Big, Bold and Beautiful Wedding Balloons

If you thought balloons were just for children’s parties, think again. Forget the traditional blow-up and helium versions; the wedding balloons from Bubblegum Balloons are so cool you will want them at your big day!

Run by Laura, Sally, and Meg, Bubblegum Balloons has taken the humble balloon and given it a new lease of life, transforming it into the ultimate feel good accessory.

Wedding Balloons from Bubblegum Balloons

Wedding Balloons

For many years balloons at weddings have been, quite frankly, a bit dull. Bubblegum Balloons supplies gorgeous, modern balloons that will make your wedding venue look amazing. These wedding balloons will look great in photos and give your day a unique twist.

Bubblegum Balloons has a vast selection of different styles, from their incredible large clear confetti balloons, to round foil balloons and even mini balloon wands.

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Cottage Garden Theme Personalised Confetti Cones

Personalised Confetti Cones from Shropshire Petals

We all want our wedding day to stand out and not to look the same as others we’ve been to. Personalised details are one way to add the originality and distinctiveness you are looking for. Shropshire Petals has just launched a new range of personalised confetti cones, so you can add your own unique style to your confetti moment.

Cottage Garden Theme Personalised Confetti Cones

How It Works

Choose Your Confetti Petals

Select your petals, either from the range of recommended mixes available or by creating your own using the Pick and Mix selector. Choose colours to match your wedding theme, your favourite colours or a total random selection. Whatever your style, there are colours to make your confetti unique.

Watercolour Flowers Theme Personalised Confetti Cones

Choose Your Confetti Cone Theme

Choose your theme from the 11 stunning designs…

  • Bunting
  • Cottage Garden
  • Fairy Lights
  • Fairytale
  • Heart
  • Lace
  • Photo
  • Rose Pattern
  • Travel
  • Watercolour Flowers
  • Woodland

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Tequlia Rose Shots

Tequila Rose Cocktails and Cupcakes

It’s not often we share ideas for drinks, but today we’d like to introduce you to Tequila Rose. If you haven’t tried it before, you must! Tequila Rose is a unique blend of strawberry flavour cream liqueur and premium Mexican tequila, and it’s SO good!

A Perfect Hen Party Drink

If you are looking for a special drink for your hen party, or even your wedding (maybe for the evening as it might be a little much for the daytime), then this might be the tipple you are looking for.

Tequlia Rose Shots

I’m partial to a strawberry liqueur (usually in a cocktail), but I’m not usually a fan of tequila… however, I loved Tequila Rose!

I recently organised my sister’s hen party (feature coming soon) and I was sent a bottle of Tequila Rose to try; what better way to try it than with a group of hens! It’s a pretty pink colour, which was perfect for our hen party theme. It also made a really nice change from the wine and bubbles.

Tequila Rose Cocktails

Tequila Rose is a beautiful drink on its own (it’s too good to down in one; this one is a ‘sipping’ shot!), but it’s also really good in a cocktail.

Tequila Rose Cocktails - Wild Rose

Try these delicious Tequila Rose cocktails…

Wild Rose

  • 0.75 oz. Tequila Rose
  • 0.75 oz. Irish Cream
  • 0.75 oz. Vanilla Flavoured Vodka
  • Serve on the rocks in a short glass

Sexy Strawberry Cocktail

  • 1 Shot of Tequila Rose
  • Half Shot of Vanilla Flavour Vodka
  • Add ice, shake and strain into a Martini glass

You can see more recipes here.

Tequila Rose Cupcakes

Another fabulous way to enjoy Tequila Rose is to create some yummy cupcakes. Again, these are great for hen parties as they have a natural pink colour (or you could change the colour of the icing by adding a colouring).

Tequila Rose Cupcakes

This delicious recipe is by Baking Bar

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 150g Butter
  • 150g Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or other flavour)
  • 1tsp Tequila Rose
  • A few drops of colouring (optional)
  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tbsp Milk

Buttercream Frosting

  • 450g Icing Sugar
  • 110g Butter
  • 0.5tsp Salt
  • 2tbsp Tequila Rose
  • A few drops of colouring (optional)
  • 1tbsp Milk (optional)

To Make the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 180c.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and pale.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Fold in the vanilla extract, Tequila Rose and any colouring (if required).
  6. Sieve the flour into the cupcake batter and add the two tablespoons of milk. Fold the ingredients together, but do not over-stir.
  7. Place tablespoons of the cupcake batter into cupcake cases.
  8. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when pressed lightly.
  9. Place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Buttercream Frosting

When the cupcakes are cool you can begin making the frosting.

