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…

Hen party series ~ Crafty fun – making decorations for the hen do!

In this hen party series, we have been spoiled-rotten with lots of lovely articles sharing ideas for party themes (check out the links below!) and how to plan the perfect hen do. In her article last week, Claire from Lacey ...
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Hen party series ~ Accommodation & activities including Claire’s ultimate budget planner & invitation templates!

Previously, Claire from Lacey in Places  blog shared her top tips for planning a hen party (read the article here) and today she continues to share her experiences of organising a vintage hen party for her friend Becky.  This week's post ...
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Engagement ring trends for 2013

The summer holidays are traditionally a popular time for couples to get engaged and selecting the perfect engagement ring can be a difficult task! With so many different ring styles, cuts, shapes and designs on offer, it can be a little ...
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Men’s fashion ~ What to wear to a summer wedding

The date is set, you have received the invitation, and now comes the real dilemma – what do you wear to the wedding? While the high street is literally inundated with outfit options for women, the choice for men can ...
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Hen party series ~ Dressing up the bride

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been running a series of articles on hen parties – and today is actually the hen party of one of my fab fairy-friends! Obviously, I've made her a bridal tutu for her big night out, which ...
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Wedding season ~ Top tips for fitting your dress perfectly!

You’ve got your Mr Right, found the perfect dress – now you just need that dream body to fit into it! With so much pressure to look amazing on your special day, it is no wonder that the majority of ...
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Anniversary Party ~ Inspirations for invitations

Source: the123blog.com via Cassiefairy on Pinterest I may have already mentioned a few times on the blog that this year is mine and hubby's 10th wedding anniversary and we are planning a big party to celebrate! It's coming up soon in August ...
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Hen party series ~ Planning a vintage hen party

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been running a series of articles on hen parties – and with the summer wedding season fast approaching, I'm glad to be able to bring you some top-tips from lots ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Cupcake heaven

It was hubby's birthday a few of weekends ago (you may have read my blog post about this awesome Lego present I got for him!) and instead of baking him a birthday cake, I decided to make a whole load ...
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Hen party series – His ‘n’ Hers

My new hen party series is well underway, with lovely blogger Ellen Avants sharing her ideas for personalising a hen party and Lacey in Places writing articles ideas for games and budget planning. Today I'm sharing my own experiences of my hen party and why ...
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Is this the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? Little Posties Lego crayons!

It was hubby's birthday last weekend and, as we are both still big kids, I wanted to get him something fun to play with, so when a new follower 'Little Posties' popped up on my Twitter feed (@LittlePosties) with their ...
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Hen party series – ideas for fun activities

You may remember that last week I started my series of hen party blog posts, ready for the wedding season. I hope you enjoyed Ellen's article last week on party accessories and coming up soon are more posts on budgeting and ...
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Hen party series ~ ideas for personalising your party

With the summer wedding season fast approaching, I have decided to start a series of blog posts on the subject of that most important bridal tradition - the Hen Party. I will be writing a few posts of my own ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Cheeky chocolate cheesecake

Now that the sun has finally come out, it's time to do away with hot puddings and start making yummy chilled desserts instead, so this week I have made a tasty chocolate cheesecake that I think you'll adore. It's great ...
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Happy Easter everyone! Here’s some crafty ideas for things to make over the Easter holidays

Happy Easter! I love a good four-day weekend and the Easter holidays are great fun too for those of you who get time off with the kids. I've compiled a list of craft project ideas to do over the Spring ...
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Easter activity & recipe for pretty iced biscuits

Any excuse to make a sweet treat eh? And Easter is the perfect time to make something sweet for the family over this 4-day weekend. My mum gave me these cookie cutters last week, so I took the hint and ...
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Happy Valentines Day – DIY a stitched card for your Valentine

Valentine's Day always creeps up on me, and I never get a chance to get my husband a card in advance, so I can often been spotted making something myself the day before. But it's not just my forgetfulness that ...
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Love-heart nail-art for Valentine’s Day

I took a bit of time over the weekend to try out an idea for getting pretty heart-shapes onto my nails ready for Valentine's Day. I snapped some pics of the process and I've created a bit of a DIY ...
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Hen parties on a budget – 5 essential tips

It’s that time of year again - Christmas came and went taking most of our bank balances with it and a year full of money-demanding events lies ahead. However, never fear - if you’ve been given the heady task of organising a ...
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Pieday Friday recipe – Love heart jam tart

I have a feeling that jam tart is cockney-rhyming-slang for heart - or did I just make that up? Anyway, I've baked a batch of classic jam tarts and have added pastry love hearts lids to the top. Maybe you'll have ...
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Pieday Friday – sweet recipe: Cupcake surprise!

This week I've baked some cute cupcakes and now I'm blogging the photos so you can have a go yourself at baking these afternoon-tea treats for the weekend. These cupcakes look pretty standard (although I did take a long time ...
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Cheering up the nation with a wedding speech

If you've not already seen this wedding speech - where have you been?? Tom Fletcher from band McFly released a YouTube video of his wedding speech on the 6th January and immediately perked up millions of people around the UK ...
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Pieday Friday recipe – Festive star tarts for your New Year party!

If you're having a new years party and want to bake some treats yourself but don't want to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen, check out this tutorial for creating impressive star-shaped tarts in super-fast time.
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Spiced festive drinks recipes for cosy Christmas nights

There's nothing better than the week between Christmas and New Year. You've got nowhere to go, time off work and lots of food in the house. The perfect time to kick-back and relax with a hot spiced drink and a ...
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My Christmas Eve traditions – how do you do it in your family?

Happy Christmas eve everyone! The day has finally come where everything is done, you've finished all your work and you're ready to enjoy the big day. I think I might actually prefer Christmas eve to Christmas day itself, but don't ...
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Making a garden sculpture from ice – try it, its so easy!

All I can say is; 'bring on the snow'. This is because I have a plan in place ready for when the temperature drops to below freezing. I'm going to make an ice sculpture for my garden! This may sound ...
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Exterior Illuminations – that’s Christmas lights to you and me…

One of my favourite things about this time of year is driving around in the evenings and spotting all the houses who are celebrating the Christmas season with an abundance of fairy lights! My brother is the king of 'exterior ...
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Christmas hot chocolate – spiced, cherry & mint candy cane drink recipes

Hot chocolate is one of my favourite hot drinks during the festive season and I wanted to share a couple of photos and the methods for making these gorgeously Christmassy hot chocolates drinks. Make up a mug of hot chocolate according to ...
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DIY project – Make a rustic basket decoration for Christmas

Here's a super-easy, super-quick idea for making a Christmas basket decoration with pretty sparkling fairy lights. This would be perfect if you had an unused fireplace space in your living room to give a festive focal point to the space ...
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