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How to make THE best cocktails every time

Pinch and a (rum) punch, first day of the month. Happy April everyone. We don’t wanna do any fooling here, it’s already a tough old world out there, so here’s your ultimate guide for making the best cocktails every time.

How to make the best cocktails
How to make the best cocktails

I came across this clever recipe on Pinterest and you can make THE best cocktails with pretty much any ingredients.

All you gotta do is remember the rhyme…

1 of sour, 2 of sweet, 3 of strong and 4 of weak

Firstly pick the unit you’re gonna use depending on how many people it’s for. E.g. if it’s just for yourself you might wanna use a shot measure and if it’s for the whole household, you might wanna use a jug… just make sure you use the same unit all the way through.

So to give you an example, here’s my favourite concoction…

1 shot of sour – fresh lime juice (you could also use lemon juice)

2 shots of sweet – grenadine (you could also use sugar syrup/gomme)

3 shots of strong – spiced rum (the fun part, pick any spirit that takes your fancy)

4 shots of weak – pineapple juice (choose any juice or soft drink) 

So for anyone wondering what to do at home, have some fun experimenting until you find your favourite. Just remember to keep to the 1234 ratio.

Add some fruit when you’re ready to serve and don’t forget to make sure you have plenty of ice!

I personally think pineapple and kiwi always makes a prettier punch, and even more delicious!

What’s the first cocktail ingredients you’re gonna try?


If you’re making cocktails for a celebration, have you checked out our guide on how to have a party at home during lockdown?



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How to Celebrate at Home

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Did you have a big party planned during this isolation period? A birthday? A family celebration?⁣

Please still recognise the day! It certainly won’t be as you imagined but you could still make some fun memories.⁣

It’s our 7th birthday next week, so here’s 7 ways to celebrate special occasions while stuck at home…⁣

1. Create a virtual party with your nearest and dearest. Zoom video conferencing is WONDERFUL for large groups. You could still send out invites in the post to make it feel special. Set the date and time, include a BYOB reminder and have a few drinks and catch up with your pals.

2. Why not organise a dinner date on video with your loved ones. Everyone prepare a fancy meal at home and light a candle for a bit of atmosphere. Plan to eat and meet at a certain time and have dinner together on WhatsApp or Facetime.

3. And if you wanna play some party games, do it virtually. Headsup (charades style app), download a pub quiz, or play 2 truths and a lie. Read my lips (microphone off and guess what they say) is a goodie! Or a drawing challenge (describe something for people to draw and they have to guess what it is), and you can’t go wrong with a few rounds of Would You Rather.

4. If there’s a birthday in your household, decorate with the things you have around your home. You could make this a fun activity if you’ve got kids. Paper chains out of magazines, hand painted signs or why not dig those fairy lights out from your Christmas decor box. You could even have a clothes sort out and turn any old tshirts into bunting flags with scissors and a stapler!

5. Treat the birthday girl/boy and organise all your meals to be fun and a little less normal. Breakfast eggs fried in metal cookie cutter shapes, chocolate spread painted words on toast. Lunch could be sandwiches cut into heart shapes. Dinners could be arranged into a face with a fruit platter rainbow for dessert. Be creative and make your meals that little bit different.

6. Download free printables to create a few personalised touches around the home. Some of our favourite printables out there…

7. Finally host a ‘make it’ competition on video chat. Watermelon carving, flower arranging, lego robot building, baby grow decorating, T-shirt embroidering, cake decorating, canvas painting. Everyone make it together while on video chat, then present your creations and vote for the best one!

Hopefully an idea or two to help you make the most of a pooey situation.

Hang in there friends x



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Free bunting for all

To celebrate our 7th birthday we’ve made a beautiful printable for you to make and use at home, either for celebrations, as gifts, or decorations for the home.

All you’ll need: string, a hole punch and some scissors.

Print out this floral bunting by clicking on the link below.

You’ll find the first few pages are the letters ‘happy birthday’. If you would like to create your own personalised message, I’ve designed the whole alphabet, so print out the letters you need for whatever phrase you would like to create.

Print onto paper or thin card, then cut out the flags.

Hole punch or use scissors to make teeny holes in the top corners.

Thread the flags along the string (in the right order) and there you have it.

To add some va va voom, before making holes, you could mount these flags onto different coloured card or paper.

Use the bunting for a wall, along the edge of a table or along a curtain pole. Keep somewhere safe and flat, and reuse again and again!

Credit: I used a stunning photo taken by Georgia de Lotz to create this bunting. Thank you Georgia! 🙂


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Bootyful Baby Shower Decoration Ideas

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Wanting a little inspiration for some baby shower decoration ideas? Or wondering what to do to bring a little fun to an upcoming baby themed party?

We had the pleasure of providing decor for a yummy mummy’s baby shower. We created a few handmade, decorative bits and bobs full of colour. Including a nappy wreath, lace bunting, pink tissue blossom tree and nail varnish favours.

