Hi! My name is Michelle and welcome to The Purple Pumpkin Blog! It’s great to have you here!
The main topics on my blog are: food & drink, party planning, travel, seasonal ideas, and lots of free printables!
Please jump right in and start reading my blog posts.
And in case you’re wondering… I LOVE the colour purple, I have an obsession with pumpkins – and that’s how the name of my blog was born!
Keep scrolling to find out more about me, my family and my blog – the page does need a bit of an update, so I will be doing that as soon as I can! Click the social media links below to follow me online.
I live in the UK with my husband and teenage son (1999). I’m a born and bred Londoner, born within the sound of the Bow Bells in East London back in the ’70s; making me a true Cockney and an age that I try not to think about too much these days! As the daughter of a publican, we moved around a fair bit as children (we being, mum, dad, 3 siblings and me!) – I’ve lived all over London and Essex.
As a family, we enjoy travelling (especially to Orlando and Walt Disney World, where we are Disney Vacation Club Members at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows), days out, weekends away, dining out, gaming, reading, music, going to concerts, and socialising with friends & family.
I also run a second Disney focused blog – Disney Tips & Trip Reports, where my newer Disney content is now hosted.
I am self employed and work from home as a Blogger; and I have the pleasure of working with a variety of brands and business on my blog. That means, in addition to my own content, you will also find collaborative content that I write, and advertorial content – both I am paid to do so. Please see my disclosure policy for full details of the types of content you’ll read on my blog. Unless otherwise stated, all words and photographs on The Purple Pumpkin Blog are my own.
Prior to becoming a full time blogger, I ran my website design business, New Moon Web Designs for 10 years.
About The Purple Pumpkin Blog
I started this blog back in November 2011 as a place for me to write about parties that I threw for my friends and family – starting with my favourite holiday of all – Halloween!
Over the years it has evolved into a creative lifestyle blog. It gives me the opportunity to be creative, share my ideas, and inspire others to try them at home. I call my blog a creative lifestyle blog, because it seems to fit with everything I do. I am a creative person, and I think that shows throughout my blog. I cover many topics on my blog including: Food & Drink; Free Printables; Seasonal Crafts; Parties & Celebrations; Travel; Lifestyle; and Home & Garden.
Every blog needs a tag line, and mine is:
COOK • CREATE • CELEBRATE
as it covers pretty much everything I do on my blog!
The Purple Pumpkin Blog was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2015 and 2014 in the Lifestyle Category. It was also shortlisted for a BiB Brilliance in Blogging Lifestyle Award 2013.
- Peppa Pig Free Party Printables
- Frozen Olaf Party Favor Printable
- Do You Want To Build A Snowman Olaf? Free Printable
- Bowls of Light
- 50 Afternoon Tea Recipes
- Slimming World Food Diary
- Disney & Orlando Trip Planner Printable
- Walt Disney World + Orlando Tips & Trip Reports
I am happy to work with brands, through content creation, reviews, giveaways and more. Some of the brands that I have worked with include: Homebase, TSB, BRITA, Coca-Cola, Asda, Panasonic, and Hobbycraft.
If you are a brand, business, media or PR agency, please do feel free to visit my work with me page to send me a message, request my media kits and rates, and to open up discussion to work together. All paid work is disclosed. Please view my disclosure policy here.
• C O O K •
I love to cook and have been cooking for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the catering industry, with my parents managing restaurants, so it’s in my blood! I am part Greek-Cypriot, part Lithuanian, so have a diverse background in different culinary styles and am grateful for the knowledge that has been passed down from my grandmothers!
I have shared over 500 recipes on my blog and you can find them all in my Recipe Index.
There are recipes for meal prepping, international cuisines, dietary requirements, seasonal events, and party food & cakes. From savoury to sweet, from spring through to winter, there are lots of delicious recipes to choose from and try out at home.
As well recipes, I’ve also shared Food & Drink Reviews of products I’ve been sent to try out, or restaurants we visited. I’ve also been invited to Food Events over the years, and have written about them too.
• CREATE •
Over the years I’ve created a variety of free printables – for parties; for the home; to help you stay organised; for travel; for parties; (and more!) You’ll find all of my FREE PRINTABLES here.
