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…

Happy Christmas everyone!

It's the big day! I'm busy giving gifts (I can't wait to see hubby's face when he opens his present!) and I'm currently opening my stocking from Santa so I just wanted to say a quick Merry Christmas and I ...
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Snuggling down & waiting for Santa

It's finally Christmas eve and I can't believe it's arrived! Everything is done, all the presents are wrapped and the food is waiting to be cooked, all that's left to do is snuggle down on the sofa, in festive PJs and ...
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Last minute Christmas gifts that will get there in time!

I've been thinking about last-minute Christmas shopping and what you can do when you receive an unexpected gift right before Christmas. There might not be time to pop to the shops to find a little something, and there certainly won't be time ...
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Quick Christmas tea-light holder DIY

This week I've finished creating my Christmas sideboard display and I thought I would share the world's easiest tutorial with you for DIYing your own festive tea-light holders. It's simply a case of saving up some empty jam jars, soaking ...
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Christmas activity ~ festive films

The school holidays are finally here and it's a good idea to start thinking about how to keep excited children (who am I kidding? and us adults too!) occupied on the run up to Christmas. One of my favourite things ...
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DIY glitter banner for Christmas

It’s not long to Christmas now and I'm sure that many of you will be decorating your homes for the festive season soon, if you haven't already! I’ve come up with a super-easy DIY that you can make ready for ...
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Thrifty fashion ~ DIY funk up your knitwear for Christmas

Over the past couple of years Christmas jumpers have really taken off. This is not new information to those of us who love rummaging through charity shops, hunting out genuine vintage festive knits that your granddad would have worn. They ...
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Xmas Evolution: The making of the modern Xmas tree

I'm sure that many of us around the UK will be putting up our Christmas decorations this weekend and it got me thinking about the history of our festive traditions. The modern Christmas tree, and the way we decorate it, ...
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DIY Framed christmas decorations

You may remember that I previously discussed the new trend for framed Christmas messages as part of festive decorations and I have finally given in and recreated this look for myself in my home. There are loads of printable artworks ...
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DIY sewing project ~ Christmas gift sacks

When Lauren from the Offset Warehouse asked me to be a guest blogger for their special Christmas Showcase, I jumped at the chance. Not only is it one of my favourite online haberdashers, but it also has a great range of ...
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My little vintage caravan ~ My pink & red birthday party

A couple of weeks ago I started planning my birthday party. I usually completely overlook  my birthday because I get too excited about Christmas. But this year I have my little vintage caravan, which seems to be the perfect venue to ...
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Christmas gift ideas for chick flick fans

With the recent release of author Helen Fielding’s novel Bridget Jones’ Diary: Mad About the Boy, I thought that now would be the ideal time to think about the women in your life and what fantastic gifts are available for ...
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Pieday Friday ~ My red velvet birthday cake

This week is Cassiefairy's birthday and to celebrate I've baked a cake for a little birthday celebration I'm having in my little vintage caravan. I wanted to break from tradition and avoid my usual victoria sponge cake this year (even ...
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My vintage caravan ~ DIY pom-pom decorations

I’m planning a red and pink theme for my birthday celebration and have shared my ideas on the blog via this moodboard. One of the decoration idea that I was keen to replicate was hanging pom-poms, but I wanted something ...
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My little vintage caravan ~ Pink party food ideas

Last week I shared my inspiration for creating a pink and red themed birthday party. I usually forget all about my birthday in the excitement of the run-up to Christmas, so this year I've made an effort to mark the ...
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My little vintage caravan ~ DIY pink party cones

Earlier in the week I shared my ideas for a birthday party via this moodboard, and as you can see I'm planning a red and pink theme for my birthday celebrations next week. So I've been spending a little time ...
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Pretty table-settings for a festive meal ~ & happy thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day is the US and I've found that it's quickly becoming a bit of a tradition to celebrate it here in the UK too. Traditionally it's a special day of relaxation and reflection with all the family ...
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My little vintage caravan ~ Pink party inspirations

My birthday is coming up soon, and what with the Christmas celebrations, I often overlook it myself! I get too excited about the festive season and forget to make any plans to celebrate my birthday. This year, I thought I'd ...
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Festive framed artwork decorations

I've spotted a trend for festive interior decor this year - framed Christmas prints. I've seen them popping up in interior design magazines and DIY hacks are all over Pinterest so I'm certainly going to be following this trend and creating my own ...
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Show your festive flair – tips for creating the perfect Christmas tree

Christmas is a time of wonderful light displays: outdoor Xmas decorations adorn public spaces, and beautiful sprays of Christmas tree lights glow softly through netted curtains in residential streets. For some of us decorating the Christmas tree is an agonising experience; ...
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Getting organised with Christmas gift guides

I love looking at catalogues at this time of year.  There's just something special about Christmas gift guides that gets me in the mood for the festive season - even if I don't ever buy anything from them! Although I try ...
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More Christmas prep ~ shopping for fairy lights!

It started with the party dress... and now I'm already looking into festive lights for my home. It's funny how one thing leads to another when you're searching for 'Christmas shopping' online and I 'accidentally' started browsing through fairy lights ...
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My party season prep – choosing a party dress

I know I've mentioned it earlier this week but I really do mean it - now that Halloween is out of the way, it means that the party season is just around the corner and I can start getting excited ...
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Winter Holiday Inspiration – Christmas Markets Salzburg

Now that Halloween is out of the way, and I've already been to a fireworks display - the next thing on my list is officially Christmas! I have always thought a winter holiday would be the perfect way to welcome ...
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Happy Halloween – look what we carved..!

It's Halloween today and I wanted to show off the cool pumpkin that hubby and I carved yesterday. Upon the recommendation of my friend-with-children, I bought this 3 piece pumpkin carving kit from The Factory Shop. It was already reduced to ...
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DIY easy nail art designs for Halloween

Can you believe that it's nearly Halloween? Have you got your costume sorted out and your treats ready for visitors? I recently wrote about decorating your home for autumn and how you can easily turn your decorations into a spooky Halloween ...
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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Scary shoes

With Halloween only a couple of days away I've been getting carried away while looking for costume accessories and the result is this Tuesday Shoeday blog post about spooky shoes. Now these aren't really the kind of shoes you'd want to ...
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DIY scary skeleton Halloween costume

It’s Halloween this week and as usual I don’t have any budget for a costume for all those parties I’ll be going to. But I’m not worried about that because I personally think that Halloween is about making-do and creating some crazy ...
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Harvest decorations in my home

Over the weekend I went for a lovely chilly walk with my hubby and collected a few bits and pieces for my harvest display. I'd planned to decorate my home for autumn (as we discussed in this previous blog post) ...
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DIY Halloween pom-pom decorations

Halloween is nearly upon us and with it comes the chance to dress as a menacing monster and turn your house into a ghoulish lair. To help you create a devilish feel in no time, here is a step-by-step guide ...
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