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 DIY afternoon tea date for Valentine’s Day

Earlier this week I wrote about my plans for Valentine's Day and shared an idea for a thrifty DIY date night at the movies - if you missed my post, you can check it out here. With cinema prices rocketing I've ...
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Thrifty DIY movie date night for Valentine’s Day

Just in case you didn't know and have stayed away from the high street shops for as long as I have, it's Valentine's Day this Saturday! So today I wanted to share a blog post about thrifty ways to celebrate the ...
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Interior design inspiration – Fifty shades of grey

Okay, I'm not talking actually about the book but I am putting together a blog post full of inspiration for your home decorating. With the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' being released this Valentine's Day I thought it ...
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Love you right down to the tips of your toes

Okay, so even though this is a cheeky Valentine’s Day post, I want to start out by saying that relationships can be serious at times. Work and family commitments can end up taking you away from each other and what ...
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How to find the best gifts for Valentine’s Day – Guest post

Valentine’s Day is almost here and along with it comes the opportunity to surprise the one you love. It's a great excuse to show your feelings of true love and appreciation for your partner, here are some tips to help ...
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Making plans for a Valentine’s Day to remember

This week I've started planning a special Valentine's trip away with my husband and we are getting more and more excited about it each time we add a special meal or activity to the plan. It all started with the ...
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The best time of year to buy a Christmas tree

Okay, I know it's not a traditional time of year to be shopping for Christmas accessories but right now is precisely the best time of year to purchase a new Christmas tree. And that's exactly what I've done this week! ...
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Pieday Friday – Simple shortbread recipe for Burns Night or Valentine’s Day

Today's recipe is a double-whammy celebration treat for Valentine's Day OR Burns Night. Yes, I've been baking shortbread and I can't believe how easy it has been. In truth, I've actually been rather worried about baking shortbread and I've put ...
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How you should’ve hosted your last New Year’s Party… and ideas for the coming year!

Did you successfully host a New Year's Eve bash or did you feel that it was too chaotically thrown together at the last minute? With all the expectations surrounding it, sometimes it becomes overwhelming to throw the perfect New Year's party ...
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The 12 Days OFF Christmas – Steaming hot mug of cocoa

How has your Christmas been so far? I'm taking some time off so here's another festive snap from my Instagram account - it must be time for a candy cane hot chocolate! My kitchen is already starting to look more ...
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Pizza twists recipe for your New Years party

I've been making these easy party snacks throughout the festive period and I thought I would share the recipe with you today so that you can make it yourself for any New Years parties you might be hosting or attending! ...
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The 12 Days OFF Christmas – Another Bloomin’ Christmas

As you know, I'm taking some time off over Christmas so I thought I would share a few festive photos from my Instagram account during this time 🙂 Best Christmas story ever! ...
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The 12 Days OFF Christmas – Tiny gift

As you can probably guess, I’m taking some time off over Christmas so I thought I would share a few festive photos from my Instagram account during this time   Hope you're having a great Christmas! World's cutest Christmas gift! ...
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Dream a little dream… of a cosy Christmas

Hello and happy Christmas eve! Just a quick blog post today because I have lots of gift wrapping and cooking to be getting on with but I wanted to show you a couple of snaps of my festive bedroom. Mum ...
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Festive drinks recipes round-up – including hot drinks too!

I've already posted a few recipes for making my favourite festive drinks and cocktails so I thought that I would compile each of these articles into one post so that you can find all the Christmas drinks recipes in one ...
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Pieday Friday ~ The ultimate Christmas cake with a caribbean twist!

Today I wanted to share with you the Christmas cake that I've made this year. It's a simple recipe that uses a few 'different' ingredients to give a traditional fruit cake a Caribbean twist. I got the recipe from the ...
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My favourite childhood Christmas memory ~ TV guides

Specifically, the Radio Times. I'm sure that many of you will have had a similar experience to me while you were growing up, of getting hold of the Christmas TV guide as soon as it came out and circling all ...
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My ‘All I want for Christmas’ wish list

How are you getting on with your festive shopping? After a full day of high street shopping, a second day of trawling the internet and a final day of visiting the shops in the local village, I think I have ...
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Christmas jumper craziness!

Christmas jumpers. They are everywhere! I can hardly walk down the street without seeing festive knitwear in every shop window and cosy Christmas cardis worn by everyone I meet. I'm not complaining - I LOVE Christmas jumpers! In fact, I ...
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Winter wonderland wedding inspiration

I've always loved the idea of a Christmas wedding. Although I got married in the summer, December would have been my second choice. I think that a festive wedding would be great fun to plan; choosing Christmas-themed decorations, using deep ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Festive recipe round-up

As you can probably guess from the frequency of my festive blog posts, I'm really looking forward to Christmas and I've taken a look at back some of the seasonal recipes that I've shared on the blog over the past ...
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Inspiration for your wedding, home & money goals for 2015

This time of year is always special for me. Not only is it the month of my birthday, Christmas and New Year, but it is also the time of year that I met my husband all those years ago. Our ...
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Christmas DIY ~ Snowy Mantlepiece Garland

When my hamper of festive craft goodies from Country Baskets arrived last week for the Festive Face-Off craft challenge, I was completely stumped as to what I should make to decorate my home for Christmas. I had all kinds of ...
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Christmas shopping ~ online or offline?

I've pretty much finished all my Christmas shopping and am pretty sure that I'm going to be spending all weekend wrapping gifts, so long as all my deliveries arrive today. Yes, I've been doing most of my festive shopping online this ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Guinness Cake

It's a recipe that I was only introduced to last month by one of my besties and I've already made this three times since then! How much cake can one person eat? If it's Guinness cake, the answer is A ...
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Her stocking ~ Gifts for the Girls

Last week I wrote about gifts for the guys, followed by a quick gifts for your pets post, but this weekend I'm tackling one of the more tricky gift guides: gifts for the girls. This is basically what I want ...
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National Wrapping Day!

I can now safely start getting really excited about Christmas. I've opened my advent calendar, all the Christmas lights have been switched on in town centres around the country, and my Christmas cards have been posted. So now my attention ...
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Festive flowers

Last week I had a gorgeous bouquet of Christmas flowers delivered to my home. I was having a pre-Christmas party with my family at the weekend and I wanted the place to look as festive as possible to really evoke ...
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