Housewarming Party on a Budget

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The excitement of purchasing and moving in to your first home as a first time buyer is huge, unfortunately it is a fair way off my radar! But for those of us not quite so adept at saving there is always renting, and living in a couple of homes this way has allowed me to organise and throw a few housewarming parties!

There is nothing better than gathering your friends and family to celebrate a new chapter in your life, within a new home. But with all the expense of moving itself, the legal fees and even the cost of that John Lewis sofa you must have or the Fortnum and Mason hamper basket that would make an oh-so-cute coffee table – throwing a party is an extra expense that isn’t always at the forefront of your mind.

But the event needn’t be expensive; your friends and family will be well aware of the money you have already spent to be in that position and won’t be expecting Champagne and caviar – well at least I would hope not.

A great way to beat huge costs is to make the party BYOB or invite each guest to bring a food dish with them. Having guests bring food or alcohol with them means that you are spending less as everybody is contributing. Food and drink will be the main expense of your party so if you can negate those costs then you avoid splashing out.

Party 14/52

However, sometimes people can feel a little awkward about getting their guests to bring their own food. If this is you then do not fear as there are still other options that will allow you to provide for all your guests but not spend a fortune. Visit a supermarket or a chain store such as Iceland for party food. Usually costing just a few pounds per pack or on one offer or another these are easy ways to fill your table at low cost. Avoid employing a caterer for your event as the cost for this will be a lot more – plus you will be liable to pay for loss or damage to any plates, trays, etc you may hire.

Decorations! A key part of any party, but an unnaturally large expense a lot of the time. My number one destination for party decorations is eBay; they offer such a wide variety of balloons, banners and table decorations that you are bound to find something suitable and within budget.

If you’ve thrown a housewarming party before – do you have any advice on hosting it on a budget?

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Scilly Flowers

Monday, June 9th, 2014

I just thought I would put together a quick post on some beautiful flowers I recently received through the post from Scilly Flowers.

Based on the Isles of Scilly these beautifully scented flowers are send directly to your house, through your letterbox, saving you the hassle of visiting a florist or store to get some flowers to brighten up your home!

Considering that these flowers are picked from the farm, travel by boat the mainland and then through the postal system they were so fresh and in perfect condition. You don’t have to worry about the quality with these!

Scilly Flowers
Scilly Flowers

Scilly Flowers

Not only are the flowers lovely but they smell gorgeous and with prices for them starting from only £10.50 including postage you can afford to treat yourself to a bouquet or two!

Of course, you don’t have to just keep these to yourself as they would make a great gift for a friend or family member too.

I will most certainly be ordering from Scilly Flowers in the future!


Pinspiration: Bedroom Furnishing

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

I am forever daydreaming about home furnishings. You may have seen some of my previous home inspiration posts (here & here), which were mostly inspired by Pinterest! Many an hour has quickly disappeared after I have loaded up that website.

Recently I have been looking in to furnishing my bedroom and making it that little bit more special. Although even in my mind this hasn’t been easy. I go between deciding on a shabby chic look with heavy wooden furniture and cutesy bedding, to minimalistic white furniture and a statement wall!

However, one of the key features that has been a must for the past for years for my bedroom is a dressing table. Since I acquired my first ever one I cannot be without it and always struggle with a comfortable position/place to do my make-up and hair when I am away for the weekend or on holiday. I am in love with this Shard Diamond Mirror Dressing Table, not only for the fact that the mirror design will ensure the room looks bigger but also because of the amount of storage space it has! Look at all those drawers – perfect for keeping all of your make-up organised.


A big bed is of course a must too and this Sunningdale Leather Double Bed would be the perfect addition to my minimalistic room design. I love the leather look and think it makes the bed look a whole lot more expensive than its £349 price tag. A solid headboard is always a must too, nobody likes losing their pillows down the back halfway through the night!


But the most fun part about a bedroom redesign? The accessories! Whatever your colour scheme there are plenty of places to pick up the perfect candles, photo frames, canvases and light fittings for your room. Some of my favourites are below, from a variety of stores across the internet and high street. The most difficult part is narrowing the choice down!

Wren Living have some gorgeous pieces for every bedroom, you can view their whole collection here.

How would you decorate your dream bedroom?

Cable and Cotton – “Glow” Lights

Friday, March 28th, 2014

When I moved home I was looking of ways to accessorize and decorate my new room to make it feel more my own. I have always looked at pictures on Instagram and Pintrest of pictures of fairy lights and loved the ambience that they gave a room.

However previous purchases of fairy lights didn’t work out so well as they seemed to die almost as soon as you replaced a battery! So instead I looked for something different and came across Cable & Cotton on Twitter.

They have a range of fairy lights that are incased in various different coloured balls. You can choose a pre-selected collection or instead opt to create your own and personalise the colours of the balls yourself.

I really liked the Glow set (here) which retails at £22.95.

Cable and Cotton

Cable and CottonOn arrival the set surprised me a little as I didn’t realise you had to “build” the lights yourself, however there was a full instruction sheet and the task wasn’t too difficult. I guess it helps to ensure that the lights aren’t damaged during transit too!

You simply pop a fairy light through each ball; pull tight to ensure they stay and you are ready to decorate your house!

Cable and Cotton

Cable and Cotton

Cable and CottonThese look super cute round a door or bed frame and I quite like them bunched up on a dressing table or in a nook too. I am really pleased with them and when I eventually purchase my own home they will be absolutely everywhere!

Carousel Diary is written by Katrina, a 23 year old from Essex. Find out more →

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