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It was a tough gig finding cocktails that honoured all things Invitation Issue this month, but we think we nailed it with today’s offering.

The Paper Plane Cocktail is somewhat of a classic – well, a modern classic at least, imagined and created by Australian born, Milk & Honey bartender Sam Ross while listening to you guessed it “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

It’s got a beautiful fresh flavour, with that delicious kick of bourbon and depth of Aperol and Amaro. This one is for the most sophisticated of celebrations, and we’re big fans!

Ingredients

  • 20mL Bourbon
  • 20mL Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
  • 20mL Aperol
  • 20mL Lemon Juice
  • Lemon peel for a lemon twist
  • Ice

Method

  1. Add Aperol, Amaro, bourbon and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake well until cocktail is chilled.
  3. Strain into cocktail glasses
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist (or our favourite, a tiny paper plane).

Photography by Jacinta Moore

Looking for a sweet (and easy!) DIY project that will leave a big impression on your wedding guests We’ve seen acrylic cake toppers, drink stirrers and backdrop displays – but how about a little something more personalised for your family and friends? An acrylic coaster with your wedding guest’s name on it, that doubles as a place card and a party favour they can take home long after the confetti has settled and they’ve taken off their dancing shoes. It’s a double win for you!

So, if you’re looking to add a personal touch to your wedding stationery, here’s how to create your own DIY acrylic coasters and menus… and all it takes is 10 minutes of your time!

You will need:

  • Perspex sheets (we got ours from Foote and Flame)
  • Printed written menu and names in your chosen font
  • Fine paint marker (black or white ink)
  • Dried petals / confetti / glitter

Step by step:

1. Grab your printed sheet, and place it exactly where you want the words to go on the acrylic coaster

2. Trace the words through the acrylic coaster

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the acrylic menu

Final Step

Now, style the tables and put your personalised artwork on show! Et voila – you’re done! (See, we told you there was nothing to it!)

TIP: You can place dried flowers under the acrylic coaster for a little extra wow factor! But feel free to incorporate confetti, gold leaves or anything else to make your DIY work of art pop!

Photography by Jacinta Moore

Ms Zebra Says: I LOVE this idea! What a cool feature on your tablescape and something guests can take home and use! Thank you Lenzo for sharing this wonderful DIY wedding coaster!

About LENZO: is Australia’s biggest party marketplace, where you can buy or hire a range of services and products online to make your event #AMAZING. We’ve curated Australia’s best hire and event services, party supply stores, and venues into the one place. You can shop directly from our blog to recreate what you have seen from our featured events or ask us to style your party, corporate launch, or birthday for you! Think of us as your one stop shop for party + events planning in Australia.

Today we’re inviting you to enjoy three of the very best things in life. Lemons, butter, and vodka! Sometimes the best things in life, are also the most simple. And when you combine this trio? Pure cocktail magic.

The sprawling TarraWarra Estate in the Yarra Valley, has kindly shared this spritely, buttery drink recipe with us for ‘The Invitation issue‘. I mean, how could you possibly turn down an invitation that promised a batch of these divinely-scented babies on arrival? We’d also say “yes, please” to the estate’s lush 400 acres of vineyard, its stone-hewn subterranean cellar door and – of course – its prime Chardonnay. Now which lucky 80 guests are you going to invite along to your big celebration for a martini toast here?

Lemon Butter Martini by TarraWarra Estate

  • 60ml 666 Butter Vodka
  • 1/8 lemon skin (minus pith)
  • Lemon balm leaf, to garnish

Chill a martini glass by placing it in the fridge or filling it with ice. In a mixing glass, add the lemon skin and butter vodka and muddle. Add ice to the lemon vodka mixture and stir to chill, being careful not to “bruise” the mixture (ie. be a bit gentle). Remove the chilled martini glass from the fridge or discard ice. Double strain the mixture into the martini glass and garnish with a lemon balm leaf.

About Ms Fleur De Lys: Aside from being Ms Polka’s Editorial Assistant, Ms Fleur de Lys is also Polka Dot Bride’s Melbourne correspondent so you’ll see her running all over town finding wedding inspiration. As both a lifestyle journalist and cocktail aficionado, Fleur appreciates the power of words whipped up as deftly as a good martini.