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rainbow party 7 easy steps to create a fun Rainbow party.

Wow! What a scorcher of a Summer we’ve been having in the U.K.

I haven’t done a party post for ages, so how about a Rainbow party?

Perhaps it’s my subconscious telling me that we need some rain in the dry heat, for our rainbow to appear? Sure enough, it rained last weekend.

What do you think of the party table that I have created above? If you like it, you too can create it in 7 easy steps. Step 1 Bake or buy a Rainbow Cake.

Why not bake or buy a Rainbow cake with layers of pretty colours when cut? Nowadays, Rainbow cakes are easy to buy in bakeries or even your local high street supermarket. Step 2 Decorate with Rainbow party accessories.

I have hung a rainbow decor, made from what appears to be colourful pipe cleaners, above my cake. I used a Command mini hook to hang up my decorative rainbow.

As the party area was only temporary, I didn’t want to cause marks or holes in the wall.

The Command hook was easy to use, you just need to place the adhesive strip against the wall hook on one side and stick the hook on the wall using its other sticky side.

I applied pressure on the hook against the wall, to secure it before attaching my decor.

Removing the hook was just as easy. Just pull the clear plastic adhesive strip vertically downwards, parallel to the wall surface, and out pops the hook.

There were no marks or damage to the wall. Step 3 Create fun Rainbow take home gifts.

If it is a kid’s party, it could be fun to get them to make their own take home gifts. Why not recycle colourful wrapping paper for your little guests to cut and place in frames.

They could even decorate the wall around the party table with their creations.

For adults, you could perhaps use more ornate frames and cool wallpaper designs to cut out.

Again, as we do not want to create holes in the walls, I have used my trusted friend, Command picture hanging strips to hang up the frames. You can read all about how to use them here. Step 4 + 5 Decorate the party table with a rainbow table cloth and coloured garlands.

I found some colourful garlands to hang on a rainbow coloured table cloth. I used Command decorating clips to hold up my garland. Step 6 Colourful balloons

It’s not a party without balloons right? Balloons in an array of colours were just the perfect touch to this Rainbow party. Step 7 Get some Rainbow party-ware.

This could be in the form of rainbow patterned paper cups, plates or straws. Aren’t these party cups super cute? So, that concludes my 7 easy steps to creating a Rainbow party. I couldn’t have done it without these amazing Command products.

Hope you have enjoyed this post and I’m quietly wishing for a rainbow to appear in our skies soon.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Command, but all views are my own.)

A great sofa upholsterer in London.  My collaboration with Sharp & Simpson and Linwood Fabrics.

How have you been? I’ve been so busy redecorating my home these last few weeks.

One of the rooms that needed a revamp, was my workspace on the top floor of my Victorian house.

I have since repainted that room, and acquired a new desk and sofa too.

My workspace reveal will be in different posts, starting with my new sofa and art gallery wall today.

There are two sofas in my study, one of which is this blue vintage sofa (above). It was starting to look a bit tired and worn, so I decided to get it reupholstered. sofa upholsterer Ta-dah! Here it is. what do you think?

I’ve been searching for a good London upholsterer for a while, but haven’t had much luck, until now.

Imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon Sharp & Simpson’s Instagram account, where I saw the wonderful way in which they transformed old sofas into bespoke new pieces.

I got in touch with Micaela Sharp, one half of Sharp & Simpson, and we decided to collaborate together on my sofa transformation. Sharp & Simpson co-owned by Micaela sharp and Steve Simpson, is an upholstery company servicing all of London and Kent.

Micaela met Steve at the upholstery course where he was teaching. Steve has been an upholsterer for over 35 years and knows all there is to know about the trade.

Micaela offers a fresh new approach to upholstery which has proved popular.  Sharp & Simpson were featured on BBC 1 recently in Flipping Profit, where they shared their passion for saving and up-cycling unwanted furniture. Here’s a little bit of the process:

They stripped down the sofa which revealed a broken frame, but luckily managed to fix it.

They replaced the back strut with new wood, and then stripped and sanded the legs before waxing.

The sofa was finally webbed, covered in hessian, and then new foam was added.   The old cover was used as templates for the new lush blossom pink Tango Velvet cover by Linwood.  Flamingo Pink contrast piping was made, and the cover was sewn together. I also chose the same Flamingo colour for the sofa’s buttons. Tango Velvet is a collection of plush Italian velvets by Linwood, in contemporary colours with the added practicality of a stain resistant finish.

Since discovering Linwood, via Micaela, I’ve been stalking their marvellous creations on Instagram.

Linwood are indeed designers of beautiful fabrics and wallpapers, from classic to contemporary. They really do combine beauty, quality and practicality in all their designs. upholsterer in London for sofas I was initially going to paint a colourful backdrop, but decided last minute to keep it white.

I’ve added a gallery wall held up with Command wall strips, to provide some contrast to the sofa. The strips are great because it means my prints can be hung without the need for nails in the walls.

Talking about artwork, I have two new art prints on my wall.

I do love a good slogan print. The pink ‘Te Amo’ and ‘real Queens fix each other’s crowns’ prints are by the wonderfully talented Emily of Doodle Moo. Did you spot that sparkly droplet garland below the art prints?

It was a special gift to me by Coral Atkinson, the lovely owner of Velveteen Babies. Isn’t it just the cutest? I’ve styled my sofa with a variety of cushions, including one made by Sharp & Simpson in the same Flamingo velvet and blossom pink Linwood Tango fabric.

I am so grateful to Sharp & Simpson and Linwood Fabrics for rescuing my sofa and breathing new life back into it.

The whole designing process and delivery of the final product was so effortless and perfect. I am so happy with how everything has turned out.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.  I will be back soon to reveal other parts of this room. Can’t wait to show you. Have a gorgeous week all.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. )

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