I share lots of ideas for seasonal events – Halloween; Christmas; Easter; Mardi Gras; St. Patrick’s Day; Summertime; (and more!) over the years. You’ll find all of my SEASONAL posts here.
I mainly share seasonal crafts – Fall; Christmas; Halloween; (and more!) I also share Disney themed crafts, and crafts for party decorations. You’ll find all of my CRAFTS here.
I write about home & garden topics from time to time. We are in the process of redecorating and rennovating. You’ll find all of my HOME & GARDEN posts here.
Photography has been a passion of mine for many years now. Deciding to improve my skills, I embarked on my first year of Project 365 in 2011 – taking a photo a day – and I haven’t looked back. I’ve seen my photos improve and change over the years, and I’m proud of how far I have come. But it never stops – I am always seeking to improve my photography skills!
I like to share things along the way too, and I’ve written several posts about photography, as well as two years worth of ideas & tips for Project 365.
You’ll find all of my PHOTOGRAPHY here.
• CELEBRATE •
Life is for celebrating and creating memories with family and friends. To preserve them, I write about those memories here on my blog. I write about the parties I plan, the travelling we do, and the lifestyle we live. I also run a second Disney focused blog – Disney Tips & Trip Reports, where my Disney Trip Reports are now hosted.
I have a passion for planning parties… From our wedding in 2009 for 150 guests to a birthday party for my son to a barbecue with my siblings and their partners (there are 4 of us and we are very close!). It doesn’t matter how big or how small the event, I’ll plan it and theme it and make it as memorable as I can! My family and friends know that if there is an excuse to celebrate or have a get-together you can count on me to plan something or have a party ready at a moments notice!
• F E A T U R E D •
My Orlando packing tips on Attraction Tickets Direct Ireland [June 2017]
Quoted on Kenwood Travel [April 2017]
My Homemade Christmas Crackers on dotcomgiftshop [November 2016]
My Strawberry Shortcake Recipe on Spoon University [September 2016]
My Afelia Recipe on dotcomgiftshop [August 2016]
My Fabric Bunting on dotcomgiftshop [July 2016]
Listed as a Top 10 UK Craft Blogger on Wunderlabel [July 2016]
My Creamy Linguine with Bacon & Cavolo Nero recipe on Tefal [April 2015]
My Bring Spring into your Bathroom article on Bathroom Takeaway [March 2015]
My National Geographic Traveller magazine review on Magazine.co.uk [March 2016]
Free Fitness Apps To Get You Moving on Tesco Living [Feb 2016]
How To Keep Fit When You’re Short On Time on Tesco Living [Feb 2016]
Ways To Get Fit Without Going To The Gym on Tesco Living [Feb 2016]
Mini DIY Fern Wreaths on Tesco Living [Dec 2015]
Wrapping Paper Christmas Trees on Tesco Living [Dec 2015]
Glitter Snowflakes Tutorial on Flora [Dec 2015]
Button Star Ornament Tutorial on Flora [Dec 2015]
Tissue Paper Wreath on Flora [Dec 2015]
My tips for saving on your weekly food shop on Go Compare. [Sept 2015]
My favourite pavilion at Epcot World Showcase – Japan, on Attraction Tickets Direct Blog. [July 2015]
I was part of a craft collective of bloggers for #CraftTheParcel on InPost [Feb 2015]
My Travel Tips/Hacks on iLikeOffers [May 2014]
My Family Photography Tips on Panasonic News
My Top Picks for Holiday Reading on James Villas’ Blog
I write for the FloridaTix blog: What’s The Difference Between The Two Universal Orladno Parks? and The Best Rides For Teenagers at Universal Orlando
My photography featured on: London on Toast
My photography featured on London24
Contributor to the The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Holiday
Almond & Cranberry Energy Bites on Indigo Herbs
Blogger interview on Bonjour Blogger [March 2014]
A salmon receipe featured on JCS Fish Limited
My 40th Birthday Party Planning on Paper Shaker Blog
I was featured in an article with my local newspaper – The Romford Recorder on 1st May 2013 where I gave an interview about my BiB Award shortlisting.
A short interview my local newspaper – The Romford Recorder on 11th May 2013
Delicious Insights Interview on Brabantia
My trip reports on the Dwellable website
I was the La Tasca Blogger of the Month [September 2013]