1. Engraved stone ‘eggs’ in birds nest from SJ Engraving 2. Personalised pocket mirrors from The Oxee 3. Black freshwater pearl on sterling sliver pendant from Nikki Hills Design  4. Money clip made from wood, green malachite, brass and turquoise from jammerjewelry 5. Leather men’s wallet from Rafaelmenshop 6. Locket necklace with initial from Ilona Gallery

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Summer Raspberry Spritz

Hooray! Summer is finally here – and if there is one thing that the warmer weather calls for, it’s bubbles and berries! The Patterned people concocted this creation with dreams of long Summer days and post ceremony toasts – wide brimmed straw hats a must!

This sweet, floral cocktail is our favourite creation for a romantic Summer celebration with the sparkling water giving it a light bubbly touch. And the berries? Well, they add that little extra colour and punch!


  • 20 ml elderflower liqueur
  • 60 mls Prosecco
  • 20 mls sparkling water
  • 5 mls raspberry coulis
  • Mint leaves


Combine raspberry coulis and elderflower liqueur together in a cocktail shaker with mint leaves and muddle together.

Pour into a cocktail glass and top with mineral water and Prosecco.

Summer Raspberry Spritz Garnish

Recipe and images by the Polka Dot Bride team


If you’re planning a picnic or outdoor event, these sweet cutlery holders will add beautiful detail to the day. They’re so very easy to make, and can hold all sorts of different utensils – or even invitations, seating arrangements – the list goes on! But for today’s tutorial, imagine lovely packed lunches, hay bales, sweeping countryside views and your nearest and dearest celebrating with you!

You can make these from fabric or paper, however paper does hold shape a little more firmly. You can also use double-sided tape if you don’t have a sewing machine, just make sure it’s very sticky!


What you’ll need:

  • Paper of choice (I used smaller cutlery and my paper is A5 in size. Look for A4 if you’ve got larger cutlery). Look in charity shops or have a dig about the antique stores for some beautiful vintage florals!
  • Scissors (or guillotine if you’re making these in bulk)
  • Sewing machine (or double-sided tape)
  • Cutlery (wooden cutlery would also look stunning!)


What to do:

Step 1. Fold your paper in half, leaving approximately one inch of overlap. Make sure the pattern on the paper is facing the right way!


Step 2. Using scissors (or a guillotine), cut your pieces on paper in half. If you’re using a larger sheet of paper, you may be able to cut more pieces.


Step 3. Once all your pieces of paper are cut, using a sewing machine, carefully sew down each side to secure the edges. Be aware this may blunt your needle for further sewing projects, so perhaps keep one aside just for paper projects!



Step 4. That’s it! Pop your cutlery in, present them in a lovely box or with each picnic bundle, and you’re finished! You can make these ages in advance, and use just about any paper to match with your theme. You could even stamp or paint the paper if you’re feeling super crafty!



Images by Nicola Goring

Swirl divider

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Oh, I love these – and how easy! Any pretty paper would look wonderful – try mix and match for a chic finishing touch to an outdoor grazing table! 

About Nicola Goring – I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).