Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tea on Thursday - Come for an Irish Tea

In the summer of 2014 I had the privilege of taking a trip to Ireland.
Although I was there for a garden tour, taking tea was an important part too.
 I had many scones in Ireland with my tea as I do at home on the right.
I brought home shortbread shamrock cookies whereas at home I usually bake sugar cookies and decorate them.
I also bake Irish soda bread to have with tea and breakfast. There are 2 recipes I use and both have been added to the recipe page at the top of my blog.
I searched for some authentic Irish linen and finally found this square table topper in Belfast at a National Trust Garden. People donate linens to raise money for the trust and this one had a tag attached dating the piece to 1920.
I couldn't leave Ireland without bringing home a lucky shamrock necklace. Well, enough about my trip to Ireland, come join me for tea.
 Welcome!
We'll be using the two shamrock teacups by Phoenix inherited from hubby's grandmother who brought them with her from Ireland.
We're having Irish afternoon tea from Connemara.
Good tea is a pleasure,
Good friends are a treasure.
~an Irish blessing~
Will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a tea at your home or at a tea room?
Linking with these tea gatherings:
Tea Time Tuesday for a special St. Patrick's tea.

41 comments:

  1. Good Morning, I just love the Irish blessing..Your tea setting is pretty, I love the cute tea cup and the napkin holder is adorable.. The scones, cookies and bread all look delicious. Have a happy day!

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  2. Judith, such pretty, dainty perfection!...:)JP

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  3. I so enjoyed your Irish Tea party. So many wonderful and cute things you have.

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  4. Everything is so beautiful. You have wonderful memories of your special trip to Ireland. You have set a perfect Irish Tea party table. Love the linens. My husbands ancestors came from Ireland. I would like to try some of the Irish Soda Bread; with some of the Irish Afternoon Tea.

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  5. Oh, Judith, you are incredible! You have created a lovely, lovely Irish Tea party. Everything is so beautiful and the green colour always pleases the eye.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  6. What a beautiful tea for St. Patrick's Day, Judith! I like the Irish lace, the Irish door, the napkin rings, and your scones. Oh, and how beautiful your heirloom teacups are!
    Hugs, Beth

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  7. Lovely! Don't have my St. Pat's tea up yet...Aren't trip memories wonderful! I will be baking Irish soda bread this weekend, and have corned beef & veg in the crock pot right now! A favorite around here.
    Ruth

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  8. How lovely I enjoyed your Irish tea time . Lovely post and photos ! Thanks for sharing have a good weekend !

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  9. Tea and biscuits always welcome.
    Merle.................

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  10. What a fun Irish Tea. The scones look yummy as did those cookies.

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  11. Dear Judith,
    As you said, it is a privilege to go to Ireland. What a magnificent country, with such a rich history and such fun, warm lovely people to make you feel at home. We so loved it there.
    Your sentimental tea cups are wonderful as is the linen table topper.
    Slainte!

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  12. I'd love to join you for an Irish tea, Judith. We could each share what we did on our trip to the Emerald Isle as we sip our tea from your lovely teacups and have a shamrock cookie. I love all your treasures that you brought home with you. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  13. What a beautiful Irish tea setting! I once heard that Ireland is one of the biggest tea-drinking countries in the world!

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  14. Your Irish tea looks delightful, Judith. I do love the lace cloths that you picked up in Ireland.

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  15. A lovely tea - and the teacups are precious.

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  16. O, I love your beautiful Irish tea...and if I could go any where in the world, I would choose Ireland.

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  17. I have been lucky to visit Ireland twice, the first time just for 3 days, the second time for two weeks, both trips in the 1980's. I long to go again. Hope I will return someday soon. Of all the places I have traveled in the world, it's one of my Top Two Favourites. Your tea looks lovely...

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  18. What a fun post! I really like that Shamrock Teacup and your other Irish items.

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  19. Oh I remember your trip...and those scones will make me cheat and have some gluten....I adore those tea cups....and your table/tea details for this lovely tea.

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  20. What wonderful treasures and memories of your travels!! Thank you for sharing them with us! xx

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  21. Hi,Judith
    I am glad to visit you today. Your Irish tea looks delicious. I like the green can too. What a lovely Irish tea time!
    Have a happy day.

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  22. Love seeing your Irish tea things and hearing again about your trip!

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  23. Lovely photos of the things you got on your trip! I bet that was an amazing trip! I may take the kids and my Mom to a local tea room. Or perhaps just make our own tea party here!

    Deanna

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  24. I would like to go to there some day. Going to london in may I do know someone back home who as a home in Ireland .I'm in Spain now . Do not drink tea but love the cups
    Laura

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  25. What a beautiful post Judith. I enjoyed seeing the lace and linen, and pretty teacups. The teapot napkin rings are really cute. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Pam

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  26. Very nice post! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

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  27. Absolutely LOVELY tea time, Judith. I adore seeing all your pretty treasures from Ireland. And your treats look especially delicious today!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, my sweet and dear friend. Hugs.

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  28. Love the Phoenix Shamrock teacups and your beautiful Irish linens. Sweet memories from your trip to Ireland. Happy Tea Day!

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  29. What a wonderful post, Judith! Your soda bread looks delicious. I haven't made mine yet and I have never made it with raisins. Perhaps I will add the raisins this year. I love your shamrock teacups; so pretty! Beautiful linens and Irish blessings too. Thank you for joining me for tea and Happy St Patrick's Day, my friend!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  30. Very lovely photos! Those cups are so beautiful. Your soda bread looks neater than mine...I think I slashed them too deeply!

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  31. Your greens are so beautiful on the eyes today Judith since there isn't much of it around here at the moment. Hopefully soon. I loved the vase of one of my favorite plants, Lady's Mantle!

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  32. What a beautiful St. Patrick's Day tea! Everything looks so delicious. The Irish linens are such a treasure. How special that they're from the Belfast National Garden. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Lovely tea, Judith, and I'm sure it holds good memories for you. That Irish linen is beautiful. You have lots of beautiful things for a proper St. Patrick's Day tea. Those scones and the Irish soda bread look especially delicious.

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  34. I love your beautiful trip to Ireland! I am so glad you shared the photos. Your Irish bread looks yummy and the Irish tea with be great for tea time. My mother bought back tea linens from England and Scotland so I know how much you love the Irish linens from your trip. Your teacups and saucers is the most beautiful pattern I have seen with shamrocks. We will celebrate St. Patrick's Day at home for I have set the tabe for 6 with the Spode Shamrock pattern I recently acquired! So, we will be celebrating at how and drinking green tea for I do so because of my health!

    Thanks, Pam

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  35. Hi: Every post today has beautiful Irish blessings. I love them. Thanks for the fun post. Blessings, Martha

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  36. Wow, Judith, those two shamrock tea cups made my day! But then, everything else is so special!
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy St Patrick's Day.
    Hugs

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  37. Judith, I linked up from Rose Chintz Cottage & have linky posted there as well. I love your post today. My heart longs to visit Ireland one day, and I do have Irish ancestors. Today I am eating my Irish Shortbread cookies shaped like shamrocks as well. They are from Ireland, but purchased at Cost Plus World Market. :) Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~Heather Elizabeth

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  38. As I arrived here to admire all your pretty Irish things, I am reminded I forgot to do my link to your Monday blog party - will do that now! I enjoyed all your items!

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  39. Hi Judith! Those teacups are gorgeous! Your soda bread looks delicious. I enjoyed seeing the pictures from your trip to Ireland--the linen you bought is lovely. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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  40. Back again to say - I got to your link up too late. Your cup and saucer are the prettiest Sham rock one I've ever seen! Wonderful!

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