Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Delicious literature

Regular readers will know that over the last couple of years, I've occasionally moonlighted (can you moonlight when you don't have a steady job? Anyway) for Angel Adoree's rather lovely company, Vintage Patisserie. Angel is a woman with a passion, a talent and a drive that exceeds that of everyone else I know. I'm proud to call her a friend and colleague. And after a crazy year following her appearance on Dragon's Den, I'm even more proud of her. Because her thoroughly amazing latest project has just come to splendid fruition, in the shape of The Vintage Tea Party Book. See, not content with throwing the most tremendulant tea parties for hen dos, baby showers and engagement shindigs, Angel has now provided the world with the only tome you will ever need to throw your own, from planning, to preparation, to plunging right in and (tea)partying!



This book is a work of art. From its laser cut cover, beautiful illustrations by Adele Mildred, stunning photography and, of course, the recipes.


It helps, of course, if you have Angel's almost incomprehensibly large amount of vintage knick-knackery for presentation purposes, but the food itself is like nothing you've ever seen. Sculptural, creative, and of course, delicious. I honestly can't get over the creativity! There's something for everyone, and it's all quirky and unique.



Alongside the food, there are also some incredible ideas for boozy beverages, and, because the book aims to recreate one of Angel's popular parties, there's a whole section on hair, makeup and clothes!

As if the book itself wasn't truly spectacular enough, I was also honoured to be invited to the launch party! Held in 93 Feet East, where Angel's parties are often hosted, it was a delight to be served the delicious foods and drinks I have so often poured for others! So many wonderful faces were in evidence, including fellow Maf members, bloggers, journalists, friends, and my own mum!

Here are some photomagraphs of the festivities!



The beautifully decorated tables and the beautifully beautiful Sharon.


Angel and the lovely Lauren her right-hand woman!



Birds galore!


Me with my red-haired girl-dem!


Fun with mirrors and dominoes! 


Me again. I love this geometric-y 60s Swirl!




Well, I'll certainly do my best...! ;)

Truly, The Vintage Tea Party Book is a bible for vintage lovers and foodies alike. I have already given my best friend a copy for her birthday! I suggest you all definitely buy a copy for everyone you know.

To your very good health, cheers!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

25 comments:

  1. Oh, I'll definitely check this book out :) Looks like a great launch party as well, I like how you've arranged your pictures in this post.

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  2. I saw this book in the book shop not long ago and I knew I had to have it. The recipes look really good!
    I love that they give you tips on everything..even the make-up and hair.
    X

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  3. The book looks amazing from the pictures! and i love everyones hair in the photos, truely amazing!

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  4. Smashing pictures. I ordered this yesterday on Amazon. God bless them for charging just £10 for it. I can't wait. There's been some fab reviews of it on blogs already, however I'm sure I will have something to say about it, so I can't rule out throwing another one out there. I can't think of a better read than food, make up & hair all in one splendid package.

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  5. What a book! And what a party! I so wish I had the time and energy to do something like this!

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  6. This book looks amazing. Will it be available internationally?

    Kelly @ 
    Elegantly Academic

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  7. OMG! I MUST have this book. Will it be available in the United States? It is like my dream cook book. Stunning.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  8. Found it in the USA! Bought it! Here is the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Party-Book-Angel-Adoree/dp/184533647X

    Said it wont be delivered until the end of September, begining of October and I cant wait!

    Thanks again doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  9. This book has just come up on my recommendations on Amazon, then I read about it on your blog.
    That says to me, "buy, buy, buy".
    C xx

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  10. I couldn't buy this book fast enough. Two days later I had a tea party!! It's fabulous. have serious envy that you went to the launch party. Love your dress too xx

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  11. Fabulous book. I'm planning to buy it for Christmas as a gift for someone I know will love it, but I'm actually worried I will just keep it!!!!

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  12. Looks like so much fun! And I LOVE your dress, Fleur.

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  13. Ordered and awaiting delivery. I shall then drool over the pictures!

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  14. Seems like a lovely book! I'll check it out :-)

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  15. Omigosh! I absolutely MUST get this book. That tea party looks fabulous!

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  16. It really is the most beautiful book, and it found its way into my life in a very unusual way....I banged my leg on a book trolley in Waterstones, and despite us having just gone in for the 3 for 2 offer, my friend went away with a copy that she has now duly blogged about....

    But seriously, I think this book has magical powers. As you know its authoress, is she particularly spectular and able to throw a bit of magic into each copy, causing it to be seen and bought, even if you didnt ever intend to? If so, bravo!

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  17. How perfect. I am very excited to order this book!

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  18. Gasp! I want lilac hair! Oh yeas, and a copy of that book...but mostly the hair :)

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  19. I'm thinking of getting this for my mom for her birthday. She collects old party-planning books, so this would be right up her alley!

    Looks like it was a fabulous party. Love the pockets (and print) on your dress.

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  20. How do you all do your hair...all of you look so beautiful! Is there a secret setting lotion?? Do tell!!

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  21. Ha! I love your interest list best... gin, and kittens would be an irresistible combo alreday... Great blog!

    Cheers from Germany,
    ~Claudia
    aka middleagedmetalmoms.blogspot.com

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  22. I love the lilac hair lady! Yummy!
    http://www.sirenlondon.com/collections/vintage-style-dresses

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  23. My goodness! This is a must have!

    ~Vixen~ x

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