great spaces to party

Spaces

When we moved into our latest home we were thinking one thing – there are so many great rooms to host parties in! Having a space that is gorgeous, and party friendly is high on my home priority list. I’m so glad frankie magazine agrees with me. I spent a good part of my weekend enthralled in their newest magazine venture, Spaces. I adore the pages of pretty spaces and simple festive home decor hiding inside. Summer party bliss! Here are a few of my favorite spaces from the issue.

Spaces

Spaces

Spaces

Spaces

Spaces

Spaces

It’s not often that I find a publication so aligned to my personal, festive style. the simplicity of long tables, mismatched chairs, and gorgeous details strewn about makes for a room that is always ready to party:) Cheers to summer and lazy weekends lost in magazines.

(All photos via Spaces volume 2)

Posted June 16, 2014 2 Comments
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party hat popsicles

party hat popsicles

Today is the twins last day of preschool – summer officially starts next week! We are ready to enjoy our freedom, the pool, and of course loads of Popsicles.

For a fun last week of school treat I used a stash of party hats to make molds for these extra large Popsicles. They make for quite the fun showing, and they’re an easy stand in if you are still in need of proper Popsicle molds. Here’s to kicking off summer in pure party style!

party hat popsicles

party hat popsicles

You can make the Popsicles out of any type of smoothie or juice. I definitely recommend carrot juice Popsicles – they taste amazing!

To make this extra large party hat version; line a party hat with parchment paper rolled into a cone. Fill the cone with juice. Stick it all in a cup, freeze, and enjoy! We used a plastic bag to catch any spills. The hats created such fabulous party Popsicles cones.

party hat popsicles

party hat popsicles

Allow the Popsicles to freeze for about 20 minutes before sticking the straws in. Use fun colored paper straws (the thicker the better) or large wooden sticks for handles. Happy first week of summer!

PS. My favorite two Popsicles from last year here and here.

(Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry)

Posted June 13, 2014 2 Comments
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5 tips for starting a business at home

Cake

Last month A Subtle Revlery celebrated its 4 year blog anniversary. Its been just over four years of crafts, food, posts and fun on this site daily. Whew!

We’ve come so far in 4 years and I am forever grateful that you are still here popping by everyday to see our latest posts. I’ve been able to do more in this short time than I could have ever imagined and am forever thankful for this.

When I started blogging I wasn’t 100% sure of what would come of it. Isn’t that the case for most home based careers? I knew I had a passion, was ready to take a risk, and I saw an area of the Internet that was missing exactly what I wanted to say.

Building and running this site has been way more fun than going back to my previous career of investment banking (where they do not approve of confetti at all… Can you imagine?).

I’ve learned so much over the last four years – starting out a little business from home making ZERO DOLLARS A MONTH for a long time with my mom and best friend reading, then a couple more readers came along, then more, and more, and here we are.

People often ask me how I’ve been able to make a career out of blogging. I normally respond with work really hard:) But really, there are 5 elements of our starting out story that will help anyone to launch a successful business at home.

5 Tips for Starting a Business at Home

1) Find a mentor

Did you know the entire reason I started this site was because I wanted to write a book? No one knew who I was, and I honestly wasn’t 100% sure of what I wanted to say. A seasoned blogging friend spoke up and suggested the best way to get what I wanted was to focus on building my blog first.

Jenn was so right!

When we finally did accept our first book deal last year, I knew exactly what I wanted to say. I am so happy I listened to her advice and countless other wise words from many of my first blogging friends.

Find a mentor you trust, who has done what you want to do. Find five if you can. Ask all the questions you have and act upon the wisdom they share with you.  

Posted June 12, 2014 8 Comments
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my party shopping trick

Quirky pillows

Although we normally DIY most of our party decor – there is always that pesky need to go shopping whenever we host a celebration.

No matter where I am shopping for a party I have a little trick I often use to make the space come together in a cinch.  

Posted June 11, 2014 1 Comment
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confetti dot tablecloth

Confetti dot tablecloth

Confetti is a party necessity. No matter what event we are hosting, I love for confetti to be involved. To save on the need for sweeping and vacuuming tiny little pieces that never seem to fully disappear – let’s take our confetti to the big leagues.

Large paper cut confetti adorning a simple tablecloth… It will take your space and make it a gorgeous place to party in no time. Ahhh. I am in love.

I especially love this tablecloth for outdoor parties (think parks, beaches and weddings) as it instantly covers a fold out picnic table, or those not very cute event tables and turns them into festive works of art.

Confetti dot tablecloth

Confetti dot tablecloth

Confetti dot tablecloth

Confetti dot party tablecloth

To make the confetti dot tablecloth all you need is paper in various and colors, a small hole punch, scissors and safety pins (or a needle and thread).

Confetti dots

Start by cutting circles from paper in three different sizes. I find that using my set of nesting bowls is perfect for this – just lay the bowl down, trace and cut. Cutting 3-4 pieces at a time (with good scissors!) will save prep time in making the tablecloth.

Confetti dot tablecloth

Once all the holes are cut, punch a hole at the top and bottom of each circle, except for the ones that will be on the bottom. Those just need a hole in the top. Tie a piece of twine through the top hole, then safety pin the circle to the tablecloth, or stitch it with a hand sewing needle.

Confetti dot party tablecloth

Tie the descending circles to the top one with twine to achieve the desired table length. Have fun and mix of the sizes of the circles and the lengths of your strands for a table with great visual impact!

(Photography by Tina Fussell for A Subtle Revelry)

Posted June 10, 2014 3 Comments
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coil rope party coasters

Coil Rope Party Coasters

I like my summer gatherings to be as relaxed as I feel this season. These rope coil coasters quickly set the vibe for a laid back soiree filled with good drinks and great treats.

The use of jute rope in this project is nostalgic. It reminds me of boating and all the bliss that has come from summers gone by. While the addition of painted paper coils on our table bring a fresh and bright feel to this summer’s celebrations. Make a stash of these coil coasters to spread out on a late evening dinner table, and don’t forget to make extras to send home as party favors. Your friends will be begging you for a set!

Coil Rope Party Coasters

Coil Rope Party Coasters

Coil Rope Party Coasters

Coil Rope Party Coasters

To make the coil rope party coasters you’ll need; jute boating rope, plain paper wrapping rope, and spray paint in your favorite summer hues.

Start by making the jute rope coasters. Taking one end of the rope in your hand bend it inward and secure with a drop of hot glue. Continue winding the rope around and gluing in intervals to keep the coaster coil tight. Cut and glue the end in to finish each of the coasters off. Once you get coiling you can easily make a set of 6 coasters in under 10 minutes.  

Posted June 09, 2014 1 Comment
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