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…

How to stick to a budget when planning children’s birthday parties

This blog post is written in association with Party Bags and Supplies When it’s time for a little one to celebrate their birthday, parents often worry about hosting a party. After all, they want to ensure their kid has an ...
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6 Simple yet effective ways to save big on the cost of your wedding

Weddings are rarely budget-friendly and more often than not, both the bride and groom end up spending a fortune on their big day. However, if you plan in advance, every wedding is filled with a multitude of cost saving opportunities ...
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3 Essential things to consider when planning a vintage-themed wedding

As I’m sure you’re aware, I live for all things vintage and that extends from my lifestyle to my wardrobe to my taste in décor! One of the vintage concepts that people tend to overlook though, is the idea of ...
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Welcoming in the New Year – I’ve got a good feeling about 2019!

Just a quick post today to wish you all a happy new year! I hope your festive celebrations have been fun and that you're planning to welcome in the new year with a suitably joyful evening. I'll be raising a ...
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How to style a retro cocktail cabinet for your New Year’s Eve party

If you're planning a party for New Year's Eve, why not make it a retro one? Step back in time to the 70s and recreate the cocktail cabinet that all mid-century housewives wished they had. I've styled up this G ...
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How to decorate your home for Christmas like Buddy the Elf

Ever wanted your home to look like Buddy the Elf has decorated it for Santa's arrival? Here's 14 low-cost and easy DIY projects to help you spread Christmas cheer throughout your rooms (using things you already have) in time for ...
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Snowy white Christmas bedroom decor + my DIY neon snowflake light

Fancy making your own neon snowflake light to decorate your home for Christmas? I've shared the full DIY project along with photos of my own minimalist snowy white festive bedroom ...
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How to make a funny stalk of sprouts Christmas decoration

Christmas trees? Nah! Santa? Who? We all know that the real star of Christmas is the sprout. Whether you love them or loathe them, they're the most hotly anticipated visitors on the 25th December and I think they deserve to ...
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How to DIY a space-saving Christmas tree with copper pipe & pallet wood

If you haven’t got a Christmas tree or simply can’t fit one into your home, this DIY copper-pipe tree is a great slimline option. You can make it yourself using offcuts from your plumbing project, a broom handle and a ...
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How to DIY a custom-made Christmas snowflake light with neon EL wire

Here’s another DIY festive décor project for you – a glittery light-up neon snowflake. You can hang it on the wall to create a fabulously festive feature or use it as a lamp on your bedside table ...
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Top secret! Personalised and retro gift ideas for your husband…

Shhh, don't tell my husband about this blog post! I wanted to share these personalised goodies with you in case you thought they'd be a good gift idea for your other half too, but I'm risking spoiling the surprise by ...
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Unique Christmas card ideas to help you spread festive joy this December

Christmas is about so much more than materialism but it’s also nice to buy or create something that lets people know you are thinking about them at this time of year and that you enjoy having them in your friendship ...
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Shop handmade, local & independent this Christmas with Etsy

If you’re looking for a truly unique gift this Christmas, you’ve got to go handmade. Etsy is a great marketplace to find items that have been crafted by artisans and creatives so that’s where I’ve been shopping this year. Here ...
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Planning a Christmas engagement? Things to consider when choosing a ring

Christmas is a popular time for proposals and I can't think of anything more romantic than a snowy backdrop when you're popping the question. An engagement ring is a Christmas gift she'll never forget and I've come up with some ...
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DIY Inspiration for decorating your dining table this Christmas

With the festive month finally upon us, you might have already hung your decorations, ordered the turkey and be ticking off this year’s gift list for friends and family. Have you given any thought to your table setting? Whether you're ...
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How to use heat-transfer vinyl to DIY your own Christmas jumper

I've made my own Christmas jumpers this year! What do you think? After a quick rummage in my local charity shop I found three different types of jumpers just calling out to be upcycled, so I thought I'd share this ...
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My ‘accidental’ rose-gold & red Christmas tree + a few new decorations

Christmas has landed! I decorated my tree on Sunday so I thought I'd share some snaps of it with you today ...
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Low-cost art & craft ideas to create personalised Christmas decor

December is here and if you haven’t already jumped at the chance to put up your tree and make your home look as festive as possible, you might be looking for some more affordable and creative ways to decorate your ...
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Planning a holiday at Christmas? 4 ideas for your festive getaway

If you're thinking of taking a break over the festive season, I've come up with some ideas for a Christmas getaway that you'll never forget ...
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How to DIY a retro cocktail cabinet for your festive parties

If you're planning to entertain over Christmas and New Year, it's a great idea to have a cocktail cabinet ass a place to serve delicious drinks to your guests. Here's how to make your own DIY retro bar from an ...
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How to spot genuine vintage baubles – my festive article in Reclaim magazine

I'm feeling super-festive right now and it's because the Christmas issue of Reclaim magazine is out now! And my Design Icon article this month is vintage baubles, including how to spot the genuine article ...
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4 Sustainable (& fun!) reasons why you should buy a local Christmas tree

If you're planning to have a real Christmas tree in your home this year, why not choose the eco-friendly and sustainable option of buying local? I took a tour of a Suffolk tree plantation at the weekend so here's why ...
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How to light up your home for Christmas (without going OTT festive)

If you're not a big fan of fairy lights but still want to illuminate your rooms for Christmas, here are some slightly more subtle ways to get a touch of twinkling light into the space without going over the top ...
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Eco-friendly Christmas gift guide – Sustainable presents for all

If you want to stick to your environmentally friendly ideals as Christmas approaches, I'm here to help. I've compiled a selection of my favourite gifts for 2018, all of which have great eco-friendly credentials. I hope this gift guide makes ...
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Attention fellas! How to make shopping for her Christmas gift stress-free

Hi fellas, it’s that time of year again, and I'm sure you don't need reminding that Christmas is just around the corner. If you have a special someone in your life, it’s never too early to start thinking about gifts ...
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How to plan an epic “office Christmas party” when you’re self-employed

When you're self-employed, the office Christmas party becomes a thing of the past. I'm not saying that I want to go back to being employed just for the festive fun, but you can sometimes feel a little left out at ...
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Video tutorial: How to DIY a reusable Christmas tree advent calendar

Just a quick post today to share the fantastic news that my DIY post has been included in a round-up by ExpertHomeTips.com ...
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Why you should get involved in a Christmas gift appeal this year…

Remember the shoebox appeal when you were younger? Packing up small gifts and essentials for someone who really needed it? I really wanted to get involved in a campaign like this in the run up to Christmas so I searched ...
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The most festive day out ever – My Thursford Christmas Spectacular review

With old traction engines, quaint village shops, Santa's grotto and a magical wonderland, Thursford Christmas Spectacular is so much more than just a show. Here's what you can expect from a visit to Thursford this festive season ...
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How to cut the cost of a Christmas stocking in half

Did you know that the average cost of a Christmas stocking adds up to just over £70? And that's the average - according to research, a stocking can even be as high as £119. Sounds like a lot doesn't it? ...
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