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Cocktail Friday – Peter’s Margarita

by | Cocktail Friday, Made


Peter Rowland Catering
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Blood orange margarita

From our Peter Rowland Catering‘s mixologists, this Cocktail Friday, get your wedding party started with ‘Peter’s Margarita’!  And once you’ve mastered this mix, why not try a few seasonal variations – add blood orange juice along with the lime, experiment with different salts or even a roasted red capsicum brings an unusual flavour; perfect for spicing up winter celebrations!


  • 45 ml Tequila, preferably 100% per cent agave
  • 30 ml lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 15 ml agave syrup, cut with water
  • Ice
  • Salt


Put fresh ice into a cocktail shaker or another vessel that can be completely closed. Add the tequila and lime juice.

In a separate container blend the agave syrup with an equal amount of water. Shake or whisk this up until it has combined and take 15 ml from this and add it to the shaker.

Secure the lid so no liquid can escape and shake vigorously – this blends the ingredients, aerates it and cools it down. Strain it into a glass and enjoy!

Note: This recipe works roughly on a 3:2:1 ratio, so you can change the quantities using whatever measuring spoons or cups you have available if you’re making multiple drinks.

The salt rim

Peter’s Margarita doesn’t call for a rim of salt but many people are a fan! Try salting only half the rim so you get both experiences. Rub half the glass rim with a lime segment and roll it in the salt – we prefer Murray River pink salt.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Love this margarita; the blood orange juice mixed with the lime sounds so delicious!

About Peter Rowland Catering: As a shining light in hospitality for over 50 years, our team of world class chefs, food designers, stylists, event producers and hospitality managers deliver any style of wedding or event – anywhere, anytime. We simply relish bringing the art of food, drink and hospitality to life.

Gold Branch Guest Book Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Larissa Thorne


While Winter might not be a time of knee-deep snow here in Australia (at least not in the main cities) it is still a time of biting winds and bare branches, which is exactly where we got our inspiration for this great combination of decor and guest books. White and gold are a fantastic colour palette for Winter which brings an element of understated elegance to wedding styling.

To really embrace this time of year, we’re loving the inclusion of bare branches with touch of colour for added chic!

Our minimal design is made more special with a coat of metallic gold spray paint (we used a paint with an antique finish topped with a more metallic gold which really shines!) and you could use your branches simply as styling elements, a table centrepiece or make them into a guest book by leaving a pen and some paper treats (we like the idea of swing tags) nearby and ask your guests to hang their well wishes onto the branches as they pass by.


What you’ll need:

Clean branches that are free of leaves (you can either find them out on a walk or you can source them from some florists if you’re after a particular look or size)

Spray paint

A clean vase

White pebbles (try buying aquarium or landscaping pebbles)

A blackboard heart (you could also use a photo frame with a printed message)

Optional: String, gift tags and pens for your guests!

What to do:

Step 1 Make sure your branches are free of dirt and leaves.


Step 2 Add 2 to 3 coats of spray paint, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats. I used small branches and found it was easy to hang them from my clothesline with a peg – this allowed me to make sure I was getting all the angles and wasn’t rubbing any of the paint of with my fingers.


Step 3 Put your branch in your vase and arrange it how you’d like it displayed.  Add your pebbles all around the branch so that they hold it in place.

Step 4 Write instructions on your blackboard heart (or print them out) and attach to the vase. If you’re going with the photo frame option it would look nice to wrap lace or ribbon around the base of the vase to make it look a little more decorative.


Step 5 Leave swing tags with string attached and a pen next to the vase for guests to write messages. I decorated the back of the tags with glitter heart stickers but you could also use Polaroid photos or coloured paper.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A very chic decorating look in no time at all! Try a combination of silver and gold for added metallic glamour!

Tuesday Type – Wood Type Collection

by | Made, Tuesday Type


Polka Dot Bride


Wood Type Collection

If you’re in love with fonts and are considering a lot of different fonts making an artistic imprint on your invitation, the Wood Type Collection is for you. With a weathered hand made quality, this would look great on rustic cardstock using the different styles on offer.

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Wood Type Collection is available from My Fonts.

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