Friday, June 19, 2015

The Vintage Tea Party Year with the Novel Bakers

The Novel Bakers conclude tea party week with Angel Adoree's Vintage Tea Party Year.
"You are about to embark on a singular journey with me as I share and celebrate my passion for all things vintage."
-- Angel Adoree

The third volume in the series is a charmer, a tour de force that offers inspiration for all four seasons. 

Along the way, you will find DIY projects, recipes, hair-dos, and party tips.

Inspired by the book, I gathered red-white-and-blue goodies and enjoyed tea in the hydrangeas.

Over the years I have made many July 4th cakes, but I've never made a Union Jack sponge cake. It was adorable--and delicious. Bandwidth helped me apply the blueberries.

On a sultry summer day, Pimm's Iced Tea is refreshing (and calming). 

  I had such fun this week with the Novel Bakers!

Today, you are cordially invited to gorgeous, inspiring tea parties: 
Jain's blog, a quiet life 
Linda's blog at More Fun Less Laundry
Mary's blog,  Home Is Where the Boat Is.

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  1. Hi Michael Lee, I love your setting in front of the hydrangeas with your pretty vintage tablecloth and enamel dishes. I brought my hydrangeas inside for my tea party today, but your setting under the bushes is so crispy and fresh and the table looks like a cool place to enjoy your delicious cake. I'm definitely making this one sometime this summer. These books might have been the most fun series the novel bakers ever chose! Linda

  2. so many great pic to share from this book, her ideas are endless! i LOVE your red white and blue embrace, and look at your silver bee napkin ring too, so me! your tablecloth could not be and more perfect for a sunny afternoon tea party...

    once again your pics just POP! they have such intense clarity and coloration. your cake is wonderful, i could dive right in, each shot is that much more mouthwatering... but your cocktail shot is even more enticing with all your fabulous goodies flowing forth!

    what a glorious tea week with you, thanks so much for sharing and playing! as always, you never disappoint with your great flare, humor and fun, coupled with your over the top pictures!

  3. Oh I love your vintage cloth, it makes the perfect foundation for a red, white and blue celebration! There were so many wonderful and delicious ideas in this book, I totally missed your Pimm's Iced Tea! How refreshing and beautiful with berries and citrus, I could guzzle a gallon of down right after coming in from the heat. Your Union Jack flag cake looks just like the inspiration photo from the book and perfectly berrylicious! Thanks for all the delicious fun this week, I love having tea with you next to the hydrangeas. ♥

  4. I've had a fun week, too! These books are wonderful. I was only able to get one from the local library, but am hopeful of getting my hands on more, this last volume in particular really appealed from what I've seen on the blogs of you fine ladies.

  5. I've so enjoyed this series of books that the Novel Bakers inspired us with this week, Michael Lee. I'm wondering if you had a favorite book of the three? Your Union Jack cake turned out beautifully, especially with Bandwidth helping with all the berries. I'd love a slice of that, along with a glass of Primm's, please. Cheers!!

    1. All three were adorable. I've marked pages with Post-It notes so I won't forget recipes. The second book was a bit advanced for my candy-making skills (below a beginner's level), but I am determined to make the rum raisin fudge again. I'd have to say the last book, VTPYear, covered the most ground--and it has the most Post-It notes. :-). I gave a copy of VTPY to one of my mother's friends--she's a great cook and loved the recipes.

  6. You have the perfect tablecloth for the 4th of July Michael! It's always fun to see red, white and blue, I love that it's with flowers:@)

  7. Very cute! Going to make the cake! Thanks!

  8. Michael Lee, I do think this is my favorite series of the Novel Bakers, though you know I've totally loved all the NB posts. I've ordered the books for myself, more to read and savor those wonderful illustrations. Who knows, I just might get busy in the kitchen one day. I love a good tea party! If I could, I'd be right over to have tea under that gorgeous hydrangea bush. Love the red, white, and blue theme. I have some vintage cloths that could replicate this setting, just not the gorgeous hydrangea. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing all the creative fun this week. I'm pinning away with glee!

  9. A red, white, and blue picnic! Crushing over the silver bee napkin ring. Thanks for sharing the joy of Vintage Tea Parties this week.

  10. Will have to check out how to make the jar toppers and love, love the gorgeous table with that amazing vintage table cloth...Have a great weekend!

  11. From the jar toppers to the Scrabble cake, and Pimm's tea to the Union Jack, this week has been like playing house! Thank you for another wonderful adventure with the Novel Bakers~

  12. We are huge fans of tea parties! Love that garden table, and the boxes for the love cakes are amazing. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  13. Beautiful. I love your table setting in the garden!

  14. I spied the same vintage tablecloth that I have on Inspire Me Tuesday! Had to stop by and say hello. Beautiful tablescape and I love the Union Jack cake! Hugs, Holly

  15. The cake looked fantastic! It would have been gone before I could take a picture at my house ;)