It was a beautiful afternoon full of laughter, cake and baby clothes galore! If you have an upcoming party you’d like some creative decor ideas for we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch here.

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A nappy wreath made of nappies, pink tissue paper, baby footprint ribbon and a pair of pumps to finish it off!
lace bunting Baby shower decoration ideas
Lace bunting watched all the guests enjoy all the cake
Baby shower bunting Baby shower decoration ideas
White lanterns are great for decorating and add a wow factor to any space
pink pom poms Baby shower decoration ideas
Pink tissue paper pom poms are easy to make and add a little colour to the room
drinks dispenser lemonade stand Baby shower decoration ideas
Our lemonade stand with matching pink straws, yummy cakes and our lace and pink bunting
pink blossom tree Baby shower decoration ideas
We made a display using branches and tissue paper to create the blossom effect
dont say baby game Baby shower decoration ideas
Don’t say baby game, give everyone 3 pegs to begin with, if you say the word baby, the first person to notice gets to take a peg. The person with the most pegs at the end of the event gets a prize.
guess the size of mummys tummy game Baby shower decoration ideas
A classic but a goodie!
flower arrangement in a jar of lemons Baby shower decoration ideas
We created a display of a vase within a vase, using lemons and matching yellow flowers
pink hangers Baby shower decoration ideas
These pink hangers we bought from ebay to hang up the clothes all the guests bought for the bubba
nail varnish favours Baby shower decoration ideas
We made little favours for all the guests, nail varnishes all different shades of pink

Need some help thinking of baby shower decoration ideas, we love helping people get creative with their events. We’ve got a baby themed board on pinterest for other ideas too. Get in touch or check out our catalogue of decor available to hire for your next event.


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Decorate your home with a wine themed DIY make

Do you like decorating your home with handmade goodies? This is a creative make for any wine loving enthusiasts.

I had one of those decisions to make last week; to finish some of the crafty projects I’ve already begun or make that list longer and start a new one… I chose the latter. It’s just too exciting to start something new.

I kept all the corks from our wedding day and they have been sitting on a shelf waiting for me to pick them up and begin this project, poor things. I knew one day I would want to construct the first letter of our family name, and that day had arrived and I had my glue gun at the ready!

I got the letter ‘A’ cut out of MDF by a timber shop. You can order letters online too pretty cheap and you can choose from loadsa fonts. Then you get glue gun happy! Start covering the wood in glue and sticking each cork down. Most corks have a pattern on one end, I chose to have these facing out and I’m super pleased with the outcome.

My house is slowly becoming a haven of handmade delights! My poor husband!

Decorate your home with Cork letters
Decorate your home with cork letters



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One Stunning Vintage Barn Wedding

A barn wedding is always such a privilege to decorate. Most of the time, the barns are so magnificent, it doesn’t need a lot to impress your guests! I love the look of the brown wood against the lace and white fabrics of the table cloths.

We recently helped the lovely Nicky & Oliver with their beautiful barn wedding. The venue looked stunning, we loved all of their great ideas they chose – my favourite was their table numbers.

Our hessian chair tie backs all behaved themselves adding a touch of vintage to the room. Take a look through some of the photos we shot.

If you’d like help decorating your venue, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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sacks vintage barn wedding
Mr & Mrs sacks – £3.00 each
Hessian and lace chair tie £1.50 each
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Simple but effective personalised doily for place names – we loved what they did with this!
Vintage barn wedding Vintage suitcases - £10.00 for two
Vintage suitcases – £10.00 for two
Vintage barn wedding This was their table numbers - a big 3D number with a set of old vintage keys
My favourite – this was the table numbers they organised – big 3D number with a set of old rustic keys on one of our logs



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Bunting – Campervan style!

We’ve been busy designing new styles of bunting including this campervan bunting.

With the current VW campervan craze going on at the moment, why not combine two vintage classics – bunting and campervans!

So we came up with this…..!

If you’re looking for bespoke bunting with a specific design like this, get in touch to get your paws on yours!

campervan bunting
campervan bunting
campervan bunting



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Use these shuttlecock fairy lights for a games area

Shuttlecock fairy lights

These cute fairy lights are perfect for any event with has an element of ‘play’ about it. If you’re having a games corner for kids at your wedding or a sports themed party these are perfect.

Measuring 2 metres in length, they are battery operated so can be hung wherever you like. We’ve added them to our catalogue of lovely bits and pieces. We’ve got 2 lots of them in total, costing £7.00 to hire for a 3 day period

Get in touch 🙂

shuttlecock fairy lights
Shuttlecock fairy lights £7.00



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Customise your event with this personalised bunting

Personalised hessian bunting

We love making personalised bunting for customers. If you’re looking for a way to name a table, share a message, or add a special touch, this personalised bunting is a great option.

Tie it around the edge of a table, hang it on a wall, of weave it along a curtain pole. There’s a few ways to make it look part of the building!

Get in touch to hire or buy yours.

personalised hessian bunting
Personalised hessian bunting £1.50 per lettered flag



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A Beautiful Navy Wedding Adventure

If you love a navy wedding theme this one’s for you!

