It's March 17, happy St. Patrick's Day! Join me in celebrating Irish heritage whether you are of Irish descent (I am!) or, if not, to just have a good time :).
It's snowing again today, so it's a perfect day for tea. I set my tea cart to share with you.
In the front is my Belleek set. It is not a matching set; the plate is in the classic basketweave pattern but the cup has the harp shaped handle with the matching saucer. I like that the plate is slightly different. I also really like the harp shaped handle--perfect for my Irish set! Here is a closer look at the cup:
Belleek is very light and delicate. The inside of the cup is iridescent, similar to a shell.
This figurine is Irish Dresden. Her name is Caroline (same as my full name). I love her green and white ruffles with roses intermittently placed on the dress. Irish Dresden is made of real cotton lace impregnated with porcelain clay, which is then used to dress the figurine.
This vase with the green and white flowers is a new find from an antique mall, a little Belleek vase. I loved the shape and the shamrocks in the front with Celtic looking symbols embossed on the side.
Below is a teapot I found at Homegoods last year. Also in this picture is a little creamer that I found this year that matches.
In some of the other pictures I've posted, you can see the little feet holding up the teapot and creamer. I couldn't find a sugar bowl, but I think one of my grandmother's green glass bowls works perfectly to hold the sugar cubes.
Now let me prepare the tea. I saved a tea bag from the hotel I stayed at in Dublin last year. I might have traveled the UK and Ireland picking up tea in each of the hotels I stayed at :).
I really enjoy posting on the various Tuesday tea parties and this week Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage suggested a tea party celebrating Spring with a Bird Lover's Tea or a green tea for St. Patrick's Day, or a combo of the two. So I have a special guest for tea today:
And I'll leave you with a bit of an Irish song, because how can you talk about Ireland without music: "So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all."
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