Meet Tony, the cake stand man!

So many of you love our cake stands so we thought you might like to meet the lovely man who hand makes them for us -Tony. Handsome looking fellow right?!

Check out the Q&A below to find out more about this very interesting guy.

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It’s our 5th birthday!!

Can you believe it? The emerald + ella store has been trading for 5 years this month. Wow, where has the time gone?!

It feels like the online world has changed dramatically over that time and I have learnt so so much. Growing up I never expected that I would be muddling my way through meta data and photoshop editing tools and learning about widgets, but there you go!

5 years ago, cupcake cases were our biggest seller and now it’s most definitely our handmade cake stands. You have good taste people!

It’s been an absolute pleasure ‘meeting’ all you lovely readers and customers over the past half-decade, and I hope there will be many more years left in the e+e offices (A.K.A. home).

To celebrate this milestone I am sharing a favourite recipe from the blog archives – cherry coke cupcakes – because, after all, who doesn’t need a little coca cola in their baking?

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No-sew heart banner

These fun heart banners make great engagement party or wedding decorations. They look super pretty hanging from trees and bushes too.

And of course, due to my lack of patience in the sewing room, the banner doesn’t require any sewing! It’s all just iron and glue work! So easy, even the most amateur crafter can have a go.

As always, you can mix up the colours to suit your theme, it would be lovely in neutrals or metallics.  If you are super crafty, you could also have a go at cutting out the couple-to-be’s initials instead of a heart.

heart-banner For the full tutorial, check out my guest post over at Polka Dot Bride.

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Lime, coconut and ginger-infused rum

So infused rum sounds fancy doesn’t it? It’s sure to wow the pants off your party guests when you tell them you flavoured your own tipple!

Plus this tropical-infused booze is really easy to make, you just need to start a week ahead of time. And of course you can then serve it up in a pineapple, coconut or even (gasp!) a glass.

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Baked cheesy polenta fingers

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I whipped up a batch of these fingers this morning while Max was munching on his breakfast. That’s how quick they are! Although Max is quite a slow eater….

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