We had the opportunity to let our creative juices go to town by providing some handmade bespoke props for a beautiful wedding held in West London which had a navy wedding theme.

We both had a great time cutting, sticking and sewing, getting all the different props ready for Saturday morning. Then when everything was in place, we stopped, we looked around and I’m sure my hearty did a backflip with excitement – it looked beautiful.

navy wedding

We had our homemade picket fences standing proud at the front of the venue with a personalised chalk board – these always help add that bespoke feel to any event.

chalkboard navy wedding
navy wedding

We designed the seating plan in line with their navy theme, adding a touch of romance with roses intertwined around the frame.

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navy wedding
navy wedding
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Wedding Signage With A Difference

Say hello to our scrabble style wedding signage. We’ve got the words LOVE and MR & MRS for you to feast your eyes on.

The scrabble design has been printed onto canvas, each letter measuring about 15cm x 15cm. They stand on their own and would look good anywhere at the event.

Prices for hiring these for a 3 day period:
£5 – L.O.V.E
£8 – Mr and Mrs

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Sweet Table For Your Wedding or Party

Who doesn’t like a sweet table at a wedding or party?

We’d like to introduce our new vintage sweetie jars…

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The trickiest part is choosing which sweets will make the cut! 

These are great for a ‘help yourself’ or grazing table to keep guests entertained or perhaps use them for decor around a venue.

They range from £3-£5 per jar or hire the collection of 6 jars and scoops for £19.

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Chairs wrapped in love

The latest vintage order we’re hard at work at, is our hessian bow chair tie backs. I’m totally in love with these!

They’re part of a vintage wedding, set in a rustic barn – they’ll blend in perfectly! I love how each chair will look like a present wrapped up in delicious hessian and every guest attending will technically be like a gift to the beautiful bride and groom!

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Sweets for all

We’ve been working on our latest job this weekend getting lots of bespoke vintage props ready for a wedding vow renewal party. One of the things on the list is a personalised chalk board advertising a vintage sweet table.

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I love creating all the individual vintage pieces and then put everything in place at the event… My heart does somersaults when I see the puzzle complete!

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Party time!

All week I have been preparing pretty little bits and bobs for our joint birthday party. Me and my hubby had planned a vintage sports day with a BBQ afterwards. We had games of cricket, skipping races, three legged races, rounders… all taking us back in time to our childhood sports days. We then chilled out and tucked into mouthfuls of yummyness.

I was most excited about the party as it was a chance to whip out some of our vintage props and put them to good use! Our newest addition, is the lemonade stand. I bought two drinks dispensers, one we filled with Pimms and the other homemade Strawberry Fizz… deeeelicious!

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The tags I designed on the PC, printed out, stuck onto card and laminated. I then tied them to each jar using the coloured parcel string.

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Then to make the drinking experience that little bit more vintage we have old school milk bottles and candy striped straws for our guests to sip from. If I could, these would replace the glasses in my kitchen cupboard! (hubby probably wouldnt be too pleased with that!)

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Of course not all the boys wanted to drink out of straw nor a milk bottle…! Can’t see that going down too well! So I brought out the galvanised beer bucket for the guys to grab a beer from.

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For snacks before the BBQ, I made little packets of crisps for everyone. I got the idea from the liagriffith.com blog. (Who by the way inspires me allll the time!) I cut up squares of baking paper and folded them to make mini packets.

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I downloaded lia’s sticker template, also available free from her blog and printed onto A4 sticker paper and cut out each circle. Et voila fill them with your favourite snacks!

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I used little flags to decorate the BBQ’d food which I made earlier in the week. (See previous blog post) and the spread was ready for eating!

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Of course we can’t not show off my favourite part of any meal – dessert! To help keep things healthy, I chose a fruit option and stuck lollipop sticks into sliced watermelon – an easy finger food snack without the need for plates, cuttlery etc.

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I also couldn’t not go down the classic cupcake and cookie route too! We baked some red velvet cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies and displayed them on our cupcake stands. Pure yummyness!

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All in all we both had a great day! The hubby wasnt too bothered with the pretty knifes and forks, nor the amount of bunting that now dominates his lounge! His wife on the other hand was a very happy lady!

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Eating in style

When you have a big party at home, unless your a family of 20, you never have enough plates and cutlery from your own kitchen cupboard. I mean why would you need to?! And I Hate with a capital H disposable plastic plates and cutlery, so for our upcoming birthday shenanigans, I looked into other options and have sort of compromised…. Plates made out of sugar cane which are quite sturdy in fact and wooden cutlery. Now I’m still not a massive fan of both, but its what you do with them that counts!

Last night I was decorating the cutlery. I bought packs of 18 pieces for £1 from dotcomgiftshop.com (which by the way is an amazing website with loads of vintage ideas).

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Then I wrapped washi tape around the ends of each one. I will eventually tie each set up with parcel string and a napkin. Simple way to add a bit of love to your special event!

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