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…

Breathtaking Valentine’s Day gifts + save 33% on flowers!

When you've not got much time and Valentine's Day is fast approaching, the quickest and easiest option is to shop for gifts online. But that doesn't have to mean you're not putting any thought or effort into choosing a treat ...
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How to get 50% off Valentine’s cards with Thortful

If you want to show someone special that you care about them this Valentine's Day but know that you won't be able to make it to the shops before the weekend, I've got the solution for you. No, it's not ...
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Enjoy breakfast-in-bed this Valentine’s Day… & all year round!

Whether you’re loved up or single, why don’t you treat yourself to a lovely lie-in this Valentine’s Day? Seeing as V-day falls on a Sunday this year, it’s the ideal day of the week to spend some time chilling out ...
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Galentine’s Day party & flavoured hot chocolate recipes

What better time to celebrate your best friends than on Galentine's Day? Yes, that's right, I said GALentine's Day. If you've not heard of it yet, it's simply putting a name to what we've all being doing for years; celebrating ...
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Relationship tips for Valentine’s Day & beyond

Yesterday I read a newly launched article (and challenge!) about getting and staying close to the one you love; 27 Expert tips to be closer to you spouse. The article taps into the knowledge of experts from the fields of psychology, relationships, counselling ...
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DIY Valentine’s gift – A box of memories + polaroid photos

What do you give to your special someone for Valentine's Day when you're both trying to save money and clear the clutter? Something very thrifty and useful, that's what. I know you wouldn't expect anything less from me so I'm ...
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Tuesday Shoesday – Get your skates on!

If you don't already know it, skating rocks! I'm sure that many of you have been roller skating as a teen, shuffled around an ice rink at a Christmas market or even grabbed a skateboard earlier in life. But to do ...
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Pieday Friday Recipe: Christmas cake rum infusion

Have you still got a cake tin full of Christmas cake or an uncooked Christmas pudding in your cupboard? I always end up eating leftovers well into January and can be pretty fed up with eating them by now! If ...
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The Christmas Book

Did you ever read 'The Christmas Book' as a child? I am reading it right now! I've been treated to a couple of pre-Christmas gifts so that I could enjoy them before the big day, and this vintage book was one ...
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Preparing your bedroom for Santa’s visit!

Happy Christmas Eve eve everyone! What have you been up to today? I've done my last bit of food shopping (well, I can't go without sausages rolls for Christmas!) and was surprised to find that it wasn't too crazy in ...
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Last minute ‘instant’ Christmas gifts

Think it's too late to order a special Christmas gift online? Even though I still have gift shopping to do this week, I'm pretty sure that anything I order now won't arrive before the big day. So I've been investigating ...
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Pieday Friday recipe – Cheesy Christmas stars & party snacks hacks with Primula

I've got a big Christmas party taking place at the weekend and my sisters and I have taken over the food preparation for our annual family gathering. As much as I love sausage rolls and frozen party snacks, I wanted ...
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His ‘n’ hers Christmas day outfits

Do you (like me!) enjoy picking out a special outfit just for Christmas day? It always makes me laugh when I'm watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special and Gavin admires Stacey's outfit, to which she replies; 'Thanks, it's my ...
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Christmas Jumper Day & my animated gingerbread man!

One of the things I love about December is the fact that I can wear the 20% of my wardrobe that I can't wear for the rest of the year: my festive jumper collection. You can just about get away ...
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DIY Christmas drinks cart project

With the festive season just around the corner I’ve started to tackle some DIY projects to get ready for the big day in advance. After finding a cute little kitchen trolley at Wayfair, I was inspired to create a Christmas ...
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Christmas gift guide 2015

It's that time of year again - gift guide time! I know you'll all be shopping for presents this week (I know I am!) and if you're not already 'all shopped out' after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I'm sure ...
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My pretty festive table & DIY personalised Christmas crackers

Be warned: Now that it's December 1st there is no stopping me. I'm going Christmas crazy and you'll be lucky to find anything non-festive on my blog for the whole of the holiday season! So let's start how we mean ...
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Festive touches for your bathroom

Now that it’s nearly December (where did November go?!) I think I can legitimately go OTT with Christmas blog posts! In fact, I’ve just added a few festive touches to my home while taking advantage of all the high street ...
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Interior design inspiration for cosy winter bedrooms

At this time of year I want to make my bedroom feel as cosy as possible. But I'm not quite ready to go all-out with a Christmas duvet cover. So what's the compromise? How do you create a warm, festive ...
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Christmas TV ads

The clocks go back, the nights get longer, the weather turns chilly and I start wearing slippers. There are many things that denote the start of winter for me but there's one thing that many people all around the country ...
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Best wedding & party songs of all-time

Weddings and parties are wonderful occasions. If you talk to practically anyone about their favourite experiences the chances are, somebody’s wedding day or anniversary party will be on that list. I've been to a couple of weddings already this year ...
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3 ideas for a Halloween night in

Halloween has turned into one of the biggest nights of the year in many people’s social calendars. Bars and restaurants run Halloween-themed events and parties and it’s a great excuse to get dressed up in your weirdest and wildest fancy ...
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DIY Christmas coasters & festive party game

As you can probably tell from the recent activity on my blog, I'm getting excited about Christmas already. But it's definitely with good reason; the more prepared I am in advance, the more I can enjoy the big day, with ...
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Giving (and getting!) a gift from Secret Santa

Okay, okay, I know it's October, but when Debenhams got in touch to see if I wanted to join in with their blogger Secret Santa challenge, I started to get really excited about Christmas. You see, the best part about ...
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My top tips for Christmas budgeting & saving

In our house the countdown to Christmas has begun. Not only am I super-excited that my favourite time of year is less than 10 weeks away, but I'm preparing myself in a thrifty sense too. We all know that the cost ...
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Quirky & unique wedding venues: what are the options?

When it comes to planning your wedding day, you’ll undoubtedly want a spectacular day that’s filled with beautiful memories to last a lifetime. The location plays an integral role in creating this ‘wow factor’, and if you’re searching for something ...
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A creative entertainment idea for your next party

It is becoming increasingly popular at parties and events to have a photo booth, where guests can have their picture taken. These photo booths are an excellent way to let people take pictures of themselves as the evening progresses, and ...
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Tuesday Shoesday – A pretty floral wedding outfit

One of my best friend's wedding is coming up this summer and for once I've been really organised and have decided on an outfit in advance. Do you find it difficult to pick out something to wear for weddings? I ...
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Fathers Day Gift Inspiration

There's just one week to go until Father's Day - did you know it was coming up on the 21st June? I always feel like this occasion sneaks up on us, so I'm often vastly underprepared. But this year is ...
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10 Party Accessories Every Bride-to-Be Needs for a Special Hen Night

Great Britain spends several billion pounds on hen parties every year, and while the bulk of that money is spent on travel and accommodation (a four-day weekend in Marbella doesn’t come cheap!), there’s also a huge market for hen party ...
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