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Polka Dot Punch

For our second week of Ginuary, this Polka Dot Punch may just be one of my favourite recipes that the patterned people whipped up in our cocktail making frenzy.

I love cocktails that are light and fresh for warm days and I especially love the idea that this could easily be served as a post ceremony celebratory drink – add edible flowers like we did for a touch of pretty! Fresh fruit flavours with gin and plenty of bubbles are all about celebration!

Ingredients:

  • 15ml mandarin juice
  • 30ml peach schnapps
  • 10 ml raspberry coulis
  • 15 ml gin
  • 60 ml Prosecco
  • Ice

Method:

Combine mandarin juice, peach schnapps, raspberry coulis and gin in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into glass over ice and add Prosecco.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride team

Gold cutlery, cut crystal glassware, gorgeous layered ceramics and hand lettered place cards. Yep, we want it all! But sometimes budget and *ahem* practicality have to come into play when you’re pulling together tablescapes for your wedding reception. Unless you’re lucky enough to be getting married in a venue that gives you total free rein in the lead up, or have a small army of helpers employed on the day, Pinterest worthy tablescapes can be tricky and costly to achieve.

But never fear! Here are five hot tips for adding a unique stylised touch to your place settings, with just a few florals and tonne of creativity.

Get creative with your napkins!

OK, so maybe gold dipped linen napkins for every guest isn’t possible. But slipping your folded white napkin under the plate, running off the edge of the table, is a pretty and unexpected touch.

Layer up your florals

Rather than just the standard floral centrepiece between every eight people, spread out your florals by adding a few smaller bud vases with just a stem or two in each, or lay stems of foliage down the centre of the table, interspersed with florals. Layers of florals add texture, interest and a beautiful floral abundance to your table.

Tie it up!

Yep, we’ve seen a single bloom on a plate a thousand times. But amp it up by using a length of beautiful grosgrain ribbon tied around the stem, ends rippling over the edge of the plate. You can find amazing vintage ribbons online or even on eBay! It’s just a little touch that takes barely any time but adds piles of charm.

Candles, candles, candles!

Nothing oozes romance like a sea of twinkling candlelight. Use a combination of inexpensive pillar candles and tea lights popped inside endless recycled glasses, glass jars or votives.

Three-in-one!

Place cards, menus, thank you notes. It all adds up to extra work that you could probably do without. Instead, combine all three in a gorgeous personalised menu, placed at each setting, complete with a message from the bride and groom!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So easy – and simple! I’m in love with ribbons – they just add that final gorgeous finishing touch!

About Bloombox Co: Hi, I’m Phil! I’m a DIY addict and I love to help women explore their creativity through flowers. I’m the co-founder of Bloombox Co, a flower delivery service that makes having flowers in your home or at your event (without a florist!) fun and easy.

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petunia

Petunia is as sweet a font as the name suggests. Created by a person known in the wedding industry, this family of fonts means that you can mix and match the font styles across your invitations.

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