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If you’ve ever decided at the last minute to throw together a floral centrepiece for an event but are left with supermarket pickings, fear not! It is very likely you have the ingredients for a gorgeous arrangement to not only wow your guests but yourself also!

Making an arrangement with supermarket blooms is more possible than you might think! Look for the freshest stems possible, with little to no colour fading below the waterline and fresh buds on the tighter side, and you’ll be surprised at the treasures you’ll find. With a few extra stems thrown in (and if you don’t have the resources for this, read on!), you’ll have your next shower or party looking marvellous!

What You Will Need:

  • For one arrangement, you’ll simply need one to two bunches of blooms. Look for healthy looking foliage, anything that takes your fancy! I stumbled upon these gorgeous Hellebores and couldn’t resist! Keeping blooms reasonably neutral is a safe place to start.
  • Small bundle of chicken wire
  • Bowl/container (this is a soup bowl from a department store)
  • If you’re lucky and can forage from your garden or a friends garden, help yourself to some lovely bits and bobs! Look for some light and airy pieces, as well as some textural interest.

Step 1. Cut a small piece of chicken wire (medium gauge), and bundle into a ball. Be careful of sharp edges! I highly recommend using pot tape, one strip from one side of the bowl, tightly across the top of the wire to the other side of the bowl. Mine was not where I thought it was, so we’ve gone wild and pressed on! Fill the container with water.

Step 2. When you bring home your supermarket flowers, remove all packaging and lower leaves, trim the stems and pop in fresh water. If picking blooms and foliage from the garden, take a bucket with you with a little water in it to keep the flowers as fresh as possible. When you’re ready to begin transforming your flowers, take them out of the water, group together and make sure each stem is clean and trimmed.

Step 3. If you are using foliage, begin by adding some pieces around the base. Start to frame the shape you are aiming for in the finished piece. I discovered some dreamy gum blossom, lucky me! Add in large, statement blooms next, keeping them low and short. If you are only using your market blooms, begin adding larger blooms in low, and work upwards.

Step 4. Begin adding your hero flowers, in this case, those sweet Hellebores! As they are quite leafy, I’ve clumped them together for more impact. If you are creating a centrepiece for a meal, keep the blooms low and elongated. Leave stems longer as you cut them. You can always trim them shorter, but will avoid a big clump of blooms by keeping the stems flexible.

Step 5. Trimming each stem on a diagonal to help them wiggle into the wire easily, continue placing blooms in. Place some tall stems in, with small pieces of greenery low to cover the wire, finishing with light and airy stems. I’ve used apple mint and purple basil, wattle, violet leaves and a few weeds I hadn’t yet plucked from the garden! Be mindful of the lines you are creating, keeping longer stems flowing in organic shapes.

Step 6. If you are pressed for time and garden-less, never fear! Once the arrangement was complete, I pulled all the extras out (leaving the violet leaves), to show that using just the one bunch of supermarket flowers will still create a gorgeous arrangement! And a gentle reminder, if you start out and nothing is working, which happens all the time, simply pop the stems back out, and start again. There are so many variations that can come from the same small collection of stems, and each one is magnificent!

Be sure each stem is reaching the water, and that the water is topped up regularly. Enjoy creating and transforming a simple bunch of market flowers into a stunning centrepiece!

Ms Zebra Says: I think we’ve all been caught out at the last second – what a fab idea to create a beautiful centrepiece! If you were planning a low key or a smaller budget wedding, it would be easy to keep costs down with this DIY hack! Thanks Ms Honeycomb!

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).

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I remember the first time I tasted a French 75. I was with my favourite people in the world, mixing up a storm and the French 75 set the bar for the night ahead. Nothing else quite came close to the crisp taste of champagne with the sweet-sour lemon blend. This delicious mix seemed like just the ticket to whip up for The Engagement Issue.

While we love the idea of celebrating with these at home, they’re also great for an engagement party, because you can mix up the ingredients beforehand and top with champagne when you’re ready to serve.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of caster sugar or 15ml sugar syrup
  • Champagne
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist

Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add fin, lemon juice, sugar and ice and shake until well combined and cold.
  2. Pour the mix into a chilled champagne glass
  3. Fill glass with chilled champagne
  4. Add a lemon twist to garnish.

 

Do you know someone who just popped the question? Or was proposed to themselves? If you’re looking to have the girls round to celebrate your engagement (congratulations!), sweet and sticky caramel popcorn is the perfect treat!

Super easy and quick to make, this scrumptious popcorn treat is sweet on a dessert table wrapped in paper bonbons or served in individual cups. A quick warning, this popcorn is sticky – and addictive! Gather your best pals around to celebrate together for the perfect night in!

What You Will need:

  • 1 tin pre-made caramel
  • Heavy based saucepan
  • Mixing spoon
  • 1 bag of popcorn (pre-made or kernels to pop yourself)
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Brown paper and ribbon for bon bon wrapping

Step 1. If you’ve decided to pop your own popcorn from kernels, follow the instructions on the packet. Use your heavy based saucepan. If using pre-made popcorn (use non flavoured or slightly salted), simply pop the caramel into the pan.

Step 2. On a low heat, slowly warm the caramel, until it softens. If popping kernels, slowly warm the caramel in a separate pan.

Step 3. Pour pre-made popcorn into the saucepan and mix until combined. If you’ve popped kernels, keep them in the warm pan, and pour warmed caramel over the top, mixing to combine.

Step 4. Pour the caramel covered popcorn onto a sheet of greaseproof paper to cool. This popcorn won’t set hard, but will remain gloriously sticky and gooey!

Once the caramel popcorn has cooled, serve in a big bowl with warm napkins for your friends, roll into brown paper bon bon’s for a sweet touch, or pop into individual cups with spoons for a dessert table. This yummy treat takes mere minutes to put together, and is the perfect way to celebrate popping the question!

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