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The Vintage Tea Party Book [Hardcover]

Angel Adoree
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Book Description

1 Aug 2011

"The Vintage Tea Party helps you plan not only stunning recipes for all sorts of delicious treats but also gives you countless styling tips for the perfect occasion." - Glamour Magazine (SA)

"Bring out the bone china for this book from vintage guru Angel Adoree..." - The Independent

Angel Adoree cordially invites you to accompany her on a journey to create your perfect vintage tea party!

The Vintage Patisserie is a haven of all things glamour, vintage and retro. Run by Angel Adoree, the outstanding character you may have seen on Dragon's Den, the Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era. For that reason, there's nowhere better to get simple, elegant advice for hosting your very own Vintage Tea Party at home than from Angel and The Vintage Tea Party Book.

As well as providing sumptuous elegant recipes to cover every time of the day, Angel's The Vintage Tea Party Book covers the full breadth of those little touches that make the perfect vintage party: Invitations, attire, decorations, props and more. The book is broken into:


What do you mean, morning is no time for a party?! High Breakfast is the height of civilization and, here, I share my most refined brunch dishes, for a morning tea party fit for a Queen. Don your headscarf and on with the preparations!


Is your pinkie finger raised at the ready? There's nothing more British than Afternoon Tea. This chapter is a treasure trove of tea-time delights, from classics to decadent treats, and I show how to make a Union Flag for the ultimate traditional tea party.


The evening tea party is all about glamour, giggles and good friends. On these pages, I share my most impressive recipes, for maximum impact on the eye and taste buds, to give the special people in your life the treat they deserve.


You've organized the perfect vintage do, now it's time for the perfect vintage hairdo, and the perfect vintage dress, and for getting your make-up - and your man - looking just stunning. You'll be the most glamorous hostess in town!

Angel Adoree was the outstanding character of this year s Dragon s Den. She received £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and for buying a shop/property in Soho for her business - Vintage Patisserie.

Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company that provide tea parties which are fabulously retro, delivering everything from music, makeovers and - of course - a customised menu of tea party treats that elevate any function into a swanky soiree. The Vintage Tea Party Book embraces the style and class of the trendy London Vintage scene and illustrates how to beautifully recreate the tasty treats and classic styles at home. With a unique mixture of recipes and feature spreads with accessible tips on hairstyling, makeup methods and where to collect vintage china -- The Vintage Tea Party Book has it all!

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184533647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336479
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If ever there was a beautiful, fiery red head that knew how to bring all the glam of the golden years to life, it's Angel Adoree. Now our vintage siren is writing down her well-honed insight so that everyone can share the magic of this timeless era anywhere and for any occasion.

Angel's eye for beautiful things began at the age of thirteen when she started acquiring fur jackets, jewelled bags and glamorous hats from the vintage eras. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't cope anymore, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that the launched 'The Vintage Experience' where Angel offered advice, styling and hand-picked vintage delights for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years. When this could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie brand was born.

Angel Adoree appeared on BBC Two's Dragon's Den in 2010 and instantly became the face to remember when she was offered £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and business, The Vintage Patisserie -

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"Elegant images and illustrations adorn the pages of Angel Adoree's delightful book, which is brimming with style and recipe ideas" --The Times

"With tips on invitations, decorating your home and pages of simple by stylish recipes, it promises everything you need to know to throw your own vintage tea party." --Sunday Times Style Magazine

"Quirky and, of course, beautifully presented this recipe book is definitely one for the worktop" --The Sun

"A must for any hostess wishing to put on the mostest" --Time Out

"The recipes are exquisite"

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The growing tea party trend meets the Vintage culture in a perfect combination of recipes and lifestyle tips. Angel Adoree's fame from Dragon's Den has continued through to her ever-popular tea party events, serving a huge demand for hen parties and birthdays to corporate clients such as Paul Smith, Oasis and Agent Provocateur. She will be opening a London shop later in the year.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment... 2 Aug 2011
When I received my copy of The Vintage Tea Party Book, I sat and read it for about an hour, not only earmarking what I wanted to make, but also enjoying the sheer vintage variety that lay before my eyes. Never a dull moment, It's jam packed with ideas and visual treats to create a perfect vintage tea party, at any time of day and gives you not only ideas but patterns and instructions on how to host in style.

The book is split into 4 sections, 3 of which include the recipes for tea parties at brunch-time, in the afternoon and in the evening and the final section is on vintage style. This book is so much more than cucumber sandwiches and scones (although they do appear in their own special way), it allowed me to dust off my 'coddlers' and make coddled eggs with different fillings. I made smoked salmon soufflés in tea cups which, contrary to popular belief were very easy to make and came out perfectly.

