Nothing quite says 'happy birthday' like jelly and ice cream, but for some reason such celebratory treats seem to stop over the age of ten. This hardly seems fair, so with B's birthday fast approaching I thought it would be fun to try and put a grown-up spin on this childhood classic. If you've been anywhere in blogland lately you'll have noticed some wonderful seasonal recipes for elderflower cordial, so naturally I wanted to have a go at making some for myself. (For excellent recipes nip over to Really Pretty Useful, A Quiet Style and Humphrey & Grace - they're all gorgeous.) After successfully negotiating the gathering, steeping and straining I was left with a lovely elderflower concoction - some of which I froze, ready for any baking and recipe making. It was a happy day when these pretty margarita glasses from Rose & Grey arrived. I love the shape of the glasses and they showed off the jelly beautifully.
The glasses come in a sweet set - complete with two tropical print straws, coasters, flamingo stirrers and mini drinks umbrellas. With it being a set jelly rather than a drink, I didn't really need to use these little extras, so I thought it would be fun to repurpose them a little. In a crafty move which made me reminisce about making necklaces out of pasta shapes as a child, I cut the straws up into smaller tubes, and threaded them onto some pretty twine. I then stuck the coasters onto the twine with a little washi tape. When taped up on the wall, this little tropical garland brought a bit of fun to proceedings. A longer garland would work so well above a bar cart or birthday buffet, don't you think?
The jelly recipe I followed was the BBC Good Food one. With a mix of raspberries and elderflowers, the result is a sweet treat, perfect for summer celebrations. Some other recipes suggest adding prosecco to the mix, which I'll definitely be trying out next. For a finishing touch I added a generous dollop of clotted cream, some fresh raspberries and mint sprigs. Who doesn't love fresh mint and raspberries?
What grown-up jelly should I make next? Extra points if you share a recipe with me that involves gin...!
Photo credit // All images shot and styled by Ruth Garner
This post was written in collaboration with Rose & Grey, as part of their blogger's style challenge and for which I was gifted the glasses. Thank you for supporting the companies I work with that keep Gathered Cheer going!