The Vintage Tea Party Book Giveaway

This could be yours!

Hello, my lovelies, as Dolly Clackett would say. I know several of you attended the Vintage Festival at the South Bank Centre this summer. The festival coincided with the anniversary of the Festival of Britain, and so does publication of – as my editor friend described it – ‘the most inspiring book I’ve ever worked on’. High praise, indeed, for The Vintage Tea Party Book!

You may remember Angel Adoree from The Dragon’s Den. She convinced a group of millionaire business people that all thing vintage were the future – and she wasn’t wrong. Her Vintage Patisserie business has gone from strength to strength and now she has a book out. Not just any book. A work of beauty.

There’s so much in here that will appeal to my sewing and crafting friends, as well as all the recipes. Invitation templates? Yes, please. Sewing patterns for patisserie aprons? I’ll be there!

Instructions for making your own Union Jack flags? (Hello, royal fanatic, Miss Celie’s Pants!)

There are loads and loads of gorgeous recipes:

From candy striped meringues to pomegranate iced tea, with recipes for Blood Orange Sunshine Punch and rose petal sandwiches (really!) this is the type of book that you want to nestle on your knees as you sit in bed fantasising about the vintage host or hostess you really could be.

As well as all the yummy and pretty food, there are chapters on styling your retro hair (hello, Casey’s Elegant Musings!), applying fake eyelashes, sourcing vintage clothes, making your own hair decorations (hello, Dibs and the Machine!) and setting up parlour games.

Don’t get me started on Adele Mildred‘s illustrations, just don’t. One word: divine.

Okay, enough gushing. Have you guessed yet? I have one copy of this marvellous book to give away. It’s the weight of a brick but I can’t bear to leave out my international readers, so I’m happy to send this anywhere in the world.

What do you have to do? Leave a comment below, telling me what your favourite party food or drink is. This giveaway is open until midnight GMT 25 August. If you like all things British, all things vintage, or all things to eat,  drink or make (!) this is the book for you.

A huge thank you to the publisher, Mitchell Beazley, to Leanne for letting me know this book existed and to Angel Adoree for being adorable and angelic. And I suppose we should thank Theo and Deborah from Dragon’s Den, too. Encouraging creativity, innovation and enterprise? Sounds like they should start reading sewing blogs…

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree, published by Mitchell Beazley, £20 www.octopusbooks.co.uk

Follow Angel Adoree on Twitter @vint_Patisserie

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88 Responses to The Vintage Tea Party Book Giveaway

  1. Portia says:

    Ooooh! My favourite Christmas (sorry for mentioning that word in August!) party drink is a Snowball. Advocaat(Warninks of course), lemonade, dash of gin, dash of lime. Nom nom nom!!
    Px

  2. Erin says:

    What a dreamy-looking book!! Favorite party food? Tea sandwiches! Favorite drink? Champagne!

  3. matt says:

    my favourite party drink is a dom pedro – think alcoholic millshake. it can be made with kahlua, whiskey most good alcohol actually.

  4. cat says:

    Langue de chat of course – they simply melt on this cat’s tongue!

  5. Bridget says:

    Favourite party drink; red wine – makes you look very classy until you spill it on yourself. Favourite food; any home-made cake – cupcakes, brownies the list goes on, luckily most of my friends are good bakers.

  6. kokorimbaud says:

    Meat balls … I know, it’s a bit embarrassing, but you can do them in so many variations! And they’re just perfect for those “oh, is it already THAT late? I really should go … wait, there’s food left?” moments XD

  7. Victoria says:

    I was at Vintage at Southbank on the Saturday. The hair and makeup rooms looked so busy I didn’t go in. I’d love to learn how to do victory rolls and vintage style makeup.

  8. Miss Katie says:

    Oh My goodness yes please! My favourite party food has always been and will probably always be jelly and ice cream, I like to indulge my inner child :) And as for my favourite party drink, you can’t go wrong with Pimms cocktails :)

  9. thevegspace says:

    Oooh, this book has been on my amazon wishlist for a while! Favourite food: miniature cheese & onion pasties; favourite drink: prosecco!

