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Beautiful Brooches For Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for that extra special touch for your outfit for an Afternoon Tea Event, you have found the right page. We have hunted out the best and most on-trend brooches for Afternoon Tea!

This starburst brooch with crystals and a large pearl is perfect to add a small sparkle to your outfit.

We love this Emerald and floral brooch. It is classic in shape but perfectly in style for any Afternoon Tea outfit.

This bejewelled orchid brooch comes in many choices of colors and looks stunning when pinned to a silk scarf.

This stunning piece can be worn on its own as a statement and then combined with any jewelry accessory.

Cheers to having good taste in pins! This cocktail brooch sparkles perfectly on a dress.

This Cardinal Brooch speaks volumes with style. It looks beautiful on a classic Christmas outfit.

This beautiful classic elegant design with a modern twist that makes this bee brooch so popular. Be prepared to get lots of compliments when you wear this one! In fact, get a whole set of them!

Make a real statement with a Queen Brooch on a cute sweater or top for afternoon tea.

Or pin this dashingly beautiful glittering orchid on your outfit to add something very special.

This blue and silver classic star brooch is very royal looking and perfect for a Royal Afternoon tea!

A dainty silver classic star brooch like this one can add a little glam to a simple outfit.

Here’s looking at you, kid. Make sure everyone has their eyes on you with this stunning brooch.

This pearl butterfly is just gorgeous on a classic outfit for a special afternoon tea.

We love this cute set of brooches for all outfits. You will never be without a statement brooch.

Geo glamour! This art deco style brooch is our pick for a classic understated look.

Wow! This pretty brooch is just lovely on a simple black dress! Show of your style with this lovely brooch.

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5 Classic Cookbooks Every Home Baker Should Own

These five classic cookbooks belong on the shelf of every home baker. They are filled with the classic treats of our childhoods and perfect recipes for delighting everyone. These wonderful books are the ones we reach for all the time when baking treats. They also make fantastic gifts for home bakers.

Baking – From My Home To Yours

This is baking at its best. Over 100 full-colour photos. Recipes like Perfection Pound Cake and All-American, All-Delicious Apple Pie. In addition, this book will take your baking to the next level with a base Recipes section at the end of the book, which includes pointers for making key ingredients such dough, pastry cream, lemon curd and faux crème fraîche.

The Baking Bible

From simple everyday crowd-pleasers (Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins, Gingersnaps, Gooseberry Crisp) to show-stopping stunners (Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart, Mango Bango Cheesecake, White Christmas Peppermint Cake) to bakery-style pastries developed for the home kitchen (the famous French Kouign Amann), every recipe proves that delicious perfection is within reach for any baker.

Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection

 For a home baker, the five chapters of this book contain a wealth of knowledge. Each recipe is nicely written, and the steps are easy to follow. This compendium of cake recipes will earn a very special place on your cooking bookshelf.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

Filled with 250 foolproof recipes of every variety, this comprehensive cookbook is packed with delicious baking ideas. Tempting muffins, scones, and breads are included along with Marry Berry’s famous cake recipes, including Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake, and Hazelnut Meringue Cake. Full-color photographs and illustrations that detail trickier steps are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and handy tips, making this an ideal resource for kitchen novices and more experienced cooks alike.

Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book

Now, with this authentic reproduction of the original 1963 edition, you can relive those moments, taste the cookies you grew up with and share them with your loved ones. All the charm of the original and all the great recipes are here. Turn to Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book to find:
* An authentic facsimile of the classic 1963 edition packed with all your favorite cookie recipes
* Over 450 recipes, dozens of nostalgic color photographs and charming how-to sketches
* Scrumptious recipes for Holiday Cookies (dozens of Christmas specialties), Family Favorites (for lunchtime, snacktime, anytime), Company Best Cookies (fancy enough for company) and much more

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Pink Marshmallow Slice

When you feel the need to inject a little sweetness and joy into your day, this fluffy pink slice is sure to make you smile. It is pink and fluffy and has the perfect combination of sweet marshmallow with a crumbly shortbread base. This is one slice that is hard to decline a second serving.

