Girls' Night In - Review & Giveaway

Girls' Night In - Review & Giveaway

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Hello – I hope you all have enjoyed the glorious Bank Holiday weather?

I have a review and a lovely giveaway, which I am very excited about today. When I was contacted by the fabulous Crafty Magazine to see if I’d like to join a blog tour reviewing Hannah Read-Baldrey’s new book ‘Girls' Night In - Craft, Cakes and Cocktails for the Ultimate Party’ I did not hesitate. So today I am following on from the lovely Claire from Claireabellemakes in giving my thoughts and if you like the sound of the book then read on to the end for a chance to win your own copy...

I own both of Hannah’s previous craft books, Everything Alice and Everything Oz and have enjoyed her quirky & inspirational spin on crafting. Girls' Night In is no different in this fun and fresh approach. The book contains everything you could possibly need for a very girlie night in, including food and cocktail recipes, pampering ideas, games and crafts.

The book is separated into 3 sections, Craft Projects, Boudoir Beauty and Savvy Savouries, Sweet Treats & Cocktails. All with clear instructions and beautiful photographs and illustrations.


I was mainly taken with the craft projects, most of which could be easily made in an evening. There is a good range to choose from, including fabric, jewelry, embroidery and paper crafts suitable for even the beginner crafter.

I’m never quite sure of the best way to review craft books, especially when they cover a range of projects. So I asked myself would I like to make anything from this book and more importantly could I? The answer was yes and yes! (whether or not I can create anything after a few cocktails remains to be seen) I particularly loved the look of the pom pom decorations, floral felt fascinators, bunting necklace and clutch bag. So not a bad start...

Feeling inspired I had a go at making a felt fascinator over the weekend. I almost fell at the first hurdle which was the need for a fascinator base (I know, planning is everything!) but after a hunt around I found a plain black headband that wasn't being loved - Although had I any common sense I would have watched the accompanying video tutorial beforehand and found that a cardboard circle would suffice - Anyway, I adapted the project slightly and using only felt, buttons and a glue gun came up with something within a happy hour that I was pretty pleased with – result!


Beautiful felt fascinators and my Saturday afternoon take on the project...



Feeling the flush of crafting success I cut out some fabric ready to have a go at the clutch bag before the lure of the sunshine got too much! I will definitely be finishing this one soon though.


If you feel you would like to have a go at some of the crafts mentioned or just have a craft book addiction (like me), I have a copy of Girls' Night In to giveaway.

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favourite craft is.

The giveaway is open to readers from UK and Europe and will remain open for 7 days when a winner will be picked using a random generator.

And so I'm passing on to the next blog on the tour: Sjmwell, if you've got a moment pop over and see what Sam has to say :)

Bye for now. Em xx

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