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Supporting local is a surefire way to invest into your community! There are many ways to do this for your wedding, and I’m so excited to share a few ideas this month. Today’s DIY tutorial uses plants (tubestock) from my local council nursery. Have a quick look online to see where your closest one is, and what they offer. Buying local and native plants is perfect for a rustic guest favour, and is an initiative that will, in a small way, revitalise your local environment with flora and the wildlife it attracts. Bonus – the price is also excellent!

We’ve shown you here here how to wrap native plants beautifully to give as favours, however, today we are going to use these plants and a gorgeous clear container to make a planter for table decoration and signage. You can use a mix of easy to grow local plants, or grab a tree sapling as a special gift.

What You Will Need:

  • Clear perspex container (this one is from Bunnings)
  • Approximately 10 tube stock per planter from your local council nursery
  • Good quality soil
  • White pen

Step 1. Clean and dry your perspex container thoroughly. Grab your white pen (we’ve used a nursery grade pen which is oil based and will dry immovably), and write out the name of the variety of plant you have chosen. When you grab your plants from the local nursery, you’ll be able to pick up little tags that provide all the information you need on their origin, and how to take care of them. If the thought of freehand writing gives you anxiety, you can order vinyl cutouts from many companies online, which simply adhere to the surface.

Step 2. Once you’ve written the name of the plant variety onto the clear, perspex container, let it dry. Grab some premium compost and fill up the tub. The contrast of the white writing against the black soil will make it pop! Gently ease out each plant, and tease the roots a little. Group the plants closely together to form a compact mass of leaves.

Step 3. Nestle each plant in, covering the roots well. Trim away any scraggy bits of leaves, and using a very fine watering can or a spray bottle, give the soil a brief water. As the container doesn’t have any drainage, the plants will need barely any water. If you can see the water pooling at the bottom, do your best to tip it out. If you make these planters a few weeks in advance, keep an eye on watering needs to keep the plants fresh as a daisy!

Tip: If you’d like to give a sentimental gift to some extra special people in your life, a tree sapling is a beautiful idea that will last decades, if not more. You can pick up many varieties of local eucalyptus, or even flowering shrubs like Waratahs that when popped into a vessel, make a lovely gift.

Ms Floral Says: Such a fabulous way to inject some local love into your wedding decor! Thank you, Ms Honeycomb!

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!

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There are plenty of places vintage style can reign supreme, and one of our favourites? Cocktails! So today, we’re harping back with another of our vintage favourites – the gimlet!

The gimlet was most popular in the 1950s, although some say it was born in the 1800s when sailors were given lime juice to curb the onset of scurvy – they added gin and the gimlet was born.

This one? It’s a winner if not for its simplicity but the fact it can even be made easily in bulk. Who can turn down a simple cocktail that is practically medicine? If you like citrus, the gimlet is made for you, it blends lime juice, simple syrup and gin, and takes no time at all to make. Which to be honest, makes this one ideal for a wedding drinks list too!

Ingredients

  • 60ml Gin
  • 30ml Lime juice
  • 30ml simply syrup
  • Lime slices
  • Ice

Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, simple syrup and lime juice
  2. Shake well until the drink is cold
  3. Strain into a martini glass or coupe
  4. Garnish with a lime slice

With staying at home being the only thing on the social calendar for many of us at the moment, this Cocktail Friday we decided to bring the cocktails to you. Literally. How good does a box of DIY cocktail goodies, spirits, mixers, garnishes, inspiration, and instructions delivered right to your door sound?

Here are three fantastic online services and clubs offering this specialised service.

This is for a true cocktail aficionado who appreciates quality ingredients, creativity, GIN and the artistry of mixing the perfect “Quarantini”. Enjoy!

The Rose Vodka Cosmopolitan Kit from Twenty Third Street Distillery, S.A.

Twenty Third Street Distillery

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A local treasure in Renmark, South Australia, Twenty Third Street Distillery launched ‘That’s the Spirit’ home delivery gin cocktail kits to educate you as to how to expertly mix the perfect, high quality gin based cocktail at home. There are four delicious offerings – The Rose Cosmopolitan, Southside, Espresso Martini and house specialty, The 23rd Amendment.

Each kit contains a bottle of spirit, garnishes, tools and collectible recipe cards. Available here through Sippify.com.au

Cocktail Porter

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Delivering Australia wide, Cocktail Porter is Quarantini heaven with DIY boxed cocktail kits including high quality ingredients and with step by step instructions sent straight to your door. My personal choice, the Pink Grapefruit Margarita box serves 18. That should last a while. (Or not) Within this box of goodness you will find Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Soda Press Co. Pink Grapefruit, Triple Sec, Citrus Salt, The Salt Box Sriracha Salt and Dehydrated Grapefruit.

Cocktail Porter also offer bottled cocktails or a subscription package making you the proud owner of four specialty cocktail kits per year. The Hot Toddy kit is just about to drop in August. Sign me up.

Driver Lane Bar‘s G&T Club 

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Once the vault of an old bank, this iconic Melbourne basement bar is home to some of the finest cocktails, whiskies, and Reuben sandwiches a person could ask for. The cocktails are inspired by the blues and seasonal ingredients with a modern twist. They also offer a “Build Your Own Martini” option served to you in a tricked out glass dancing in the mist of liquid nitrogen.

Driver Lane has a Gin & Tonic Club offering monthly deliveries of DIY G&T kits! Yes, you heard me. The packs contain information about the 2 x themed local gins, a perfectly paired Fever Tree tonic and just the right garnishes. Sign yourself up here.