‘Tis the season to be jolly! ‘Tis also the season for delicious gingerbread! Perfect for gifts, favours and decorations alike, these chewy and spice laden cookies will add festive flair to your table and decor. Easy to make in large batches and with many different stylistic options (allowing you to get crafty!), these tasty treats add a sweet touch, looking professional without breaking the bank.
Find yourself a good gingerbread recipe, test a few out to make sure, then source some pretty cookie cutters. If you decide to ice the cookies, be sure to let the icing dry before trying to thread any ribbon!
What You Will Need:
Gingerbread dough (if making a lot, simply double or triple the recipe)
Baking tray/baking paper
Step 1. Roll out the gingerbread dough to approximately half a centimeter thick. Keeping the cookies reasonably chubby will help them to keep their shape and be strong for threading. Cut out shapes and lay them on a baking tray. Keep re-rolling and cutting the dough until it’s all used up.
Step 2. Using a sharp knife, cut out two neat and small rectangles in the cookie (if using to tie around napkins) or use a straw to cut out a neat hole (if hanging from a branch). Place the tray of cookies into the freezer for 5 minutes (or the fridge until chilled), and bake until just golden brown.
Step 3. Thread beautiful ribbon through your cookies! You can tie the gingerbread cookies around napkins as a plate setting favour, loop twine through the biscuit and hang from a wishing tree, or use them piled high as part of your centrepiece decorations.
Ice the names of guests or the table number on each cookie, or call your baking friends around for their creative input! Having a sweet treat as a favour for guests will always be a winner, and these beauties are so easy, they’re just the (festively themed!) ticket!
This year is well and truly drawing to a close and I’m sure you’ve seen we’re rounding up all of the goodness that 2018 has had to offer! We couldn’t discount the incredible creative minds that have helped to contribute and make a success of Polka Dot Made! From tutorials to cocktails, there are so many wonderful things to learn – and try at home! Here’s just a recap of a few favourites!
“If you’re a lover of blooms and are looking for some gorgeous floral details to add to your big day, why not make your own flower petal confetti? Use your favourite flowers or blooms that will be used in your bouquet, petals from your Nan’s garden or even the stems from a sentimental gift bunch. Such a simple way to add a special touch to your day, and to get your hands amongst the petals!”
“I thought it best to give a recipe for a double layer cake incase you’d like to make this at home for any other celebration besides marriage, but if you would like to create the same 4 layer cake I did for Polka Dot Bride, then simply double this recipe and divide between 4 cake tins.”
“If you’re looking to add a little bit of creativity and something unique to your wedding, a little DIY is always a great idea! Here we’ve collected our top 5 Wedding DIY tutorials to help get the creative juices flowing to create something truly special.”
“Your wedding is one day only, so we’re big fans of embracing the best of both worlds with a sunset wedding reception. Envision your guests enjoying the golden light of late afternoon, the spectacle of the sinking sun and then up the glamour stakes by nightfall. To do this you need a find a venue that has prime views (which Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel – overlooking Sydney Harbour – sure does)! They’ve even created a unique ombre cocktail to celebrate the sunset hours which they’ve kindly shared with us below.”
“If you love the smell of a herb garden and the idea of bringing the outdoors in, then you’re in luck! Try your hand at making these easy smudge sticks, and you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible aromas, both as you make them and as they smoke away. Make this your new flower crown party and pile up mountains of herbs and blooms for your friends to make their own – hello bridal shower! Or place them at table settings for an earthy and scented gift for your guests.”
“While it’s traditional to choose a diamond engagement ring, there are SO many beautiful alternatives – if the diamond sparkle is not your thing. From incredible opals to sparkling morganite and everything in between, we’ve found five alternatives (and plenty of options!) for a diamond free engagement ring!”
“How sweet is this flower crown made out of the plants du jour, succulents? They’re beautiful for your flower girls and bridesmaids, but would also make a nice statement piece for the bride too. Today Down the Garden Path, a quaint little floral studio in Sydney let us in on the secret to making these succulent flower crowns at home.”
“Decorating for your wedding day or bridal shower can be incredibly effective by using a few simple ingredients. Making use of lengths of greenery to weave ivy wreaths can create a stunning centrepiece!”
“The word is out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be sharing with their guests a lemon elderflower cake incorporating the bright flavours of spring, covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. So while the royals and their select few guests enjoy their beautiful towering tiered cake version of this on Saturday, we can enjoy the more humble (but equally tasty) cupcake creation at home!”
” 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!”
If you need to reset to be ready for the beginning of the silly season – or perhaps take a breather in midst of wedding planning, then this cocktail tastes of relaxed summer deliciousness! The Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill have created another heavenly cocktail that you can try at home.
The Freedom Sunset
30ml Licor 43
30ml Belvedere Vodka
30ml Passionfruit pulp
30ml lime juice
1 egg white
shaken with ice and strained
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake and strain. Garnish with a lime wheel
About The Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill: With a vision to relax, appreciate and enjoy, the Northerlies Bar & Grill is a restaurant and bar with a family friendly feel. No harsh gaming, bright lights or jarring sounds – just mellow natural surrounds with the gentle twinkling lights of the Airlie Beach Township sparkling across the bay.