This recipe is a childhood favorite that we remember our mothers and grandmothers baking for birthdays and celebrations. It was the treat that we all wanted to eat first!

Ingredients for the base:
125g butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla essence
1 1/4 cups self-rising flour

Ingredients For Marshmallow topping:
1 cup of water
3 drops of pink food coloring
1 Tablespoon of gelatine
1 cup fine sugar
1 white of an egg
1 cup icing sugar


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F)Grease and line a 17 x 27 cm baking tray.

Cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the egg and vanilla essence. Sift in the flour.
The dough will be a little crumbly. Press it into the tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool.

To make the topping, place the water and food coloring into a saucepan.
Sprinkle in the gelatine and the sugar.
Bring to a boil.
Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Continue to boil on a lower heat for 8 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Beat the egg white into peaks.
Add in the icing sugar.
Slowly pour in the warm gelatine mix.
Beat until thick and fluffy.
Spread this pink marshmallow over the cooled base.
Set aside to set – about an hour.
Enjoy!

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Louise Cake Slice – A Royal Treat

You may not have heard of Princess Louise, the 6th daughter of Queen Victoria. But, we are certain you are going to love this old-fashioned cake slice, that was named after her.

Louise Cake is one of our favorite recipes for serving at Afternoon tea.

Louise cake recipe
Photo credit Cloudy Kitchen

This delightfully easy-to-bake treat has a thin layer of cake that is topped with raspberry jam and coconut meringue and then baked in the oven to make a sweet crisp coconut-flavored slice.

Ingredients

For the Cake Base:

125 grams (4.4 ounces) of unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar (fine)

3 egg yolks (at room temperature)

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the Coconut-Meringue Topping:

1/4 cup castor sugar (very fine)

3 egg whites (at room temperature)

1 1/4 cups desiccated coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

3/4 cup raspberry jam

Method

Preheat the oven to 150 C / 300 F.

Lightly grease an 11 x 7-inch (30cm x 20cm) rectangular cake tin.

In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the three egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour and baking powder together. Fold into the creamed butter-sugar mixture. (The dough will seem quite crumbly)

Press dough into the bottom of the greased cake tin.

Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven to cool for 5 minutes.

Increase the oven temperature to 180°C.

To make the coconut-meringue topping:

In a clean bowl, beat the three egg whites until soft peaks appear.

Gradually add the 1/4 cup sugar while continuing to beat the whites until they form stiff, glossy peaks.

Gently fold in the desiccated coconut and vanilla essence.

Spread a thin layer of jam over the slightly cooled base in the pan.

Spoon and spread the coconut meringue over the jam, making sure the meringue completely covers the jam.

Return to the oven on a lower shelf and bake for 15 -20 minutes or until the meringue top is a soft eggshell color.

Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 10 minutes then remove and cut into squares.

Serve on a pretty tiered cake plate with other special treats for afternoon tea. We love this Royal Albert 100-year Celebrations plate.

Want more Afternoon tea recipes?

Try our delicious Carrot Cake with crushed pineapple and Cream Cheese Icing.

Our Favorite Vintage Style Teacups

It will come as no surprise that we love vintage style teacups and saucers here at How To High Tea. We love finding the prettiest, daintiest and most colorful teacups for any occasion.

We have found for you the best of the best for your shopping pleasure. Go ahead and treat yourself to some new vintage-style teacups and saucers.

The Royal Albert New Country Roses Teacup Set is a classic favorite. In pretty pink with polka dots and roses, this teacup set makes any occasion special. Check out also the matching side plates.

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Royal Albert New Country Roses

The Royal Albert Sitting Pretty Mug comes in a range of colors and sizes. We love love love the smallest size when used to deliver a sweet treat to your guests!

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Royal Albert Sitting Pretty Mug

Staying with the Royal Albert range we cannot go past their Candy Teacup. This teacup and saucer come in Dusty blue with pretty floral accents and gorgeous gold edging. Make your tea time special with this perfect set.

