So there we have it, Christmas is done and dusted for yet another year and it seems all we have to look forward to is another couple of months of dark, cold, wet mornings and endless TV advertisements for half price settees and all inclusive, buy now pay later, family holidays in the sun.
The novelty of the ‘must have’ Christmas gifts (which we trawled our busy town centres and websites in search of) may have already worn off, and the festively designed wrapping, foil ribbon and tape, with which we painstakingly decorated and disguised them, is now ripped to shreds and in the recycle bin. The leftovers of the celebration bird have been sandwiched and curried to the point that we never, ever want to see another slice of turkey again (even the pets are sick of it) and the beautiful Tannenbaum which we adorned with tinsel and fairy lights and gave pride of place in our homes, has now shed the majority of its needles and is looking considerably less majestic than it did a week or two ago.
So, what next? What reason could we have now to battle with the shopping centre crowds for new outfits we probably won’t ever wear again, why on earth would we feel the need to re-fill our fridges with finger food platters, a selection of a thousand cheeses and a dozen bottles of champagne (the last on that list is only in my dreams!) Well... it’s New Year of course, and what better occasion to bring on the sparkle and fizz!
That said, if you’re anything like me, your current account will be looking a tad unhealthy at the moment, and the old credit card will have been given a bit of a hammering over the past few weeks. So, if there’s going to be any sparkle or fizz for me this New Year, I have to accept it’s not going to be in the form of Dior or Dom Perignon!
‘Label snobs’ look away now... Peacocks, Morrisons, Body Care, and Tesco are just a few of the places I managed to find a few very cheap and cheerful ways to inject a little sparkle and fizz into my New Year. See photos below.
Of course, Bollinger or Bucks Fizz, Prada or 'Primarni', we all know it’s our family and friends that will make our New Year celebrations special... the sparkle and fizz (whatever your budget) are just for fun!
Happy New Year one and all!
For the Sparkle...
|Gold sparkle peep-toe platform heels from Dorothy Perkins. Reduced from £35 to £22 in the sale just before Christmas. Surprisingly comfy!|
|Left to right: Barry M in 'Red Glitter' £3/4, OPI Mini Nail Lacquer (part of Mariah Carey gift set) 4 glitter varnishes for £10.46 from www.beautybay.com, and Technic in 'Be-dazzled' from Beauty Care (£3 ish).|
|'Bling' ring, £2.50 from Peacocks.|
|Barry M Glitter Dust, around £3.50 each - Left to right, No 22 Black Gold and No 15 Gold Iridescent.|
I love this stuff, only a tiny amount is needed to add a subtle touch of glitter to your party eyes.
|Gold and black leather effect necklace, £4 Primark.|
and for the Fizz...
|Joe's Cocktails - Premium pre-mixed cocktail 'Blackberry & Pear Vodka Fizz' also available in 'Raspberry & Rhubarb Vodka Punch' and 'Elderflower & Cucumber Gin Sling' - around £1.90 each or 3 for £4.|
|M&S Brut Cava - £12.99 for two. Lovely bubbly!|
|and more Lovely Bubbly... Italia Plaza Centro Prosecco - half price at £6.95, from Tesco.|
|Even cheaper bubbly... Morrisons Premium Bucks Fizz £3 ish.|
With what you save on the booze, you can add a little extra sparkle with these gorgeous indoor fireworks
see below for details.
|'Table Fun' Flaming Fountains, pack of 3 £2.50 from Tesco.|