Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PHOTO A DAY: Day 105

^It's fair to say Miami and Miami Beach exceeded my expectations five times over. It's so perfect and pretty, it's almost unbelievable!^

WEDDING: The Hanging Lantern Company

Hanging paper lanterns are on the of the wedding decorations that makes me the most excited. They are so striking and unique, I think it's one of the decorations our guests will remember the most as they are so big and spectacular! Paper lanterns can create very different looks depending on how you hang them and the size of them. If you've not really come across them before then I'd highly recommend a browse of Pinterest, the images are so inspiring they'll make you want them for your next big occasion.

Decorations by katie.brumley.90
Wedding Tipi / Paper Lanterns / Stunning Tent / www.stunningtents,
Paper lanterns for an outdoor wedding reception

The Hanging Lantern Company is the largest supplier of lanterns with a range that only starts with round paper lanterns! They have over 500 different styles of paper lanterns and tissue pom poms, along with every lighting accessory you'd need. The size of lanterns vary from 4 inches to 36 inches. We're planning on having a variety of paper lanterns hanging from the middle of the two tipis (like the second picture above) so we needed quite a lot of lanterns! We were spoilt for choice on The Hanging Lantern Company website on style and colour. We haven't got a colour scheme as such but we're trying to keep to pastel colours, of which there is a large choice of paper lanterns. We went for 8 inch White Paper Lanterns* (£2.49 each), 12 inch Baby Blue Paper Lanterns* (£2.99 each ) and 12 inch Robin Egg Paper Lanterns (£2.99 each). All of the prices are cheaper if you buy in bulk - you can buy them in sets of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.    
^Robin Egg^
^Baby Blue^

^All the pastels together^
The Hanging Lantern Company also sell a fantastic product called Buttonlites. They are small lights that last 36+ hours and hang inside the paper lanterns, so you can light them up when it's dark. The Buttonlites* (£1.99 each) can't have their battery replaced but they can be turned on and off for the 36+ hours they give out light. There are a range of Buttonlites - warm, cool, colour changing and candle flicker light depending on the finished look you're going for. You can also put these Buttonlites in flower arrangements to light them up for effect. We are going to light up just the white lanterns, as there will be a lot of fairy lights around the tipis already we didn't want to make it too light.
The lanterns with the Buttonlites in...

I can't wait to see what they look like hanging from the middle of the tipis!

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)


* I received a discount for 
 these products but
all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

PHOTO A DAY: Day 104

^We visited a Turtle Hospital today (so cute) and went to the most southern point of America - if you squinted (really hard) you could see the Caribbean!^   

PS. If you want to see more photos of my holiday then follow me on Instagram (link in side bar), as I'm uploading loads throughout the holiday :) 

Monday, 14 April 2014

RECIPE: Chai Tea

In the January sales I picked up some teabags you could fill with whatever took your fancy. I had been looking for some for a while, as my Dad loves Chai Tea and I wanted to have a go at making my own 'blend' for him. I researched lots of Chai Tea recipes and I was surprised the range of spices that were included, so I decided to make a blend that included loads of spices I know my Dad loves. I put the teabags into a Kilner style jar and stuck a Cath Kidston label on the front, so that the present felt that extra bit special. Not that I think my Dad appreciated the Cath Kidston label particularly!

What you'll need:

Cardamon Pods
Star Anise
Whole Black Peppercorns
Cinnamon Stick
Crystallised Ginger
Loose Black Tea
Fennel Seeds
(and any other spice that you love - it's completely open to change)
What to do:

1) I haven't included any amounts because I found that it was complete trial and error. I started off following this recipe:

1 Star Anise
12 Cloves
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1 Cinanmon Stick
7 Whole Black Peppercorns
2 Cardamon Pods
2 tsp Crystallised Ginger

But soon changed it, which is the wonderful thing with this recipe.

2) Blending the spice mixture in a blender really helps to bring out the spicy flavours. I blended them for about 30 seconds, as you still want a rough textured mixture.

3) Next fill a teabag with 1 tsp of the mixture and make a cup of tea with it. This is an essential step as it helps you to see if you've got balanced between the spice flavours. I did this about 3 times before I found a mixture I was happy with, so have a good old trial and error.
4) To make a Chai Tea use the teabag like a normal teabag. It is often served milky and with sugar.

Do you like flavoured tea?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

PHOTO A DAY: Day 103

^Today was spent trying to cool down, seeing Tarpon fish and pelicans, drinking tropical juices, visiting Publix and K Mart (both similar to Walmart) and feeling very jet lagged!^

OUTFIT: Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...

There's nothing like a trip to the seaside to bring out the holiday feeling, in fact as I'm writing this the sun is blaring in through the window - I'm feeling so happy! When we made our day trip to the beach at Cromer I decided to wear one of my new Primark purchases (see the whole haul here). This style dress has become quite a staple in Primark, with varying patterns and prints. I think I now own 7 or 8 different patterned dresses of this style. They're only £8 each, which is such a bargain and the fit suits my figure well. I'm also wearing a black cardigan from Marks & Spencer's (£18), tights from F&F at Tesco (£6), black ballerina shoes from Primark (£4) and this gorgeous tan shoulder bag from TK Maxx (it was a gift so I'm unsure of the price). This handbag is so sturdy and you can fit a surprising amount in it - it's perfect for when you don't want to lug around a handbag filled with everything bar the kitchen sink!

Have you found any good buys from Primark recently?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)