Monday, March 16, 2015

A tea for St. Patrick's Day

My sister usually comes over for Sunday night dinner, so this week I had a little tea to celebrate St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.

No Irish party would be complete without music, so here is tonight's song:

This was just a small tea, with my two shamrock place settings:


(my Belleek teacup with a small Belleek vase)


(I don't think my new to me vintage Aynsley set has ever been used--it still had its sticker on the teacup after I bought it!)

Of course I'm serving an Irish Breakfast tea for this party.

Since Irish Breakfast tea is extra strong, I take mine with cream,

and sweetener.  Because this is a small tea for two, I'm using an Irish Kearney crystal jewelry box that my aunt gave me to hold some splenda.  I think it is the perfect size to go with this small tea, and I really like the claddagh ring on the top with its green stone.   

I served potato leek soup in my Austrian clover cream soups.  I'll share the recipe for this soup later this week.

With the soup, I served two tea sandwiches:

cucumber and cream cheese, and corned beef with a sweet Irish cheddar ground mustard and mayonnaise.

I also served soda bread scones with currants and raisins.  I shared the recipe for these scones last year here.  I enjoy these soda bread scones with Irish butter spread on top--delicious!

For dessert, I served iced shamrock shortbread cookies on small depression glass plates.

Here is another view of the table in my kitchen nook.  The shamrock runner was a gift from my mother--isn't it pretty?

I have a couple of other touches of shamrock décor in the room, including the Oxalis plant on my buffet,

And shamrock window clings on the kitchen door to my deck.

Thanks for joining me for a St. Paddy's day tea!  I'll share an Irish blessing before I say goodnight:

“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.”

This week I'm joining:

Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea 
Rose Chintz Cottage's Tea time Tuesday


  1. Wow! What a gorgeous St. Patrick's Day tea table! I love your lovely shamrock table runner for is the perfect thing for celebrating the day. Your shamrock china is beautiful with all the green. I love the treats for tea time and the potato leek soup looks yummy! We will celebrate at home for I set our table for 6 with my Spode Shamrock China. Have a great week!


  2. Your table looks amazing. What a wonderful St. Patrick's Day Celebration you will have. Blessings, Martha

  3. What a wonderful St. Patrick's Day tea! Between the music and recipes, I feel like I was there. My eyes immediately went to your shamrock Belleek teacup. I've never seen one before in that shape. Just beautiful! Definitely your Anysley looks brand new. Your table runner completes the whole tablescape. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Fabulous Carrie! Love your china and your setting is marvelous! Love the embroidered tablecloth too! I love potato leek soup and the rest of the menu is perfect! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  5. It's all beautiful! Love that cloth, and of course, nothing can beat Belleek!

  6. Your St. Patrick's tea table is gorgeous! I love all your dishes, specially the shamrock ones, of course. The tablecloth is stunning and very unique.
    The food sounds awesome too.
    Happy St. Pat's Day!

  7. Beautiful!! Love that stunning runner!! I usually decorate our Den for St. Patrick's day but I could not get my act together this year...


  8. What a lovely tea table you set. AND that runner is PERFECT.

  9. What a wonderful St Patrick's Day tea table, Carrie! I love your pretty shamrock runner. Your china is lovely and I would certainly enjoy the food. Your sandwiches sound delicious. Love all your festive touches! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Happy St Patrick's Day!


  10. Your sister must of been thrilled when she saw what you planned for Sunday night with this lovely table and goodies. Your embroidery piece on the table is amazing as well as all your pretty china pieces!

  11. Happy St. Paddy's Day, Carrie! Your Irish table setting is absolutely charming! Of course, my favourite parts are the beautiful teapot and teacups! Don't you just love finding second-hand teawares that are in pristine condition, i.e., never been used? Hee!

    1. P.S. My green cottage teapot is a real clock and not an actual teapot. There's a gold pendulum that swings back and forth through the "door" but it wasn't visible when I took the photo.

  12. Hi Carrie,
    Oh, where do I start?? First of all, the runner that your dear mom gave you was what I noticed! Oh my, is it ever stunning! I bought the same Belleek teacup as you, but I didn't show it. It is a beauty though, isn't it? Your other teacup is so pretty, too. Your sister is so lucky to be invited to your tea for two! The menu was heavenly. I wish I could share in it, myself. You set the prettiest themed tables. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! 🍀

  13. Hi Carrie! Here's the photo of Grey House (aka Foxbar in my town):

    It was the best drive-by image (don't worry, I wasn't the one driving!) that I could capture without getting arrested for trespassing. Hee!


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