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Royal Albert Candy Teacup
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Royal Albert Candy Vintage Cups

Or pick another color such as this Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup in pinks and gold.

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Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup

For a perfectly mismatched teacup set, it is impossible to go past the Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Tea Cup Set. With floating butterflies, peonies and a perfect mix of blues, yellows, pinks and greens this set is fantastic for an afternoon tea party with friends.

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Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Tea Cup Set
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Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Blessings Tea Set

Royal Albert Mismatched Sets are a quick and easy way to ensure you always have a set of beautiful vintage-style teacups and saucers ready for guests. They also make fabulous gifts.

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Royal Albert Mismatched Sets

There is currently a very special Royal Albert 100 years teacup set available. With the best of Royal Albert teacups from the last 100 years.

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Royal Albert 100 years teacup set

Moving onto our favorite classic style teacups and saucers the Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Tea Cup and Saucer reminds us of the very best of our Grandmother’s china cabinet. These teacups were only allowed out for the most special occasions. Re-live those special feelings with a set of your own and use them every day!

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Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Tea Cup and Saucer

Royal Albert Tea Sets and more Royal Albert Tea Sets – Have as much fun as we have picking and choosing your favorite and mixing them up in perfect vintage mismatched style.

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Royal Albert Tea Sets

This stunning set is a replica 1910 Royal Albert Teacup, Saucer and Side plate set that was released in 1910. Royal Albert rereleased this set as part of their 100 years of teacups promotion.

Royalty Rose also have a beautifully dainty tea set with matching plates.

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Royalty Rose Tea Setting

We love the elegance of this Wedgewood Hibiscus Place Setting. It is an excellent example of vintage elegance in the royal blue and gold.

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Wedgewood Hibiscus Place Setting

If you are looking for a full set of elegance this Wedgewood Renaissance Gold set would make the most amazing impact at a small dinner party or a large wedding party.

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Wedgewood Renaissance Gold Set

For a more Scandinavian retro/vintage style the Kate Alice Garden Tea Setting looks casual and cozy.

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Kate Alice Garden Tea Setting

Her range also includes the Kate Alice Vintage Indigo Cups Tea Set, which offers a country kitchen style look to a vintage afternoon tea.

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Kate Alice Vintage Indigo Cups

No post about vintage-style teacups would be complete without a few extra trimmings. Like this Kate Aspen Tea Box party favors. Our guests love love this little tea box filled with sweets! Yours will too.

And we love the fantastical look of this vintage style Flitz and Floyd English Tea Pot. It reminds us of an old fashioned garden tea party and is so pretty to pour tea from.

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Flitz and Floyd English Tea Pot

For extra awesomeness with your tea try Royal Albert Ceramic Spoons. They are gorgeous to use and add that extra special touch to a special cup of tea. Also, perfect gifts!

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Royal Albert Ceramic Spoons

There is no point in having the most beautiful vintage style teacups if you are filling them with bland tea. Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea comes in a gorgeous blue tin and smells divine.

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Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is the perfect blend of black tea with orange and cloves.

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Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Royal Palace Tea is another fabulous option of black tea with lemon and grapefruit.

For a classic English tea, Harney & Sons Royal English Breakfast Tea or Harney & Sons Tower of London Blend Tea offer the best of the best. Also packaged in delightful tins these teas are great for treating yourself or others.

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Harney & Sons Royal English Breakfast Tea
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Harney & Sons Tower of London Blend Tea

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Best Tea Party Hats

It is tea party season and we have found the best tea party hats for all the Weddings, christenings, engagements, anniversaries and many more events that can be celebrated with a fantastic tea party.
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Looking for more ideas for hosting a tea party? We have lots of inspiration and ideas in these posts:

A brief history of tea cups can be found here and Afternoon tea here.

Mommy and Me Dresses

Mommy and Me dresses are the perfect way to make a statement with your daughter in matching dresses or complementary outfits. We have gathered some of the best mommy and me dresses and combinations for a tea party, or wedding party. Mommy and Me dresses are a fantastic way to make your cutie feel part of the special day, looking just as beautiful as her mommy.

