Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week and since St. Patrick's Day is only a few days away, I thought it would be nice to celebrate now.  My husband has Irish on his side and his grandmother Kathleen's particular shade of blue eyes have been passed along even to grandchildren.
I have 2 of her shamrock teacups by Phoenix that are special reminders of her.
I've baked some sugar cookies using my shamrock cutter that Rett kindly included in a tea swap last year. I thought it only fitting that she have the first cookie.
The Irish blessing says "Good tea is a pleasure, Good friends are a treasure and there is Irish breakfast tea  brewing.
Of course there are enough cookies for everyone beside my potted shamrocks, I like the burgundy variety mixed in with the green.
 Vintage napkins with my shamrock lapel pin, a keepsake from tourism Ireland at Canada Blooms.  I hope to visit Ireland one day to photograph the gardens.


A patch of clover I found growing in a rock, I wonder if there are any 4 leaved ones in there?
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37 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Very pretty tea cups! I don't have any shamrock or Irish decor but I think I have a shamrock cookie cutter. hmmmm.... Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Pamela

Crafty Gardener said...

What lovely shamrock teacups, just perfect for a St. Patrick's Day tea.

Johanna said...

Hi Judith,
what a treasure to have those cups. They are pretty and so typical. They make every St. Patricks Day celebration very special. Thank you for sharing all the nice things. The two different shamrocks in one pot are beautiful.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Judith,
Oh, how pretty your teacups are! Beautiful keepsakes! Your shamrock cookie looks good and would be nice with a cup of tea. Love the silver teapot too!
My children all have bright blue eyes too which was passed on through Hubby and his Irish relatives.
Thank you for joining me for tea and I'm excited to be hosting our Spring Tea next week! Spring is finally upon us!

Blessings,
Sandi

Antiques And Teacups said...

What wonderful teacups! I love them! I am baking sugar cookies with green sprinkles today...don't have a shamrock cutter so they'll be hearts! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Olga said...

Lovely! Your St.Patrick's Day tea setting is very lovely. The sugar cookies look so festive and delicious. I need to learn making sugar cookies too (do you have a recipe to share?)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The Irish really love their tea. They would love one of those cookies too. Happy St. Paddy's Day. V

Beth said...

Hi Judith, The clover growing in the rock is so pretty. I love your shamrocks - both the plants and your cookies. Also those shamrock tea cups are very pretty. Hope you make it to Ireland someday. I know you would love it!
Blessings, Beth

Mimi said...

Lovely shamrock cups!
I like the green sprinkles on the cookies too!

Celia M. c. said...

Beautiful teacups , truly a beautiful keepsake. I'm swooning over your cookies and that tea pot!! Wishing you a wonderful week... xo C. (HHL)

podso said...

Just love your teas! You certainly have some nifty cookie cutters!

Rettabug said...

Awwww, THANKS for the first cookie, Judith! They turned out great!!!
I tried to cut out brownies with my cutter & was an total failure. Made a mess & gave up.

I love your beautiful shamrock cups...I've been looking for a nice tea set with them, but haven't found one I'm willing to spend so much money on.

I have those same turquoise/blue eyes...maybe I'm related somehow! LOL

Wishing you an early Happy St. Paddy's day!! Don't forget to wear your green or you'll get pinched!
Hugs,
Rett

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I feel "lucky" to have happened upon your inspring lovely blog that is for sure. Can you believe that I do not own a shamrock teacup! I think that is downright criminal! I enjoyed looking at your treasures this week and just might have to steal a bite of that shamrock cookie...wasn't me, 'twas the leprechaun in me..ha!

Sherry said...

Your teacup is beautiful! Love the clover in the rock. Everything here in southern IL is charging into bloom this week. It is too early but, for some reason it is mid 70's all week!? Have a great night!
Sherry

Sonia said...

Those Phoenix teacups are precious and so beautiful! How wonderful to have them. Love your irish napkins and blessing! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Miss Bloomers

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your husbands grandmothers tea cups are beautiful. And your cookies look so delicious. Thanks for sharing an Irish tea with us this week.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

lovely post teacups and cookies! thank you for celebrating a bit o the Irish :) having grown up in Killarney, this has always been about memories for me. you're welcome to celebrate teatime in Killarney with me today if you have time ~ would love to share the blessing!

kitty said...

What a beautiful tea party, Judith!! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

Zinnia said...

What beautiful tea cups you inherited from your husband's grandmother. Very sweet with clover and gold decor. I wish you a wonderful tea-time! Zinnia

Sunray Gardens said...

Everything looks so lovely. Love the cup and the cookies look wonderful.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Martha said...

Love the shamrock cookies AND the shamrock cups. It looked like a delightful tea!

jabblog said...

Very pretty table. I think everyone in North America is Irish on St Patrick's Day. Here in UK it's just the Irish who celebrate:-)

Red Rose. said...

Hi,Judith!
You were given beautiful tea cups from your husband's grandmother. They are very special one for you! I hope you visit Ireland one day and take many photos of the gardens.I look forward to seeing them!!
Tomoko

Terri said...

Hello Judith,
Your blog is looking just gorgeous in all the lavender! Your St. Patrick's Day tea is perfect! I love your tea cup, as well as your tea pot and linens. Such a sweet setting.
Hugs,
Terri

Zuzu said...

All so very pretty, and the shamrock teacups and cookies are delightful! Thank you for inviting us, Judith! :)
~ Zuzu

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

HAPPY TEA CUP TUESDAY!

I'm just making my rounds...visiting everyone on the linky list....I think I'm #21 on the list...but it's not showing up yet!

Thanks for sharing your precious tea with me today.
Hope you'll stop by to read my nostalgic post about my love of collecting and using tea cups!




ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Love the teacup, very special.

My Little Home and Garden said...

If Ireland is on your list, then I do hope you make plans to visit. I'm sure you would love it. It rained a fair bit on my one trip there but it was still incredibly beautiful.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Judith,
Your Tea looks so lovely. You have beautiful teacups and the cookies look so pretty and yummy.
Thank you for sharing your St. Paddys Tea.
Nancy

Linda J. said...

Your teacups are beautiful and the cookies are pretty and look yummy. Your St.Patrick's Day tea has put me in the mood to celebrate!

Mom Wald said...

What a lovely story and a lovely cup!

Kathryn Ross said...

Blessings milady, Judith! And, a lovely green tea you're serving today! Such a pretty shamrock cup - I'm finding quite a variety this week featured here in Blogland! Thought of you while I was in Hobby Lobby this weekend - I found a beautiful silk lavender bush - never saw one before! Of course, I brought it home and it is dressing up my spring setting in my living room as I write.

Joy!
Kathy

Bernideen said...

I just told my husband - wow- those cookies look good - I should make some sugar cookies - see what an inspiration you are Judith!

Micupoftea~ said...

Beautiful teapot, Judith! Happy St Pattys Day~

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Judith,
What a lovely St. Patrick's tea!
The shamrock cups are sooo beautiful!
And the teapot is gorgeous!
Loved it all!
Hugs

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Judith,
I love your shamrock teacup and your cookies look delicious. Your teapot is beautiful! Happy St. Patrick's day tea. Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage for tea time Tuesday.

Blessings,
Lisa

Yana Olson said...

Vintage napkins with shamrock lapel pins looking pretty Cool......!!

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