cleaning up our #HappiMess


Participating in the #HappiMess fun with Delta this fall has helped me to really enjoy our daily messes. Whether we are pouring glitter filled drinks, playing with confetti, or busting out the paints we tend to make a mess. That’s just the way it goes with kids, parties, crafting, and fun!



There are many days we end up covered in a pretty huge mess. In fact, it’s often the best (and most creative) days that we end up being covered the most. Afterwards, there’s not much left to do, but immediately throw everyone into the bath. As a mom, I spend a lot of time scrubbing off our little happy messes, so a great shower head goes a long way towards my desire to continue creating and getting messy with the kids.  

Posted October 14, 2014 65 Comments
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birthday present halloween costume

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

Last year we did a festive Halloween costume series that was really fun. A birthday cake, a party lantern, a bunch of balloons, a baby bouquet of flowers, and real life honeycombs! Festive and bright costumes for the kids.

One thing we were missing – was a birthday present. So I am filling in the gap this year, with this incredibly easy birthday present costume (make it in under 1 hour). The costume is as bright and fun as you can get for Halloween.

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

To make the birthday present Halloween costume you will need; one cardboard box, one can of bright spray paint, thick ribbon for the shoulders, thin metallic ribbon for the box front, and a big funky bow for the headband.

DIY birthday present Halloween Costume

Start by gluing the bright bow to a length of metallic ribbon for the headband – the bigger the bow the better!

To make the birthday present box, tape or glue down all the flaps inside and spray paint the box in the bright color of your choosing.

Glue a metallic ribbon around the front of the box and glue two shoulder straps on the inside of each box for wearing. Measure the ribbon to your child.

That’s all it takes for a fun and festive Halloween costume! Perfect for the little ones in your trick-or-treating crew.

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

This birthday present costume idea will fit adults too with the right ribbon measurements – an easy office costume fix. Slip on to be fully in costume (like a superhero), slip off for your regular everyday fall look. Nice for running in and out of meetings and school parties.

More kid friendly Halloween ideas right here.

(Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 13, 2014 Comments Off
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share a meal

Share A Meal

The problem of hunger in our country affects 16 million people, mostly children, and many of them go unnoticed. With the economic upheaval of the recent years, the face of hunger has drastically changed. There could be children down any of our streets struggling to know when it is they will eat again. For a girl who loves a feast, this does not sit well.

I am really excited to be partnering with Unilever in their #ShareAMeal initiative. I will be gathering together with friends this fall – not just for revelry, but also to do something about the hunger in our own community.

Today, a new documentary is being launched, Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Childhood Hunger. I’d love for you to watch it and think about what could be done to #ShareAMeal in your own community this fall.

For more information on this initiative and resources for sharing a meal in your own community visit Project Sunlight.

(Top photo © Deirdre Malfatto/Stocksy United)

Posted October 13, 2014 2 Comments
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why don’t we… induldge in pumpkin ice cream

pumpkin ice cream

It’s about this time every year I start craving pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bourbon, pumpkin cakes… As long as it’s from a pumpkin, there’s a decent chance I will love it.

Last year I was introduced to pumpkin ice cream! The game has been forever changed. Move over every other way to eat pumpkin, because this creamy cold version is as rich as a pie, as refreshing as the crisp days of fall, and it has easily become our seasonal treat of choice.

Pumpkin pie ice cream

Make your own pumpkin ice cream with; 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1 15-oz. can of 100% pumpkin puree, 5 large egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

Place 5 egg yokes in a large bowl along with the sugar and whisk until combined.

Heat the cream, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt on low heat until the mixture begins to froth and simmer. Pull off before boiling.

Slowly add the hot cream mixture to your eggs and whisk while adding. Once the bowls are combined, put the mixture back on the stove and stir constantly until the mixture gets thick and reaches 170 degrees.

Strain the mixture into a large, wide bowl. Add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Stir gently to combine. Chill mixture for about 15 minutes in the fridge before adding to the ice cream maker, per package directions. Wait for it paitently and then… indulge in a taste of the season you will quickly love.

A few other pumpkin recipes I love to induldge in here, here, and here.

Have a tasty weekend!

(Photography © Alberto Bogo/Stocksy United)

Posted October 10, 2014 2 Comments
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two crafty halloween costumes for kids

Rainbow Halloween Costume

My rule for kid’s costumes is that they must be cute (not too spooky), crafty, and able to brighten someone’s day. A tall order? Here are two simple ideas for costumes that can be crafted in about an hour. Both will definitely bring a smile to everyone you see.

Kids Rainbow Halloween Costume

I’m not sure anyone can look at this sweet rainbow costume without breaking out in an enormous smile. It’s festive, fun and a great way to brighten up Halloween.

To make a felt rainbow costume; cut out two large half circle of red felt (you can find yards of felt in the rolled fabric section), connect the two half circles with red felt straps to go over the shoulders. Lay the base out and begin cutting half circles in descending sizes to create the rainbow affect for both the front and the back. Glue in place from largest to smallest. Cut out 4 cloud shapes from white felt and glue to the bottom ends of the rainbow.

Pair the sweet rainbow with a yellow felt sun beam headband, yellow tights, and colorful shoes for a brightly beaming kid’s costume.

DJ Halloween Costume

Crafty DJ Halloween Costume

When you are not parting the clouds, bringing a dose of pop and funk is another awesome way to turn Halloween into a festive, fun party! This iconic hipster DJ costume with/or without real music will be sure to bring grins to all your fellow trick-or-treaters.

