Monthly Archives: May 2017


Table décor ideas for an Earth-kind bride

Green has been on trend as the colour of the year in many aspects of the fashion world. Likewise has organic and natural weddings been for the past year. However, the theme and décor of a wedding is all dependent on the bride and groom and their preferences.

For many brides, up cycled wedding décor, plants and lots of greenery have been the order of the day as well as natural timber and minimal fuss is what bride’s tend to be choosing as their preference. Not only is this cost-effective, but it is also friendly for the environment and helps beat the high cost of flowers and décor hire.

Here are some eco-friendly décor ideas provided by the team at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa which is a popular venue for country weddings in the KZN Midlands:

Round table centrepiece ideas:

Potted flora and fauna- For an elegant, simple and overall clean appearance, why not have all-white linen, and incorporate a burst of colour with greenery in the form of potted plants or herbs.

Herbs are inexpensive to have in large quantities and they can be paired with tin, glass and even wood.

Herbs can be placed in glass boxes that show the soil, roots and the bunched green leaves that overflow out the top.

They can also be planted into a tin. The tin can be painted any colour you wish, but it can also be left raw so that the silver colour can be brought in through other décor items.

A table number may also be placed into the soil. Paste a number to a long skewer and place the sharp end into the soil so that the number sticks out of the herbs.

Jars – Jars can be used as candle holders; can be filled with coloured water or clear soda water to create movement on the table, or perhaps just as a vase to hold a simple bunch of flowers or to house lemons or apples, if this fits in with the theme . Glass is a recyclable material and is easy to collect – as we use everyday items such as mayonnaise jars, tomato sauce bottles, gherkins, olives, baby food, etc, and thus they can be easily collected and once used, they can then be recycled.

Cake and sweets – A cake stand housing cupcakes, various pastries, or jars of sweets can have a two-prong use, that of a centrepiece and also, as the dessert. This kind of centrepiece can add colour, create a varied level of height and may also allow social interaction amongst guests.

Trestle or long table centrepiece ideas

Wine bottles – bottles of wine set up in a row can create a different type of centre piece and focal point of the décor and can also be used as the drink for the toast. Wine bottles can also be empty and painted the theme colour or wrapped with string or perhaps rolled in glitter for a glamorous effect. This will create an inexpensive DIY centrepiece and can be paired with flowers, candles and greenery.

Wreath – On trend is a floral or leafy wreath in a circular shape around a glass vase with candles. Branches of leaves placed strategically along the middle of the trestle or placed horizontally along the front of the bridal table, accompanied by candles and glass candle holders are also an idea for eco-friendly table décor.

One may also want to include a boho style wedding wreath that is created with leaves and flowers and suspended from the ceiling over the dance floor or bridal table. One may also want to include circular wreaths hanging at various heights above the table or perhaps behind the bridal table for a gorgeous photo backdrop. Wreaths may also be created using twigs and agile branches combined with flowers and leaves.

In an extract from Joanne O’Sullivan’s book, The New Book of Wedding Flowers. Wreaths also have a symbolic meaning, “Like most wedding traditions, wreaths have a symbolism. Just as wedding rings symbolize eternity, the continuous unbroken circle of the wreath is meant to remind the guests of everlasting love”.

Wooden boxes housing greenery, flowers and more, are also on trend and can be used on any type of table setting. The wooden boxes can be made from wood pallets for a DIY effect.

Ceremony décor

For the chairs at the ceremony, whether indoors or outdoors, it is also best to incorporate the same leaf, herb or flower and ribbon, and attach to the chair arm closest to the aisle, as well as perhaps include this on the wedding arch, if saying your “I do’s” outdoors. Having the same “green” appearance will complete the entire look.


If you have a standard plate setting with a folded napkin, you could insert a herbed wedding favour of Thyme and tie a small note saying, “ Thank you for sharing your Thyme with us”, or perhaps, “ And so our Thyme as Mr & Mrs begins”. If you prefer to give a gift of substance, one could opt for a potted plant favour, or perhaps a small jar of honey with the words, “Meant to Bee, written on it. The variety of eco-friendly gift options is endless and dependent on budget.

For more organic décor ideas and theme options as well as wedding packages available, contact Granny Mouse on 033 234 4071.


A way to treat the signs of ageing

It is important to highlight the need to care for one’s skin, especially when it comes to preventing the signs of ageing.

Even though ageing is inevitable with collagen and elastin levels in the skin tissue starting to deteriorate, making the skin thinner, there are non-surgical ways of prolonging a youthful appearance, just by caring for our skin.

With the combination of harsh temperatures in South Africa and the lack of sufficient moisturisation and application of sun screens, signs of ageing can appear from one’s early twenties.  In an article by Womens Health it refers to many women noticing the first signs of aging in their mid to late 20s, when fine lines (crows feet) start to appear around the eyes. 1

To combat the effects of ageing, there has been much interest in using Hyaluronic acid.

According to a review article by J. Necas in the Veterinarni Medicina (2008), “Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a carbohydrate, more specifically a mucopolysaccharide, occurring naturally in all living organisms. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring biopolymer, which has important biological functions in bacteria and higher animals including humans. It is found in most connective tissues and is particularly concentrated in synovial fluid, the vitreous fluid of the eye, umbilical cords and chicken combs. It is naturally synthesized by a class of integral membrane proteins called hyaluronan synthases, and degraded by a family of enzymes called hyaluronidases.2

As part of their offering, Granny Mouse Spa have included an anti-ageing facial treatment that incorporate this ingredient, as treatments for anti-ageing have become a popular request.

“We offer a 60 minute Thalgo Hyaluronic Facial, which is a unique zone to zone anti-ageing treatment that uses Marine Hyaluronic acid molecules for a plumping, wrinkle-filling effect. These new generation patented extracts act in bio-affinity with the skin for controlled youthfulness and astounding results,” comments Yolandi Potgieter from the Granny Mouse Spa.

There are also said to be many benefits of using Hyaluronic acid including that of hydrating dry, aged skin and reducing wrinkles and sagging.

However, if you prefer to prevent, rather than treat, stay clear of harsh UV rays, keep your skin hydrated and make use of sunscreen on a daily basis. Smoking, consuming alcohol and an unhealthy diet can also be the cause of early ageing.

When it comes to handling one’s skin, be gentle. Cleanse gently and use products that are within their expiry date and that fit your skin profile to help delay the early signs of ageing.

Book your treatment at Granny Mouse Spa by calling 033 234 4071 or send an email to



Note: Thalgo Hyaluronic Facial (60min)
Cost: R1480