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
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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.


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


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.

Royal Albert New Country Roses Tea Cup Set
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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 Three Piece Tea Cup 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

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.

London’s Afternoon Teas

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


  • 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


  • 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!


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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Best High Tea Party Dresses

The wedding season is arriving soon, and High Tea Weddings are trending! But what does one wear to a tea party? We have you covered with the best high tea party dresses for every style!

Black and White Tea Party Dress

We start with the classic tea party dress. This 1950s style with capped sleeves and a nipped-in waist with a belt is perfect for a vintage tea party. This dress in a classic black and white print ensures you look elegant and cool.

High Tea Party Dresses - Afternoon tea dresses

We start with the classic tea party dress. This 1950s-style dress with capped sleeves and a nipped-in waist with a belt is perfect for a vintage tea party. This dress is a classic black and white print dress with a swing skirt that ensures you look elegant and cool.

High Tea Party Dresses

Boatneck Sleeveless Tea Party Dress by Grace Karin

Tea-Length Off the Shoulder Dress

A tea-length off-the-shoulder dress in blush pink is perfect to wear to a tea party wedding. This classic off the shoulder Dress is by 12Crazy

For more pastels, these two beautiful swing high tea party dresses in soft pink or pale blue could be just the thing.

Swing Dresses Are Perfect for High Tea Parties

High Tea Party Dresses

This pretty pink swing High Tea Party Dress is by GownTown

tea party dress - pink

This Off-the-shoulder tea-length dress in pale pink is a classic romantic look.

Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

High Tea Party Dresses - Afternoon tea dresses

This 1950s-style Swing Party Dress is by VOGVOG and is super fun in baby blue.

Add A Tea Time Necklace

This sweet Teapot pendant necklace is perfect for adding to a fun afternoon tea outfit!

High Tea Party Dresses

Emerald Green Swing Dress

Watch others turn green with envy when you arrive in this classic green swing dress with a matching waist bow. The higher neckline and capped sleeves make this dress perfect for a vintage tea party. This Swing Rockabilly Dress is by DressyStar

Floral Tea-Length Party Dress

This Summer Tea Party Dress is everything we love about tea party weddings, fun, summery and special.

Vintage Print Swing Dress

The 1950s woman knew how to make the most of her shape in a wide swing dress or a pencil dress. This off-the-shoulder swing dress in a beautiful garden print is perfect for a summer high tea party in the sun.

High Tea Party Dresses

Vintage Rose Pencil Dress

The pencil dress style is one way to turn up the vamp and stand out in the crowd in this black and white polka dot dress with large red roses. This Vintage Pencil Wiggle Dress is by Grace Karin

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Retro Print Swing Dress

A little bit of Marilyn is always fun at a summer tea party! we love this retro vamp dress with all the summer feels.

Black and Tan Overlay Dress

This black overlay dress is pretty for a day into an evening tea party.

High Tea Party Dresses - Afternoon tea dresses

Mad Man Green Wiggle Dress

Or take a cue from the women of Mad Men with this classic green off-the-shoulder dress made to hug every curve. High tea party dresses give you a chance to turn up the glam, retro style! This Green Wiggle Dress is by Belle Poque

High Tea Party Dresses

Rockabilly Red Swing Dress

Heading back to the swing high tea party dresses the next two dresses on our list fall are perfect for a more Rockabilly style event. High hair, bright lipstick, tattoos, and killer heels go perfectly with either of these two styles.

Black Cut Out Swing Dress

1950s Rockabilly Dress by Gardenwed

Retro Print Tea Dress

Or choose a more subtle retro vibe with this vintage print dress.

Retro Print Tea Dress

Or choose a more subtle retro vibe with this vintage print dress.

Tea Length Cocktail Dress

Tea-length dresses are flattering and look perfect at an afternoon tea party. These two caught our eye recently for the fun prints and classic styling that suits most shapes.

High Tea Party Dresses

This tea-length dress is by Adrianna Pappal

Pink Satin Tea Party Dress

This pink satin tea-length dress is an Adrianna Pappal Tea Length Dress

Off The Shoulder Tea Length Dress

This classic champagne-colored dress is beautiful for an elegant afternoon tea wedding party.

