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…

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 ...
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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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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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DIY sew-your-own snowman Christmas jumper

Take one plain pullover and make it into a Christmas jumper for less than £5. What a challenge! I was inspired to create a snowy scene on this knitted blue jumper so I popped out to pick up some supplies ...
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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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Simple guide to creating a festive door hanger

Today I've enlisted the help of  Tracy Rowbottom, a top designer at Country Baskets, to share a fabulous festive DIY article on making a door hanger. Not just a wreath, this door hanging is a great way to decorate your entrance ...
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Deck Your Door: DIY snow drift Christmas wreath

I can't wait any longer. For me, Christmas starts right here. I'm going to be decorating my house next weekend and I don't care who knows it! I've already got a couple of new decorations to add to my Christmas ...
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His stocking ~ Gifts for the guys

What will you be stuffing in your fella's stocking this Christmas? I've come up with a gift guide that combines both high street and web-based shopping for the men in your life.  I'm hoping to be able to give my male family ...
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Brown-paper packages tied up with string… DIY festive wrapping ideas

Okay, I admit it. I've already started wrapping my Christmas presents. If you follow me on instagram you'll have seen my piles of presents, neatly wrapped and ready to go. I've been in a wrapping frenzy this week but it's ...
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DIY fabric Christmas wreath & my favourite decorations

Christmas starts here! As soon as bonfire night has finished, that is the start to my festive season. Some may say it's too soon, but I've already had to hold myself back from watching Christmas films and singing carols. Okay, ...
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Ideas for a grown-up bonfire night dinner party

Remember, remember the 5th of November... Tonight is bonfire night and it's as the celebration is occurring mid-week this year, it seems like the fireworks have been going off all week long! There were displays last weekend and there are ...
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Spooky ideas for DIY Halloween nail art

It's at this time of year that I start to go a little crazy with my nails. I pick out the darker colours and I load up on glitter. I love a bit of simple nail-art as much as the next ...
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DIY Glitter pumpkins for Halloween

Yes, I grew these pumpkins in my garden. Can you believe it? I'm still surprised myself! I want to use them to decorate my home for Halloween but I'm really rather poor at pumpkin carving so I thought about other ...
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Thrifty fairy lights for Christmas AND Halloween!

I know I sometimes go on about Christmas a little too early but this time it's for good reason: If you get your fairy lights for Christmas sorted out now, you can make the most of them by using the ...
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Halloween hairstyles

Halloween is my favourite time of year. I love getting dressed up, covering myself in fake blood and putting on those all-important cat ears which, if I’m honest, have seen a lot of wear over the years. However, not everyone ...
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Cinder toffee coffee cheesecake recipe

Creamy sweetness and rich coffee bookended by crunchy caramel flavours. Yes, I think that perfectly describes my cheesecake recipe and I know you want to try it out for yourself! I was inspired to make this cheesecake when my coffee ...
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Using garden pumpkins for my autumn display

This week I decided that it was an appropriate time of year to create my annual autumn flowers display in the living room. It's usually more of an October thing, but I've been feeling decidedly autumnal after kicking up the ...
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Gooey double chocolate chip cookie recipe for National Afternoon Tea Week

Yes, I've been baking again - What, two recipe posts in one week? I hear you cry - but for two good reasons. Firstly, it is National Afternoon Tea week and I couldn't let a celebration like this pass me ...
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DIY sewing a teddy bear

I think that I've undeniably smashed through the sewing block I wrote about earlier this month with all this project. For someone who wasn't really in the mood to sew at all, I've certainly put my all into making this ...
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Chocolate & strawberry cheesecake recipe

Have you been watching the World Cup this week? Wasn't it a shocker when defending champions Spain were knocked out after only two matches? I've been soaking up the atmosphere during the football games and have enjoyed watching both of ...
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