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Cocktail Friday – Blushing Bubbles

by | Cocktail Friday, Made


Polka Dot Bride

blushing bubbles cocktail

Blushing bubbles is the perfect little treat for a Valentine’s Day tipple. With its vibrant red colour, the abundance of bubbles and the fresh lime and mint it’s a Summery champagne cocktail. This recipe makes two.

blushing bubbles cocktail


– Two limes

– Pommery champagne

– 60ml Grenadine syrup

– Fresh mint leaves


Squeeze the juice of two limes into a cocktail shaker.

Add fresh mint and 60 ml of grenadine syrup.

Muddle ingredients together.

Add mixture to tall tumblers or champagne flutes.

Top with ice cold champagne.


DIY Heart Cupcake Toppers

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Jane (emerald + ella)


You might have seen these cupcake toppers in my last post – the rosewater surprise heart cupcakes. They are super simple to make and look so cute for Valentine’s Day. You could also make them on long skewers to use as cocktail stirrers.

All you need is:

– Toothpicks

– 30cm pipe cleaners (also called chenille sticks). You can get these from craft or $2 stores.

– Scissors


Cut the pipe cleaners in half. Twist one end around a toothpick. Bend the pipe cleaner into a circle and twist the other end around the toothpick to close the circle. If you want to make these really secure you could add a dab of super glue to keep them in place.


Press down on the top of the circle to form a heart. And there you go, that’s it! Super simple huh?


Images and tutorial by emerald + ella. Cake stand and striped parchment paper from the emerald + ella store.

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Ms Gingham says: So easy to whip up! Great idea Jane.

I’m Jane Howard, the girl behind emerald + ella – an online shop and blog which encompass a world of beautiful, eclectic things. I’m also a recipe writer, food stylist, vintage collector, New Zealander, married to an Aussie boy, aspirational crafter, wine drinker, pulled pork sandwich lover and basically just a girl who likes pretty bits and pieces.

Valentines Heart Jar Candle Holder Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Polka Dot Bride

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First things first- this fun tutorial was inspired by the lovely crew at Heart. Love. Weddings who created a DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece last year. Wanting something a little more Valentines inspired, I altered the tutorial to use Australian available products and something a little brighter in keeping with the season!

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What You’ll Need:

  • Glass jars in your choice of shapes and sizes
  • Contact paper
  • Spray paint (I used Rust-oleum in Gloss Candy Pink, Gloss Berry Pink and Gloss Apple Red)
  • A pen & scissors

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Wash and dry the jars and remove any label glue residue. Trace a shape onto the “wrong” side of the contact paper and cut out carefully. Affix the shapes to the front of your jars (Tip: Choose a shape that sits low enough for your candle light to peek out.)

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Carefully spray your jars, (in a well ventilated area using short strokes and holding the jar far away) including right over your shape and leave to dry.

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Once dry, the contact paper peels right off (hooray!) and leaves a clean crisp line. If you need to touch it up, use a cotton bud dipped into mineral turpentine.

Pop a tea light candle inside and light.  heart vase tutorial009

Rust-oleoum Gloss Candy Pink was sent to Polka Dot Bride for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy. All other materials were purchased by Polka Dot Bride.

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