Matching Mommy and Me Swing Dresses

These fabulous tea party dresses are perfect for sharing a special day together in a flattering and fun fit and flare style for mom and daughter.

Mommy and Me Vintage Garden Tea Party Dress

We love the vintage style fabric on these classic tea party swing dresses. You can also choose to add a large tulle petticoat under the skirt to add an extra swing to the dress.

Complementing Polka Dot Party Dresses

It is not essential to have identical dresses to make a wonderful mommy and me outfit, as these two complimenting polka dot dresses prove. They are such fun to wear and make a fabulous look when together.

Shining together in yellow polka dots

Yellow and white polka dot dresses are so fun and sunny for a garden tea party or outdoor wedding. We love how much fun you are going to have together while adding bright cheerful colors to the day.

Classically Togeher in Navy and White Polka Dots

What we love most about this combination is the classic look of both dresses. We love the flattering fit of mommy’s dress with the tiny bow on the side. And, we love how the little girls’ dress is comfortable and easy to wear. Both look fabulous and put together in this combination.

Blooming Together in these gorgeous matching sunflower dresses

Bright cheerful sunflowers on classic swing style tea party dresses make this combination a winner for both. The fabric is fun and the style easy to wear and flattering for all.

Charming Cherry Party Dresses for Mom and Me.

The fun girl’s dress with large bold cherries is so sweet and adorable for a party. While mom can look her best in this flattering halter-neck wide swing dress with the complimentary cherry pattern.

Blue and White Polka Dots

We love the style of these two dresses together. The girl’s classic button dress with a belt is smart and fun. and compliments mom’s more grown-up version with wrap style dress. Pretty together and fun to wear.

Tea Party Pendants

No party dress is complete without accessories. We found the sweetest matching mommy and me teacup necklaces. These would also make a wonderfully special gift for mom and daughter on an important day.

Two in Blue Dresses and Having a Lot of Fun

Mommy and Me outfits can be put together by finding common elements between the two dresses, without being identical. In this pair, we matched the color blue and echoed the polka dots of the little girl’s dress in large embossed dots on mom’s dress. And finally, the design of the sleeve is the same on both.

Classic Black For Mom and Me

In this combination we again found common elements to link these two dresses in as a unique pair. The classic pencil dress with collar and transparent sleeves is flattering and stylish for a fantastic look. While the young girl’s dress also has similar sleeves and a classic collar, but with a younger style flared skirt with overlay.

Beautiful duo in classic black

These two gorgeous dresses echo each other with the transparent sleeves and embroidered details. The ruffled sleeves also connect these classic dresses for the perfect mommy and me combo.

Embroidered with love

The pretty red embroidered dress is super sweet alongside mommy’s classic black version. These dresses are made for dancing and enjoying the day together in.

Bohemian White

What a pair these two dresses make. The flowing lace fabric is super sweet on the little ones, while elegant and romantic on mom.

Perfect Flats for Mommy and Me

Classic flats are perfect for comfort and style for both. This complimentary pair of sequined ballet flats will keep both mom and daughter happy.

Pretty in Pink

These two dresses are just beautiful in pink. The overlay is embroidered and sparkles.

Looking pretty in summer pink for all sizes with this easy-breezy style:

Starry Night Dresses

These pretty midnight blue sparkle dresses will delight everyone. The little girl’s dress is fun with large stars and tulle, while mommy’s dress sparkles like a galaxy of stars.

Princess Moments

Bring the princess in both with this classic combination of princess style dresses. The pretty pink and gold will ensure both shine in their own way, while looking amazing together.

Short but Sweet

Like two beautiful ballerinas, these two pink tulle dresses with sequin tops are adorable in all the right ways.

Party like its 1920 again

Fabulous pair of dresses for mommy and me. These matching 1920s flapper dresses are perfect for a event that brings back the glam of the 1920s.

