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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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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The best New Year’s Eve displays in the UK

December brings Christmas, a very special and magical period, though it also brings the end of 2017, with the start of a new year dawning upon us. With that in mind, it’s time to plan your New Year’s countdown to ...
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A Fool Proof Guide to Festive Entertaining

Today I'm sharing some expert advice from i heart Wines to get your guests ‘rioja-ing’ around the Christmas tree (excuse the awesome pun!) I've already shared my favourite mulled wine recipe using i heart Rosé earlier this week so that's one warming ...
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Thrifty DIY project – Upcycling old toys into Christmas tree decorations

If you've got a bigger-than-usual tree this year and are thinking that your baubles are looking a little sparce, here's a quick and easy DIY project to make your own Christmas tree decorations. Simply raid the toybox (or head to the ...
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Inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Christmas

Christmas is a magical time. Youngsters eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus while the adults spend months planning the perfect family Christmas. As the kids count the hours until it’s time to open the pile of presents under the ...
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Don’t let a household disaster spoil your Christmas!

There are few things more wonderful than the festive season. It's the time when you and your family come together to spend time with each other, decorate the tree, share gifts, and generally just get as merry as possible! Of ...
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Festive recipe – mulled rosé wine

At the weekend a few of my friends came round for a pre-Christmas get-together. I like to have a hot festive drink bubbling away to warm them up as they come in from the cold (and, as it turned out, ...
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Affordable gift guide for husbands

Okay, I admit it. I've not bought a single Christmas gift for my husband yet. I'm guessing that next week will be a busy one for me as I scramble around to fill that stocking. You would imagine your husband is ...
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Christmas deliveries – why I won’t miss the last post this year!

I always think to myself, 'this year I'm going to be so prepared, and get all my Christmas and gifts in the post during the first week of December'. Does it ever happen? Nope! Honestly, I don't know where the ...
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Festive tablescapes – How to dress your dining table for Christmas

How are you decorating your dining table this Christmas? Will you be adding crackers? Have you got a beautiful floral display planned? Are you decorating the entire dining room with a theme? I've been thinking about my festive table and ...
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Winter wonderland wedding inspiration

Is there anything more magical than a winter wedding? Especially if it happens to snow on the big day too  - ahh, so dreamy! Even though I got married in the summer, I 'd probably go for a winter wedding ...
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A guide to travelling with your dog over the Christmas holidays

Christmas is almost here, and for some people, that means travelling somewhere to celebrate the festive season. Last year, it was predicted that 4.5 million Brits travelled abroad for Christmas and New Year, and it is likely that even more people will ...
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DIY Christmas jumper bunting sewing project – The Second Hand Santa Challenge with Emmaus

This week has been an incredibly crafty one for me - first it was the wreath-making workshop and today's blog post is all about my latest sewing project: Christmas jumper bunting. Scroll down to see my step-by-step guide to making ...
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The most festive, fun-filled day you’ll ever have – Wreath-making workshop at Blackthorpe Barn

Yesterday I had one of the most festive days of my life. So much so, that I wanted to come home and tell you all about it straight away! You see, I'd just spent the whole day with my husband ...
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How to create a festive bedroom without going OTT

When you're decorating your home for Christmas it's tempting to drape tinsel over every picture frame and add flashing fairy lights in every room. But that means you don't really ever get a 'rest' from the chaos of Christmas, and ...
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4 Ways to make your home cosy for Christmas

When you think of a cosy home at Christmas, what do you imagine? I expect whatever you're seeing in your mind's eye is rather similar to while I'm thinking of. There's the glow of low lighting, lots of soft textures, ...
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Sew-your-own Christmas Angel

Remember your childhood Christmas tree - I bet it had an angel on the top, didn't it? Over the years I've spotted more and more stars adorning the tops of our festive trees, but I love the traditional look that ...
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Spiced maple & parsnip bundt cake recipe

I tried out this recipe for the first time last week. I found myself with a spare afternoon and decided that it was about time that I got back into baking. I always feel more inclined to bake at this ...
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Styling my guest room for Christmas

Compared to most bloggers, I feel like I'm really behind on decorating my home for Christmas. Yes, I know it's not even December yet, but I've been spotting gorgeous photos of bloggers' trees and homes for weeks now and feel ...
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What my Christmas would look like if I won the lottery…

I've been daydreaming again, and this time it's about my perfect lottery-winner's Christmas. Indulge me for a moment. I'm not saying that I want to win the lottery, nor that I need to have £££s to create a gorgeous home ...
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DIY Decorations – Reusable Christmas tree advent calendar

With December 1st fast approaching, I've come up with a quick and easy DIY advent calendar that you can make as a family. Plus, it's reusable so you can refill it with treats every year and will never need to ...
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How to make a DIY snowball letters decoration

I know it might feel a little early to be putting up the decorations but I wanted to share this project with you asap, as I'm not just showing you how to make snowy letters - I'm giving my own ...
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Gingerbread syrup recipe + festive gingerbread prosecco cocktail

Gingerbread. It's the taste of Christmas. If it's not in a latte, it's in your biscuit tin. That sweet, spiced, scent-of-the-season is everywhere at this time of year and I love it. I that know many of you have long-awaited ...
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Creating the perfect Christmas hamper from scratch

Struggling to buy for someone special this year? How about creating a super-personal Christmas hamper? If you plan a few weeks in advance and shop around, it’s likely that you’ll pick up some good bargains, too. You don’t have to ...
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Gooey, chewy cranberry & cherry flapjacks recipe

I've done something a little different for today's recipe blog post: I've instastory'd it! You may have spotted a couple of quick and easy DIY projects on my instastories in the run up to Halloween (you can find my ghost ...
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My meaningful gift guide – How to find a special gift that they’ll love

This year, I'm planning to treat my family and friends to some meaningful gifts. Sure, I could head out onto the high street and get sucked into all the hustle and bustle of buying presents on a grand scale. But ...
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How to upcycle your old Christmas jumpers into cosy fair isle cushions

Do you have a lovely Christmas jumper that you've shrunk in the wash? Did the moths nibble their way through your favourite festive pullover? Don't bin them - you can turn your old knits into Christmas cushions! All it takes ...
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Low-cost (and free!) festive days out in East Anglia

There's nothing I love more at this time of year than filling up my weekends with festive fun. There are so many fantastic events taking place around East Anglia this year that I could easily double- and triple-book myself on ...
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