A long-awaited holiday to Palm Springs began with a welcome drink that we instantly fell in love with – the Spiced Margarita!

Palm Springs themed party drinks

This amazing little desert town, and it’s Mexican influenced cocktails and nibbles, left us yearning to share the Palm Springs experience with our friends when we returned to Brisbane. And so, the Palm Springs party theme was born and the spiced Margarita was the star of the show.


  • 2 shots (60ml) of tequila
  • 1 shot (30ml) of triple sec or Cointreau
  • Half a lime (squeezed)
  • Ice
  • Chilli salt


Use a lime cut in half to wet the rim of a margarita glass, sprinkle chilli salt on to a flat plate, then rotate the top of the glass in the chilli salt to create a Palm Springs style chilli salt rim. Squeeze lime juice out of the lime and pour with all liquid ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well, then pour into a margarita glass and garnish with the squeezed lime.

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Behind the bar with Jamie… Preparation is the key when serving in bulk!

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And here’s the original Palm Springs Spiced Margarita that, along with this amazing desert town, inspired this Palm Springs themed gathering.

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Spiced Margarita by Holiday House Palm Springs

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Cheers to Palm Springs and Spiced Margaritas!

Ms Floral Says: Well, doesn’t this sound delicious! And what a fun way to bring back some holiday vibes. Thanks for sharing with us, Jamie!

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If I ever had to think of a cocktail that reminded me of all things urban, it has to be the classic Cosmopolitan!

Made famous during the Sex and the City era, this cocktail reminds me of a night out with friends, plenty of dancing and so many city lights. The cranberry and lime make this cocktail a little sour, the tart flavours cutting through the otherwise sweet, pink blend. I love this one for a signature cocktail upon arrival or even for a pre-wedding celebration!


  • 30ml cranberry juice
  • 30ml Vodka
  • 15ml Triple Sec
  • 10ml lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime Slices


  1. In a cocktail shaker add cranberry juice, vodka, Triple Sec, lime juice & ice
  2. Shake until well combined and cold
  3. Strain into a martini glass
  4. Garnish with lime slice or lime twist

Ms Floral Says: Such a classic and an oh-so perfect inclusion in The City Issue!

Copper pipe is a gorgeous material for adding glamour and grit to your wedding styling. It’s easily available and, while not cheap, it will add an industrial feel to your table landscape that is entirely original.

What You Will Need:

  • Head to your local hardware store to see what they have in stock. We’ve used four ‘basin tees’ and four matching fittings
  • We didn’t use any fixant, however, if you’re going to be using your copper pipe candelabra for years to come, consider a strong hold glue

Step 1. Are you ready for the fastest tutorial ever?! After you’ve wandered the aisles for copper pieces, you may have come up with a different design, shape, or pieces, so be creative! The longest part of this process will likely be removing the barcode stickers from the pipe. Once that is done, lay out how you’d like the copper piping to fit together. If you’re using glue, make extra sure the piping is clean and dry, before following the packet instructions.

Step 2. Fit the copper piping together, and, hey presto! You’ve DIY’d a snazzy candelabra that will last forever! Pat yourself on the back, and find some lovely taper candles to finish off the quickest DIY ever!

Ms Floral Says: Quick, easy and simply stunning… Ms Honeycomb, you’ve knocked it out of the DIY park again! 

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!


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