A Winter Warmer – Easy Peasy DIY Mulled Wine Christmas Gift

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Hello lovelies! I hope you’re well and wrapping up warm! Christmas is round the corner and if you’re looking for a little gift for family and friends then today’s DIY post is a perfect way to say a warm Merry Christmas! Today we’re sprucing up the old bottle of wine and giving it a Christmas twist. These DIY Mulled Wine kits are super duper easy to put together and would be lovelyas a BYOB at get togethers over the festive season or even as wedding favours – you could use mini bottle of red wine instead.

I hope you enjoy the post and of course, however you’re spending the holidays, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Mirlah xox

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DIY Mulled Wine Gifts – What You’ll Need:

1. A nice bottle of Red Wine

2. Mulled wine spice sachets – Mine were just £1 from Sainsbury’s

3. Little trinkets and things to decorate

4. Muslin Drawstring bags – Mine were from eBay but can be bought from craft shops such as HobbyCraft

5. A gift tag – Download our below

6. Scissors, Twine and a hole punch for the tag

7. Dried fruit and cinnamon sticks

8. A little bit of foliage – I can’t get enough of this gunnii eucalyptus at the mo. Available from florists and Sainsbury’s.

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1. Take the spice mix and fill up your muslin bag – leave the cinnamon stick out for later. I added cloves, bay leaves and a mixture of dried orange apple and lime to the pre mixed spice. The smell is immense!!

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Winter Warmer - DIY Mulled Wine Christmas Gifts - (c) Mirlah Thornley - Best Day Ever for Darby & Joan

2. Download the gift tag and cut along the lines and pop a hole in the top for the twine.

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3. It’s time to decorate. Tie everything around the bottle and secure the cinnamon stick with some twine. I used a mix of pin cones, foliage and some sequins. – Got to add a touch of sparkle.

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And there you go… Told you it was simple.

All you have to do is empty the bottle of wine into a pan and add the muslin bag and cinnamon stick and heat… The flavour will ooze out of the bag but won’t add all the bits to your drink! No one wants chunky mulled wine!

Serve with plenty of festive spirit and friends!


and have a very Merry Christmas!

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18:36 15 December 2014

6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas


Brrr, I hope you’re all keeping warm lovelies, hasn’t the weather turned now? December is well and truly here, christmas songs are playing, the mince pies and mulled wine are flowing and christmas shopping is well underway, which can only mean it’s time for a spot of festive wedding inspiration! Get ready to warm your hearts with this post full of winter wedding wonderfulness.

Enjoy & Merry Christmas!

Mirlah xox


1. Baby it’s cold outside – Cosy Cover Ups & Blankets

Chilly winter evenings are just asking for some snuggly details, think blankets, log fires and bridal cover ups. Even if your wedding venue is all indoors, a cosy blanket for your guests when they step outside would be a lovely welcome detail. Brides, don’t feel deterred from covering up your dress, there are some stunning capes and cover ups out there and they will keep the chill at bay whilst walking from the church to the wedding car or whilst shooting some stunning outdoor portraits with you and your husband.


1. Blankets & Cosy Cover Ups | 6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas by Darby & Joan

Blankets / Bride / Sign 

2. A touch of festive – Winter Wedding Place settings

Full on themes aren’t for everyone, so if you just want to add a hint to the seasons festivities, a place setting is a lovely detail to have a play with. Mini wreaths, glitter pine cones and a range of christmas baubles, all make for the prettiest place settings your guests are sure to love. They could even double up as favours for your guests to take home and hang up with their own christmas decorations.


2. Winter Wedding Place Settings | 6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas by Darby & Joan

Wreath / Pinecone / Baubles

3. Winter Warmers – Hot Chocolate Bar

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like a hot choc with all the trimmings? I absolutely love the idea of a hot chocolate station. Collect mismatched vintage tin mugs and let your guests create the ultimate winter warmer. Scoops of rich hot chocolate, laden with cream, marshmallows and a cinnamon dusting, you could even make it a cheeky hot toddy for your adult guests by adding some liquor.

3. Hot Chocolate Bar | 6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas by Darby & Joan

Hot Chocolate / Hot Chocolate Bar /Mugs

4. Frosted Delights – Winter Wedding Cakes

Now I’m sure there is a technical term for this kind of frosting but these partially frosted naked beauties are perfect for a winter wedding. The naked cake trend is still going strong and rightly so as they are so darn beautiful, top a trio of cakes with cranberries, cinnamon sticks and christmas tree foliage for a delightfully festive cake table display.