Of the cakes, I tried Apple Crumble Cake which was deliciously surprising when you hit the crumble and the Bittersweet Chocolate Pear Cake was a delightfully oozy warm pudding cake - and then the next day, both were a welcome picnic treat. So far so good - everything I've tried has been easy to make and has hit the spot. I'm even munching away at the Chocolate and Coconut Granola as I write.. So the book has encouraged me to keep trying new recipes.

And of the earmarked pages for this week's tea party, I'm going to try the Plum and Honey Tea Bread, Spinach and Parmesan Mini Muffins, Pork and Lemon Quail Scotch Eggs, Venison Pie and Gingerbread Pudding with Eggnog Cream... all washed down with some Wild Hibiscus Champagne. Want to come?
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
The opening to the introduction gives a clue to the contents of this marvellous book:

'Welcome to the Vintage Tea Party Book. You are about to embark on an imaginative journey to create your perfect tea party.
The pages ahead of you capture my passion and fantasy for all things vintage and I feel incredibly blessed that I've been given the opportunity to share this with you......'

The Vintage Tea Party Book: a complete guide to hosting your perfect tea party to give this unique book its full title, has a cameo effect front cover, and the little picture of the red-haired lady in the LBD had that familiar look about it. The more I looked, the more I thought I've definitely seen her somewhere before......
I was even more intrigued to open the cover and ah......of course, all is revealed - the TV programme - 'Dragon's Den', as I recalled:

'Angel Adoree & the Vintage Patisserie', with that successful, eye-catching pitch!

The cover opens to 305 matt pages, split over simply titled main sections:

1. Brunch (pg 22-103)
2. Afternoon (pg 104-189)
3. Evening (pg 190-263)
4. Style (pg 264-297)

sandwiched between a 14-page introduction which includes sections entitled:

* Past, Present and Future
* Location
* The Invitation
* Sourcing Props
* Kitchen Atmosphere

winding up with that quintessential must-have, with diagrams:

* Tying the Perfect Headscarf

and a 4-page index.
2 pages of acknowledgments complete the book......oh.... and there is an airforce blue coloured fabric ribbon to keep your place!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style AND Substance 23 May 2012
By A. Key
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As recipe books go these days, most are pretty well-presented, fully coloured and completely impractical for keeping anywhere near messy food which might spoils its beauty. The Vintage Tea Party Book is no different, apart from the fact that it exceeds all others on the market in terms of presentation. The standard mouth-watering pictures of food are paired with quirky illustrations, vintage fonts and handy hints. In addition to its fantastic appearance, the content itself is diverse and seems to include everything you can think of that might be required for a tea party. Sweet and savoury, hot and cold recipes are broken up by instructions on how to make table decorations, bunting, and apron, even where to find vintage clothing and how to do your hair in 40s/50s styles.

But what about the actual recipes? Well, many of the savoury ones really are vintage. They are reminiscent of some of the strange things featured in 1950s editions of Good Housekeeping Cookbooks, so might introduce some odd tastes to a modern palette and frighten off a fussy eater. However, there's nothing which will hold back a determined chef or an open-minded gourmand. As for the sweet recipes, there are many delicious and extremely easy things to make. I particularly like the lemon scone recipe - which essentially requires only cream, flour and lemonade - and the apple crumble cake.

All in all a beautiful book to be in possession of so it would be a good gift and many of the recipes are simple and yummy. Why not try using it to throw your own vintage tea party like I did? It was so fun and so easy but wouldn't have been quite as much of either without this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It got the American vote!
I bought this and had it sent direct to a young American friend who is
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Published 22 days ago by Isobel M. Kelk
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gorgeous book
This is one for the coffee table. Such a lovely visual book! You are drawn to the pages and want to pick it up and devour it immediately. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
Lovely notalgic book, with some very good 'tea' recipies :) I bought this after going to a friend's for tea who had used the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow i love love love this book.
Fab recipes to make an afternoon tea some thing special.
plus ideas for a whole vintage feel to your tea.
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Great, the book is practical to use and is lovely to read through. very inspirational and artistic! Original ideas too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book
This Vintage Tea Party book arrived well packaged, undamaged & within the time stated. The cover is unusual and the pages inside hold a variety of surprises. Read more
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This book was sent so quickly it is difficult to understand how this is achieved. It was in excellent condition, and a good read
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This book is so nice that it is worth a buy for just the sake of it. The illustrations are so nice and well drawn. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
Filled with delicious recipes and all the tips you need to host that perfect dinner party =) Not only a lovely book to treat yourself to, but a fantastic gift for your friends. Read more
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