french toast baked in oranges

Are you doing anything special to celebrate your mother, or being a mom, this weekend? I am looking forward to enjoying my family and a favorite breakfast of orange French toast, after sleeping in of course (it’s the little...

accordion paper wreath

You may well know that accordion folded paper is one of my favorite things. The simple folds provide a crazy affordable and easy way to create pretty art. This wreath was crafted with about 50 sheets of white...

two-tone balloons

A bouquet of balloons is quite possibly the easiest way to make any space feel like a party. S?ince they’ve become ever so commonplace, I wanted to bring a bit of a subtle artistic touch to our...

stained glass photo display

Using an inkjet printer, embroidery hoops and tissue wrapping paper, I created this photo display that looks like a pretty version of stained glass. I love how the light filters through the tis?s?ue and creates a gorgeous? hue. Although it was...

tea party manners for kids

Teaching my kids how to act appropriately at parties is a high value around here. Having young children around can either make a party the best or the make it the absolute worst few hours of your week (all depending...

typography cake

The only thing better better than a birthday cake, is a birthday cake that can talk! Why not surprise the guest of honor at your next party with this creative typography birthday cake? It clearly expresses why you are celebrating, in...

10 subtle ways to thank a teacher

This week is teacher appreciation week and I cannot remember ever wanting to thank a teacher as much as I do right now. The twins first year of preschool has been a raving success – in large part...

typography garden

I wanted to create a personal bouquet for mom that was easy for my very black thumb. The hard thing about bouquets is they are very temporary and quite hard to personalize. Instead, I purchased a grouping of potted flowers and created this...

paint chip wall confetti

Whether you are celebrating Cinco De Mayo this weekend, a birthday, a graduation, or just a nice Saturday, there is always occasion for wall confetti! A dash of sprinkles on your ice cream, momentary paint chip confetti on the wall,...

sassy spring love list

This post is brought to you by Diet Pepsi. I was asked to create a sassy spring love list inspired by Diet Pepsi’s new pretty peacock pattern. It was designed by one of my favorite HGTV stars, Vern Yip....

faux chalkboard gift tags

Creating the look of pretty chalkboards with basic black construction paper was a wonderful discovery for us last month. Now it seems the possibilities of what can be made with the faux chalkboards are endless. Simple gift tags are...

25 creative ice cream ideas

Happy May! This month kicks off summer for us in many ways, and I love nothing more than sitting on our porch sharing ice cream with our kids, neighbors, and friends. It is an indulgence so worth...

striped birthday candles

Making a birthday cake feel special doesn’t mean you have to be a fondant wiz. Paint a series of rugby lines onto store bought party candles and instantly turn a simple cake into a festive treat.  I...

bright and easy dreamcatcher

When I think of the woman I have become, there are a couple specific people I am always reminded of. Women who’ve come alongside me and are always there to encourage my wildest of dreams. I...

pinatas for love

Happy weekend. This last week was an intense one – we launched the site redesign, started on the book, and began to pack because we are moving in 3 weeks! Needless to say, I am excited...

blow box party lights

These paper blow box lights give the most festive vibe to any home or party space. We originally made them to hang over the deck for our last party, but I loved the look so much...

New Site Design

Welcome to the newly updated A Subtle Revelry! We’ve been working for a long time on this project and I am thrilled to finally get to share it with you today. May I present… our new...

Big Bow Party Hat

I’ve been looking for ways to spice up my hair style (mostly my bangs) for spring. Last week, I attempted a front criss-cross braid. This week, a huge bow party hat might just do the trick....

Paper Straw Hanging Garland

I am always surprised by the ingenuity my kids have to re-use and re-purpose their toys. A box becomes a rocket… a tower of blocks becomes a castle… and a bunch of straws become a gorgeous hanging garland...

Party Girl + Links

I am finally finishing up a few big projects and it feels like a weekend to party. I love this simple, gorgeous party girl photo by Jesy Almaguer. If you are not following her on Instagram, you...

The Book I am Writing

I have some exciting news to share today… This summer I am writing a book! I cannot share too much about it yet, but I am so pleased to have recently signed with Abrams to publish...

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

Making popcorn is a weekly tradition at our home. A big bowl of popcorn seems to make any evening at home more special. In a desire to involve our kids, we brought it off the stove...

Criss-Cross Front Braid

Braids are in everywhere this spring, but this criss cross front braid is an exceptionally pretty concept. I love how seamless it looks and thankfully would take the place of my tired out bangs. A perfect...

Sharpie Scripted Pillows

Sleep tight and rest your eyes on a love note with these simple sharpie scripted pillows. They are a pretty way to celebrate love, home and those special moments of rest we all treasure. The pillows...