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1. Glittering Fringe Banner from LoveCult, 2. Gold garland from DuetOfPapers, 3. Linen Tablecloth from Back2Linen 4. Tropical leaf welcome sign from Frankandbunnylove, 5. Silver champagne bucket from CobblestonesVintage 6. Card box from WattsCo

 

I really think there is no better way to celebrate an engagement than with champagne. So, to kick off The Engagement Issue, what better way than whipping up a champagne cocktail with an old school twist? In the week of love, we couldn’t think of a better cocktail to try at home!

We’re going Aussie with this one, and going back to the days of our childhood where the biggest treat was a tall milkshake glass filled with vanilla ice cream and pink creaming soda. So this is our adult take on the old favourite – with a grown up flavour and of course, celebratory bubbles!

We added Campari to ours, but we’ve also tried it with Aperol, for a citrus burst. This step is completely optional though if you’re feeling a little lazy!

Ingredients

  • Chilled champagne
  • Two scoops of raspberry sorbet
  • 30ml Campari
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Method

  1. In a champagne glass or coupe, add your scoops of raspberry sorbet
  2. Top with Campari
  3. Fill the glass with chilled champagne
  4. Garnish with fresh raspberries

Proposal stories are some of our favourite stories! If you can’t stop sharing how your beloved asked you to be their’s forever, why not add your story to your decor? I love an easy DIY, and this is exceptionally easy! A beautiful way to spread the love, with a sneaky wee DIY for a foliage chandelier thrown in!

If you’ve got large blank spaces you’re keen to cover at your engagement party or wedding soiree, this is a simple and minimalistic way to do that, with a lot of heart thrown in. Hang the paper horizontally or in lovely big sheets vertically, adding texture and interest to the room.

What You Will Need:

  • Strips of paper – I’ve used paper rolls from Ikea
  • Fine tipped marker pens
  • Double sided tape
  • If you’re keen for a sneaky foliage chandelier DIY, grab some chicken wire, cable ties, secateurs and an armful of hardy foliage!

Step 1. To keep the edges textural, gently tear the paper to the size you have determined you will need. It may help to write out your story beforehand, so you are simply copying as you go. Don’t be concerned if you feel your handwriting isn’t good enough, if you keep it all the same size and avoid punctuation, you’ll look like a pro!

Step 2. Leave approximately 5-10 centimeters around the outside of your paper, and keep the lines of text spread evenly. Once you have completed your love story wall hanging, use double sided tape to attach it to the wall (being mindful of the surface).

Black and white works well to keep the design simple and fuss free. Brown paper and white markers also look brilliant, and if you make a mistake, you can either write ‘oops’ and continue, or simply start again! If you’re keen to craft some gorgeous foliage chandeliers, scrunch together a large ball of chicken wire and secure with cable ties. Secure it (very firmly!) to the ceiling, and begin popping in branches, ensuring each is secure. Easy peasy!

Ms Zebra Says: Being Valentines Day, what a gorgeous way to incorporate some DIY – and spread the love on exactly how you fell in love!!! Thanks Ms Honeycomb for this beautiful idea!

About Ms Honeycomb – Hi, 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).