  10. Freya says:

    Favourite tea party food? Freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and jam, yummy! Favourite party drink – Pimm’s – you can make anywhere seem like a party with a jug of Pimm’s!

  11. Kat H says:

    OMG that is GORGEOUS!!! I’m about to send the link to my mother as a ‘please please please get me this for Christmas!’ email. I nearly swooned when I saw the image of the cover, and the rest is even better! Bliss…..

    I’m having a 1950’s styled tea party for my birthday in early September, and I’ve been debating what to make from my fave party foods – fairy bread, cupcakes, or mini decadent chocolate moose? So I’d pick one of those as my faves. :-)

    Thanks for the chance to be in to win such an awesome giveaway, and thanks so much for featuring this book on your blog, otherwise I may never have come across it!

  12. Debi says:

    me please, me please, me please!!! My favourite is a bit of champagne with raspberries! yummy!

  13. Rachel says:

    Oh wow. My fav is either a pavlova, or maybe chocolate mousse. i have a bit of a sweet tooth (;

  14. Litchi says:

    Favorite party food would be macarons because those little things are just to good to be true…
    Favorite party drink would be wine (color and sparkliness depends on the occasion).
    Is it visible that I’m French ? But honestly, I would love to do a real vintage tea party… *wink wink*

  15. Clair McLaughlin says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous book! My favourite party drink has to be champagne! Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

  16. Erika says:

    I would love, love, love to have that book! My favorite party drink is dry cider with a few frozen strawberries or raspberries, served in a champagne glass. Elegant, tasty and less sweet than actual champagne =)

  17. Kerry says:

    What a lovely book, looks like there’s plenty of inspiration in there. My favourite party snack is a smoked salmon blini – yum!

  18. Roobeedoo says:

    Oooh! What a fantastic-looking book!
    Party food and drink? Combine the two with a vodka jelly for a grown-up kid’s treat! ;)

  19. Rachel says:

    I’m not sure if I can pick a favourite party food (cheetos?) but I guess I’ll go with scones (Coffeehouse recipe from Joy of Baking) and claret cup (http://www.artofdrink.com/archive/popular-cocktails/claret-cup/) which was a big hit at my vintage tea birthday party – maybe if I win the book I’ll have another one! :)

  20. Marie says:

    Oh please count me in for this divine-looking book! I love all food (as long as there is no trace of liquorice or aniseed in it), but for parties I just love it when things are miniature! Hehe! Like miniature Yorkshire puddings with miniature roast beef and horseradish sauce…nom nom nom!

  21. Oooo, yes please to all the vintage loveliness! My favourite party drink is a French Martini – vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice, shaken with a little sugar syrup and topped with a fresh raspberry…mmm perfect :)

  22. Sarah says:

    Cheese and grapes on sticks! Stuck into a half potato covered in foil, oh the memories!

  23. Felicity from Down Under says:

    The aprons appear to be spectacular! At a tea party, I like scones with jam and cream. And at a tea party, I would drink tea: Russian Caravan, black, no sugar, just savouring that ever-so-slightly smoky flavour. Mmmm. At any other party? That’s a whole different story!

  24. Kerstin says:

    Oooo, I’d love a copy of that – looks gorgeous!
    Favourite drink? Champagne with a splash of elderflower cordial, simple but really nice for a summer night – and it finally turned summer over here in Germany.
    Favourite food? Pesto swirls!

  25. Stevie says:

    That book looks seriously amazing My favorite drink evahhh is gin and elderflower sherbert.

    • 50ml elderflower cordial
    • 50ml good quality gin
    • a handful of ice
    • 150ml bitter lemon
    • a few strips of lemon zest
    Perfecto!
    Count me in!

  26. Helen says:

    That looks like my kinda book. Favourite party drink has to be Pimms, which is always good with sun and a BBQ. Or the kind of buffet you got for your birthday when you were little – open sandwiches, mini sausages, pineapple and cheese on sticks and party rings – which I still get at family get togethers.

