Today we had St. Patricks’s Day afternoon tea on the lanai!!I love my Irish tea set from Galway. What a beautiful tablescape this set creates. Galway is where my Grandfather’s family hails from, so it just feels good to sip from these cups.
St. Patrick’s Day Afternoon Tea Tablescape
I laid an Irish linen tablecloth over the small wooden table, just right for two. I love the crispness of an off-white tablecloth against the white irish china. The woven lines of the cloth adds some subtle texture and directs the eye to the centerpiece…the teapot.
Tiny shamrocks wind their way around all the pieces of Royal Tara fine Irish china. The rims are touched by 24 carat gold. The vintage silverware has a vine motif also to add a even more to the setting. I found this set at an estate sale here on Amelia Island. The couple had honeymooned in Galway in the 1950s. I assured the husband that I would treasure the set just as his wife had. And I do.
The above photo shows the entire St. Patrick’s Day Afternoon Tea Tablescape. I kept the food light today since it was hot outside and we have a heavy Irish dinner to come. We had mint chocolate chip meringues. Lovely indeed.
The tea, of course was my favorite Bigelow Award Winning Plantation Mint. The tea is clean and smooth with the perfect mint finish! Eunice Bigelow created this blend by adding just the right amount of mint to a rich, flavorful black tea. One sip and you will see why I drink it every day.
We had a little drop of bubbly with the tea in the tiny shamrock embellished glasses. I bought them at a different estate sale than the tea set, but they match perfectly. I love the thrill of the hunt and when something as unique as this comes my way, I must see that it comes home with me.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Now on to corned beef and cabbage for dinner.
I am sharing one last peek at my shamrocks. See how large they are. I hope you St. Paddy’s Day was as happy as mine.