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…

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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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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Styling my guest room for Christmas

Compared to most bloggers, I feel like I'm really behind on decorating my home for Christmas. Yes, I know it's not even December yet, but I've been spotting gorgeous photos of bloggers' trees and homes for weeks now and feel ...
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What my Christmas would look like if I won the lottery…

I've been daydreaming again, and this time it's about my perfect lottery-winner's Christmas. Indulge me for a moment. I'm not saying that I want to win the lottery, nor that I need to have £££s to create a gorgeous home ...
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DIY Decorations – Reusable Christmas tree advent calendar

With December 1st fast approaching, I've come up with a quick and easy DIY advent calendar that you can make as a family. Plus, it's reusable so you can refill it with treats every year and will never need to ...
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Gingerbread syrup recipe + festive gingerbread prosecco cocktail

Gingerbread. It's the taste of Christmas. If it's not in a latte, it's in your biscuit tin. That sweet, spiced, scent-of-the-season is everywhere at this time of year and I love it. I that know many of you have long-awaited ...
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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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