When Winter cold surrounds us, there is nothing better than curling up inside with a mug of delicious hot chocolate and for a wedding – what better way to warm up the cockles of your guests’ hearts than by serving up bountiful mugs of this deliciously smooth liquid?
After discovering the fruity flavour of Amarula, we devised a recipe to add this to our own “winter warmer’s list” for a decadent spiked – and grown up – hot chocolate!
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 60ml Amarula
- Whipped cream
- Shaved chocolate
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 add Amarula.
Pour into mug and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
Wedding favours have definitely come a long way in recent years and while some couple’s budgets might allow for them to have thank you gifts custom made for their guests, it is actually quite nice to receive something that has been handmade with love. The wonderful thing about these teacup terrarium wedding favours is that they look amazing and are surprisingly cost effective too – plus the majority of the steps can be done on multiple ones at the same time. It could also be done a lot quicker if you enlist some helpers and get a production line happening (that’s what bridesmaids are for right?)
If you’re really wanting to keep the cost of your wedding favours low it helps to buy in bulk – you’d be hard pressed to find a single serve bag of soil anyway! Look for direct-to-the-public wholesale plant sellers or any nursery that sells their mini succulents in trays for a lower price. Depending on the style of teacup you’re after, you could either buy large quantities online, or you could scour your local op shops for mis-matched cups at low prices.
What you’ll need:
- Tea cups
- Small stones or gravel
- Succulent and cacti potting soil
- Optional: moss and charcoal (both available from nurseries and hardware stores)
What to do:
Step 1. Add a small handful of rocks the bottom of each tea cup. This helps with water drainage so the plants don’t drown. Add a small layer of charcoal (this is optional but helps to purify the soil and remove toxins which can help extend the life of the plants).
Step 2. Add some of your potting mix. You want it to be filled about 2/3 of the way up, then press down in the centre with your fingers to form a small well so there is room for the plant.
Step 3. Squeeze the sides of the succulent’s pot to loosen it up, then carefully tip it upside down to get it out. Brush away some of the excess soil to expose the roots and if necessary trim slightly. Place into the well in the centre of the tea cup.
Step 4. Carefully add additional soil around the succulent to fill it up and press down with your fingers.
Step 5 . Add a small layer of moss or tiny pebbles if you have additional space you’d like to fill.
Ms Chinoiserie Says: With terrariums being so on trend at the moment, I love this idea; there are so many succulents available nowadays so grab a variety for some extra creative style!
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