HOW TO MAKE HALLOWEEN THEMED BATH BOMBS

I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE me a bath bomb! After we moved house last year the only downfall was not having a bath, I used to love getting in the tub, watching the crazy bath bomb fizz away while I tucked into a good book! Even though I don’t have a bath anymore my love for bath bombs still remains strong (clearly) and we all know what amazing gifts they make so I thought I would whip up a batch of Halloween themed bath bombs ready for this month! I love the idea of making a different bath bomb each month and collecting them over the year to gift at Christmas, so your gal pals have a different monthly themed bath bomb for the upcoming year! Anyway, for now let’s get cracking on these spooky bath bombs shall we?

YOU WILL NEED: (Makes 10 Bath Bombs*)

2 cups baking soda // 1 cup citric acid // 1 cup cornflour // 6 TBsp Epsom salt // 2 Tbsp coconut oil // Witch hazel (preferably in a spray bottle) // Lavender oil )or scented pure oil of your choice) // Green food colouring // Pink food colouring // Bath bomb moulds //

*Obviously the amount of bath bombs depend on how big your moulds are but this mixture made 10 bath bombs for me, 1 large, 3 medium and 6 small)

STEP 1:

First, add all of your dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and Epsom salt) into a mixing bowl and give them a good mix up together. Then, pop the coconut oil in the mix and blend together by mixing it with your fingers. You need to do this until there aren’t any clumps of coconut oil left in the mixture.

STEP 2:

Add your lavender oil into the mixture, if you’re using a 100% pure oil then you’ll only need around 10 drops, if it’s more of a fragrance oil though you’re going to need to add around 20 drops of it to really get that scent in there!

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MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE SWEET TREAT: DIY SUCCULENT & CACTUS CUPCAKES!

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You guys are in for a real treat today, metaphorically of course, I can’t physically give you these sweet treats but the good news is that you can easily whip yourself up a batch because Jenni from Two Little Cats Bakery is here to tell you how! These cactus and succulent cupcakes would make the perfect wedding favour, or maybe you could serve them up at a bridal shower?! Either way, I can tell you first hand that they’re absolutely delicious and they’re just about the prettiest darn cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

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YOU WILL NEED:

12 cupcakes (we used vanilla but you can use your favourite flavour!) // Buttercream icing // Fondant icing // Green food colouring // Crushed up biscuits (go for a digestive or ginger nut if you want a lighter ‘sand’ or Oreo if you want something that looks more like soil) // Piping bags and nozzles // Cocktail sticks // White sprinkles // Flower cutters //

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FOR THE CACTUS CUPCAKES….

1. Bake 12 cupcakes in any flavour you like and leave to cool completely

2. Crumble up 3 of the cupcakes with your hands into a bowl and set aside

3. Take the 9 remaining cupcakes, and spread or pipe some buttercream on top (you don’t need too much)

4. Dip the iced cupcakes into the biscuit crumbs to make them look like they are covered in sand. Make sure you give them a good roll around in those crumbs to get all the edges.

5. In your bowl of cake crumbs, add a small amount of buttercream (about a teaspoon) and mix them together – use those hands, just make sure they’re clean! If you can easily roll the mixture into a ball in your hand and it keeps it shape then you’ve got enough buttercream. If your mix is still too dry, and a little more buttercream and repeat. Don’t be tempted to add loads at once – you need less than you might think.

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6. Start rolling your mix into the rough shape you want your cactus to be. Most cacti will start off either as a ball, a flattened ball, or a stumpy sausage. Don’t make them too big – if you’re not sure then hold it against your cupcakes to check you’re happy with the size. When you’ve used up your mix put them on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof and put them in the fridge to harden.

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THROW THE ULTIMATE BRIDAL SHOWER WITH THESE FUN ACCESSORIES

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If you’ve been put in charge of planning your besties hen party or bridal shower, you’re more than likely feeling the pressure to throw the bride the ultimate send off. As MOH or bridesmaid it’s up to you plan everything from the location and guest list, to the activities and favours, which can seem a little daunting at first, but that’s where we can help.

Hen parties and bridal showers have become majorly popular on Bespoke Bride over the past year or so, with hen party DIY’s being one of the most requested tutorials in our recent survey.

Whilst lots more hen party ideas are in the pipeline, we already have a ton of ideas for you to check out, so we raided our archives to create a roundup of 15 of our most popular hen party accessories, that your gal pal is sure to love!

1. Hen Party Games: Games are a great way to get the party started, from ‘The Groom Said What?’ to ‘Porn or Polish’ this pack of 6 fun games will have your guests giggling away in no time. To get you started we are even giving away one free game that you can download and print here.

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2. Kisses For the Future Mrs Guestbook: Create a guestbook for a personal touch. Get out your favourite lippy and pucker up, so that the future Mrs has something to hold on to for years to come. Download your free print here.

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3. Beyonce Lyric Stickers: Drink your cocktails in style with these Beyonce quote glasses. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a crafter and would like to make your own you can find our easy to follow tutorial here.

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4. Slogan Swimsuits: If you’re hen party is taking place in sunnier climes, don’t forget to pack your swimsuits. These personalised swimming costumes are super simple to make using our iron on letters or if you want to make the letters yourself, click here for the full tutorial.

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MAKE THESE FUN ST PATRICK’S DAY GOLD COIN MARBLED COOKIES

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As March is upon us, (say WHAT it’s March already!!) it’s time to go searching for that pot of gold. No need to look too far – you can create your own pot of golden coins with this simple cookie DIY! They’re so easy to make and they taste absolutely delicious! Today, Lauren from Toast from The Host is showing us how to decorate these fun oreo cookies…

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YOU WILL NEED:

1 bag of White Chocolate Melts // 2 Food Gel Colors in Green and Gold // Toothpick or Bamboo Skewer // Parchment Paper // 1 Glass Bowl // Golden Oreos // 1 Tablespoon // Optional: Lemon Extract //

STEP 1:

Lay out a sheet of parchment paper and lay out Oreos on sheet.

STEP 2:

If using a microwave, melt entire bag of White Chocolate Melts in Glass Bowl being sure to stir every 30 seconds until all chocolate has melted and is smooth. Spoon 3-5 tablespoon(s) of water to thin out chocolate. Continue to fold and stir chocolate until it is a smooth batter-like consistency.

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STEP 3:

Squeeze one drop of gel colors into bowl and begin to swirl both using a “figure 8” method using a toothpick or bamboo skewer.

STEP 4:

Dip golden Oreos (once) into swirl mixture and lay flat on parchment paper to encourage the chocolate to harden. Need to move faster? Place in the fridge to speed up the hardening process.

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