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…

Paper decorations for a tropical party + competition to win a copy of ‘Cutting Machine Crafts’

If you want to decorate your venue for a party but are trying to stick to a budget, here are some fantastic ideas for decorations that you can make yourself. Plus you can win a copy of Cutting Machine Crafts ...
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Traditional housewarming gifts to buy or make

Did you know that housewarming gifts have a meaning behind them? Just like anniversary gifts, the present wrapped up to congratulate a friend on their new home can have a significant meaning. So here are some ideas for housewarming presents that ...
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How to keep your pets safe & healthy during BBQ season

If you're a pet owner, it's likely that your dog or cat will be present at your summer BBQ. But is it safe for them to attend your event, or to nibble on something cooked on the BBQ? If you're ...
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Why you should buy from makers and microbusinesses

Whether you're looking for interesting homewares, personalised gifts, handmade fashion or unique art, the best way to find something special is by buying from makers, artists and microbusinesses. Want to know where to find such creative folk? Read on to ...
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Wedding reception inspiration for an eco-friendly summer wedding

Summer is a popular season for weddings - but, if you will be among the many people getting hitched this summer, there remains the onus on you getting every little aspect of the wedding just right. Naturally, that extends beyond ...
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4 Last minute low-cost gift ideas and days out for Father’s Day

It's Fathers Day on Sunday but don't worry if you haven't sorted out a gift for Dad - here are 4 ideas for great last-minute gifts that you can make or organise yourself ...
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Wedding Music Hacks – How To Make Your Budget Go Further

Save some essential cash with these useful wedding music hacks, and you'll find there are ways of still having all the live music you want on your big day without blowing your budget ...
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Why handmade jewellery is the best gift ever (& why you should commission a piece for that special occasion)!

If you're looking for a meaningful present for a special occasion - or just a treat for yourself - you can't go far wrong with a piece of handmade jewellery. Here's what happened when I unwrapped a surprise gift ...
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Charity fundraising ideas – How to plan an event to remember

If you're planning a fundraising event this year, here are some handy ideas that'll help you plan an event that you, your guests and your chosen charity will remember ...
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Guest Post – How to make a personalised baby onesie

Want to put some love and effort into creating a 'welcome to the world' gift for the baby in your life? Today's guest DIY project by Naomi shows you how to hand make a personalised onesie for the little one...  ...
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4 Unique ways to cut costs on your wedding day

When it comes to their wedding day every bride to be wants to make their day as memorable as possible, so I'm sharing some of the unique ways you can make your day special without it costing a small fortune ...
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5 Things every fun outdoor party needs

Hosting a big outdoor party is what summer is all about for many people and I can't wait to get into the garden this year. Here are 5 easy ideas to help you plan a fun outdoor party ...
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10 Dos and don’ts for an amazing hen party

Are you that notorious maid-of-honour who is supposed to plan the most thrilling and fabulous hen do for your favourite girl? A hen’s party should be memorable, and the best night of the bride-to-be’s single life. I can feel your ...
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Giant Creme Egg cheesecake recipe for Easter

Do you love creme eggs? Are you a fan of cheesecake? Well today's your lucky day because I'm sharing a recipe to make a giant creme egg cheesecake for Easter..! ...
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Weddings on a budget – How to find a low-cost cake

A wedding cake is an important part of a traditional wedding reception, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a small fortune on something you're going to eat! Here's how to find a low-cost cake for your celebration ...
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How to throw a frugal yet fabulous wedding

Most couples don’t have a blank cheque to spend on making their wedding dreams become reality, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a breathtaking big day, even if you're sticking to a tight budget ...
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Budget gift ideas for your other half

Whether your relationship is new and still blossoming or you have been with each other for years, gift giving within a relationship can be a tricky process – especially if you are on a budget ...
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Thrifty Mother’s Day ideas to suit all budgets

Mother's day is coming up on 11th March so I thought I'd share some thrifty tips for ways to celebrate with mum that'll suit all budgets ...
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My blog is in the Top 30 DIY Blogs in the UK! + Valentine’s Day decor

FANTASTIC NEWS! I've just found out that My Thrifty Life is one of the Top 30 DIY blogs in the UK and I really can't believe my eyes..! ...
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Valentines treats for all the family

Valentine's day isn't just about new couples or married folk; if you've got family and friends you want to celebrate with, go ahead and give them a treat this Valentine's day with these alternative gift suggestions ...
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3 Beautiful winter wedding themes

If you're planning a winter wedding, here are three classy themes that look great with a backdrop of snow and frost at this time of year ...
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How to choose a special occasion outfit that you’ll wear again

Shopping for special occasions. It's something that I really don't like to do. Sure, I love buying the happy couple a wedding present, and it's wonderful to watch the youngsters heading off to their first prom. But it's the concept ...
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Happy New Year everyone!

Here's to a fantastic 2018 for all! ...
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How to decorate cocktail glasses for a party

Great news - my project on prettifying glassware for New Year's Eve was published in Reloved magazine this month! Check out Issue 50 for the step-by-step guide to creating these decorated cocktail glasses ...
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Recipe video – My festive mulled cider (or apple juice!) recipe

Everyone loves a hot mulled drink at Christmas, am I right? Wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of mulled cider, wine or apple juice is just what you need after coming in from a cold winters walk ...
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Festive Pieday Friday Recipe – Hubby’s maple glazed ham

Now, I really can't take credit for today's festive recipe. In fact, the only input I had was telling my husband that we had a bottle of maple syrup in the cupboard. Yes, really, that's it! Hubby created this festive ...
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Top ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts

Yes, you may have been rather disorganised and got into the Christmas spirit too early this year – but even if you haven’t done all your present shopping, there’s no need to panic. The Christmas countdown is well and truly ...
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How to DIY a Christmas tree wall unit

It can be difficult to fit a big bushy Christmas tree into your home, can't it? Especially if you're living in a flat (how do you even get it up the stairs?!) or a cosy terrace with Victorian proportions. If ...
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6 Homemade gifts for the Emmaus Second Hand Santa Challenge

I've been DIYing again, and this time I'm making Christmas gifts. After the fun I had making my Christmas jumper bunting for Emmaus, I jumped at the chance to join in with their Second Hand Santa Challenge again during gift ...
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