – inspired by my new favorite Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon! I am practicing daily:)

Spring is such a fun season for us. Here are a few festive ideas to make your first weekend of spring a raving success:

Celebrate Spring - dye your hair!

Celebrate Spring - bake lemon cakes

Celebrate Spring - make pinata Easter eggs

Celebrate Spring - making colorful syrup

Celebrate Spring - brightening up terreriums

Celebrate Spring - stamping with vegetables

Celebrate Spring - bake cakes in mason jars

Celebrate Spring - paper party balls

Make a gorgeous rose bouquet | Dye your hair a fun new color with Kool-aid | Bake a cake inside of a lemon | Make a stash of piñata eggs (they’ll stay good until Easter!) | Sweeten drinks with naturally dyed simple syrups | Update terrariums with colorful sand | Stamp paper with veggies to brighten up the walls | Serve tea cakes in mason jars | Decorate for a brunch with pretty paper balls

We are off for a little spring break revelry this weekend. Regular posting will resume on Monday + sharing a few exciting updates next week. Have a fabulous first weekend of spring! xoxo

Posted March 20, 2014 4 Comments
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