Monday, 12 December 2011

Tea Parties & Reassurances

Good afternoon all!

Again, I’m here with reassurances that I’m OK, just exhausted and insanely busy.  My medication is starting to kick in, so I’m slowly getting my energy back. 

Last month I had a vintage tea party for my birthday and I had intended to wear The Dress (see previous post!), so I thought I’d take photos for the blog then … but an unfortunate side-effect of my illness is fluctuating weight and it just so happened that The Dress didn’t fit that day (damn!).  I did get to wear a different vintage dress that day, so I still had the look (and it’s a rather fabulous dress – 50s slim skirt with boat neck and flocked polka dots in black).

I also received The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree for my birthday, which, luckily, was a few days before the party, so I had the chance to read through and get some ideas for my day.  I had fun with flower arranging (chrysanthemums in a teapot), sandwich making and baking – lots of baking.

The Vintage Tea Party Book is primarily a cookbook with ideas here and there for decoration as well as a section in the back for styling yourself.  My hair’s a little too short for the hair ideas, though some time I’m definitely going to have to try out the poodle as it’s far too cute not to try. 

The book is also incredibly pretty with some fun, quirky illustrations.  My only gripe, really, is that I would have liked to have seen a little less cooking and a bit more in terms of decoration and style.  But that's more to do with my expectations and I do still adore this book.

Have you got The Vintage Tea Party Book yet?  Is it on your Yule list?  What do you think of it?


  1. Clare, I haven't been by in a while so I don't know what happened to you but I hope and pray that you are all right and you are thriving. Now, your vintage tea party looks smashing! I love it. I will definitely look out for this book! Your hair? Depending on what period you were doing - 50's? Your hair is not too short. The poodle look was very popular but there was a type of hair cut that wasn't a bob but can work with her hair. My hair is the same cut as yours now and I do struggle with period hairstyles and wigs are great for the Victorian et al. But for 30's, 40's and up the bob is versatile. If I find any good images for a 50's styling I will pass them on. However, you look glamorous so don't fret over the hair.

  2. I LOVE the photo of the tea party spread--very impressive! So sorry to hear you've been ill--here's hoping for a speedy recovery. Because there are dresses to be made and tea parties to be had and illness shouldn't hold you back from important stuff like that!

  3. Thank you both for such lovely messages. As I say, it's not so bad and I'm slowly starting to feel better. I have an overactive thyroid, which means that I'm going to be on medication for a long time (over a year) and then the doctors will see if it's sorted itself out!

    In the meantime, I'm starting to feel a little bit more human every day. And reading lovely messages like both of yours really helps :)



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