  27. redsilvia says:

    Oh how pretty!

    It’s not a party unless there’s guacamole. Drink? A Sonoma zin of course!

  28. Andrea says:

    What a fabulous looking book! If I had to pick a favourite party food it would be, hands down, jalapeno poppers. What could be more delicious than oodles of melted cheese lightly breaded and deep fried and a bit of spicy peppers? Ahem… I never said I was classy.

  29. LinB says:

    I usually run from tea parties as from a burning building (USA politics and all, yes, but also have attended far too many dreary church-basement “parties”). This is a lovely book. Thank you for offering it to the teeming hordes! My favorite party food is deviled eggs, without pickles or onions or caviar or anything else yucky hidden in the depths of the filling. Not that pickle or onion or caviar is yucky by itself, mind. But keep them out of my eggs. And don’t boil the eggs until they turn to rubber. My favorite tea party drink is hot tea lashed with bourbon. Or rum. Or, bourbon or rum lashed with hot tea. Whichever.

  30. Abby says:

    I love food! I’m going to a little party tonight, and I’m taking roasted heirloom tomatoes (fresh from my garden) and a baguette. They’re my current favorite. :)

  31. Valerie says:

    Lovely book! My fav drinks would be a tanqueray and tonic or a cuppa lady grey tea! This time of year, my favorite food is a marionberry crumble. Yum!

  32. Lisa says:

    My favorite party food is Green Tea Bavarian Cream. It’s sort of like green tea ice cream, but with gelatin instead of ice. Very refreshing.

  33. Diana says:

    My favorite party food is deviled eggs … like LinB above, I like them without pickles or relish. Just creamy yolk blended with Hellmann’s mayo, salt, and dusted with paprika. Heaven!

    This Anglophile would love to win the book! :-)

    • LinB says:

      Except for the Hellmann’s part, that is my recipe, too, Miz Diana! Here in North Carolina, we prefer Duke’s brand mayonnaise.

  34. Nicole Tobin says:

    It looks fantastic! Your blog is one of my favorite daily stop bys!

  35. Sam says:

    That book looks absolutely gorgeous, I would love a copy.

    My favourite party food would have to be cupcakes, particularly chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing that I make from a recipe my mum used to make my birthday cakes from. They are the best!

  36. Sunni says:

    Oh oh oh! Please pick me! This looks positively charming! Favorite party food or drink? I’m a sucker for a margarita or a pina colada – and I adore getting caught in the rain! ha ha!

  37. PammyJ says:

    Favorite party food? Hmmm… That would be a tie between cheese straws and spiced nuts. Fav drink… At the moment it would be Rhubarb ice tea. :)

  38. jadestar says:

    Tiramisu. I love it. The book a bove looks gorgeous. Thanks for the shots of your new overlocker. i’ve been thinking of investing one. You’ll have to let us know what you think of it.

  39. Tracy Davis says:

    I’ll second Sarah with the cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks stuck into half a melon (we were posh round our way!) covered in tin-foil. If you are feeling very adventurous you can make your melon/potato look a bit like a hedgehog too.

  40. Rachel says:

    Oh my! I have died and gone to book heaven! I would be absolutely delighted to win this! (even if I don’t, it’s definately on my wish list!)

    My favourite party food is… chocolate cupcakes! Or anything chocolatey really.. I have a terrible sweet tooth that also applies to my drinks, give me a sloe gin and lemonade any day!

    Rachel
    xxx

  41. SallyBowles says:

    Favourite party food, from my childhood, a fab jewish favourite chopped fried fish balls. Sound weird, taste amazing! Drink – champers of course. Love the look of this book.

  42. Sarah says:

    Oh, boy! What a fantastic book! I have my fingers, eyes, legs, and toes crossed that I win (I’m a vision, I assure you.) ;)

    My favourite non-alcoholic party drink is a Shirley Temple. A whiskey sour is my favourite alcoholic drink. :)

  43. Jane says:

    Oh this book is SO perfect it’s ridiculous. I’ve put one in my Amazon basket just in case I don’t win!! Favourite party food? Fairy cakes with jelly tots on top. x

  44. Graca says:

    Don’t pick me, it looks like a lovely book and I would love to sit in bed reading it, but if it weighs as much as a brick I’m sure it would cost a fortune to ship here.

