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!

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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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How to make the ultimate vegetarian mezze platter with 3 chickpea recipes

If you're planning a party this autumn, constructing a platter is a great way to cater for your guests. There's no need for you to be running back and forth from the kitchen and dishing up plates of food when ...
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The frugal mum’s guide to party planning – for Halloween & beyond!

Of course, you want to throw your children an amazing party, but do you really need to spend an arm and a leg to make great memories? There are so many ways to save money without sacrificing fun at your ...
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3 Things you really shouldn’t scrimp on for your thrifty Autumn wedding

The modern wedding industry is a behemoth, and one that has led the cost of the average wedding to reach new heights in recent years. Many a couple have found themselves investing vast sums of money to create the “perfect ...
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Classy Halloween home decor that you can use all year round

Think that buying Halloween decorations for your home is a waste of money? Think again! Actually, I quite agree with you because, as you've probably gathered from the title of my blog, I'm a thrifty kinda gal. I don't like ...
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7 Indulgent recipes you’ll want to bake during National Chocolate Week

It's Chocolate Week, hurrah! From 15th - 21st October the UK is celebrating all things chocolate, so I thought I would share 5 of my favourite chocolate recipes this week so that you can cook up something delicious and join ...
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How to bake the ultimate chocolate celebration cake

Can anything beat chocolate cake for dessert when you're planning a celebration? Gooey, rich and sooo moist, this extreme chocolate cake recipe makes a fantastic birthday cake. I don't know about you but I can't be doing with a dry ...
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How to save money on your engagement ring

If you're happily coupled up and are starting to look at engagement rings, this is the blog post for you! The trouble with engagement and wedding rings is that the price tag is often way beyond our reach. I mean, ...
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Making your money go further this Christmas

The decorations and mince pies are already on sale in many shops around the UK now and, with the nights starting to draw in, thoughts turn to Christmas. And also to the expense associated with the festive season, which for ...
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4 Things you need to style your home for autumn

If you enjoy scrolling through Instagram or pinning inspirational interiors, you can't have escaped the interiors trend for styling up your home for autumn. No sooner had September hit than my feed was filled with pumpkins and autumnal vibes - ...
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3 Festive photography essentials for content creators

If you're a blogger, vlogger, photographer or independent business, you'll no doubt already be planning for Christmas. I know - too soon, right? But we've already had plenty of 'Christmas in July' events and product previews and, in terms of ...
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Expert tips: How to save money on your hen weekend

A hen party is a once in a lifetime celebration – and you need to make sure that the hen do kitty stretches the entire weekend (those cocktails aren’t going to buy themselves, are they?). I spoke to stag and ...
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