Halter Neck Garden Print Dress

This fun halter neck dress in a Japanese blue garden print is fun and a little flirty for a great afternoon event. This Retro Halter Dress is by Dresstells

Blue and White Polka Dot Swing Dress

With this blue and white polka dot swing dress, you will be ready to party the afternoon away.

Red Tea-length Dress

The floaty skirt on this tea-length party dress is pretty and flattering.

Retro Style Silk Dress

We love the retro vibe of this silk button dress by Five Cats

Titanic Tea Party Dress

For something completely different we found these stunningly beautiful Titanic-inspired vintage tea party dresses.

High Tea Party Dresses

Titanic Tea Party Dress

For something completely different we found these stunningly beautiful Titanic-inspired vintage tea party dresses. This Titanic-Style Tea Party Dress is by Belle Poque

Alice’s Tea Party Dress

If your High Tea Party has an Alice In Wonderland theme, we have found the perfect tea party dress for you!

This Mad Hatters Tea Party Dress is by Leg Avenue

Or Wear a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Outfit

This fun little Mad Hatter shorts and jacket outfit is just the ticket!

Finally, we finish our selection of tea party dresses fit for a queen.

This Off The Shoulder Ball Dress is floaty and romantic with butterfly organza.

French Tea Party Dress

This Victorian-inspired tea party dress is perfect for a French Style Tea Party.

This Victorian Tea Party Dress is by 1791

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11 Unique Afternoon Tea Drinks

Never feel limited to only serving tea or coffee at an Afternoon Tea, High Tea or Garden Tea Party. We have lots more ideas that you can delight your guests with.


Mix three heaped tablespoonfuls of grated chocolate into a paste with cold water. Pour it into a double boiler with four cups of hot milk. Add sugar to taste, and let cook for five minutes. Beat the whites of two eggs to a stiff froth and put them into the cups. Put a teaspoonful of vanilla into the chocolate after taking off the heat. Pour the hot chocolate very slowly upon the beaten whites of the eggs, stirring constantly with a silver spoon or a wooden stick. This makes delicious, frothy chocolate. The cocoa which comes in packages may be used instead of grated chocolate.


Select perfect lemons and roll until soft. Extract the juice, using a glass lemon squeezer, and rejecting the seeds and pulp. Rub sugar over the peel of the lemon to extract the oil, and add to the lemon juice. Fill a glass pitcher one-third full of broken ice, pour the lemon juice upon the ice, and add granulated sugar and water to taste.

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Make tea according to the directions given above, using two or three extra teaspoonfuls of tea. Fill a glass pitcher half full of broken ice, and pour the tea, scalding hot, upon the ice, being careful that the stream strikes the ice and not the pitcher. Serve with sugar, and slices of lemon.


Put into a bowl the juice of three lemons, two oranges, sliced and seeded, one grated pineapple, and one cup of sugar. Let stand an hour to extract the juice, then strain through a fruit press. Add to the juice as much cold water as desired, and two slices of pineapple, shredded. Pour into glasses half full of cracked ice.


Mash and strain two cups of currants stripped from the stems. Mash also an equal quantity of raspberries. Mix the juices, sweeten to taste, and serve in glasses with cracked ice and cold water.


One cup of sugar, one cup of canned pineapple, one cup of water and the juice of two lemons.

Boil the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Put the pineapple through the fruit press and add to the syrup with the juice of the lemons. When ready to serve, add water and sugar to taste. Serve ice cold.


For every cup of fruit juice add half a cup of apple cider vinegar and two cups of sugar. Heat the fruit, sugar, and vinegar stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, and it boils into a thick syrup. Skim if necessary, strain, and bottle. When served, allow one-fourth cup of syrup to half or three fourths of a cupful of ice water.


Use ripe red raspberries, and prepare according to directions given above for Blackberry Shrub.


Fill the tumbler half full of cracked ice. Add one tablespoonful of sweetened raspberry juice and one tablespoonful of cream. Fill the glass with soda water.


