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The cooler seasons bring beautifully frosty mornings, the smell of wood burning fires and, of course, weddings that are styled to wintery perfection! If you’re wanting to try a little DIY for your guest favours, give these mulled wine sachets a whirl. They smell like Christmas and are easy to whip together, making them a win in every situation!

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Stock up on spices and red wine and these beauties will be made in no time at all!

What You Will Need (per sachet):

  • 2 x approximately 12x12cm muslin squares
  • Thread and needle OR sewing machine
  • 1 Tbsp dried orange peel (see instructions below)
  • 1 x cinnamon stick
  • 1 x tsp whole cloves
  • 1 x star anise
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Optional – 1tsp allspice berries
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Step 1. Begin by sorting all of your spices and cutting your cinnamon sticks in half. To dry the orange peel, peel the orange and ensure all the pith is removed. Place in the oven at 75 degrees for 45 minutes, or until dry but still orange in colour.

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Step 2. Place one piece of muslin flat, and load it up with all the spices, dried orange peel and sugar.

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Step 3. Once you have everything on the square piece of muslin, place the second square over the top and carefully sew around the edge. You can alternatively sew three sides and then fill, before completing the sewing. If you’re looking for a no sew method, simply make the muslin squares bigger, and tie them closed with some pretty ribbon!

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Step 4. Place on each table setting or give with a flavoursome half bottle of red wine and tie with a tag. This these mulled wine sachets will be the perfect gift for your lucky guests!

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Ms Zebra Says: Who doesn’t love a bit of mulled wine in the winter?! What a great (and unique) wedding favour for your guests. Definitely something I’d love to receive! Plus, it means even more when you hand make a gift yourself. 

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).

Fraser Suites in Perth have recently released their new Spiked Hot Chocolate! Not only do they have a spectacular view over the Swan River, they also love to host a Winter Wedding. Sit and watch the world (or wedding party) go by as you sip on this perfect indulgent cocktail! It makes a great winter night cap or a dessert for a winter themed special day! Fraser Suites Perth and their winter themed cocktail has hit the nail on the head with this warm winter treat!

What you’ll need 

  • 100ml hot chocolate
  • 30ml Cognac
  • 15 crème de cacao
  • 15ml Frangelico
  • Chocolate powder

Method

Combine cognac, crème de cacao and Frangelico together in a large mug, prepare hot chocolate to taste and pour over alcohol. Top with freshly toasted marshmallows and a dusting of chocolate powder to finish.

About Fraser Suites Perth is a contemporary 5 star hotel (and wedding/honeymoon destination) in Perth with amazing views over the Swan River. “We aim to anticipate and exceed customers’ evolving expectations through continuous innovation and intuitive service to deliver memorable experiences.” 

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Sweet treats are always a winner, especially during winter. These delicious s’more favours will delight all your friends and family! And even more so if there’s a flame to toast the mallows on! S’mores are a yummy U.S. and Canadian invention, consisting of a roasted marshmallow sandwiched between melty chocolate and sweet biscuits – making it the perfect mini gift for your guests.

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S’mores are beautifully simple to put together, but absolutely delicious and can be packaged to suit any style. You could even set up a s’mores bar with all the individual ingredients laid out! Just try and avoid eating one as you make them! I did not…

What You Will Need:

  • Graham crackers – the best alternative here in Australia, I am told with good authority, is the tasty Digestive Biscuit. You can get these with a chocolate top, if you want to add an extra layer of deliciousness to your gift!
  • Marshmallows – you can find ‘giant roasters’ in most supermarkets
  • Chocolate pieces – Cadbury ‘Furry Friends’ are an excellent shape
  • Twine
  • Waxed or tissue paper
  • Boxes for presentation
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Step 1. Putting together these s’more favours is a quick job, but made a lot more fun when it’s done with your pals! Lay out the cookies and add one marshmallow with one piece of chocolate (either a larger piece to be broken in half or two smaller pieces).

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Step 2. Once you’ve gathered the ingredients together, tie with twine. If you’re making in advance, store these in an airtight container, being aware the mallow can make the biscuit slightly soft. Otherwise, wrap in some waxed paper and place each one into a presentation box, or wrap in a sweet cellophane bag. 

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If you’re planning a campfire (or similar) at your reception, a great idea is to set up a beautifully styled table with kits, extra dipping delights (like brown sugar), instructions and the perfect mallow toasting twigs. S’mores will make a delicious gift for all of your lovely guests!

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Ms Zebra Says: YUM! I love s’mores by the fire – but especially love the idea of a DIY S’more station at a wedding, engagement party or hen’s in winter! What a fabulous 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).