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Valentine’s gifts & an idea for a romantic evening at home

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week on the 14th February, I thought I would share some ideas with you for an inexpensive night in with your other half.If you want to avoid the crowds in busy restaurants and don’t fancy filling your home with heart-shaped mugs and pink teddy bears, this could be the solution to both your Valentine’s gifts and evening celebration. Read on to find out more and to enter my Valentine’s giveaway to win a fabulous prize bundle from Dartington Crystal and Bolsius candles. I’m talking about an at-home wine tasting. Or beer tasting. Or simply a mocktail evening, if that’s what you fancy. Pop on some music, light some candles and start sipping! The candles create a relaxed atmosphere and will transform your living room or kitchen into a cosy, intimate space for conversation to flow. Spending time together is the nicest thing about Valentine’s Day, so take this opportunity to have a good old catch-up without the distraction of the TV or internet. Of course, this type of evening in would be lovely whatever the occasion, whether it’s a birthday, your wedding anniversary or just a Friday night. Drinks-wise, you could treat yourselves to a bottle of wine, or go for the mini-bottles (like my tiny Prosecco bottle – just the right amount for two!) if you want to cut costs. This will also help to minimise wastage if you can’t drink a whole bottle on a school night..! Continue reading “Valentine’s gifts & an idea for a romantic evening at home” »


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3 cheap party ideas (for this bank holiday & beyond!)

If you love entertaining and organising parties, but haven’t currently got the budget to spend on a fancy dinner party or big blow out with drinks, decorations and entertainment, then that’s no reason to put your hosting skills on ice. Bank holiday weekends tend to have a party atmosphere (woo an extra night out!) and bring out a fun, cheeky side in everyone so it’s a great time to get your pals together for an impromptu party. There are lots of ways you can put together a fun gathering for your friends without spending much at all, and can be just as much fun as elaborate parties if you have some lively guests and keep everybody mingling. Here are three thrifty ideas for parties you could hold this bank weekend and beyond…

‘Pot Luck’ BBQ

Summer is coming, and this can only mean barbecues. Honestly, it wouldn’t be a bank holiday without someone dragging a BBQ out of the shed and getting all smoky with the sausages. Of course, buying all the food and other provisions for a good barbecue can quickly become expensive, so why not take the American concept of a ‘pot luck’ party? This is where everyone invited has to prepare and bring along a dish, and as it is a barbecue you can also give them the option to simply bring along some meat to cook. This can be a really nice idea if you have some friends who love to show off their cooking skills as they’ll bring something really delicious, but those who are less interested in the kitchen can just turn up with a pack of burgers or chicken for everyone to enjoy.pieday friday bbq flavoured olive burgers recipe

Check out my homemade BBQ burger recipe

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Hen Party Series ~ Making it personal

If you’ve been following my fun hen party series, you’ll know that we have been spoiled-rotten with lots of lovely articles from my fellow bloggers, sharing ideas for party themes (check out the links below!) and how to plan the perfect hen do. In her past articles for this series, Claire from Lacey in Places  shared her top tips for planning a hen party (read the article here) and very kindly shared her downloadable budget spreadsheet and invitation templates! Plus we’ve had articles on his ‘n’ hers hen and stag parties, costume ideas and much more! If you’re planning a hen party for your friend, are going to a hen night or even want to get ideas for your own party have a read  back over the previous articles in the hen party series – you’ll be sure to get lots of good ideas – but for today, we’re discussing how you can personalise the big night for your bride!

The bride will only ever have one hen party in her life, so you certainly want to make it the most personal party that you can for her to remember for a lifetime. Did you see Claire’s blog post in this hen party series that shared how she personalised her best friend Becky’s hen party and made it an especially vintage affair, full of Becky’s favourite things. Claire and the other hens crafted some unique decorations and organised activities that fitted in with the theme. I think it’s lovely to take the time to make personalised items for the hen party and the bride will know that you’ve gone to a lot of extra effort to make the party personal to her.

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So now is the time to consider personalising items for the big night out. T-shirts and sashes are classic hen party uniform and creating a personalised outfit will ensure that everyone knows that the hens are part of one big group and highlights the bride from the rest of the group – especially good to make sure that the bride gets all the attention (and free drinks!). If you’re looking for a professional company to print your hen party t-shirts, there are a few companies out there such as the Hen Party Superstore who will do it all for you, to make sure you get a seamless look and take all the hassle out of organising different t-shirt sizes, colours and names etc for all the hens (which can take up a lot of your time if you’re organising a big hen party!). It can also be a lot cheaper than you might think to get your tops and sashes professionally printed, because even the lowest-priced high street t-shirts can actually cost more than a diamanté-printed top! And what would you rather have for your best pal’s big night?! Plus you can get freebies, such as a hen party planner, games and nickname ideas when you order from this hen party specialist, so it’s well worth checking it out!

I know that if I were planning my own hen night all over again, I’d be going the whole hog with customized t-shirts, bridal tutu, personalised sashes and all the fabulous, cheesy accessories that really make a hen party memorable! I think that the trends for hen parties has gone full circle – so that things that might have gone ‘out of fashion’ over the last few years, has now become kitsch and cool, so I would be snapping up all the pink, glitzy diamante accessories and feather boas! Let me know what you think and leave me a comment below about how you celebrated your own or your friend’s hen party! 🙂

Make sure you come back next week for another crafty article by Claire from Lacey in Places, all about the personalised present that she and the hens made for Becky’s vintage hen party – Here’s a sneaky peek below!

diy personalised craft gift book scrapbook for the bride at hen party

More hen party series articles

 

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