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ABC christmas tree This year it’s all about the fun of decorating an ABC Christmas tree with kids and decorate like a kid. I think there’s a lot of pressure around this time of year to dress and show your perfect Christmas tree.

When John Lewis and Partners asked me if I would like to create my version of their ABC tree, my son said Yes!

I used John Lewis & Partners pre-lit snowy spruce 7 feet Christmas tree. ABC christmas tree The run up to Christmas should be exciting and happy for the kids, and whilst they are young, giving them those wonderful Christmas memories are a gift on their own. I absolutely loved decorating this tree with my son. To decorate like a child meant not thinking too much about the details, such as the design,colour scheme, and where each piece should go.

You can place any of the baubles anywhere ( literally decorate like a kid), and it just turns out fun, colourful and striking. I love how John Lewis and Partners have come up with their theme trees this year.  Want to decorate an ABC tree? Then everything is there for you to pick to create your own version.

How cute is that llama tree decor and rainbow heart bauble?

Of course, you could customise your by mixing and matching with other theme baubles or those that you already own. So, it really didn’t take long to do our tree.  It was a joy and even therapeutic to place the colours randomly in any place that took our fancy. What do you think? ABC christmas tree Hope our Christmas tree this year has brought you some joy too. ABC christmas tree I’m so pleased with how it has turned out. I’m secretly calling this ABC Christmas tree my happiness tree.Have a beautiful day all x

( This is part of a paid partnership campaign with John Lewis & Partners)

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop tableware.

Last Summer, I was invited to visit Sophie Conran’s home, to see her new Autumn Winter homewares collection.

It was so lovely to meet Sophie in person, and I was also excited to be given a sneak peek of her new Colour Pop tableware collection for Portmeirion.

As you can see, it wasn’t difficult to get excited, when presented with such a pretty pastel sight. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion During the weekend, the weather was rather grey, and I felt a colourful cheer was much needed in the kitchen for our Sunday family lunch.

I found the perfect antidote for that dark Autumn’s day, in Portmeirion’s Colour Pop tableware collection. We also lit the fireplace for the first time this year, and the whole space started to feel really cosy.

It was as if the sun had suddenly reappeared .  I love how you can mix and match the pastel hues, to create your own combinations. They reminded me of the gorgeous ice cream coloured Art Deco buildings on the seafront of Miami’s South Beach. Don’t you think this Colour Pop collection would make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special?  I must admit I felt like an excited kid being let loose in a candy store, when I was unboxing these pretty pastel plates. The quality of the porcelain from this collection is wonderful and looks really elegant too.

What’s amazing is how sturdy it is, being fully microwave, oven, dishwasher and freezer safe. I’m so pleased to have my very own Sophie Conran for Portmeirion collection. I really felt like Christmas had come early for me. I will most definitely be using them daily from now on. You too can own your own Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop tableware collection. It’s now available to buy from John Lewis.

Below is a list of the range shown in this post: 

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion John Lewis Colour Pop  Bowls, Tea Cup & Saucers, Pasta Bowls, Buffet Plate, Plates and Large Bowl Sunshine .

For more information about Portmeirion visit www.Portmeirion.com and about Sophie Conran, visit her shop at www.sophieconran.com.

Finally, wishing you a bright and happy day.

(This is a sponsored post, and all photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

Sophie-Conran-plate-Little-Big-Bell A few weeks back, I sampled some amazing Tapas in sunny Barcelona. Longing for more, I decided to recreate that holiday feeling in our back garden.

This was also the perfect opportunity for me to try out the recently launched John Lewis After Dark Edit home collection.

For a Mediterranean feel, I decided to use the blue and white Florence Side plates by Sophie Conran, which perfectly complimented my gold cutlery from Zara Home.

Remembering the beautiful Bougainvilleas that lined the streets of Spain, I styled the table with fragrant pink sweet peas.

Spanish-Tapas-chilli-garlic-prawns-Little-Big-Bell My husband was the cook for that evening. The Tapas were served on vibrant and colourful Al Fresco plates from John Lewis.

The first dish he made was Garlic, Coriander and chilli infused King Prawns. Here’s the simple recipe:

Chop fresh garlic,  Spring onions and chillis. Sautee all in a pan, then add prawns, garlic pepper and chopped Coriander. Garnish with more fresh Coriander when finished.

It was delicious!

Sophie-Conran-for-Portmeiron-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I injected a little bit of Emerald green into the table setting with my Design House Stockholm glasses and napkins from Designer’s Guild

Patatas-Bravas-Recipe-by-Little-Big-Bell The next dish was Patatas Bravas, a Tapas staple and one of my absolute favourites.

Here’s the recipe: Chop potatoes into small pieces, par boil for 5 minutes then mix it with some olive oil and place onto a tray and into the oven.

Fry some onions and garlic together, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes along with some seasoning of pepper and paprika. When the sauce is ready, pour it over the roast potatoes and pop back into the oven for another 5 minutes. Serve with Mayonnaise and chopped Parsley.

After-Dark-Edit-John-Lewis-copper-bowl-Little-Big-Bell Just so we felt like we were somewhere warm, I added a green succulent plant in a Matt Copper bowl.

I love the reflective earthy tone of Copper contrasted against the lighter gold from the cutlery.

Spanish-frittata-recipe-Little-Big-Bell Last recipe is a Spanish Frittata : Slice potatoes finely and par boil for 8 minutes. Soften onions in a pan and then add potatoes. Cook for 5 more minutes. Beat eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Place the potato and onion into the bowl of beaten eggs, mix, then transfer all back to an oiled frying pan. Cook until firm. Serve with slices of spicy Chorizo sausages and add chopped herbs.

Spanish-Tapas-by-Little-Big-Bell Here they are all together. I have added some green olives on another plate.

John-Lewis-After-dark-edit-with-Tapas-plates-Little-Big-Bell We sat, ate and chatted. It really felt like we were on holiday. I styled the seats with blue Ikat rectangular outdoor cushions and we even had a sunshine yellow chunky knit throw to use when the sun went down and the cool evening breeze blew.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. It’s a long Bank holiday weekend here in the U.K, so I thought this could inspire you to have some Mediterranean fun outdoors. Happy weekend!

( Product review in association with John Lewis)

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