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Creating a spectacular centrepiece for your wedding can be extremely easy! This driftwood candle holder centrepiece doesn’t take long to put together, and can be styled in hundreds of different ways. Find some gorgeous driftwood, and get styling! Surround it with fluffy white blooms for a modern beach theme, or pile it up, laden with fruit and cheese for a relaxed event. Use leafy green vines or rustic dried flowers, the options are limitless! You can use thin or thick candles, or make space in your driftwood for thin vases of flowers!
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A driftwood centrepiece would look stunning for a small dinner party also. If you source flat driftwood, why not use it as a platter, as well as a centrepiece? Style this beauty around your theme, and it will look absolutely beautiful!

What You Will Need:

  • Piece/several pieces of driftwood. Forage for some gorgeous branches, or enquire at your local florist to see if they can source large pieces from the markets
  • Drill. If using thin candles, regular drill bits will be perfect. Otherwise, you will need larger drill bits, just slightly smaller than your chosen candle circumference.
  • Your choice of styling goodies. Flowers, fruit, cheese, sweets, let your imagination run wild!
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What To Do:

Step 1. Source candles that you would like to use. Once you have these, get out your drill, and check to see if your drill bits are slightly smaller than the size of the base of the candles. Making sure your piece of driftwood is secure, begin drilling holes. If you’d like a neat pattern of candles, rather than a haphazard cluster, mark out where you would like to drill before beginning.

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Step 2. Continue drilling until you’re happy with your design. Don’t be afraid to go with very few, or a lot of holes. This DIY can work with many different themes and styling! Begin placing your candles in, and check that you’re happy with how it looks.

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Step 3. If you’re making these candle holders in bulk to be used on your wedding day, pack candles and driftwood separately. Once at your wedding venue, you (or a chosen guest!) can style your driftwood centrepiece to your hearts delight! Always follow the candle manufacturer’s safety instructions, and be sure to keep foliage away from a lit flame.

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Ms Zebra Says: This is a fantastic idea – making use of nature to create original and unique centrepieces! Thanks for the great tips Ms Honeycomb to be able to create this at home!

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).

Image via Fraser Suites Perth

If you’re looking for a Friday cocktail to warm your belly during winter, then this one is perfect! Not only do the wonderful team at Fraser Suites Perth host the most magical honeymoons, they also have a fantastic cocktail list. So, if you’re in need of a winter-warmer and a crowd pleaser, this cocktail will hit the spot.

Peppery Ginger Cider

120ml apple cider

60ml bourbon

60ml ginger syrup

15ml lemon juice

Cracked black pepper, to taste

Warm all ingredients in a cocktail tin with a steamer wand (or place the bottom half of a metal cocktail shaker into a small pot with gently simmering water and stir until warm). Serve in a cocktail mug with an optional slice of apple to garnish.

Ginger Syrup:

Peel and slice ginger. Bring ginger, sugar and water to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Then gently simmer uncovered for 30 mins. Strain through a sieve and reserve ginger for another use, then cool to room temperature.

About Fraser Suites Perth is a contemporary 5 star hotel (and wedding/honeymoon destination) in Perth with amazing views over the Swan River. “We aim to anticipate and exceed customer’s evolving expectations through continuous innovation and intuitive service to deliver memorable experiences.”

We loved creating today’s Blood Orange Elderflower Cocktail with its spicy, floral taste.

There is something special about the flavour of blood orange. The bitter citrus notes give an extra layer of complexity to a cocktail and this, combined with the spicy ginger of the added ginger beer and the floral sweetness of elderflower, creates a delicious cocktail that is a little lighter for the cooler months.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml The Craft & Co ‘Collingwood Dry’ gin
  • 30ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 14ml lime juice
  • 8ml blood orange juice
  • 60ml ginger beer
  • ice

Method:

In a cocktail shaker combine gin, elderflower liqueur and blood orange juice and shake well

Pour over ice and top with cold ginger beer

Garnish with fresh herbs and citrus slices

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride.