Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Tea with Shamrocks. Enjoy Blarney Blend Black Tea, Shortbread Treats and a recipe for Shamrock Spinach- Artichoke Tea Sandwiches. You’ll also find additional teatime treats and tea inspiration.
Welcome to the March edition of Tea on Tuesdays!
Pam and I are excited to have Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life
join us as a special guest for tea today!
I’ve known Jennifer through blogging for 10 years. She’s a talented writer, photographer, designer,
and podcaster and was an event planner for more than 20 years.
Jennifer’s work has been featured in magazines and websites including Southern Living,
Martha Stewart Weddings.com, Country Living, Southern Lady and The Knot, among others.
In general, Jennifer is ‘The Keeper of The Magical Fairy Dust’!
Pam, Jennifer and I are glad you’re here to join us for tea today,
pour yourself a cuppa and join us!
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With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I’m sharing my love of the Irish!
Join me for a cup of Blarney Blend Black Tea today.
It’s a loose tea crafted from a variety of black teas from China, Kenya, and India,
with rich notes of astringency and malt that Irish tea blends are known for.
The green shamrocks add a festive touch and nod to St. Patrick’s Day.
My Belleek Irish Cottage Teapot was an eBay find several years ago.
Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery is located in the quaint village of Belleek in County Fermanagh,
on the banks of the River Erne, and is the oldest craft pottery in Ireland.
Each piece of fine Parian ware is an original piece of Irish craftsmanship,
using materials and techniques handed down through the generations.
With more than 100,000 pieces of pottery produced annually, each piece
passes through 16 pairs of hands before it receives the famous Belleek trademark,
ensuring its authenticity and quality, as any piece with the slightest flaw is destroyed.
You can read more on the history of Belleek Pottery, HERE
A Belleek Shamrock Honey Pot holds honey to sweeten our tea and was an Etsy find. . .
And a trio of petite Belleek vases were found at Tuesday Morning several years ago
and are filled with mini blooms at the table. . .
Raise your hand if you miss Tuesday Morning. . . *sniff*
Shamrock shaped plates by Grace Teaware are served up
on Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage leaf plates. . .
A 3-tier server provides some sweet and savory treats for St. Patrick’s Day.
Help yourself to a sweet shamrock or two . . .
Clare’s Irish Oatmeal Biscuits and Irish Shortbread,
from World Market.
Guinness Dark Chocolate Truffles offer a creamy ganache
flavored with Guinness beer set in rich dark chocolate. . .
And O’Neills Shortbread Sheep have a melt-in-your mouth
buttery flavor that *ewe* can’t resist. ,-)
Shamrock Spinach-Artichoke Tea Sandwiches provide a savory bite
for our tea and nod to St. Patrick’s Day.
To make this shamrock tea shamrocks here’s what you’ll need:
☘️ Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sliced Bread
☘️ Baby Spinach Leaves
☘️ Alouette Spinach & Artichoke Soft Spreadable Cheese
☘️ Metal Shamrock Cookie Cutter, slightly smaller than your bread, (mine was 3 inches)
Started by spreading both slices of bread with mayonnaise;
the mayonnaise will help the spinach leaves adhere
and add some moisture to the cheese spread.
Layer the baby spinach leaves on one of the sides
and spread your cheese spread on the other side.
Tip: To make a clean cut and more distinctly-shaped shamrock,
use a metal cookie cutter, pressing the cutter down through spinach side of the bread.
To assemble tea sandwiches ahead, cover sandwiches with a damp paper towel
and wrap well with plastic wrap to keep your bread from drying out.
Looking for a recipe for a sweet treat for St. Patrick’s Day?
Coffee cake meets apple pie in Irish Apple Cake with Streusel Topping.
Enjoy for dessert, with an afternoon cup of tea or as a breakfast treat!
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Join Pam and Jennifer for teatime:
Pam at Everyday Living
Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way–
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~ Irish Blessing
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Well you have inspired me to get out my late Mom’s Belleek china and host a tea ! Well done ! 👏
Thank you, you bring Joy into our home via our in box, may your have a lovely spring
Mary, Your Irish tea table is beautiful. The sandwiches are so cute. The sheep shaped cookies are adorable! Happy Tuesday! Clara ❤️
Another perfect post!
Oh Mary, I so enjoyed your Irish tea! The Belleek teapot, honey jar and bud vases are just delightful, and I enjoyed reading about the care with which they are made. So many wonderful shamrocks, on the plates, teacups and in the treats! The sheep shortbread are too cute :) The Blarney Blend Black Tea sounds delicious also, and I would love a spinach and artichoke shamrock sandwich ☘️ Such a beautiful tea table and St. Patrick’s Day tea!
