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…

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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Pieday Friday ~ Cornflake cobweb cakes

Now that we're heading towards the end of October, I think it's okay for me to start talking about making cakes for your Halloween party! Even if you're not having a Halloween party for the little 'uns, maybe you can ...
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Hen party series ~ the t-shirt you’ll wear again & again

Welcome back to my hen party series! Over the summer, blogger Claire from Lacey in Places  blog has been sharing her top tips for planning a hen party (read her first article here), including a downloadable budget spreadsheet and invitation ...
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Recipe: Chocolate decorated apples for Halloween

Did you know  it's National Chocolate Week? I had no idea until my friend Jenna gave me a heads-up yesterday afternoon. Are you telling me that I could have been legitimately scoffing chocolate all week, and I didn't know about it? ...
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Recipe: Chocolate orange cupcakes for Halloween

It's Pieday Friday and here's another yummy cupcake recipe that you can prepare in advance, ready for your Halloween parties or just for a tasty treat at any time. I love the combination of chocolate and orange - I don't know ...
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New interiors trend ~ Decorating your home for Autumn

When the leaves begin changing and the pumpkins start arriving in the stores it can only mean one thing: it’s time to start decorating your home for Autumn - or at least that's the case according to Pinterest ha! It's ...
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Hen party series ~ Some more costume ideas for the hens

Welcome back to my hen party series! Over the summer, blogger Claire from Lacey in Places  blog has been sharing her top tips for planning a hen party (read her first article here), including a downloadable budget spreadsheet and invitation ...
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Party ideas ~ Photo Wall

Another feature of our anniversary party was the photo wall. We had a doorway that we needed to cover to stop guests going into the room, so we decided that we would cover it with a sheet of fabric and use ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Cheeky choccie cake pops

This week I decided to try out a new piece of silicone bakeware that I got from Dunelm Mill - a cake-pop tray. I've seen lots of tutorials online for making cake pops and felt like I was missing out ...
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Our Anniversary Party ~ Fill the whole world with a rainbow

So you may remember that I had the dull and tired hall venue above to dress up ready for our 10th wedding anniversary party and I'd been looking around Pinterest at ideas for decorating the hall on a budget ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Decorated biscuits

The summer holidays are drawing to a close, but that means there are lots of pretty fed up children around! Here's an idea for a fun activity that you can do with your children to stop the boredom and entertain them during the ...
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Hen party series ~ Ideas for cheeky hen party games

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that over the last few weeks the wonderful Claire from Lacey in Places  blog has been sharing her top tips for planning a hen party (read her first article here) and today ...
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Pieday Friday ~ Celebration cupcake bouquet

This week I wanted to share with you the photos of our fantastic anniversary party cakes so that you can get inspiration for your own celebration cakes in the future. I am very lucky to have a fantastic sister-in-law ...
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Homemade paper flowers & how to display them

Paper flower making can be fun, it can be relaxing, and it can take considerable talent to turn them out. The flowers can last a long time, add colour and beauty to a room, and can make a lovely, personalised gift ...
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Hen party series ~ Make a personal gift for the bride

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.  She has previously ...
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Rainbow tealight holder tutorial

Well, it's not that much of a tutorial - it's a fairly simple process to create a cute tea-light holder without breaking the bank. I knew that I would like some rainbow-coloured tealight holders to decorate our anniversary party venue and ...
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Weekend photos ~ a tasty afternoon treat

I thought I'd share a few photos of what I got up to last weekend because I was lucky enough to be treated to a day out at the seaside. After our lovely walk along the beach, hubby surprised me with a very ...
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Ideas for home-made party decorations

With our anniversary party taking place this weekend, I wanted to make some personal touches to the decorations. It's easy to find lots of tutorials for creating your own DIY decorations at home, from funky fans to traditional paper-chains, but ...
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Our 10th wedding anniversary & how we got here..!

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple of months, you’ll know that my husband and I are fast approaching our 10th wedding anniversary. We are planning a party to celebrate because we think it’s a big achievement, ...
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Party decorations – choosing a theme for my anniversary party

Mine and hubby's 10th wedding anniversary is drawing near - the invitations have been sent, the venue has been booked and we're ready for a good ol' knees up! The only thing that still needs planning is the party 'theme' - what ...
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Hen Party Series ~ Making it personal

If you've been following my fun hen party series, you'll know that we have been spoiled-rotten with lots of lovely articles from my fellow bloggers, sharing ideas for party themes (check out the links below!) and how to plan the ...
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