What is it about weddings that makes us want to call up our closest friends and break out the craft box or get in the kitchen to have some fun with our favourite recipes? DIY touches at weddings make the occasion extra memorable and it gives us an excuse to get together with our friends to create loads of beautiful things. This year you guys were loving our wreaths, DIY gift bags, yummy peanut brittle, spiked hot chocolate, and much more.

Check out the top 10 Polka Dot Made blogs of 2017!

1. Whimsical Floral Hoop Tutorial

“In this tutorial, I am creating a large scale hanging floral garland using easily acquired materials and a simple process.”

2. Peanut Brittle Bonbonniere Recipe

“Peanut Brittle is one of those treats that manages to capture the perfect mix of sweet and salty. The sort of treat that will have you finishing a bag without realising it.”

3. Flower Petal Bundle Dyed Fabric Tutorial

“If you’re looking to add as many DIY touches to your wedding as possible, look no further than this flower petal bundle-dyed fabric tutorial!”

Image by Scripts With Style

4. Hand-Lettering with Ink Tutorial: Creating Beautiful Wedding Invitations

“Would you like to add a personal touch to your wedding invitation but think your handwriting is not up to scratch? Using ink could be the medium for you.”

5. DIY Olive Branch Wreath Tutorial

“This DIY olive branch wreath tutorial is a brilliant way of easily and economically incorporating greenery into your big day.”

6. Hand Letter Gift Bag Tutorial

“If you’re looking for a simple way to personalise gifts for your guests, look no further! It’s a lot of fun to think of creative and thoughtful gift ideas for your bridesmaids or guests at your bridal shower, just don’t forget the wrapping!”

7. Foliage Wrapped Candle Centrepiece Tutorial

“When it comes to creating a beautiful centrepiece, simple is often best! You can create a stunning impact by grouping together clusters of candles and simple foliage – or you could mix the two.”

8. Easy No-Sew Leather Clutch Tutorial

“This easy no-sew clutch only requires the bare minimum of materials and is super fun to make! A gorgeous gift that can be filled with some luxurious treats, this is a handmade present that will be treasured for a long time.”

9. Confetti Lollipop Favour Recipe

“These lollipops are flavoured with rosewater essence and decorated with varying colours of sprinkles – both which could be customised for your wedding.”

10. Cocktail Friday – Spiked Spice Hot Chocolate

“You may have discovered the Polka Dot Bride team loves to make our hot chocolate with a bit of an edge because we believe that Winter is amazing (it’s not far off now!) and that serving your guests something warm may just be the most special treat.”

Are you organising a hens day party for a bride-to-be with a serious sweet tooth? We have the perfect venue for your event!

Om Nom Kitchen, a fancy dessert bar located in the Melbourne CBD, have just had Australian cocktail whiz Grant Collins shake up their seasonal drinks menu. A lot of the cocktails are based around candy inspirations, so combine that with Om Nom’s sublime desserts and plush interiors and you’ve got the sweetest bridal shower and hens venue.

Om Nom’s Passionbean Martini 

45ml Stoli Vanilla Vodka

45ml apple juice

15ml lime juice

15ml caramel liqueur

15ml passionfruit syrup

– chill coupe glass

– rub a lime slice around the rim of glass

– roll the rim of the glass across icing sugar so that it sticks to the lime juice on the rim

– Combine all ingredients into shaker

– fill shaker with ice

– shake until cold and condensation builds on the shaker

– double strain

– garnish with passionfruit and edible flower

Recipe and image supplied by Om Nom Kitchen. 

About Om Nom Kitchen: Within the iconic Adelphi Hotel is the perfect place to experience desserts that, quite literally, look like pieces of art and taste unimaginably delicious. At Om Nom, we aim to amaze each and every guest with our extraordinary menu – which also includes savoury dishes. But the wow factor isn’t just about what your taste buds will experience. We make it our mission to ensure that you leave just as blown away by our service and staff.

If you’re looking to pamper your bridesmaids before the big day, why not get together and make some delicious homemade honey lip scrub? It takes only minutes to put together and will ensure you all look your best when getting dolled up for the wedding. Gorgeous lips guaranteed under that beautiful shade of lipstick you’ve chosen!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 part honey
  • 2 parts sugar (you can use any type, raw or brown are good options)
  • 1 part oil (almond works well, but you could try coconut, be aware it will solidify in cooler weather)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Little jars (if giving as gifts)

What To Do:

Step One. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until combined. If it is cooler weather, the honey or oil may be a little solid. Zap your mixture in the microwave at 8 second intervals to make it easier to combine.

Step Two. This scrub is best used fresh. Apply to lips and work gently in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and follow with a soothing balm or moisturiser. You can do this nightly in the lead up to the wedding, simply keep the mixture in the fridge.

Step Three. If you’d like to keep the leftovers to use later on, or if you’d like to give this lip scrub as a gift, use a little piece of baking paper to funnel the mixture into your chosen jars. Be aware that the mixture may become more solid over time. Simply run under warm water until it softens before applying the mixture and say hello to soft lips!

If using coconut oil, and storing some mixture for later, keep the scrub in a wide topped jar to make it easier to access.

Ms Zigzag says: You need silky soft lips for that first kiss after you say ‘I do!’ What a sweet little gift to give to your bridesmaids, or better yet, make it together. 

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).