If you love hosting vintage parties, be it for special occasions or for seasonal events, you will love the beautifully illustrated The Vintage Tea Party Year by vintage caterer extraordinaire Angel Adoree (Mitchell Beazley, now available on Amazon).

Just as her much loved first book on vintage parties, Angel offers up a wonderful selection of tried and tested British-influenced recipes from savories (mushroom creme brulees) to sweet bakes (choux pastry swans!), drinks (Whiskey Sour) and even home deco (rosette bunting), all accompanied by wonderful illustrations and photographs of her and her friends. However, rather than giving general tips, this time Angel talks us through throwing amazing vintage parties throughout the year, be it for a hen do, a gentlemen’s evening, Bonfire Night, Christmas or a picnic.

We don’t often gush about a vintage cooking or catering book, but this one had us swoon with delight. There isn’t a hint of chintz or a single misinterpreted idea of retro to be found, just authentic, inspiring recipes and party suggestions. Angel has it all covered, including even ideas for party hair styles (from 40s up-dos to Victoriana and a 60s beehive) and accessories from handmade gloves for a coming-of-age party or a picnic blanket made out of vintage scarves.

Best of all, Angel never serves up vintage cliches – her Valentines dinner steers clear of OTT chocolate, her circus-themed kids party never ventures into lets-out-do-the-other-parents territory and her party for expectant mothers couldn’t be any more different than your run-of-the-mill American baby shower.

The Vintage Tea Party Year is a must for anyone who loves to host a good old-fashioned party, or anyone who’d like to surprise their loved-ones with a vintage feast.