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…

Thrifty Mother’s Day ideas to suit all budgets

Mother's day is coming up on 11th March so I thought I'd share some thrifty tips for ways to celebrate with mum that'll suit all budgets ...
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My blog is in the Top 30 DIY Blogs in the UK! + Valentine’s Day decor

FANTASTIC NEWS! I've just found out that My Thrifty Life is one of the Top 30 DIY blogs in the UK and I really can't believe my eyes..! ...
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Valentines treats for all the family

Valentine's day isn't just about new couples or married folk; if you've got family and friends you want to celebrate with, go ahead and give them a treat this Valentine's day with these alternative gift suggestions ...
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3 Beautiful winter wedding themes

If you're planning a winter wedding, here are three classy themes that look great with a backdrop of snow and frost at this time of year ...
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How to choose a special occasion outfit that you’ll wear again

Shopping for special occasions. It's something that I really don't like to do. Sure, I love buying the happy couple a wedding present, and it's wonderful to watch the youngsters heading off to their first prom. But it's the concept ...
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Happy New Year everyone!

Here's to a fantastic 2018 for all! ...
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How to decorate cocktail glasses for a party

Great news - my project on prettifying glassware for New Year's Eve was published in Reloved magazine this month! Check out Issue 50 for the step-by-step guide to creating these decorated cocktail glasses ...
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Recipe video – My festive mulled cider (or apple juice!) recipe

Everyone loves a hot mulled drink at Christmas, am I right? Wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of mulled cider, wine or apple juice is just what you need after coming in from a cold winters walk ...
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Festive Pieday Friday Recipe – Hubby’s maple glazed ham

Now, I really can't take credit for today's festive recipe. In fact, the only input I had was telling my husband that we had a bottle of maple syrup in the cupboard. Yes, really, that's it! Hubby created this festive ...
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Top ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts

Yes, you may have been rather disorganised and got into the Christmas spirit too early this year – but even if you haven’t done all your present shopping, there’s no need to panic. The Christmas countdown is well and truly ...
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How to DIY a Christmas tree wall unit

It can be difficult to fit a big bushy Christmas tree into your home, can't it? Especially if you're living in a flat (how do you even get it up the stairs?!) or a cosy terrace with Victorian proportions. If ...
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6 Homemade gifts for the Emmaus Second Hand Santa Challenge

I've been DIYing again, and this time I'm making Christmas gifts. After the fun I had making my Christmas jumper bunting for Emmaus, I jumped at the chance to join in with their Second Hand Santa Challenge again during gift ...
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The best New Year’s Eve displays in the UK

December brings Christmas, a very special and magical period, though it also brings the end of 2017, with the start of a new year dawning upon us. With that in mind, it’s time to plan your New Year’s countdown to ...
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A Fool Proof Guide to Festive Entertaining

Today I'm sharing some expert advice from i heart Wines to get your guests ‘rioja-ing’ around the Christmas tree (excuse the awesome pun!) I've already shared my favourite mulled wine recipe using i heart Rosé earlier this week so that's one warming ...
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Thrifty DIY project – Upcycling old toys into Christmas tree decorations

If you've got a bigger-than-usual tree this year and are thinking that your baubles are looking a little sparce, here's a quick and easy DIY project to make your own Christmas tree decorations. Simply raid the toybox (or head to the ...
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Inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Christmas

Christmas is a magical time. Youngsters eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus while the adults spend months planning the perfect family Christmas. As the kids count the hours until it’s time to open the pile of presents under the ...
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Don’t let a household disaster spoil your Christmas!

There are few things more wonderful than the festive season. It's the time when you and your family come together to spend time with each other, decorate the tree, share gifts, and generally just get as merry as possible! Of ...
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Festive recipe – mulled rosé wine

At the weekend a few of my friends came round for a pre-Christmas get-together. I like to have a hot festive drink bubbling away to warm them up as they come in from the cold (and, as it turned out, ...
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Affordable gift guide for husbands

Okay, I admit it. I've not bought a single Christmas gift for my husband yet. I'm guessing that next week will be a busy one for me as I scramble around to fill that stocking. You would imagine your husband is ...
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Christmas deliveries – why I won’t miss the last post this year!

I always think to myself, 'this year I'm going to be so prepared, and get all my Christmas and gifts in the post during the first week of December'. Does it ever happen? Nope! Honestly, I don't know where the ...
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Festive tablescapes – How to dress your dining table for Christmas

How are you decorating your dining table this Christmas? Will you be adding crackers? Have you got a beautiful floral display planned? Are you decorating the entire dining room with a theme? I've been thinking about my festive table and ...
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Winter wonderland wedding inspiration

Is there anything more magical than a winter wedding? Especially if it happens to snow on the big day too  - ahh, so dreamy! Even though I got married in the summer, I 'd probably go for a winter wedding ...
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A guide to travelling with your dog over the Christmas holidays

Christmas is almost here, and for some people, that means travelling somewhere to celebrate the festive season. Last year, it was predicted that 4.5 million Brits travelled abroad for Christmas and New Year, and it is likely that even more people will ...
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DIY Christmas jumper bunting sewing project – The Second Hand Santa Challenge with Emmaus

This week has been an incredibly crafty one for me - first it was the wreath-making workshop and today's blog post is all about my latest sewing project: Christmas jumper bunting. Scroll down to see my step-by-step guide to making ...
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The most festive, fun-filled day you’ll ever have – Wreath-making workshop at Blackthorpe Barn

Yesterday I had one of the most festive days of my life. So much so, that I wanted to come home and tell you all about it straight away! You see, I'd just spent the whole day with my husband ...
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How to create a festive bedroom without going OTT

When you're decorating your home for Christmas it's tempting to drape tinsel over every picture frame and add flashing fairy lights in every room. But that means you don't really ever get a 'rest' from the chaos of Christmas, and ...
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4 Ways to make your home cosy for Christmas

When you think of a cosy home at Christmas, what do you imagine? I expect whatever you're seeing in your mind's eye is rather similar to while I'm thinking of. There's the glow of low lighting, lots of soft textures, ...
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Sew-your-own Christmas Angel + win the pattern!

Remember your childhood Christmas tree - I bet it had an angel on the top, didn't it? Over the years I've spotted more and more stars adorning the tops of our festive trees, but I love the traditional look that ...
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Spiced maple & parsnip bundt cake recipe

I tried out this recipe for the first time last week. I found myself with a spare afternoon and decided that it was about time that I got back into baking. I always feel more inclined to bake at this ...
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