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MAKE YOUR OWN ISLE OF WIGHT CONFETTI!

As promised in our last edition of ‘Newlyread for the nearly wed’ we’ve been getting creative and have scheduled a load of DIT (Do it together) blogs which will offer instructions and handy hints for your Isle of Wight wedding. Just excuse my iPhone photography - Chris Cowely I am not!

Last weekend we kicked things off by testing just how easy it is to make your own confetti. I’d heard that it was as simple as reaching for another Jaffa Cake, so this half of Wight Wedding Days decided to get creative and PEOPLE, it is EASY!

If this is something you're interested in doing, plan early and ask all your friends, family and work colleagues to give you all their old flowers before they die. It may also be worth talking to some of our Isle of Wight florists to see if they can strike a deal on flowers that aren't too fresh.

I had a bunch of pink Isle of Wight flowers – roses to be exact, which were about to wilt. Careful to catch them before they went brown, I set to work and this is how it turned out:

Thank you, thank you – yes, it is lovely isn’t it? Well, here’s how to do it:

1. Remove petals and gently and place on top of a piece of kitchen roll on a microwavable plate. Remember not to place directly on the plate as they’ll stick to it. Also, try to place the petals so they don’t touch each other or they’ll  stick together and go brown – it’s best to do it in batches so they have more space.

2. Pop the plate into the microwave for 1 minute then remove and turn each petal over before popping back into the microwave for a further 1 minute. I recommend not exceeding  1 minute or else they won’t retain their colour and will reduce to not very much.

3. Remove the place the microwave and carefully lift the kitchen roll onto a cool plate so the petals can dry. And that is literally it!

I haven’t had that much fun in a kitchen since I discovered the sandwich toaster. I had about 10 roses and was able to turn them all into confetti in about 4 batches - I guess the amount you can process at a time will depend on plate size. SO, so easy.  I would say one-two flowers makes enough confetti for one person to throw.

Just to finish the job off nicely (and because I had another half an hour until The Voice)
I whipped up a confetti cone from an old sheet of music I had lying around. ET VOILA!

Please ignore the state of my nails, I better get an Isle of Wight Wedding manicure blog done sharpish!

It all took about 20-30 mins for the 10 roses (including the cone), so depending on how much you want to make, I recommend roping in a few friends so you can DIT! It’s a really nice idea for a hen party activity too – as long as there’s a ‘reward’ for the hard work later in the day!

I’m currently testing long it stays ‘fresh’ so you’ve got a good idea of how long before the wedding you should get started – I’ll keep you posted.

Next we’re looking at unique ways to present and package your beautiful homemade Isle of Wight confetti.

Stay tuned, people!

Marianne

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