    I just want to play favourite vintage cocktail with The classic KIR ROYALE!

    Yum!

    • Felicity from Down Under says:

      I’d actually second that “don’t pick me”. I agree with the comment about the book and the postage. To ship it here would set you back six arms and seven legs and I think you need them for working and sewing and blogging!

  45. Roisin says:

    Cake. Cake of any kind, with champagne.
    I don’t ask for much out of life, do I?!

  46. Donna says:

    Oo Laa Laa :o)
    What a most fabulous giveaway! Thankyou for giving us all a chance to win this beauty :0)
    My favourite party food has to be vol-u-vents! ‘specially prawn ones with pink sauce :o)
    MMmmmmmm. yummy :o)

    Have a great weekend.
    Donna x

  47. fearnie says:

    my favorite party retro food has to be good old SHERRY trifle…yum yum!! You just cant beat it!!

  48. MrsC says:

    Oh definitely cupcakes for the eating of, http://amamus-amatis-amant.blogspot.com/2011/06/cupcake-frenzy.html and in the UK I discovered in Waitrose at Wallingford, a rose lemonade. It was SO delicious – tart and fragrant. I haven’t found it at home but it is my pick for the best tea party drink ever – ecxept for tea, of course!

  49. Kelly says:

    At our home the party drink is daquiris! My hubby is the blender master. He makes all kinds of flavors. I especially like peach mango. The tea party book is divine! My mom used to have tea parties with my daughters. She would love this book!

  50. happyhermit says:

    For my birthday my Mum used to make me a white rabbit shaped blancmange with mashed up green jelly round the edge for grass!

  51. I saw Angel Adoree on dragons Den, and was so pleased they had the good sense to back her! Isn’t that great that she’s really taken off, and has a book out! Fantastic! I love a success story. Your serger looks amazing. I do my seams with a zigzag stitch, I don’t know if I could justify taking up more space with a serger, but I love the finish they give. Maybe one day, when i’ve proved to myself I really am serious about sewing! Vanessa xxx

    • Yes, I had to prove to myself that I was serious about sewing before I spent serious money on a sewing machine. (Before that, I used a machine I got free from Freecycle.) I think I’ve been sewing long enough now to justify an overlocker purchase, but these are key investments and I think you need to prove to yourself it’s not just a whim. Good luck with your sewing. I’ve loved what you’ve made so far.

  52. Renee G says:

    My favorite party drink is mimosa’s (champagne and orange juice). And my favorite food at a party buffet are bitesize desserts. yum.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  53. Dibs says:

    Cake of course…..any type will do thank you very much. cake and champagne. sheer bliss.lol. n thanks for the shout out.

  54. raqskie says:

    I agree with Sunni nothing says party like pina colada and the smell of the ocean.

  55. Judy Edmonds says:

    Favorite party snacks – either chocolate brownies with dried cranberries and nuts, or pink champagne sorbet (which is sort of a drink as well as a snack!)

  56. SeaJay says:

    Your blog and others have been inspiring me to start sewing again after 16 years absence. Thank you for evoking so many different feelings!

    Classic G&T is my favourite drink and my yummy carrot cupcakes are a dinner party treat!

    That book would hasten my return to my creative side!

  57. Jeneveve says:

    Oh, I was dribbling over that book in Waterstone’s the other day! (Not literally. Hopefully…) My favourite party drink has to be some sort of Champagne cocktail, preferably drunk from a saucer rather than a flute for added glamour. This is even though drinking from Champagne saucers always ends up with the fizz sloshing up my nose – such is my commitment to fancy glassware!