SIMPLY GORGEOUS! I love everything about your tea party.
Such a sweet visit!
I also miss Tuesday morning. They had the best departments and prices. Your poetry collection is lovely. Sandwiches look delicious. I like this series especially when you invite new to me bloggers as guests.
Love love love this post. I’m sitting here sipping tea and grinning from ear to ear, Mary! ♣♣♣
Thanks for the amazing inspiration.
Raising my hand about Tuesday Morning. (sniff)
Always loveMary’s blog posts! I own a couple pieces of Beleek a small Santa bell and a lovely jug/vase given as Christmas presents by a friend who thought I would appreciate them which I do. Also a mini vase in the iridescent glaze purchased at the Beleek factory by my aunt.
My fondest memory of the famous pottery are the famous Belleek pigs. A dear friend of my parents had two shamrock decorated piggies that held pride of place on her mantle piece. As a child I was fascinated by them. The lady also had a delicate shell shaped piece that I loved. Belleek is also known for its lovely intricately woven flower baskets. Someday I’ll get to Ireland to visit both the Belleek & Waterford factories. Meanwhile, thank you Mary for opening the door in my mind to some lovely, cherished memories of a very dear woman and those adorable pigs.
Thank you, Mary. This is a lovely post. I have a small collection of Beleek, some given to me by my late Mother and sister and also from my sister, Laura. I cherish my Beleek, not simply because of its beauty, but because of the ones who gave it to me.
Thank you for sharing wonderful ideas.
Oh Mary, you’ve made my Irish eyes and heart happy with your tea! I always swoon over your Belleek teapot and your honey pot. Those sheep shortbread cookies are adorable! The tea sandwiches are so pretty too, and the Irish tea sounds delicious ☘️ Can you believe, my Tuesday Morning is still open?!! The checker told me that the 400 were being closed and she was hoping it wasn’t ours. Thank you for all the beauty today (and always!) 💚
Mary, my green eyes are smiling☘️ I have always loved your Belleek Irish Cottage Teapot, it was a fabulous find! I enjoyed reading the history of Belleek Pottery. We visited the Waterford Factory when we were in Ireland, but not the Belleek. That would have been an enjoyable tour. The honey pot is adorable as well as the vases. I miss Tuesday Morning. The shamrock shaped plates by Grace Teaware are perfect for your Irish Tea. I will take one of each of the sweet and savory treats. World Market always has some wonderful treats, unfortunately it is a drive to Birmingham! We love shortbread and the sheep are too cute. It is always a pleasure to share a cup of tea with you 💚☘️
SO inviting, your table is! I just love all the little bites you’re serving up, from the cute cookies (those sheep!) to the great little sandwiches to the dark chocolate. The sweet designs of the Belleek pottery are so endearing and timeless, and the rest of your table elements are so complimentary. I appreciate your teatime, and the fact that you were willing to reschedule for our tablescape event next week,
Mary, what a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day tea you have set. You have so many pretty Belleek pieces that are perfect for the occasion. All of your sweet and savory treats that compliment the Irish tea look scrumptious! I would so love to join you at this pretty table.
Mary, I am totally charmed and wish I could beam myself to your tea table. I’m crazy about your lovely Belleek pieces and inviting shamrock tea sandwiches. The shortbread cookies and Irish tea blend sound so good.
I am raising my hand with a sniff also, about Tuesday Morning.
The Irish apple cake is calling my name.
Hope the weather doesn’t do any damage for you this weekend.
The weather here in Colorado is nice and sunny today but later tonight 22 mph wind gusts and 50% snow for tomorrow. Low of 20 tonight and high of 40 tomorrow.
Such a lovely Irish Teatime! The sheep cookies are adorable! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Your table is so beautiful, Mary! I love the Belleek china and the cookies and sandwich are precious too!
You’re so right, I miss Tuesday Morning also! And Pier One Imports, too…
I’m so honored to have been invited to have Tea on Tuesday with you and Pam!! Thank you so much! You both are such an inspiration to me!!
Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day!! ☘️☕️❤️
My hand is up for missing Tuesday Morning!!
Thank you for such a lovely post!
What a beautiful table! I love the shamrock sandwiches, and of course, the Belleek pieces. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Mary have a wonderful March 17. HAPPY ST.PATRICK’S DAY Enjoy the day. Your Irish Tea Party is splendid.
Marilyn,Joan and Marion