Friday, 28 September 2012

::: The Vintage Tea Party Year ~ by Angel Adoree ~ review :::


Angel is the founder of The Vintage Patisserie, a popular vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era, delivering everything from music, makeovers and - of course - a customised menu of tea party treats that elevate any function into a swanky soiree. Her first book The Vintage Tea Party Book is a huge success for the unique way in which it addresses all aspects of vintage culture with beautiful photography and delightful illustrations. The Vintage Tea Party Year takes you on twelve months of parties, celebrations and tea-time treats as well as introducing more games and craft projects for your chosen theme. See the New Year in with vintage style, make Valentine's Day extra special, give every child their dream tea party, find inspiration for weddings and baby showers, be the talk of the town with your own summer street party and wrap up for winter with a vintage-inspired Christmas. Angel's inimitable style will take you on a seasonal journey and help you put on the perfect tea party whatever the occasion.

(Disclaimer: I was recently sent this book for review. I may have got this for free -  but my opininons are are my own)

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There are few things that make me happier than a nice, colourful, well written, easy to understand cook book. It is true to say that the new publication from Angel Adoree is more than just a cook book. Much more. 

It is a whole party book. A book for planning sumptuous gatherings. Full to the brim with ideas.  Perfect for going through of an evening with a cup of tea, a pen and a pad of paper for scribbling down the ideas that will flow. And, trust me, they will.

Honestly, I have am rarely gushing about a book -  it takes something proper special -  but this is one of those occasions.

I love Angel's creative personality, which is abundant and slightly infectious, as well as her attention to detail mixed with candid notes about why she has made something and what it means to her.

Presented in the same style as her first book, Vintage Tea Party, with the same beautiful illustrations, there really is something for every occasion. And each section of the book has not only recipes, but ideas for staging and even how to fix your hair. Victorian style. 

Valentines Day, a Children's Party, Bonfire Night ( I love the fact this was used as opposed to the ever popular Hallowe'een ) Christmas and even a Gentleman's Tea Party are featured. Not that you have to use the recipes from a section for those particular events. Like I said, wait for the ideas to flow.

The thing I liked most was not one mention of the word vintage in conjunction with polka dots and cupcakes. So very refreshing. Not that there is any thing wrong with either. They are just not my thing.

 I for one, this very Yuletide (12.5  weeks people - gah!), shall be making the Choux Pastry Swans, Savoury Pizza Popcorn, Mini Banana Splits, Cinnamon Tea Cosies and Asparagus Cigars, all washed down with the delicious sounding Whiskey Champs.

I may even make a headscarf picnic blanket as a gift for a lucky friend. Who may never actually receive it on account of me keeping it.

The Vintage Tea Party Year is  published by Mitchel Beazley and  is available at all good book stores and on line from October 3rd

Perfect for the festive wishlist.

8/10

20 comments:

  1. I've pre ordered mine. I loved her first book and am looking forward to this. And she's a flippin' lovely lady.xxx

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  2. Her first book was lovely. I'll have to look in to this one.

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  3. Looks great! I have the first one but I must confess I've made nothing from it, it's just nice to look at! x

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  4. I love the last book - event though I've never actually made anything from it! (lazy) but I just love looking at it and planning what I might make!

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  5. I have the first book, got it for my birthday last year, but I haven't made anything from it yet. I just enjoyed looking through it.

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  6. I know! They both are beautiful books to have and just look at :)

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  7. Can't wait to read this, it sounds fab!

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