Disney Princess Pretty

Shine like the stars that you both are in this pretty combination of baby blue satin and lace. Just so beautiful as a mommy and me combination.

Lacy Love

Let mommy shine in this classic white swing dress, while your little one can reflect her beauty in a pretty lace dress of her own. Just like mommy.

Classic in Cream

This beautiful combination of a pretty little tutu dress for your little one, and an elegant long mermaid style dress for you. Elegance meets sweetness is the most delightful way!

And the shoes…..

Sequined Style

This pretty combination has the perfect fitting dress for your daughter and you. Show off your curves, while letting her also shine in a sweet sequined dress.

Purple Ruffles

Ruffles for mommy and me! This perfect purple pair is stunning to be together on a special day.

Pink and White Sweetness

Our final combination brings together the pink and white in this pair of sweetness.

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The Best Books For Afternoon Tea Lovers

It is that time of year to start thinking of gifts for those we love. We have found the best books of the season for our friends and family members who also love Afternoon tea or high tea. These books are perfect for inspiring new baking, sharing ideas for tea party events and showing someone you are thinking of them.

The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea: The Art and Pleasures of Taking Tea

The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion and provides the reader with all the Ritz expertise in the ceremony as well as over 50 recipes, illustrated with passages from Dickens to Oscar Wilde and charming drawings.

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. 

Sample page from the Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Christmas Teatime Book

With more than 70 delectable recipes for scones, savories, and sweets, this book will inspire anyone who is planning a Christmastime celebration. Included are unique Tea pairings, along with a tea-steeping guide.

The Art of Tea

The editors of Victoria magazine invite your to savor the pleasures and possibilities of the cherished ritual of tea shared by people the world over in this beautiful gift book.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centrepieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and brings an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans.

Christmas At Highclere

Highclere Castle, known as “the real Downton Abbey,” bustles with activity all year round, but it is never more alive than at Christmas. This book is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be throughout the festive season.

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The Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period.

The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

A beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes from both the judges and the bakers of the much-loved BBC1 series 

Christmas and Other Winter Feasts

A joyous celebration of Fortnum & Mason’s love for extraordinary seasonal food, Christmas and Other Winter Feasts is filled with flavoursome recipes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

We also wanted to add a few of our favourite tea-inspired gifts. Like this sweet little teacup and teapot necklace.

And finally, the most exquisite tea sampler gift sets, as found on Oprah’s list of favourite things.

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German Afternoon Tea Cake

This fabulously easy-to-make German-style afternoon tea cake is perfect for warming your guest’s hearts and stomachs. The rich cinnamon and chopped nut topping make this a fast favourite.

German Afternoon Tea Cake

Cook Time 20 mins
Course Afternoon Tea
Cuisine German

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 lemon juice and rind

For Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add the egg and beat further.
  • Sift flour and baking powder into the mix. Add milk and lemon juice and rind
  • Mix thoroughly, spread the dough in a shallow buttered baking-pan.
  • Sprinkle the top with chopped nuts, sugar, cinnamon, and dots of butter.
  • Bake until brown and crisp, cut in squares, and serve piping hot.
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1920s Cocktail Recipes

What better way to add some authenticity to a 1920s party than to use some of the original recipes from the roaring 1920s?

We are here to help with 10 of the most fabulous prohibition cocktails from the 1920s and 30s. Cheers!

BRANDY JULEP

Into a small Bar glass pour ¾ of a Wine glass of Water and stir in 1 heaping teaspoonful of Bar Sugar.

Bruise 3 or 4 sprigs of Mint in the Sugar and Water with a Muddler until the flavor of the Mint has been extracted.

Then withdraw the Mint and pour the flavored Water into a tall Shell glass or large Goblet, which has been filled with fine Ice, and add:

1 jigger of Brandy.

2 dashes Jamaica Rum.

Stir well.

Decorate with few sprigs of Mint by planting the sprigs stems downward in the Ice around the rim of glass; dress with Fruit and serve

BRANDY SOUR

Fill large Bar glass ¾ full Shaved Ice.

