Summer Celebrations from The Hearth and Soul Hop

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Hello there and welcome to the summer celebrations Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party for July 4th through July 9th. We invite you to share all family-friendly posts as well as, of course, recipes for food from the hearth to feed your soul. Old and new posts are welcome!

Although our weather hasn’t been wonderful, England’s summer celebrations and events are in full swing. I had a lot of fun with my husband and our friends at The Henley Royal Regatta last week and we are looking forward to The Henley Festival coming up later this week. I’ll be sharing more about the festival in another post.

Have you ever had a traditional British afternoon tea or High Tea as it is sometimes called?

Places to Have Afternoon Tea in London on
Last week I shared some of the best places to have Afternoon Tea in London – including my favourite. Get some ideas for upcoming visits to London or just enjoy a virtual visit with me!

I’m all about seasonal fruit and my latest cake really lets it shine.

Blackberry Apple Cake
My easy to make Blackberry and Apple Cake is a family favourite and is perfect for any summer celebration – or just because!

Thank you so much for sharing your posts last week! This week I’m featuring Summer Celebrations from last week’s hop.

Featured Summer Celebrations – Events, Food and Drinks

Featured Summer Celebrations Posts at The Hearth and Soul Hop July 4 - 9 - all family friendly posts are welcome

From top left, clockwise:-

Independence Day in Nevada County California from Family Vacations US

Honeydew Margaritas from Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Boozy Bourbon Cocoa Blast Pops from Sidewalk Shoes

Hawaiian Lava Flow Cocktail from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

25 Recipes for 4th of July – or any summer celebrations – from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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Article by April Harris

April has written 1286 great articles for us.

April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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  1. Hi April,
    Thank you so much for the awesome feature today for my 25 Recipes for 4th of July, and you are so right these are great all summer. I would love a nice slice of your Blackberry Apple Cake to go with my afternoon tea, it would be delicious. Hope you are having a good day and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

  2. Your blackberry cake looks divine, April! And I love reading about all your adventures, of course. My girlfriends and I love to have a proper tea out or enjoy one we host ourselves, which we do fairly regularly. Enjoying tea out is usually more challenging for me being gf, but I’ve always made it work.

    This week I’ve linked up my Coconut Mug Pie (ready in 3 minutes!) and Chocolate Cherry Milkshake (a cherry-enhanced frosty!).

    Have a great week!

    • Thank you so much, Shirley. Some of our UK restaurants are offering gluten free afternoon tea – it’s happening slowly, but it’s happening 🙂 Your recipes sound so delicious – I look forward to visiting your posts!

  3. April, thank you so much for the feature! I hope you have a fabulous week. 🙂

  4. I wish I could experience afternoon tea or high tea with you in England! Guess I’ll just have to enjoy it virtually with you. Fabulous pictures of it!

  5. Thanks so much for hosting the party!

  6. April, I want to try your apple and berry cake! Can’t wait! Thanks for hosting.

  7. Hello April! I am really enjoying looking through the recipes you featured for the 4th of July which I know will be enjoyed by many all summer long. Today I’m stopping by the Hearth and Soul Hop with 2 hot weather favorites… Heirloom Tomatoes ‘n Goat Cheese with Balsamic Drizzle and Bodacious Banana Ice Cream. Have a wonderful weekend and as always, thanks to you and Swathi for hosting this incredible party! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Thanks for the party.

  9. Thank you so much for the party April. I’m loving all your summer photos. It’s warming me up! lol Enjoy your weekend!

    Anne xx

  10. thank you so much for the feature!!


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