To make the hipster DJ Halloween costume start with a cardboard box. Cut off one long top flap and one long bottom flap. Connect the two with glue to create the boom box handle. Tape the remaining flap down to keep your box secure. Paint the box and the handle a bright/bold color. Add the speaker and button details by painting smaller pieces of cardboard and gluing them onto the box.

Add a pair of headphones, Converse sneakers, a beenie, and a puffy vest for classic DJ style. For extra happiness stick a small tape player inside and leave the top of the boom box open for pressing play as you stride by.

For other bright and festive costume ideas try a honeycomb, a birthday cake, or a party lantern on for size.

(Top photography © Meaghan Curry/Stocksy United – Bottom two photos © Eduard Bonnin/Stocksy United)

Posted October 09, 2014 5 Comments
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monster favor bags

Monster Favor Bags

To go along with the monster donuts we all loved so much, these monster favor bags are a fun way to hand out candy (or a more healthy trail mix;) this year. They are just creepy enough to still be cute, and definitely school party approved.

Let’s get in the monster party spirit and hand out the sweet little bags to our guests and ghouls and finish off our spooky celebration with that perfect dose of whimsy that is sure to make every one smile.

Spunky Monster Favor Bags

Monster Favor Bags

The monster favor bags are made out of rolled tissue paper, buttons, thread, and a collection of fun ribbons for accent.

To make a stash of monster bags; roll a couple sheets of colorful tissue paper together and stuff with goodies. Close both ends by tying with ribbon or twine. Next, wrap fun ribbon around the monsters, creating your own whimsical characters and finish off by threading a needle and stitching (or you could glue) the monster’s button eyes into place.

That’s all that is needed to create these funky, spunky, and sure to be a favorite favors for your Halloween festivities.

Monster Bags

Monster Favor Bags

Whimsical Monster Bag

To finish the monster bags off right I used strands of kitchen twine and vintage ribbon. Ribbon is an item I always check for whenever visiting a thrift store – I love the amazing styles I dig up, perfect for more eclectic projects like this one. Happy treat giving!

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 08, 2014 Comments Off
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bright cat garland

Bright Cat Garland

Nothing says Halloween like a strand of spooky cats. Since I much prefer bright and fun to spooky and creepy, this cat garland is a whole new take on the spooky black feral idea. It adds a festive vibe to any fall party or mantel display.

Bright is the new black… Colorful is the new cat!

Bright cat garland

Festive Feral Garland

Bright Cat Garland

The cat garland can be whipped up quickly and is a stellar backdrop for a Halloween shindig. I have a strand hanging in the house and it brightens up the entire fall look of the place. Plus, the kids just adore it! Include the them in the fun, designing the cat faces and bringing these festive felines to life.

Bright Cat Garland

Bright Cat Garland

To make the cat garland you’ll need our cat face template (download the cat garland template right here). Trace it on a piece of bright card stock, cut the shape out and crease along the middle line.

Take a small piece of the leftover paper and roll it into a circle and glue to hold in place. Next, glue the paper circle to the inside of the cat face and run a string through the center to combine the garland. This gives the cat heads a festive 3D appearance while making the stringing of the garland a cinch.

Bright Cat Garland

Now it’s time to decorate the faces! We used a black marker to fill in the eyes and nose. Cut small strips of the bright paper for the whiskers. A little glue is all you need to create this bright, fun party look.

Bright Cat Garland

To hang the cat garland, I used some of the new Command Brand hanging party products. They came out with a line of party decorating products specifically for us festive party throwers and it is so awesome. From balloon bunchers, to pom-pom ceiling hangers, to these killer banner hangers – the entire line is one I will be using often.

The hanging products can be used on walls for easy party decor and come off simply with no-damage! Making my decorating job so much easier. I was super skeptical myself, but this garland went up, hung perfectly, and came down the next day with a simple pull, leaving not as much as a smudged mark on the wall. I’m hooked (hooked, get it:)!

Bright Cat Garland

Festive Feral Heads

For more festive and bright Halloween projects, see our full Halloween DIY gallery.

Command Party products can be found in the party aisle at your local Walmart.

This post is done in promotional partnership with Command Brand. The product review and opinions are mine. Thanks so much for supporting the site sponsors that keep me crafting daily.

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 07, 2014 3 Comments
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swan costume headband + swan cake toppers

Swan Headband Costume

With Halloween coming in just a couple weeks, the need for cute dress-up ideas is high. We will have a couple more traditional costumes coming soon, but today I am happy to share this swan headband!

It is a great option for busy moms who are told they should dress up to help in class, but still need to keep up with five year olds. For those who want to have some fun in the office while still looking professional. And for trick-or-treat night when you don’t want to be totally left out of the game. Bring along this swan topped cake and everyone will immediately adore your dress-up selection.

Swan headdress

Swan birthday party essentials

The swans are a fabulous starting point for a birthday party, or less spooky Halloween costume party. Adorn your cake, make headbands for your guests, and enjoy the colors of the season without all the gore and spook.

Swan cupcake toppers

Swan cake

To make the swan cake toppers you will need; ping pong balls, black wooden skewers, black and orange felt, scissor, glue, and a length of faux feathers. For the headband you will also need a white headband.  

Posted October 06, 2014 3 Comments
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