THE PURPLE PUMPKIN BLOG AND 50 AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES…

The Purple Pumpkin Blog is a blog written by Michelle from London. Her blog is full of photographs, recipes, printables, seasonal inspiration, crafts and lots more.

Amongst her amazing array of recipes, I came across her 50 Afternoon Tea Recipes which caught my eye with the amazing picture above.

She starts off with a list of ten sandwiches explaining along the way the etiquette involved in a proper English afternoon tea. ” Cutting the crusts off is a must; cut into finger lengths or triangles. Dainty rolls are great to use, and turn flat breads into pinwheels for something different.”

Next is cupcakes and muffins which she says are “All the taste of a big cake, but in a perfect one-person portion.” and gives you a choice of six recipes to try from.

Sweet and savoury tarts are next on Michelle’s list with six recipes to choose from and her tip to “buy ready-made pastry to cut down on preparation time.”

Next is biscuits with five recipes to choose from another tip from Michelle is  “Instead of opening a packet, make a tray of them instead. Decorate plain sugar cookies any way you like.”

Not forgetting the gluten and dairy free recipes. Michelle has included three free from recipes so you don’t forget the guests with food intolerances.

There is a choice of 12 recipes for Cakes and Bakes which she suggests you “display on a pretty platter; pre-cut for portion control, or throw caution to the wind, and let guests cut a slice as big as they like!”

A choice of 3 scones is accompanied with a note to “not forget the clotted cream and jam for the sweet scones. Cream cheese for the savoury?”

Finally, pastries and patisserie finish her list with five to choose from in this category and a little note to anyone who wants to try them that “these recipes might require a bit more skill, but the end results are worth it.”

 

THE VINTAGE TEA PARTY…

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree is not your average book on recipes and pictures on all things vintage. This book is one you will keep on your table in the lounge for friends to pick up and browse through.

Amongst many great reviews are some from famous magazines like Glamour Magazine and The Independent Newspaper.

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! Angel received £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den for developing her website and for buying a shop/property in Soho for her business – Vintage Patisserie.

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:

BRUNCH
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!

AFTERNOON
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.

EVENING
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.

STYLE
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!

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

Since writing The Vintage Tea Party Book Angel has written and published The Vintage Sweets Book, Vintage Tea Party Treasury, and The Vintage Tea Party Year.