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Oysters…love them or hate them, they are an iconic Australian summer indulgence! We LOVE them – as simple canapés or as spectacular oyster bar.Selecting the oysters Start with the freshest Australian oysters you can find! All Australian oysters are farmed for sustainability reasons, so be sure to do your research and find a supplier with

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I must admit that I love tradition. I enjoy learning why different cultures have their own traditions and what they mean. Why do we celebrate Halloween? Why is it called “Boxing Day”? Why do we eat Chocolate Easter Eggs?It was very common practise for my parents generation, that the top tier of the wedding cake

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Image by Silk Truffle Photography via Moody Seaside Wedding InspirationEveryone knows that a good combination is always best: chocolate and peanut butter, spaghetti and meatballs, bacon and eggs. They are smart too – like doing exercises at the gym that work two parts of the body or doing the ironing while you catch up on the latest binge

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There’s no doubt grazing tables have become the bee’s knees in the last few years and it’s with good reason. It’s a fabulous way to serve up some delicious food without the formal fuss of a sit down dinner or canapés (which we think can be a little old school). Guests can pick at their

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Photography by Jacinta MooreLooking 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

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Giving a great gift to newlyweds is a joy because often you’re giving the couple something that they will use or admire forever. And if you’re going to the trouble to get such a lovely gift, you may as well go the whole way and present it beautifully.This is a project that works two-fold; it

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Gone are the days where a miniature statue of a stock-standard bride and groom grace the top of a wedding cake.  Now, the top of your wedding cake presents an opportunity to further reveal who you are as a couple and what this day means to the two of you.  Let’s say, a bunch of

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Isn’t this a glorious time of year? The the sun is out, weather is warming and flowers are blooming. This lavender shortbread recipe is a celebration of Spring. It is a simple recipe with only five ingredients and only a handful of steps.  It creates sweet circle biscuits that are buttery and crumbly and paired

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A wedding is celebration of love with you, your partner and all of your nearest and dearest.  With champagne and music and dancing – it is like the best party you’ll ever host!  Enter: the Wedding Piñata.  The perfect addition to any great party – communal, inclusive and loads of fun. Plus, it looks fantastic!

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Gold cutlery, cut crystal glassware, gorgeous layered ceramics and hand lettered place cards. Yep, we want it all! But sometimes budget and *ahem* practicality have to come into play when you’re pulling together tablescapes for your wedding reception. Unless you’re lucky enough to be getting married in a venue that gives you total free rein

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Image by miki.0 via Strawberry Jam Wedding Favours + Free Favour TagsWant to add a personal touch to your wedding? Some simple DIY wedding decorations and wedding favors are definitely something you can do. They are personal, unique, and, most important of all, made with LOVE. Here are some diy wedding tips to keep you

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Paper flowers are one of my weaknesses, there is something about creating something so beautiful out of paper to keep forever that I love and the new book by one of my favourite stylist and long time polka dot loves Rebecca Thuss (together with husband Patrick Farrell of photography and styling company Thuss + Farrell)

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You’ve drooled over the cherry pie and pumpkin pie recipes, today we’re going to pull the whole idea together with a pie buffet.Ready? I thought so. Let’s get stuck into the tasty details!Be realisticFirstly, let’s be real here. Doing all the cooking and set up for a dessert table at your own wedding is all

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Hello Dotettes, I have one last dose of handmade goodness before Ms Polka and the patterned ladies take a well-earned Christmas break.So far in this series we’ve made: a fabric bunting cake topper with hummingbird cake free printable floral table numbers with DIY watercolour candle centrepieces in floral tins I’m back with a few last

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What you will need 1 roll of 2mm wide aluminium wire – available in many colours * 1 roll of Bouillon Effect Wire (0.35mm x45m 28 gauges in Lime Green or a colour that will camouflage in foliage) * Floral glue * Satin ribbon (aprox 25mm width) Scissors Tape measure Foliage Small flowers that can

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