The Vintage Tea Party Year with The Novel Bakers


I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Tea Party Week, with The Vintage Tea Party Yearby Angel Adoree, British Author, Expert of all things Vintage, Stylist and Baker

The Vintage Tea Party Year

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


The Vintage Tea Party Year takes you on twelve months of parties, celebrations and teatime treats as well as introducing more games and craft projects for your chosen theme. See the New Year in with vintage style, make Valentine’s Day extra special, give every child their dream tea party, find inspiration for weddings and baby showers, be the talk of the town with your own summer street party and wrap up for winter with a vintage-inspired Christmas. Angel’s inimitable style will take you on a seasonal journey and help you put on the perfect tea party whatever the occasion.


I couldn’t begin to do this book justice with 300 pages and a year’s worth of inspiration! I fancied a picnic from the adorable summer picnic section, but I didn’t fancy our oppressive heat.


I did venture out to for a little boating food fun with Potato “Ships” from the Children’s Tea Party section.


Roast your potatoes, scoop out the potato flesh and set sail with the fillings of your choice.


Hoist a sail with a piece of ham cut into a triangle. A bamboo knot pick makes a mast to skewer your ham or your sail of choice, topped with a grape tomato.


“Rose” Beef Bites with Horseradish Cream


“Rose” Beef Bites are a pretty way to serve a roast beef canapé for a party!


This is my favorite kind of appetizer since you can mix your horseradish cream and assemble the beef in advance, rolling into a small rosette.


To make horseradish cream, mix 1/2 cup sour cream or creme fraiche with 1 tablespoon grated horseradish and salt and pepper. When it’s party time, toast your baguette slices, assemble and serve with a peppery arugula leaf.



And last but not least, a little British fun a Victoria Sponge Union Jack Cake!


Decorate any sheet cake with berries to design a British Union Jack flag or American Stars & Stripes.



“All there is left to do is to eat, drink, love, laugh, and be armed and prepared in the kitchen, so that you can thoroughly enjoy your tea party and hold onto the memory of it forever.”


If you missed our vintage tea party fun, help yourself to Flower Tartlets, Cream Cheese and Cucumber and Radish Tea Sandwiches, here.

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And enjoy some Vintage Sweets and Cocktails, here.

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Visit my fellow Novel Bakers for Vintage Tea Party Week:

Jain, a quiet life

Michael Lee, Rattlebridge Farm 

Linda, More Fun Less Laundry


Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch


  27 comments for “The Vintage Tea Party Year with The Novel Bakers

  1. June 19, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I am going to order the Vintage Tea Party Year for a friend that would love it! Thanks for the delightful posts this week!

  2. Michelle
    June 19, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Love the “Rose ” Beef Bites! This will be on our next get together menu along with the Parmeson Crusted Crab Bites. They were a big hit! Have a great weekend!

  3. Lynn Schantz
    June 19, 2015 at 7:03 am

    A couple of years ago I was receiving Tea Time magazine, it reviewed different teas and had recipes for tea time and luncheon foods,a magazine I really enjoyed.

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    June 19, 2015 at 7:10 am

    My favorite too is the “Rose”🌹beef bites..can’t wait to try..the tablescapes are gorgeous as always!! 🌹☕️🍬🍰

  5. Peggy Thal
    June 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Such a fun table for tea. Love the cake too. I ordered the book and some flags to have a fun Tea Party with some lady friends.

  6. June 19, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I want to come to a tea party at your house, Mary!! The potato boats and the beef rosettes are just so cute, and I think my grands would have fun making them. Thank you for sharing this delightful series of tea party books.

  7. June 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

    A delightful post start to finish! Your photos are just perfection! I had received one of these books as a gift and didn’t even know there were two others – they’re now on my must-get list!