  1. In a large bowl beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Then gradually add the icing sugar a little at a time. You may want to use a wooden spoon to cream this icing sugar with the butter or you will end up in a cloud of icing sugar if you use the electric mixer.
  3. Add the Tequila Rose and salt at this stage to help bring the mixture together.
  4. Now you can move back to using an electric mixer (if the mixture is still very stiff add 1tbsp of milk). Add any colouring (if required) and beat on a medium / high speed for around 10 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
  5. You can add more icing sugar or more milk to change the consistency slightly if you wish. The consistency will vary slightly depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

These cupcakes are perfect for weddings, parties, hen parties, or just because you love them!

I’m pretty sure that Tequila Rose is going to be your new obsession this year (it’s certainly mine!). You can find out more on their Facebook page

Cheers!

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The Godminster Celebration Cake - Wedding Cheese Cakes

Wedding Cheese Cakes from Godminster

Are you a cheese lover? If so, you will love the cheese from Godminster. Wedding cheese cakes are a great option if you’re considering alternatives to a traditional wedding cake. You could even have both (my idea of heaven, cheese and cake; not together though!).

Wedding cheese cakes from Godminster are simply divine, and would be a real treat for you and your wedding guests. Enjoy delicious handmade cheeses with breads, crackers, tangy chutneys, and fabulous meats.

The Godminster Farm is set on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bruton, in the heart of Somerset. Registered organic in 1999, the farm has an environmentally friendly and ethical approach to farming. With 1,300 acres of beautiful landscape, the farm not only homes 280 organic dairy cows, but also boasts fruitful orchards filled with a variety of delicious fruits and herbs which inspire many of the Godminster products.

Godminster offers two options for wedding cheese cakes…

The Godminster Celebration Cake

The Godminster Celebration Cake - Wedding Cheese Cakes

A beautiful 2.6kg tower of their finest cheeses, including:

  • A Handmade 1kg Godminster Organic Traditional Brie
  • 1kg Truckle Burgundy Waxed Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar
  • 200g Organic Brie with Black Pepper
  • 200g Oak Smoked Vintage Organic Cheddar
  • Godminster iconic 200g Vintage Organic Cheddar Heart Topper

This wedding cheese cake is suitable for approximately 25-35 people. £64

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Fingerprint Wedding Ring

Alternative Engagement Rings

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might be thinking about ‘popping the question’. If you are looking for a ring that’s different but still very special, we have found a selection of amazing alternative engagement rings.

Engagement rings don’t have to be a solitaire diamond. There are so many alternative engagement rings, from other diamond rings and coloured stones, to fingerprinted rings and even black stones.

Some people say you should spend two to three months salary on an engagement ring… we say spend what you like. There are some beautiful rings out there for less than £50 and then there are some for millions. It’s not about the ring, it’s about the question you are asking. So, don’t feel that you have to spend a fortune to please; you don’t!

Here are eight of our favourite alternative engagement rings…

‘Elaria’ Ring from 77 Diamonds

Elaria alternative engagement ring

If you are looking for an engagement ring with a twist on a traditional diamond ring, then you will love Elaria. It’s a beautiful geometric design with the centre stone framed by a hexagonal halo of small round diamonds.

18k White Gold with 0.18 Carat Diamond

£946.52 (in the January Sale)

9ct Rose Gold Diamond and Morganite Ring from Ernest Jones

9ct Rose Gold Diamond and Morganite alternative engagement ring

It seems pink is quite in at the moment for rings. Morganite is a very pretty pink, and looks amazing when set in rose gold. This elegant 9ct rose gold diamond ring exudes effortless feminine beauty. The pink hues of the unusual morganite, styled with the popular princess cut, delivers fresh, contemporary style.

9ct Rose Gold

£499

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