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…

3 Ways to prepare for Christmas by making space in November

Let's face it, as soon as December hits, it's going to be full-on Christmas mode. I think that will be the case even more so this year, as we all want something to look forward to. So here's a quick ...
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Easy sewing project – make your own felt device case

If you want to make a homemade Christmas gift or birthday present for your friends and family, you can easily sew this felt case for devices or to use as a make-up pouch or pencil case ...
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Christmas gift guide for creatives and crafters

I have many creative folk in my life so when it comes to selective a Christmas gift for those talented makers, I've certainly done plenty of research over the years. Here are a few ideas for festive gifts that artists, ...
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Christmas shopping with indie businesses at Makers Market From Home

I'm excited to tell you that this weekend is the Makers Market From Home Christmas Bonanza so I'll be doing all my Christmas shopping with indie businesses from the comfort of my own home. The market is held live online ...
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Christmas gift guide for kids and teens – & donating to charity gift appeals

If you're at home this month, why not take this time to get organised and start your Christmas shopping? You don't need to rely on the big companies online, as you might still be able to shop with your local ...
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Excited to share my Christmas magazine articles and thrifty blog posts

It's been a while since I shared any of my article writing updates with you so I thought I'd pop on a few photos so you can see what I've been up to, including Reclaim magazine (the Christmas issue!!) a ...
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3 Ways to make your own no-sew handmade Christmas stockings

If you don't have any sewing skills and the last time you stitched anything was during a textiles lesson at school, don't worry - it IS still possible to DIY your own handmade Christmas stockings. I've come up with three ...
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Autumnal interiors inspiration from Kim Jones of Salvaged Living blog

Beautifully layered neutrals, furniture with warmth and patina, and rooms dressed for the seasons. That’s what you’ll find inside Kim Jones’ family home and on her blog Salvaged Living. Today, I'm sharing a tour of her beautifully styled home and ...
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8 Handmade autumn and Halloween creations from independent makers

Today I woke up and felt like autumn was in full swing. There was a nip in the air, the leaves in the garden are turning brown and we put the heating on for the first time. Many of us ...
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6 Thrifty party planning ideas for your at-home baby shower

Like many special events, such as birthdays, anniversaries and hen parties, baby showers are another occasion where we have to think outside the box if we want to celebrate. Even though we might not be able to meet up in ...
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99 Sleeps – How to make extra cash to save for Christmas 2020

It's only 99 sleeps until Christmas! And you know how fast those days go. So I thought I would share a quick blog post about saving money for Christmas 2020, and how you can make some extra cash to add ...
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The future of hen parties: How to plan a socially distanced + virtual hen do

In spite of the pandemic impacting on everyone's plans this year, some weddings are still taking place, albeit with only a handful of guests - so that means many brides will still be celebrating their 'last night of freedom'! So ...
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Father’s Day treats you can organise without having to leave your home

My favourite kind of gifts are those that have meaning behind them. A bit of love and thought put into them. And at the moment it's particularly important to think through the gifts you're planning to buy as you don't ...
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Five alternative Easter gift ideas when you can’t visit family

In our family Easter is usually a time when we all head to grannie's house and give each other Easter eggs, mini eggs and share a roast dinner. However, that won't be happening this year, and I'm sure it's going ...
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Mother’s Day gift inspiration from Etsy’s local makers & artists

With Mother's Day fast approaching and it being #MarchMeetTheMaker month on Instagram, I figured that there's no better time for me to put together a blog post featuring some of my favourite local makers and Etsy shops ...
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How to create hotel-room chic for Mother’s Day + DIY breakfast-in-bed tray

If you've got your mum coming to stay for Mother's Day this year, why not give her the hotel experience with a mini makeover for your guest room? Plus, I've shared a DIY project to turn an old photo frame ...
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How to use up your leftovers for alternative toppings on pancake day

Wahey, it's pancake day! Its one of my favourite traditions of the year so I'm going to be eating pancakes all day. I love pancake and every year I say, "why don't we have pancakes more often?" and then always ...
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10 Inspirational money-saving wedding blogs for brides on a budget

If you're planning a wedding this year, you'll no doubt be looking around the internet to find inspiration for your big day. As a very keen sister-of-the-bride I'm already getting rather excited about an upcoming family wedding this year and ...
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How to make money resolutions for 2020 (that are actually do-able)

Today I'm delighted to shared with you a guest post from my blogging buddy John Talbot. Known in the online personal finance community as “Money Nerd”, John helps people get out of debt with his writings on moneynerd.co.uk. After chatting ...
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Best wishes for a very merry Christmas & a happy new year!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and get the chance to relax over the festive period. And good luck for 2020 - let's make it a year to remember! ...
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How to turn an old fair isle jumper into a cosy cushion

Has your Christmas jumper shrunk in the machine? Has your Fair Isle knit got a hole in it? Did that gravy stain never wash out? Don't worry - before you take your festive pullover to the recycling bank, here's a ...
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Decorating inspiration – Most fabulously festive period property ever!

With Christmas only a few days away and everyone frantically preparing for the big day, I thought I would share some gorgeously styled photos of festive interiors to give you inspiration for your own decorations this year ...
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How to DIY a Christmas t-shirt with heat-transfer vinyl

If you want to get into the festive spirit but don't want to splash the cash on a new Christmas jumper, I've come up with an easy DIY version that you can make at home. I've used a T-shirt that ...
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DIY low-cost festive table decorations for Christmas or New Year

If you've got guests visiting over the festive season, are planning a big New Year's Eve party, or simply want to dress up your dining table for a special family Christmas today's easy DIYs will help you create magical place ...
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5 Essential makeup items that should be in your holiday party survival kit

With the onset of the festive season also comes a slew of party invitations that are sure to keep your calendar full well into next year. Before you get to accepting them, have you made sure that you’ve stocked up ...
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Why vintage record players are essential home décor at Christmas

I love listening to festive music at this time of year. In the car, on the radio and via YouTube playlists when I'm in the bath. But most of all I love listening to music on a record player. I ...
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3 Space-saving Christmas trees you can DIY from upcycled materials

Over the years I've lived in some rather small homes and it's been difficult to decorate for Christmas in such a compact space. However, that's never stopped me from filling my home with festive decor each December and, in fact, ...
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How to create a warm and cosy feeling in your bathroom for winter

Seeing as the rest of the house is getting a bit of a makeover for Christmas, I wanted to take a look at my bathroom and figure out some ways to make the space feel cosy and warm throughout the ...
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Guest post: How to DIY a Christmas gift hamper when you’re on a budget

Hey! I’m Alina Ghost, a friend blogger over at The Fairytale Pretty Picture. I adore interiors, crafts and DIY projects, so it’s no surprise that today, I’m going to be sharing with you how to DIY your own Christmas Hamper ...
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Why a DIY or vintage advent calendar is the best way to count down to Christmas…

If you're as excited about Christmas as I am this year, you'll be feeling 'fizzy' today - which is exactly how I felt when I turned on my laptop and realised that it's the 1st December! My days just run ...
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