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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ice cream birthday squares

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

Looking for a sweet way to celebrate an ice cream lovers birthday? These ice cream birthday squares are so festive and fun! They’ll be an instant hit and can freeze in a couple hours. Claire made them for us, using an ice cube tray as the mold (we’ve done that before!). They’re are a fabulous way to turn ice cream into finger food for your next party.

Serve these beauties on small squares of parchment paper for a fabulous way to say “Happy Birthday” to one friend – or an entire roomful with ease.

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

Start by making a basic vanilla ice cream mix. Combine one and a half cups of heavy cream, half a cup of sugar, one cup of milk, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract in a small pan over a medium heat. Whisk until the sugar has fully dissolved, don’t let it simmer or boil. Once cooled, divide the mixture into three bowls. Add a few drops of pink or red colouring to one bowl, and purple to another. Add the colour slowly, mixing with a fork until you have a pastel shade. Leave the third bowl white.

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

In your freezer, prop a giant ice cube tray on an angle (a small tub or a bag of frozen peas make a good stand!). Use a small jug to pour your vanilla mix into the molds until they are half full, one colour in each mold. Having the tray at an angle will give you the diagonal line through your ice cream squares.

Once your first colour has frozen thoroughly (be sure to refrigerate your remaining vanilla mix in the meantime), lay the tray flat and pour a different colour into each mold until they are all full. Let these freeze through, and them pop ‘em out when you are ready to serve! To make these extra party-fied, dip the squares into a plate of sprinkles, and scatter some on top.

Ice Cream Birthday Squares

Project recipe and photography by Claire for A Subtle Revelry. See more pretty photos from her at South by North.

Posted February 27, 2014 6 Comments
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disco balloon laundry

Disco Ball Laundry

I think a lot about revelry in our everyday lives. Of course I love holidays, I think birthday’s are rad… but when it comes down to it – those moments are so few and far between in our year. I find such a thrill out of making the everyday a bit more special and fun, because everyday deserves a party (or so the tagline of this blog says!). I’ve been wanting to give greater glimpses into my own life and how our family does this, which is why this post, sponsored by P&G, is so perfect. Here is the first installment of a new series I am dubbing “everyday revelry” – the laundry version.

Disco Balloon Laundry

Disco Balloon Laundry

Disco Balloon Laundry

One thing I’ve found out while enjoying revelry on a daily basis is that the little things really make a difference. Want to make life more fun? Want to cheer everyone up? You don’t have to throw a massive event… maybe just buy a $10 disco ball and hang it up in the laundry room, or in the kitchen to catch the evening sun while you make dinner (from experience this might be the best $10 you ever spend!). Stash a couple balloons at the bottom of the laundry basket for the kids to find when putting away their clothes. Simple and festive ways to make everyday, even laundry day, a merry one.
 

Posted February 27, 2014 3 Comments
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25 rainbow projects

It’s almost March! The onslaught of spring has me in such a bright mood lately. Rainbows, flowers, and sun cannot get here soon enough. To celebrate the colors that are about to explode into our lives… 25 most favorite rainbow projects. They’ll keep you going through these last few weeks before the clouds break. Add a pot-of-gold and each would be a bright addition to St. Patrick’s day.

25 Easy Rainbow Crafts

25 easy rainbow projects:

Column One (top to bottom): 1. fortune cookie favors - a subtle revelry | 2. cupcakes - blooming homestead | 3. bonbon bracelet - loom love | 4. colorful drawers - livet hemma | 5. skittles & nerds candy cake - the 36th avenue | 6. knit blanket - purl bee | Column Two: 7. balloon banner - catch my party | 8. petal cake - modern taste | 9. fascinator - studio diy | 10. streamer backdrop - little green notebook | 11. nesting baskets - tuts plus | 12. rainbow in a jar - i heart nap time | Column Three: 13. melted crayon art - glorious treats | 14. butterfly sun-catcher - minnie co | 15. heart garland - liz stanley | 16. rainbow in a bag - social graces | 17. over the rainbow printable - simple as that | 18. veggie flatbread - gimme some oven | Column Four: 19. natural paintbrushes - learn create love | 20. make-your-own-rainbow favors - griottes | 21. colorful ice cubes - happy hooligans | 22. mobile cloud - lait fraise | 23. diy crayon holder - sugar bee crafts | 24. fruit & veggie “skittles” - joyful abode | 25. pot of gold cake pops - ambrosia

Graphic done in collaboration with Alli Michelle.

Posted February 26, 2014 2 Comments
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