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…

Is this the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? Little Posties Lego crayons!

It was hubby's birthday last weekend and, as we are both still big kids, I wanted to get him something fun to play with, so when a new follower 'Little Posties' popped up on my Twitter feed (@LittlePosties) with their ...
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Hen party series – ideas for fun activities

You may remember that last week I started my series of hen party blog posts, ready for the wedding season. I hope you enjoyed Ellen's article last week on party accessories and coming up soon are more posts on budgeting and ...
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Hen party series ~ ideas for personalising your party

With the summer wedding season fast approaching, I have decided to start a series of blog posts on the subject of that most important bridal tradition - the Hen Party. I will be writing a few posts of my own ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Cheeky chocolate cheesecake

Now that the sun has finally come out, it's time to do away with hot puddings and start making yummy chilled desserts instead, so this week I have made a tasty chocolate cheesecake that I think you'll adore. It's great ...
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Happy Easter everyone! Here’s some crafty ideas for things to make over the Easter holidays

Happy Easter! I love a good four-day weekend and the Easter holidays are great fun too for those of you who get time off with the kids. I've compiled a list of craft project ideas to do over the Spring ...
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Easter activity & recipe for pretty iced biscuits

Any excuse to make a sweet treat eh? And Easter is the perfect time to make something sweet for the family over this 4-day weekend. My mum gave me these cookie cutters last week, so I took the hint and ...
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Happy Valentines Day – DIY a stitched card for your Valentine

Valentine's Day always creeps up on me, and I never get a chance to get my husband a card in advance, so I can often been spotted making something myself the day before. But it's not just my forgetfulness that ...
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Love-heart nail-art for Valentine’s Day

I took a bit of time over the weekend to try out an idea for getting pretty heart-shapes onto my nails ready for Valentine's Day. I snapped some pics of the process and I've created a bit of a DIY ...
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Hen parties on a budget – 5 essential tips

It’s that time of year again - Christmas came and went taking most of our bank balances with it and a year full of money-demanding events lies ahead. However, never fear - if you’ve been given the heady task of organising a ...
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Pieday Friday recipe – Love heart jam tart

I have a feeling that jam tart is cockney-rhyming-slang for heart - or did I just make that up? Anyway, I've baked a batch of classic jam tarts and have added pastry love hearts lids to the top. Maybe you'll have ...
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Pieday Friday – sweet recipe: Cupcake surprise!

This week I've baked some cute cupcakes and now I'm blogging the photos so you can have a go yourself at baking these afternoon-tea treats for the weekend. These cupcakes look pretty standard (although I did take a long time ...
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Cheering up the nation with a wedding speech

If you've not already seen this wedding speech - where have you been?? Tom Fletcher from band McFly released a YouTube video of his wedding speech on the 6th January and immediately perked up millions of people around the UK ...
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Pieday Friday recipe – Festive star tarts for your New Year party!

If you're having a new years party and want to bake some treats yourself but don't want to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen, check out this tutorial for creating impressive star-shaped tarts in super-fast time.
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Spiced festive drinks recipes for cosy Christmas nights

There's nothing better than the week between Christmas and New Year. You've got nowhere to go, time off work and lots of food in the house. The perfect time to kick-back and relax with a hot spiced drink and a ...
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My Christmas Eve traditions – how do you do it in your family?

Happy Christmas eve everyone! The day has finally come where everything is done, you've finished all your work and you're ready to enjoy the big day. I think I might actually prefer Christmas eve to Christmas day itself, but don't ...
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Making a garden sculpture from ice – try it, its so easy!

All I can say is; 'bring on the snow'. This is because I have a plan in place ready for when the temperature drops to below freezing. I'm going to make an ice sculpture for my garden! This may sound ...
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Exterior Illuminations – that’s Christmas lights to you and me…

One of my favourite things about this time of year is driving around in the evenings and spotting all the houses who are celebrating the Christmas season with an abundance of fairy lights! My brother is the king of 'exterior ...
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Christmas hot chocolate – spiced, cherry & mint candy cane drink recipes

Hot chocolate is one of my favourite hot drinks during the festive season and I wanted to share a couple of photos and the methods for making these gorgeously Christmassy hot chocolates drinks. Make up a mug of hot chocolate according to ...
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DIY project – Make a rustic basket decoration for Christmas

Here's a super-easy, super-quick idea for making a Christmas basket decoration with pretty sparkling fairy lights. This would be perfect if you had an unused fireplace space in your living room to give a festive focal point to the space ...
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Pieday Friday – Birthday Pie

As it is my birthday this week, I've decided to focus this Friday Pieday post on pies that celebrate birthdays. Here's a few ideas I found around the internet from Flick River, That Winsome Girl and TheMissesPots I like the ...
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Interior Design Inspirations for my retro living room – Christmas touches

I've chosen a fairly garish 60s & 70s retro theme in orange for my living room and, after 6 months of rummaging through car-boot sales, second-hand shops and auctions, it's finally complete. I've buffed up a few pieces of furniture ...
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DIY Craft Project – Personalised Christmas Stocking

I've spent the past couple of weeks working on a present for my new nephew, and have finally finished it - so I thought I'd share my project with you. I have used my Crafting Christmas Gifts book from Dunelm ...
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If you're getting ready for a fun Halloween at home, check out these free printable Halloween signs including a great "Keep Calm & Scare On" poster! Perfect for decorating your home for the spookiest day of the year - thanks ...
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Happy Halloween

Earlier this week, as I 'helped' (watched) my husband to create our Halloween pumpkin (this fantastic toothy-grinning umpkin below), I started thinking about how the tradition of carving a pumpkin into a spooky face came about. I was surprised to discover that ...
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Our wedding anniversary – its been 9 years.. and now starts the countdown to the big TEN!

This time last week, my husband and I were celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary by taking a whole day off and doing absolutely nothing. It was fantastic. Hubby got me this lovely bouquet of roses and I got him a blender! We ...
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Sweet treats for mum’s birthday!

We had a lovely day on mum's 65th birthday yesterday - I went over to visit her at home and took her a few prezzies (including a signed photo from her favourite TV presenter Alistair Appleton, thanks Alistair!) and I ...
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Wedding ideas – Choosing your bridesmaid outfits…

Choosing your outfits for your younger bridesmaids can be tricky & it's hard to get outfits to match the dresses of your adult bridesmaids. So how about these gorgeous bridesmaid and flower-girl outfits featuring lovely puffy tutu-skirts - your child bridesmaids ...
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Happy Easter Everyone!

It's Easter weekend and for many of us that means time off, days out, munching on chocolate eggs, and in my case eating what is basically a second Christmas dinner! I'm also pleased to say that the special discounts ...
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The wedding season is upon us – and you know what that means – HEN NIGHTS!!

Next month I'm going to my first wedding of 2012 and this sparks the beginning of the wedding season - traditionally from Easter, all throughout the summer, into autumn and over Christmas. Ok, when isn't it wedding season?! Still, it's ...
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