2019 – What a Year!

You’ve probably seen quite a few older Millennial’s writing “If you were born in the 80’s, raised in the 90’s and have made it to 2020, you have lived in 4 decades, 2 different Centuries, 2 different millennia, and are not even 40 yet!” Scary stuff! As 40 gets ever closer, and 21 further away, I do feel the need to reflect on the good times.

Here are some of the fantastic things that have happened to me this year…

Dreams

Bloggers Secret Santa 2019

For the second year running, I signed up for Bloggers Secret Santa organised by Casey, from casestreetx. Bloggers from all parts of the UK enrolled using Elfster, which shuffled all the names and spat out a person for you to buy for. It can be challenging to buy the perfect gift for someone you know in person, but for people you’ve never met, it’s a daunting task! Even though we were all given a chance to add to a wish list, you do have to become a detective to see what they would like by their blog and social media.

Bloggers Secret Santa Present and Card
Bloggers Secret Santa 2019 was organised again by casestreetx

Wave goodbye to Excessmas

It is the most wonderful time of year… or, at least, it is supposed to be.  Yet, for many, Christmas can equal excess expectations and extreme expense or indulgence.  Has it all become a bit too ‘extra’ for most of us?

Fortunately, 2019 looks set to be the year that ‘excessmas’ takes a back seat.  Research reveals a backlash against the Insta-perfect of prepping, cooking, gorging and one-upmanship shopping.

Christmas Tree

How to arrange a stress-free Hen Party

Us ladies have it tough when it comes to arranging a hen party.  If you are lucky enough to be given the responsibility, there can be a lot of pressure.  Has it been something that the bride-to-be has dreamt of since she was a little girl? And how do you accommodate different personal budgets, their time and worst of all, expectations?

I have been in the wedding industry for a long time and have heard all manner of adventures and incidents from brides and grooms.  I have also been to my fair share of hen parties – I am sure I have seen more willy-straws than you have had hot dinners.  I have put together my top tips on getting organised, keeping calm and pulling off a kick-ass event.

Hen party