Crush two or three sprays of mint with a lump of sugar. Put into a glass half full of cracked ice. Add four tablespoonfuls of grape juice and fill the glass to the brim with charged water. Shake thoroughly and strain into another glass.


Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a tall glass, add two inches of shaved ice, two heaping teaspoonfuls of sugar and fill the glass with seltzer or Apollinaris.


Upon a tablespoonful of good tea pour two quarts of boiling water. In the meantime have ready the juice and peelings of three lemons and one orange in a pitcher. When the tea has steeped for five minutes, strain through a fine strainer into the pitcher. Add a cup of sugar and cool slowly. At serving-time put into glasses with plenty of ice.

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THIRTY-FIVE CLASSIC CANAPÉS Recipes from the late 1890s.

Anchovy and Egg

Cover thin circles of fried or toasted bread with chopped hard-boiled eggs, lay a curled anchovy in the centre of each piece and serve either hot or cold, garnishing with minced parsley or capers.

Pimola and Anchovy

Cut thin slices of bread into fancy shapes, toast, spread with butter, and lay a curled anchovy in the centre around half a pimola. Fill the spaces with the minced whites and sifted yolks of hard-boiled eggs and border with minced capers or parsley.

Anchovy and Olive

Serve pitted olives on rounds of fried bread with an anchovy curled around each olive. Fill the space to the edge with chopped olives or rings of hard-boiled eggs. Garnish with cress.

Anchovy and Cheese

Fry small rounds of bread in clarified butter, sprinkle with grated cheese, season with salt and cayenne, and put in the oven until the cheese is melted. Fillets of anchovies may be laid on these canapés and they may be served hot or cold, garnishing with minced parsley.

Anchovy and Cayenne

Pound anchovies to a smooth paste with butter and season with cayenne and lemon juice. Spread on strips of toast or bread and lay strips of anchovy on each piece. Fill the spaces between with hard-boiled eggs chopped separately.

Watercress and Egg

Chop watercress and pickles with the yolks of hard-boiled eggs and rub to a smooth paste with butter. Spread on strips of fried or toasted bread and lay an anchovy on each one.

Tomato and Anchovy

Slice large tomatoes, cut circles of bread to fit, and toast or fry the bread. Lay a slice of tomato on each piece, put a pimola in the centre, curl an anchovy around it and border with stiff mayonnaise, using the pastry bag and tube. Serve ice cold.

Anchovy Sauce Toasts

Beat together two eggs, a tablespoonful of melted butter, a teaspoonful of anchovy sauce, and salt and cayenne to season. Add three tablespoonfuls of grated cheese and one tablespoonful of flour wet with cream. Spread thickly upon small slices of toast and bake until brown.

Anchovy Essence Toasts

Chop two hard-boiled eggs fine, mix to a smooth paste with melted butter, season with anchovy essence, and serve on small circles or squares of buttered toast.

Caviar and Watercress

Spread strips of toast with caviar rubbed to a smooth paste with butter, sprinkle with chopped watercress, and serve cold.

Caviar and Egg

Heat caviar with enough cream to moisten, spread on rounds of fried or toasted bread, and sprinkle with hard-boiled egg-yolks rubbed through a fine sieve. Garnish with cress.

Caviar on Rye

Spread thin rounds of toasted rye-bread with caviar, seasoned with lemon juice. Lay a slice of hard-boiled egg on each one and serve with a garnish of parsley.

Caviar Lemon and Parsley

Spread thin squares of toast with caviar seasoned with lemon juice, sprinkle with minced parsley, and border with chopped hard-boiled eggs. Garnish with lemon and parsley.

Olives and Pickles

Chop fine, olives, pimentos, and cucumber pickles. Season caviar with lemon juice and spread upon circles of fried or toasted bread. Cover with a thin layer of the chopped mixture.

Caviar on Boston Brown

Spread butter upon thin round slices of rye-bread or Boston brown-bread and lay a thin slice of cucumber, which has been dipped in French Dressing, on each piece. Remove the yolk from slices of hard-boiled egg, lay the ring of white on the cucumber, and fill the centre with caviar.

