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If there is a cocktail for Winter that I want to make over and over again, it’s our Spiked Jaffa Orange Hot Chocolate. When I say it is the most warming hot chocolate, you’ll have to believe that there is something about the smooth chocolate and orange liqueur that made this one shoot to my “favourite hot chocolate ever” list fairly fast.

Best served with jaffa lollies on the side, of course.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 60ml triple sec liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Jaffa lollies

Method

In an ovenproof bowl over a saucepan of water, melt chocolate chips with milk and vanilla bean paste, whisking to remove lumps and create a smooth liquid consistency.

Take off the stove and whisk in triple sec.

Pour into mug and top with whipped cream if desired.

Garnish with shaved chocolate and jaffas.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride

Rainy Sunday String Ball Vases

The faithful flower jar has seen it’s fair share of use at weddings these days. There are many ways to dress them up and make them more decorative, but at Rainy Sunday we wanted to come up with something with little bit more impact. Here’s a budget friendly idea that delivers on the wow factor. Here’s to up-styling your wedding decor on a budget!

Armed with jars, string, PVA glue and some balloons we’ve created these String Ball Vases. Very easy and a little clever we think.

Here’s how to make them.

  1. Blow up the balloons so they are the same height as your chosen jars.
  2. Cut off lengths of string to cover in PVA glue, and wrap around the balloon. We’ve used a heavy duty jute string because it gives more support and you don’t need to use as much.
Making Rainy Sunday String Ball Vases

3, Wrap as much PVA covered string around the balloons as you want for your desired effect. We did ours with about three sections of string. This makes it easier than one long pieces of string which is pretty messy when covered in PVA glue.

4. Let it dry for 24 hours then pop the balloon. Cut out the top of your string ball to make room to slip in your jar. We’ve used our Rainy Sunday Flower jars, but you can use any jar you like.

Making Rainy Sunday String ball Vases

As wedding stylists we’re always trying to come up with new ideas that don’t cost the earth for our brides. These String Ball Vases are so easy to make and look great with the rambling floral trend that is popular at the moment. You could even spray paint them to tie in with your wedding colour palette.

Rainy Sunday String Ball Vases

All images by Rainy Sunday

Ms Polka Dot says: What a simple idea to jazz up mismatching or cheap jars to give them some style.

About Rainy Sunday: Rainy Sunday is a creative studio based in Sydney, Australia. We offer home and wedding decor, event design, wedding and product styling and bespoke floral design along with a fun set of flower arranging workshops.

In collaboration with master mixologist Grant Collins, this Toasted Pecan Negroni is part of Om Nom’s seasonal cocktail menu. Om Nom suggests the toasty pecan flavours are “great for a winter wedding, a buck’s night celebration at home or a bridal shower at Om Nom.” And we’d have to agree!

Ingredients:

40mls Roasted Pecan Gin

40mls Campari

40mls Sweet Vermouth

2-3 dashes Pecan Bitters

1 dash Chocolate Bitters

To serve;

Orange

Pecans

Nut Oil

Lavender

Brown sugar

To make:

To make roasted pecan gin, simply roast some pecans on a tray in the oven until fragrant and golden. Once cooled, drop them into your bottle of gin to infuse for at least 24 hours.

To make candied pecans, pan fry pecans with a little oil until fragrant, sprinkle with lavender flowers and brown sugar. Stir gently until sugar is dissolved.

Stir all other ingredients with ice and strain into a tumbler over ice.

Serve with a twist of orange and candied pecans.

Recipe and image from Om Nom