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Christmas-table-setting-idea-Little-Big-Bell I am so honoured to be one of the 12 bloggers specially selected by West Elm UK and Teri of The Lovely Drawer to style up a Christmas table as part of The 12 days of Christmas project. I am Day 12, the final day.

You can also follow an interview I did with The Lovely Drawer and a feature of this and all 11 stylings on West Elm’s Front + Main blog.

I was given free rein to style however I pleased, using some of West Elm’s new Winter season products.

Last year, I styled a West Elm Christmas day breakfast table. This year I thought I’d host a Christmas tea party for the 12 Days of Christmas, except this party has no tea, just bubbly. Why not right? It is the season to be jolly. Christmas-table-setting-my-Westelm-styled-by Little-Big-Bell For those who have followed my blog or Instagram for a while, may have an inkling that I adore pink, gold and shades of blues.

As much I love classic red for Christmas, I have decided to go for my favourite hues. Westelm-Christmas-table-girly-glamour-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Naturally, I chose flowers of pinky shades too. A little bit of blush and small pops of fuchsia. Pink-and-gold-Christmas-table-Little-Big-Bell I found these Raffia placemats in gold on sale. I just couldn’t resist them.

My table seated four people comfortably. I felt four gold placemats together may be too bright, so I punctuated them with these dusky pink part linen Rosette placemats that have been woven with a hint of sparkle. Urban-flower-company-flowers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I introduced blues into the setting with floral blooms, small votive candle holders and jewel coloured vases. Christmas-table-setting-Westelm-styled-by Little-Big-Bell Pinks, blues and yellow golds. How do you think they look?

The good thing about not using conventional colours of Christmas is that you could re-use this look for other occasions. New Year’s eve is not that far round the corner right? Change the colour of the flowers, and you have an instant new look.

That personalised biscuit was specially made and sent to me by Nila Holden. Great name place setting idea don’t you think? Westelm-place-setting-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell This brass wishbone that I found in West Elm is such a unique and festive add to the table. It subtly spells Christmas. I used it as a napkin ring, but you could also scatter it around the table as decor.

Do you have a snapping the Turkey wishbone tradition in your household?

I hear it all started with the Romans who used to pull chicken clavicles apart in hope for good fortune ( not quite sure where that idea came from). Colourful-Christmas-table-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell I used white linen napkins that came with a little festive shimmer for the place settings. How-to-decorate-a Christmas table-West-Elm-Little-Big-Bell It was intentional that I decorated my table in no set order. The napkins were styled differently at each place setting, the side plates were scattered, some to the side and some layered with the larger plates.

To me, festive means fun with no set rules. Tea-party-table-setting-Little-Big-Bell Love the minty green of that bottle of bubbly. Almost too pretty to open, but hey, I need to get my priorities right.

What kind of Christmas party is it if you were just munching on mince pies with no sparkly to wash them down with? Westelm-cake-tier-plates-Fish-Eddy-styled-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell When I saw this tiered plate server in pink, black and white with gold trims, I knew it had to be mine. Perfect for girly tea parties or rather the perfect excuse for eating cake. Christmas-tea-party-by-Little-Big-Bell The plates that I have used for my table are by Fishs Eddy from West Elm. Yummy indeed! Christmas-almond-cake-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell No party can be without cake. Christmas-tea-party-table-Westelm-photo-and styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Cake won’t taste nice if they weren’t served up in pretty plates with gold lettering.  Westelm-Christmas-table-2-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the table again. The brass letters adorning my table can all be bought at West Elm too.


Hope you’ve enjoyed my happy Christmas tea party table. I’m so in the mood for Christmas now.

Christmas for us a family is always to be spent at home. We host each year and family members near and far converge to our home.

How will you be spending Christmas?

Have a great day all.

( This is a collaboration with West Elm and West Elm London. All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell).

Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-blog It is an honour to be asked by Pantone this year to announce their Colours of The Year for 2016 on the blog.

Yes, you heard right. It’s not just one colour but it’s a pairing of colours.

I have kept this secret knowledge for weeks and have been bursting to tell everyone.

Today is the day! I can now shout it loud.

Introducing you to SERENITY (blue) and ROSE QUARTZ (pink).

The swatches above were sent to me by Pantone. They came specially vacuum packed to preserve the true likeness of the colour.

Love! Love! Love! is all I can say. Both my favourite colours.

Direct your eyes to the general template colour of my blog. It looks pretty close to Rose Quartz and Serenity right? No wonder I love these colours so much, they are very Little Big Bell.

Pantone have stated that they have picked this harmonious pairing of shades to embody the mindset of tranquility and inner peace, an antidote to the stress of modern day lives.

They are not wrong there. I’m already feeling an instant calm. Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Pantone-color-of-the-year-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog I’ve gathered a few objects around my house that match the new Pantone shades to make a little moodboard.

I’m loving my new blue wire mesh board from Block Design that I have used as my display. Hook and clip objects and cards on. It would be a perfect template for pinning your advent calendar pouches on. I’m a bit late for that this year.

The blue of my mesh board is a lighter shade than Serenity. It’s more of a light Turquoise, but I wanted to demonstrate that Serenity is that perfect tone that could mix and match with other shades of blues.

Finding an object in the house that was the exact same colour as Serenity was difficult. It truly is a novel blue. To be honest, I’ve been transfixed by it, trying to figure out the pigment composition of this unique tone.

It has a dusky element to it and also reminds me of a very smooth and light medium tone of denim.

I found two products that have colours closest to Serenity. They are the White Company’s blue Cashmere socks and Arro home’s Whale and ladder tea towels. Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog Rose Quartz Pink has been described by Pantone as likening to a serene sunset. I can see what they mean. It’s that rosy pink you sometimes see amongst the billowy white clouds. That pink that lights up the sky and you need to capture it on your camera phone ( oh well, I do anyway ).

When I examine the swatch closely, I realise that Rose Quartz is not a dusky pink. It has a vibrant note in it, maybe a little tinge of a light coral. It pairs well with the calm of Serenity. I have placed the two shades together for you to see. Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-styled-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell_

Arro home has shown in their tea towels how Serenity can look great with black and even better, with another one of my favourite colours, a bright pop of Canary yellow. Gold will look great too with these two new Pantone colours.

I have placed Serenity and Rose Quartz against different shades and tones of blues and pinks. They seem to be able to mix and blend well.

I am so excited to see these colours being adopted in the world of Fashion, Beauty and Interiors. I can’t see there will be much objection. They are beautiful. These are no longer gender colours as society moves towards equality. I can see crisp male shirts in Rose quartz or even as a Seersucker pink striped tie.

I’m excited for Spring. Despite it being Winter, I think pastels are holding their own. There is no longer the conventional ‘have to’ all moody shades for colder seasons.

What do you think of the new colours?

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