DIY: Simple Bunting

The venue in which we’re having our engagement party is fairly plain so to brighten it up we will be decorating the hall with lots of pretty things. I wanted to save some money by making many of the decorations myself so this is my first creation. This is made using napkins, doilies and a length of ribbon, with double-sided tape for sticking. It couldn’t be simpler and cheaper to make a unique party piece that would add a bit of gorgeousness to any room. You could even hang it in your home to liven up a boring wall, just pick a napkin that would fit with your decor and that’s it!

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What You’ll Need

  • Patterned napkins
  • Doilies
  • Ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  1. Fold the first doily in half, placing the ribbon between the fold, and sticking the two sides together using double-sided tape.
  2. Fold the first napkin in half, so that two opposite corners of the square are touching, creating a triangle shape. Place the ribbon between the fold, and stick the two sides together using double-sided tape.
  3. Repeat these steps until your bunting reaches your desired length. Hang your bunting and enjoy!

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5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Rainy Day Date Ideas

I know there are plenty of you still enjoying record temperatures and a ton of sun, but we’re hitting some cold spots in the morning, reminding me that a real change of weather is on the way. I’m not wishing away any sunshine we might get, but I’m just preparing myself for a time when my raincoat will be my best friend on my walk into work and I’ll be excitedly sipping a pumpkin spice latte from the warmth of a coffee shop as the cold really takes hold. I’m starting to think about the things my boy and I might like to do on weekends when rain is making a nuisance of itself and is stopping us from enjoying beach-side walks and high street shopping trips. Here are a few things that are going to be top of my list come a rainy Saturday or Sunday morning.

1. Game Night

My boy and I enjoy game nights – whether that be of the board variety, or when I’m whooping his ass at Scene It on the XBox, it’s fun to get competitive every once in a while and we really enjoy spending time together this way. We’ve built up a little collection of games we like to play together and our most recent favourite is The Walking Dead version of Monopoly, as it’s a different way of enjoying a TV show we love to watch together. Pick a game or two each and have a little fun, but don’t get too competitive or the atmosphere will turn a little sour – just take it as some light entertainment and you’ll be fine!

2. Coffee Shop

One of my absolute favourite things to do when the weather is bad is to hide away in a coffee shop for a couple of hours, talking, sipping warm drinks and enjoying the company of someone I love. It can also be nice to take a book or magazine along with you to enjoy side-by-side as the hours pass, just maybe go with a shop that you know will be on the quieter side rather than the ones filled with yelling kids and stressed out parents.

3. Food Night

Rather than having to go out in the bad weather, I enjoy spending time cooking with my boy when we’re feeling peckish on the weekend and feel like something a little special. If you want to go all out, you can light candles, dress up and really make an effort, but for me, it’s just working together to create something tasty that creates a special evening. I usually take charge in these kinds of situations, as I know my way around the kitchen better than the boy, but I like him to pick out the main dishes, so he always gets something he enjoys.

4. Bowling

When was the last time you went bowling? Try to ignore the thought of all the feet that have been in those shoes before you and just let loose a little. Bowling was one of my favourite things to do as a kid, and I sometimes miss spending days and evenings doing fun, meaningless things like this. I know I’m not very good at it, so all competitiveness would fly out of the window if I went for a game against my boy, but I know it would be great fun, and we’d probably add a few beers in there to make it a little more difficult and a whole lot more interesting!

5. Museum or Gallery

Take the time to get a little cultured at your local museum or art gallery. I haven’t been to a museum in years, but they absolutely fascinate me and I really do want to pay a visit to one soon. Most of them cost next to nothing, if anything at all, to visit, so it’s a super easy, out of the weather, way to spend a weekend afternoon. As me and boy go to London every now and again, I think I will be persuading him to go along to one of its world-famous museums on our next visit. I don’t think he’ll take much persuading, he’s really interested in history anyway, and I look forward to experiencing something new together.

Engagement Party Colour Scheme

It’s just over 2 weeks until we will be celebrating our engagement with our nearest and dearest. The colour scheme we’ve decided on for our party is yellow, black and white as we didn’t want anything too feminine, and with three colours it means it should be quite easy to find items to fit. I will be using some of my crafting skills to make garlands to hang from the ceiling, as well as putting together some pre-made pom poms to hang above the buffet table. I will be posting a few simple tutorials over the next couple of weeks showing you how I made some of the decorations.

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Fun Autumn Weekend

Autumn Fun

We took a break from blogging this weekend, as we spent some time with family and our best friend. We went on a much-needed theme park day yesterday, which was crazy fun, riding as many rollercoasters as we could stomach and ending the day with warm donuts and a couple of souvenirs. It was a busy one, and the weekend never seems long enough once you’re back in work Monday morning, but we try to make the most of our time off and we figure that’s the best way to do it. We hope you enjoyed your break and are looking forward to your next one already.

Hana’s Proposal Story

I always thought I’d know when my boyfriend was going to propose to me. He’s not very good at keeping secrets and I can always tell when he’s lying, so I thought this would be too big a surprise for him to keep quiet. But he managed it and he tells me it took a number of weeks to plan.

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We’d been looking to book a last minute holiday in August, with no real idea of where we wanted to go, so when he suggested Mexico, I loved the idea as I knew quite a few people who had been and had wonderful things to say about it. He was the one to discover the El Dorado Seaside Suites, and unbeknown to me at the time, it was in one of their gazebos right on the beach, during a candlelit dinner that he would get down on one knee and ask me that all important question.

He’d picked out the ring himself a few weeks before we were due to jet off, with the only information to go on being that I didn’t want a ring with just one stone. He’d done his research, as he does before every big purchase he makes, and had discovered the Hearts on Fire diamond, known as the most perfectly cut diamond in the world. So with ring in bag, we flew off to Cancun.

It was the first day of our holiday that Gareth told me he’d booked us the candlelit dinner for the following evening. The concierge had told us about them earlier on the day and he’d said he’d wanted to book one as a special treat. You’d think this would have sparked my curiosity but he’d told me that he’d managed to get it half price, and he’d said it far too convincingly for me to doubt it.

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Proposal night arrived, and it started with us being met at reception and being driven to our gazebo, where we were welcomed by our own personal waiter. He served us wine and left us to enjoy the romantic atmosphere. It was at this point I had turned my back to try and get a better look at what entertainment we would be enjoying at the beach bar later on in the evening, and it was when I turned back that I was in for a shock. He was down on one knee, my hand in his, talking about what a perfect setting we were in and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. It didn’t take long for the tears to start (mine not his).

It was while he was in the middle of his well-rehearsed speech that the photographer, that was included in the candlelit dinner package, decided to make an appearance. He began taking photos, telling both of us where to stand and how to pose. We couldn’t help but laugh as we tried to explain that he had not yet asked the question, and I hadn’t yet seen the ring, but the language barrier was an issue so we just carried on doing as we were told. As a result, we’ve got some gorgeous photos of a very special, if slightly unplanned, moment.

After the photographer had taken all the shots he’d wanted, Gareth got back down on one knee, finishing his speech with the all important “Will you marry me?” and me tearfully accepting, gushing at how beautiful the ring was. We then continued with our four course meal but at this point my stomach was in knots so I wasn’t really able to appreciate it as much as I should have.

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That wasn’t the last of it. After we finished our wine, and tipsily made our way back to our room, I was greeted with a gorgeous bunch of flowers, another bottle of wine and an elaborate display of towel-folded swans on our bed, surrounded by rose petals. To say it was the best evening of my life would be an understatement. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect moment with the best fiance I could ever have wished for. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together and get on with planning the big day.