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Christmas drink ideas – Pomergranate Pimms

If this doesn’t cool you down, I don’t know what will.
Great to serve at your Christmas day BBQ or even a great starter for NYE.

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Ingredients:

200ml Pimms No. 1 Cup*
200ml pomegranate juice*
Ice cubes 1 cup (250ml)
Soda water 1 cup (250ml)
Lemonade
1/4 telegraph cucumber, halved cut into long,
Thin slices 1 orange
Thinly sliced 1/4 cup mint leaves Borage flowers* (optional)

Method Place Pimms, juice and ice cubes into a jug.
Fill with soda water and lemonade.
Stir in the cucumber, orange and mint.
Serve garnished with borage, if using.

Enjoy with friends!

 

SOURCE: Taste

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Party planning hints and tips with Emma Blomfield

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Emma Blomfield, interior stylist and co-founder of the Decorating School has put together some hints and tips on creating the perfect style for your Christmas party.

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1. Decide on a colour palette for your Christmas table. There’s nothing worse than your table looking like Santa threw up all over the table! Opt for 3 colours and preferably include a metallic (e.g. gold, red and cream)

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2. Don’t go overboard with the decorations but spreading them out throughout your home is a good idea. Eg. a Christmas tea towel in the kitchen, a Christmas candle on the coffee table and a wreath on the front door to set the tone for your guests.

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3. If you don’t want to fork out for a load of Christmas decorations, use flowers to set the Christmas theme at home. I love using native flowers like Proteas, Christmas Bush, Lemon Myrtle and Kangaroo Paw on the table at Christmas as well as scattered through the house in smaller vases. En masse they look very effective and are a very tasteful way to approach Christmas decorating.

Emma Blomfield // www.emmablomfield.com  

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Little Branch Loves Radio Lollipop

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Radio Lollipop has been bringing sweet smiles to the faces of children in hospitals around the world since 1979 (the year I was born!)

The international children’s charity provides children with care, comfort, play and entertainment at a time when they need it most.

Each Radio Lollipop station has a team of volunteers who run the radio station, using music and sound to bring happiness to hospital wards, including those right here in Australia.

(Radio Lollipop is based in the UK, USA and Australia – Little Branch is Australian, my children were born in the UK when we lived there for 6 years and Little Branch is proudly published and distributed in the USA via Calypso Cards)

Songs and interactive games are broadcast into children’s rooms, and volunteers work bedside, playing games and coordinating art projects and competitions.

One in four children will be admitted to hospital before the age of 14, many for long term stays or return visits. Some of those children are terminally ill, and spend much of their short lives in hospital.

Radio Lollipop gives these young patients a voice, giving them the joy of requesting their favourite songs, winning prizes and even hearing themselves talking on the radio.

Volunteers are trained in the highest standards of service delivery to provide play and entertainment, supporting sick children and their families. Volunteers work in close partnership with hospital staff and customise their approach to suit the needs of each child.

To support the charity’s continued efforts, Little Branch is donating all profits from its 2017 Christmas Cards collection to Radio Lollipop, Australia. Shop the collection here!

Little Branch also donates craft materials and discontinued stock to the local Gold Coast station for art and craft activities.

For more information or to get involved visit www.radiolollipop.org

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Business Chicks – 9 to Thrive

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Little Branch are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Business Chicks first ever Expo – 9 to Thrive!

Apart from kick-ass exhibitors, you can expect world-class speakers including Zoe Foster Blake, Sarah Wilson and Shaynna Blaze, scrumptious food – and of course there’ll be wine and a cocktail or two!

This is no run-of-the-mill expo. It’s a fully immersive experience that’s guaranteed to be an inspiration-packed, buzz-filled, treat-jammed two-day event like no other. Grab your girlfriends, team or come on your own –
9 to Thrive needs to be in your diary!

9 to Thrive opening times:
Friday 23 October: 9am-5pm | Saturday 24 October: 10am-4pm

For our Little Branch friends you can get 20% off your ticket price!!
All you
 need to do to claim this discount is;
1. Visit www.9tothrive.com.au/tickets
2. Click on ’TICKETS’ and chose ticket type – this will take you to the eventbrite page
3. Enter in the promotion code *LITTLE20*. (just above the ‘order now’ button), and click apply
4. The discount will then be added to all the general admin tickets 

Purchase tickets here.

Visit the website here for all the details!

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Winter Warmer

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Nigella’s hot chocolate

This hot chocolate is a Nigella recipe. It is rich, abundant and sexy just like her.
Make this for the grown-ups when you want a touch of decadence.

1 cup milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon sugar
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g dark chocolate, broken into squares
Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan.
Heat slowly whisking continually until the chocolate is dissolved and the milk is hot. Serve with marshmallows.

Grown-ups can add a tot of rum to this. That is a sure way to warm you from the inside.

Good quality dark chocolate is a must. Nigella insists!!

SOURCE: This recipe was re-created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot.

Photography and Styling by Tanika Blair Design for Little Branch

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Incu presents Erin Petson

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I was delighted to be invited to collaborate with one of my favourite brands in Australia, INCU. The installation was designed in celebration of the Autumnal shift, as they brace for winter and wrap up for cosy walks in the park. I hoped to encapsulate some seasonal cheer in the shape of our favourite furry friends. All of the elements are original hand painted Artworks on fabriano paper.

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For more details and commissions in Australia, please get in touch with Maree.

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