Caviar and Oysters

Season caviar with lemon juice and spread upon rounds of toasted bread. Lay an oyster on each piece and serve on a plate with a garnish of cress and lemon.

Caviar Cream

Mix caviar to a cream with lemon juice and spread on buttered toast cut into squares or diamonds. Garnish with hard-boiled eggs, chopped finely, and sprinkle with minced onion. Skinned and boned anchovies may be used instead of caviar.

Caviar Toasts

Heat a can of caviar with a little melted butter, season with lemon juice and cayenne, and serve on small squares of hot buttered toast.

Caviar Watercress Toasts

Fry small rounds of bread in butter, drain and cool. Chop watercress very fine, rub it to a paste with butter and spread on the toast. Sprinkle with salt and paprika, cover with caviar seasoned with lemon juice, and serve with a garnish of cress.

Crab and Green Pepper Toasts

Spread thick rounds of fresh bread with butter and anchovy paste, cover with crab-meat, sprinkle with minced green pepper, press firmly, and serve with a garnish of cress.

Sardines and Egg Toasts

Rub to a smooth paste the yolks of hard-boiled eggs and an equal quantity of skinned and boned sardines, seasoning with lemon-juice. Spread on narrow strips of buttered toast and serve either hot or cold.

Sardine Toasts

Drain and skin boned sardines. Sauté in butter, season with salt, cayenne, and lemon-juice, and serve hot on small strips of buttered toast.

Sardine Lemon Toasts

Drain, skin, bone, and mash sardines. Rub to a smooth paste, moistening with melted butter and lemon juice. Spread on small circles of bread, lay a ring of hard-boiled egg-white in the centre, fill the space with minced olives and surround with the sifted yolk. Serve with cress or parsley.

Sardine on Rye

Toast small slices of rye-bread and spread with sardines, pounded to a paste and rubbed smooth with butter. Arrange alternate rows of chopped hard-boiled egg yolks and whites, garnish with parsley and serve.

Sardine and Pickle

Rub boned and skinned sardines to a paste with butter and the yolks of hard-boiled eggs, seasoning with chopped pickle and parsley, lemon-juice, and mustard. Spread the paste on rounds or strips of fried bread, lay a skinned and boned sardine on each piece, heat thoroughly and serve.

Salmon and Caper Toasts

Spread rounds of fried bread with chopped smoked salmon and cover with mayonnaise to which has been added chopped capers, olives, and onion. Garnish with cress and serve cold.

Anchovy and Tomato Toasts

Fry small rounds of bread, spread with anchovy paste, lay a slice of tomato on each and serve ice-cold, garnishing with cress or parsley.

Chese Toasts

Sprinkle rounds of fried bread with grated cheese, heat until the cheese melts, and serve very hot.

Fried Bread with Caviar

Spread rounds of fried bread with caviar seasoned with lemon-juice, lay a slice of hard-boiled egg on each one, and sprinkle with chopped cress.

Ham Toasts

Rub chopped ham to a smooth paste, moistening with cream, milk, or melted butter. Spread on small rounds of fried bread, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and cayenne, and brown in a hot oven.

Cheese and Paprika Toasts

Spread small strips of bread with butter and sprinkle with salt and paprika. Cover with grated cheese, bake until the cheese softens, and serve immediately.

Excerpt from CANAPÉS by Eric Treuille 

Swiss Cheese Toasts

Butter small rounds of toast, cover with thin slices of Swiss cheese or sprinkle with grated Swiss cheese, brown in the oven, and serve hot.

Cheese and French Mustard Toasts

Spread grated cheese on small rounds of bread seasoned with salt and cayenne, and bake until the cheese is melted. The bread may be spread with French mustard before the cheese is put on.

Pate Toasts

Rub two chicken livers to a smooth paste with butter, seasoning with salt and paprika, spread on rounds of fried bread, and serve hot.

Mixed Meats Toasts

Mix equal quantities of minced cooked chicken, ham, or tongue with a little very thick cream sauce. Season with curry powder and lemon juice. Spread on small rounds of toast and serve hot, or make sandwiches of toast with the mixture between.

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