Have you heard – gin is all the rage right now, and it’s one of our faves! This twist on a classic gin sour cocktail by our talented mates at Gathering Events is an easy, light and super refreshing choice for anytime of the year. The hibiscus adds sweetness and complements the gin with it’s floral component perfectly.
15ml Hibiscious Sugar Syrup (make your own!)
30ml Lemon Juice
Dry Hibiscus to garnish
HIBISCUS SUGAR SYRUP
In a small sauce pan, simmer equal parts water and sugar until dissolved
Add in hibiscus, simmer for another 15 minutes
Remove from heat, let it sit for 20 minutes
Add to your shaker; egg whites, gin, hibiscus sugar syrup, lemon juice
When it comes to wedding decor, inspiration can arrive in so many different ways. Sometimes I’m inspired by a wedding I have seen on Polka Dot Bride, flipping through Instagram or in the pages of a bridal magazine. Other times I’m inspired by other events I attend in person and think ‘that looks beautiful, I wonder how I could create a similar look or feel’. Then more rarely, I will see a product or an item which sparks my interest. For this tutorial, it was the latter. I was wandering through Bunnings picking up some seedlings and stumbled across these copper garden tags. How perfect for a wedding place setting, I thought, and promptly began to research ways they could be utilised. I have come up with the following tutorial which is as simple as they come. The most difficult step, is working out how to write your guest names backwards. Think of it as a good brain exercise! The finished product is particularly lovely. These name tags are the perfect injection of bling to a wedding place setting, and as DIY tutorials usually are, worth more than the sum of its parts.
Greenery – for place settings, depending on wedding florals
Step One. As mentioned in the intro, this is the most difficult step in the whole tutorial! Working out the reverse of the name you are writing can take time. A good hack would be to print out your names in clear font onto transparent paper then simply flipping the paper over and copying. Or, like me, take your time, and really think about it, and write your guest names backwards. It may be easier to write first names only on the copper place cards but include surnames on your seating arrangement chart to avoid confusion.
Step Two. Place your craft mat (or place mat) onto a hard, flat surface. Use a pencil to lightly write on the copper tag your guest name backwards. Whether you decide to write from the ‘tag hole’ end or the rounded end is up to you but make sure you keep it consistent.
Step Three. Using your embossing tool, follow the traced name. Go over it two to three time to make sure it really ‘pops’ when you turn it over.
Step Four. Tie a single or double piece of twine around your guest napkin. Use the pre-set wire loop to fasten the copper name tag to the twine.
Ms Zigzag says: I would find these name tags very therapeutic to do by hand, and they look great!
About Jessica Derrick: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!
Don’t mimosas make the most wonderful bridal brunch cocktail? We loved creating today’s cranberry citrus mimosa. The blood orange and cranberry give it such a festive hue that it makes it a perfect celebratory drink! If blood orange is out of season, you can easily use orange juice to create this cocktail in the Summer months.
30ml blood orange juice
15ml cranberry juice
10ml Solerno blood orange liqueur
Prosecco or champagne
Combine juice and liqueur in a cocktail shaker and shake well
Add to chill champagne flutes
When ready to serve top with champagne or prosecco