2 teaspoonfuls Bar Sugar.

3 dashes Lemon or Lime Juice.

3 dashes Seltzer or Apollinaris Water.

1 jigger Brandy.

Stir; strain into Sour glass; dress with Fruit and serve.

CARLETON RICKEY—St. Louis Style

Use a large Mixing glass; fill with lump Ice.

Juice 1 Lime.

Drop squeezed Lime in glass.

1 jigger Old Bourbon Whiskey.

Fill with Sweet Soda.

Stir well and serve.

CHAMPAGNE JULEP

Fill medium size Shell glass ⅓ full Cracked Ice.

2 teaspoonfuls Bar Sugar.

2 sprigs bruised Mint.

Pour Champagne slowly into the glass, stirring gently at the same time.

Dress with fruit; dash with Brandy and serve with Straws.

Traditional Champagne – Tattinger

FANCY WHISKEY SMASH

Fill large Bar glass ½ full Shaved Ice.

2 teaspoonfuls Bar Sugar.

3 sprigs Mint pressed with a muddler in 1 jigger aerated Water.

1 jigger Whiskey.

Stir well; strain into Sour glass; dress with Fruit and serve.

GILLETTE COCKTAIL—Chicago Style

Use a large Mixing glass; fill with Lump Ice.

Juice ½ Lime.

1½ jiggers Burnette’s Old Tom Gin.

½ teaspoonful Bar Sugar.

Stir well and strain into Cocktail glass.

GIN DAISY

Juice of ½ of a Lime.

1 shot Cusenier Grenadine.

1 jigger Sir Robert Burnette’s Old Tom Gin.

Serve in a Mug with Lump Ice; fill with Seltzer.

Stir well and decorate with the skin of the Lime and fresh Mint and serve with Straws.

LADIES’ DELIGHT—Thursday Luncheon Punch

1 quart of Orange Pekoe Tea (cold).

1 quart of Old Country Club Brandy.

1 pint of Lemon Juice.

1 pint of Orange Juice.

½ pint of Pineapple Juice.

2 quarts Berncastler Berg.

1 pint of Bar Sugar.

Use a large Punch bowl with one Lump of Ice.

Pour in mixture; add one quart of Cook’s Imperial Champagne.

Stir well; decorate with fresh Mint, Fruit in season, and serve.

MINT JULEP—Kentucky Style

Use a large Silver Mug.

Dissolve one lump of Sugar in one-half shot of Water.

Fill mug with Fine Ice.

Two jiggers of Old Bourbon Whiskey.

Stir well; add one bouquet of Mint and serve.

Be careful and not bruise the Mint.

OLD FASHION COCKTAIL

Use a Toddy glass.

1 lump of Ice.

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters.

1 lump of Sugar and dissolve in Water.

1½ jiggers of Bourbon Whiskey.

Twist a piece of Lemon Skin over the drink and drop it in. Stir well and serve.

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Garden Tea Party Dresses

Summer is coming and we are already getting invitations to Garden Parties and Afternoon Teas! We are looking forward to the season when we can get out in the sun, enjoy the warm weather and finally see each other again.

The warmer weather and invitations have prompted us to get busy finding the best tea party dresses for garden tea parties! We have found some stunning options and look forward to sharing them with you!

Grace Karen Boat Neck Dress with Belt

We are in love with the freshness of blue and white polka dots and had to put this cute tea party dress first on our list. It is sweet, fresh and fun – and did we mention it comes in many other colors too!

Garden Tea Party Dresses

Grace Karen Boat Neck Dress with Belt

1960s Style Garden Tea party Dress

We also spotted this lovely navy and polka dot dress with the gorgeous ruffled neckline. Pop a swing style petticoat underneath to make this swing dress pop!

Maggie Tang’s 1960s Style Garden Tea party Dress

Backless Floral Dress

The swing style dress is incredibly flattering for all shapes and can be seen in many beautiful designs for garden wedding parties. We love this sweet and soft swing style dress with the floral overlay on the top. It is pretty and sweet.