  8. June 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Mary, As soon as I saw those potato boats I thought of you! They look delicious and with your ham sails and grape tomato crow’s nest they will be snapped up at any lakeside party! I’ll have a few rose beef bites for protein and then top off my meal with a huge slice of your pretty cake. I’m sorry you are still sweltering there! I noticed some cool mo-tea-tos in one of the books–maybe you can relax with a pitcher! Linda

  9. Ingrid
    June 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Rose beef bites, beautiful idea, thanks!

  10. June 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

    first i am so loving your bold and beautiful banner! … but back to the world of TEA PARTIES! i KNEW the potato girl in you would be setting sail, and with your backdrop its a stunner as usual! and those beef bites were so delish! after the girls left i offered my husband the left overs, he laid down in bed with a smattering of everything and ate like a heathen wolf, he looked up with his jowls still quivering and said those little sandwiches are really good, got any more? it cracked me up, like he was being exposed to a foreign little land of tastes and delights :-) your pics are gorgeous, i was so busy making mine for guests any minute that i slapped on thistles, no roses for me!

    you and mlee made the most gorgeous cake!

    such a delightful week with you ladies, our books were filled with so much inspiration, thanks so much for playing on the hottest week of your history, may i personally suggest the frozen mango mint with champagne, extra refreshing!

  11. Sue
    June 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you Mary, what a delightful week this has been, I’ve enjoyed every single detail!

  12. franki
    June 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Those are ALL SO CUTE I can hardly stand it!! Must try!!! franki

  13. June 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Oh goodness, those potato ships are calling my name! I have been looking for some inspiration for a little family father’s day gathering we’re having on Sunday, and my guys would just love a fleet of these! The beef rosettes are really incredible too, who knew roast beef could be so pretty :) Thank you for another enlightening and enchanting week with the Novel Bakers Mary, you all always find the most unusual and intriguing books to share~ your creations outshine the author’s!

  14. June 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    oh and I love the way the ships just sailed off the page to your board!!

  15. June 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I wish one (or three) of those potato ships could sail north… and quickly! Sounds like a fun book:@)

  16. Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday & Everything Else
    June 19, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Mary, I wish you didn’t live so far away, or I would be right over for tea. From beginning to end, each photo pulled me in, making me feel as if I were right there. The rose beef bites are elegant and appetizing–I think Audrey Hepburn would have served them for Lunch at Tiffany’s! Your potato boats have personality! I can just imagine them launching (I hope they sail to my house). Your cake would be welcome at Buckingham Palace. Your photos and styling are genius and could grace the pages of a book. I always feel inspired and happy when I visit you. It has been a joy to play with you this week!!

  17. Paula
    June 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm


    Charming in every way !


  18. June 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Bravo! I’m sorry you are dealing with dreaded heat. Fortunately our summer so far has been mild and very wet. Another inch of rain this morning. Amazing! Lake Travis, looking like the Colorado River bed that were it’s beginnings, is not almost full. It has been below 30% for the recent years, and I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see it full again. It is wonderful!
    Your tea parties this week have captured my heart. I’ve ordered the books for myself, more to read for the sheer pleasure of the illustrations, as we all know I’m not one to linger in the kitchen. Ha! But who knows? I just might get inspired by these books. I do love tea parties! Vintage Sweets arrived today, and I can hardly wait to spend some quality time with it. Oh, and I rushed out to World Market to get my own Queen Elizabeth cutter. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing all the party delights this week. It has truly been one of my favorite Novel Baker’s Series.

  19. June 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I want so bad to come to your house! What an awesome post!

  20. June 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Tea parties are always the best and you can create the best!…Love those “boats” but really love those great beef roses!…I vote for a tea party indoors to escape this awful summer heat we have been experiencing and it is only June!

  21. Kathy G
    June 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Mary, Fun post!! Did you secure the rosette with a wooden pic or does the creme secure it well enough? I was wondering if using chicken or ham what type of topping would be good, any ideas?

    • June 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Kathy, No I just rolled it into a rosette shape. You could experiment with any meat, if it’s sliced thin enough it should stay in place :)

  22. June 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Such a fund book! I’m afraid my moratorium on bringing a new book into this house is going to be broken…

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