Special occasions with a thrifty twist

 

Need inspiration for a fun yet thrifty party? Want to add a crafty DIY touch to your special event? Are you planning your wedding day but don’t want to blow the budget? Have a look though these categories above or blog posts below to find frugal inspiration for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, hen nights, parties, festive celebrations and all kinds of special occasions!

PARTIES, DIYs, WEDDINGS & MORE…

Creating the perfect Christmas hamper from scratch

Struggling to buy for someone special this year? How about creating a super-personal Christmas hamper? If you plan a few weeks in advance and shop around, it’s likely that you’ll pick up some good bargains, too. You don’t have to ...
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Gooey, chewy cranberry & cherry flapjacks recipe

I've done something a little different for today's recipe blog post: I've instastory'd it! You may have spotted a couple of quick and easy DIY projects on my instastories in the run up to Halloween (you can find my ghost ...
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My meaningful gift guide – How to find a special gift that they’ll love

This year, I'm planning to treat my family and friends to some meaningful gifts. Sure, I could head out onto the high street and get sucked into all the hustle and bustle of buying presents on a grand scale. But ...
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How to upcycle your old Christmas jumpers into cosy festive cushions

Do you have a lovely Christmas jumper that you've shrunk in the wash? Did the moths nibble their way through your favourite festive pullover? Don't bin them - you can turn your old knits into Christmas cushions! All it takes ...
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Low-cost (and free!) festive days out in East Anglia

There's nothing I love more at this time of year than filling up my weekends with festive fun. There are so many fantastic events taking place around East Anglia this year that I could easily double- and triple-book myself on ...
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Christmas decorations – The top two trends for 2017

Looking for ideas to decorate your home this Christmas to get into the festive spirit? I've been doing my research (early, of course!) and I found some fantastic tips from Personalised Gifts Shop. They've compiled a list of the biggest and best ...
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What to wear to your engagement party

Weddings are a joyful occasion, but they can also be full of stress as well, especially for the soon-to-be spouses. On the other hand, engagement parties are a much more relaxed celebration of basically the same thing - a mini ...
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Cracking hosting tips for bonfire night + warming spiced autumn punch recipe

Remember, remember the 5th of November. As Guy Fawkes night approaches, almost a third of Brits are preparing to celebrate with fireworks, bonfires, food and in some cases a cheeky glass of wine. Whether you are hosting friends or family, or ...
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Cute ghost lanterns DIY project for Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! While I'm not planning to go out trick or treating or dress up for a costume party, I have spent a little bit of time making some spooky decorations for my home. I thought I'd share my ...
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How to turn a Halloween t-shirt into a spooky cushion

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit (excuse the pun) by styling your home with spooky decor, I've come up with a quick and easy tutorial to turn an old t-shirt into a Halloween cushion. You could make ...
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Frugal shopping tips for your wedding outfits

Weddings should be a day to remember, but that day doesn’t have to revolve around how much money you have spent on it. When it comes to your wedding, it’s not about how much money you spend, and this includes ...
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Quick & easy (and rather silly!) Halloween pumpkin DIY video

If you follow me on instagram @Cassiefairy you may have spotted that I did a quick DIY on my instastory last week. Rather than scooping out a pumpkin and cutting a face into it, this year my Halloween decorations were ...
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The perfect wedding: It’s not about how much you spend

Many couples who plan a wedding often fixate far too much on the cost. They often research how much a wedding should cost and how much they should pay to ensure that it is absolutely spectacular. They fail to realise ...
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How to DIY a Hollywood Mirror

I've made my own Hollywood mirror - well, if you can't feel like a star in your own home, when can you, eh?! It took a bit of planning to get the right size of fairy light bulbs for the ...
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The cutest Halloween accessories for softies

Today I've put together a little round of all the cutest Halloween accessories I've seen this year. I'm not someone who likes to get dressed up for Halloween in horrifying outfits or cover myself in faux blood - it scares ...
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15 Low-cost DIY Halloween decorating ideas for your home

When it comes to home décor, I almost get giddy about decorating for each season. I am one of those homeowners who will decorate for Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and just about everything in between. Sometimes, I even find myself decorating ...
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How to create a budget-friendly outdoor wedding

For many people, their special day is all about being with friends and family in familiar surroundings, having a celebration to remember. With Pinterest taking the online world by storm, this desire has become a reality through all the wonderful ...
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Feeling the cold – Cosy gift ideas

Do you know someone who always seems to be chilly? The spouse who turns up the thermostat in the middle of summer. The family member who wears three pairs of socks, and the friend who’s never without a mug of ...
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Gift ideas to build memories (and how to do it on a budget!)

Some people are just naturally good with gift buying, whereas others are just not that gifted (excuse the pun!) It’s always a tricky time when a loved one’s birthday is coming up – you’ve bought them everything you can think ...
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How to refashion & re-wear your bridesmaid dress

Were you a bridesmaid over the summer? Do you have a gorgeous freshly-laundered bridesmaid dress hanging in your wardrobe? Think you'll probably never get a chance to wear it again? Think again! If you've recently been a bridesmaid at your ...
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4 Ways to get the word out about your party

When you're planning a party, spreading the word without spending a fortune on pricey invitations is important. Whether it’s a birthday party for a child or a party for the grownups, you need to let friends, family and your acquaintances ...
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Six in the city: 6 cocktails every girl should know

Ask yourself the all-important question… what’s my favourite cocktail? Frivolous it may seem, but given that first impressions count and ‘what are you drinking?’ is often the first question a client/date/friend will judge you on - you'll want to know your ...
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How to plan a wedding reception to remember

Your wedding should be a day that you remember, but don’t devote all your time and attention to the ceremony itself. Sure, that’s one of the most important part of the day - well, you wouldn't be actually married without ...
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Thrifty wedding ideas for the boho bride

Whatever the season your wedding falls into you can become a dreamy boho bride that oozes laidback charm and vintage vibes on your special day. Many feel that they have to spend a fortune on their wedding and, while you’ll ...
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How to help your fella create the dream proposal (& choose the perfect ring!)

Watching your man get down on one knee and pop the question is an exciting prospect. So how can you make sure that the jewellery in that box is the ring of your dreams? It's going to be on your ...
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It’s all about him: Pamper your groom before the big day

It takes two to tango and, even though popular media certainly seems to think that only the bride is getting married, it’s important to make your man feel special before the big day. In fact, pampering the groom is so ...
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Organising an outdoor summer party on a budget

Outdoor summer parties are often easier to host than indoor parties, and the casual atmosphere of entertaining al fresco means you can get away with being a lot less fancy than you might strive for with an indoor dinner party ...
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How to choose his ‘n’ hers wedding rings

Well I think I can safely say that wedding season is well and truly upon us. As soon as July kicks off, so do the celebrations of love and it's a time of year I look forward to. Ceremonies like ...
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Guest post – How to drop engagement hints

When you’ve been living with a guy for a while it's easy to get used to the fact that you’re both around each other all the time. You can both become stuck in your ways and even though you might ...
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Ideas for DIYing the perfect personalised wedding gift

Giving someone a personalised wedding gift is a great way to show family, friends and loved ones how much they mean to you. Many people are turning away from traditional engagements and weddings, and asking for gifts from a wedding ...
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