4. Winter Wedding Naked Cakes | 6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas by Darby & Joan

trio of cakes / cranberry cake / 2 tier cake

5. Scent of the Season – Cinnamon & Scented Candles

The smell of this time of year is one I’m sure everyone knows and loves. Cinnamon, ginger, apple and earthy christmas tree are just so reminiscent of Christmas. Smells can be so memorable and how wonderful it would be to have all your wedding day memories come back at the smell a lovely apple and cinnamon scented candle. How about serving mulled wine as your arrival drinks, tying cinnamon to the napkins, and displaying real christmas branches around the venue to create a wonderful festive scent wherever you are.


5. Winter Wedding Scent | 6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas by Darby & Joan

Cinnamon / foliage / candle

6. Lights, Camera, Sparkle – Winter Wedding Lighting

Lighting is always an important part of a wedding in any season and can be particularly so in winter as you lose the natural sunlight quite early on in the day. Giant light up letters are fantastic for adding a feature, as are stunning festoon lights. Strung up on the ceiling or hanging down to create a backdrop, those bulbed beauties are a firm favourite with us. Candles are a perfect for adding a twinkly magical glow and if your venue doesn’t allow open flames, there are some super duper LED ‘fake’ candles which look extremely realistic. And last but not least, sparklers! Of course, not very practical for adding light to your venue but seriously good fun and make for some fab wedding photos.

6. Candles & Sparklers | 6 Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas by Darby & Joan

candles / sparklers / festoon

So there we have it, 6 winter wedding ideas for a fab and festive wedding. Are any of you lovely readers getting married in winter or have any ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you.

17:01 8 December 2014

Fabulous Wedding Styling Tips for 2015


We have a handful of wedding ideas to share with you over the next few posts – from DIY ideas to a revamp of much loved ideas.


Bunting is not dead!

With the ever-growing popularity and down right prettiness of vintage weddings bunting is the perfect décor to adorn ceilings, tables, tipis and marquees… in fact anything and even though it’s been a popular wedding trend for some time now, it certainly shows no signs of stopping. Rightly so, it’s a fabulous cost effective way to transform your wedding venue and whatever your theme, there’s bunting for all styles. Think floral, shabby chic, hessian, laser cut, or bunting made out of vintage doilies. You could even have a go at DIYing it, using your favourite patterned fabrics or make garlands with colourful paper or card.  The image below is from one of our own weddings fro 2013.

Barn Bunting: Milestones Photography




Paper Perfect

If bunting isn’t your thing and you want to try something different, there are so many alternatives to create an impact and paper is the perfect way to get crafty and create a wow factor.

Tissue Paper makes for fabulously fluffy pom-poms and tassel garlands are perfect for hanging from beams, tables or the perfect accessory for a giant balloons

Paper & Card is great for crafting growing trends like paper cranes. Create a curtain of the origami beauties, a Japanese tradition where the father gives a thousand paper cranes as a wedding gift, to wish a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. Pinwheels or paper lanterns also make a fabulous statement up above.

Crepe Paper is a cost effective alternative to ribbon and comes in a huge array of colours. It looks fabulous tied onto trees drifting in the breeze and makes stunning backdrops for photobooths or the top table

Your Cloud Parade / Justine Bursoni / Etsy / Christina Carroll Photography / Stone Crandall Photography / Oliver Gordon




Centre Stage

Large floral centrepieces will never cease to wow an amaze but if your budget is smaller or your style is a little more low key, there are so many ways to create amazing centrepieces.

For a rustic style, tree stump slices are great for placing a mix of vases filled with your favourite blooms on, as are vintage books. Vintage jars, china teacups and a mix of stem bottles is still a firm favourite with brides and they’re versatile as they suit round or long trestle tables and can be moved around your venue.

For a magical feel, cloches and bell jars are fabulous for displaying flowers and your favourite trinkets. Almost acting as a piece of art they are a great way of adding a touch of whimsy to your wedding décor and a great way to display collections of your favourite things.

Jacquelyne Mae Photography / Tabitha Emma / BRAUN Photography




Keep your eyes peeled for another instalment….


Featured image – Matt Brown Photography 


15:14 3 December 2014

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