I'm sure you've already heard about this book, or at least the author, Angel Adoree. Of course, if you have no idea who, or what I'm talking about, please allow me to indroduce to you to a new friend - The Vintage Tea Party Book
I was told that this is not a "cupcake book", and that's no lie, it's a very sophisticate, yet delightfully fun book about hosting a tea party, though it really covers dinner parties too and I will be using it for my Christmas planning.
Speaking of Christmas, the Chocolate Prune Tea Cakes will be on the menu this festive season, I have a deep dislike of fruit cake (Bara Brith excluded), but cover any fruit in chocolate and it can find it's welcome on my plate!
Even cocktails are included, and instructions on making hats, flags, pinnies, then there's the style guide with three wonderful hairstyles, which I can assure you, you will have tried before you've even contemplated inviting anyone over. Oh, and then there are the Invite and Thank You templates!
Everything is well planned, and I can't even imagaine how many hours have gone into creating this book, which is a hefty hardback. The illustrations too, they took me straight back to being a wee one (I know I'm barely 5', but that's not what I mean't!), with faerie tale books filled with pictures which still managed to keep me enterained.
The Athol Brose Morning Drink, which includes Whisky and honey... Two of my favourite ingredients. I'm pretty sure this will keep out the cold first thing in the morning (when you don't have to drive!)
So to sum up, I will say what I said the other day when asked if I would use this book:
Gran had Marguerite Patten, Ma had Delia Smith, I have Angel Adoree
That's all for now, hopfully I'll have a kitchen when I blog again (it's mid demolition) and I can show you some of the fab creations made from this book