Garden Tea Party Dresses

Our next pick has a longer back and a lower neckline. In beautiful navy with embroidered floral design, this dress is elegant and stylish for a day to night event.

Retro Polka Dot Swing Tea Party Dress

This lovely swing tea party dress has a gorgeous halter-neck design that shows off your shoulders and curves all at once! The larger white polka dot takes us back to the fun 1950s housewife style, so you can go full vintage with the hair and make-up in this dress.

Red Polka Dot Swing Dress

This red polka dot dress is also a fantastic 1950s design with wider straps and a gathered bust. It is slightly longer and has a small flare at the bottom. Wear it as is or add a wide petticoat underneath to show off the swing style more.

Garden Tea Party Dresses

Strapless Swing Dress

Can you tell that we are in love with polka dots this season? Now we have the 1950s pin-up style dress. This off-the-shoulder swing dress has a beautiful satin bow and ruffles around the bottom. Add a pair of high heels and some bright red lipstick and you will stand out in the crowd with this dress.

Demure Blue Party Dress

After all that va-va-voom our next pick is a demure blue and white dress with a bow at the front and ribbon panels around the waist. Floaty and sweet, this number is perfect for a simple elegant garden party dress.

The next few options are for those of you who always want something a little different. A garden party is a perfect place to bring out a fun jumpsuit. Pair it with high heels, fantastic hair and make-up and you will look stunning in these options.

Pistachio Green Wide Jumpsuit

Retro Capri Playsuit

Short Playsuit

Peach Blossom Print Wiggle Dress

After that small detour into jumpsuits, we are back to the dresses. This next one is a fabulous wiggle dress with the ruffle detail on the hip in a beautiful peach blossom print.

Retro Print Dress

The fun prints keep coming with this retro-inspired dress.

Mint Green Button Dress

Mint green and black polka dot remind us of mint chocolate ice cream, and make us want to indulge in more summer fun! This pretty 1950s inspired button-through dress with black polka dots and bows is summer fun in one outfit!

Garden Tea Party Dresses

Halter-Neck Dress

In a similar fun style this red, black and white halter-neck dress is fabulous in so many ways. It flatters most shapes and looks perfect at a garden tea party.

Pink Belted Swing Dress

We also love this pink swing dress with belt and bow. It is sweet, fun and delicious!

Pink Swing Dress

Or try this salmon pink swing dress with heart-shaped buttons and cap sleeves. This also comes in other colors.

Garden Tea Party Dresses

Checkered Wiggle Dress

One of our other favorite designs is the black and white check. This fun check dress has a great with the details of a defined bustline, wider shoulder straps, a nipped waist with belt and finally a flirty ruffled hemline. We love it.

Cherry Swing Dress

This Cherry Swing Dress goes perfectly with pink lemonade and summer garden parties. The flattering gathered bust and nipped waistline show off the swinging style of this fantastic dress. This design also comes in many color options!

Nautical Wiggle Dress

Summer garden parties are the place to wear some fun nautical styles. This navy and red wiggle dress sails into the party and makes an impact!

Gingham Check Wiggle Dress

More wiggle dress fun with this halter-neck blue gingham dress. The contrasting panels make this design super flattering!

Lobster Print Wiggle Dress

Hello summer BBQ! Sizzle in this red lobster wiggle dress with a cross-over halter neck.

Lilac Wrap Swing Dress

Pretty in Lilac and White, this fun swing dress has a lovely collar option and wrap-around design.

Show-Stopping White Dress

This show-stopping dress is pure elegance, available in a range of colors, we love love love the off-the-should detail paired with the tea-length hemline and nipped-in waist.

Our final three sweet dresses for a summer garden party caught our eye with the clever use of retro patterns in timeless designs. They are sweet, they are elegant and you will wear them again and again!

Blue and Red Vintage Print Dress

Golden Oriental Print Maxi Dress

Classic Vintage Print Dress with green trim

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