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…
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