  58. Suzy says:

    Looks like a fantastic book! Now my favourite party snack has to be olives. Not sure for drink as I am a light weight, but a Margerita might go down nicely :)

  59. What a lovely book!! I’m another Pimms fan, but I consider it to be a drink/food combo. And obviously the fruit counts as part of your five a day! ;)

  60. Margaret T. says:

    I am amazed that Fearnie is the only one so far to mention sherry trifle. This has to be my all-time favourite party food. My favourite drink (and this really dates me!) is Cinzano Bianco with lemonade. I’d love to win that gorgeous book, but just in case, have added it to my Amazon wish list, so I’m covered either way!

  61. Clare S says:

    I was just drooling over this book the other day! Will keep my fingers crossed!

    My favourite party food has to be cupcakes – lots of different flavours and decorations on a pretty cake stand. Who needs savoury – bah!

  62. That book loves fabulous! My favourite drink is pink lemonade and gin – I love it, but it’s a bit too easy to drink, especially if you pour it into a jug…

  63. Funnygrrl says:

    I am a little royal obsessed and from the Commonwealth country of Canada. My favourite party food is anything with pastry. Filo, tarts, YUM!

  64. Jeanne Marie says:

    Just made crostini for the first time a few weeks ago and keep trying variations. Just a baguette slice, good chesse, fruit, ground pepper. Yum. And I love all sorts of pound cake baked in a bundt pan. Party drink: tea!

  65. Amy says:

    Brownies with cheesecake topping, cut into little mouthfuls so you can eat loads without anyone noticing; and a nice big Cosmopolitan cocktail :)

  66. Anne says:

    It’s hard to pick favorites! Since it is summer now, I’d say my favorite drink is gin and tonic. For party food I love cheese of any kind – so tasty! The book would be such fun to have; I recently pulled out all the vintage teacups and teapot and serving dishes from my grandmothers and had a tea party with my daughter and some friends. We will be doing that again, and could get so many ideas from this book.

  67. Stephanie J says:

    This book looks lovely! I’m a tea fanatic – I must get this. My favorite tea dish is lemon cream scones (scones with lemon, dried apricots, and sugared lemon gratings). Yum! Now if we’re talking a pot luck party, it would for sure be my BBQ meatballs.

    Btw, I’m very jealous of your serger. I learned to sew from my daycare lady and she had one so I was spoiled from a young age. Now that I’m on my own I can only admire from afar… :(

  68. Terri says:

    What a lovely book!
    My party favourite is fairy bread – pretty and sweet!

  69. Patti says:

    What a beautiful book. I want to learn how to put on fake eyelashes.

    Favorite party food is cake and champagne.

  70. This looks like such a lush book. My favourite party food has and always will be jelly and ice cream!

  71. mujerboricua says:

    A party isn’t a party without margaritas. Or without cake. Or without chips and salsa. Oh man…this list can go on and on for me.

  72. rowena says:

    it has to be a good ol’ trifle! you cant get any more english than that!! xx

  73. K Diane says:

    My favorite party food is cake. Cupcakes, cake, or ice cream cake. Because it’s really not a party without cake!

  74. molly says:

    oh my oh my! I must get my hands on this book! its so amazing! I do love a good tea party, and although in australia, am very much obsessed with all things british. Best tea party edible? petite fours….. mmm so pretty and oh so tasty. Even tastier when accompanied by a belini!

  75. Is it fair for me to comment when this is the first time I have stumbled across your blog? The book looks delightful. My sweet tooth is best satisfied with a moscato wine and any dessert where the flour to sugar ratio is in favor of the sugar.

  76. Liz says:

    Ooooh! I really want this book.

    Favourite party food is difficult to decide. I mean something like peppers stuffed with goats cheese in breadcrumbs is totally nom, but can you really beat cheese & pineapple on sticks?!

  77. Renay says:

    Oh my gosh Oh my gosh! I miss my red hair…
    Ok favourite party food FAIRY BREAD! wait no, that was when was five.
    Lemon tea cake and affogato’s. YUM.
    What a great giveaway :-) Thanks!

  78. Alessa says:

    Favorite party drink… in summer definitely Mojito! And favorite party food: bruscetta. I might think differently if there were English tea parties around where I live… ;)

  79. Abigail Buzbee says:

    Lovely book!

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