Irish Soda Bread Dish
Tea party ideas for St Patrick's Day make perfect sence. If you are wondering why, here is a fact that may surprise you. Tea is the favorite drink of the Irish people? The people of Ireland consume more tea per capita than any country in the world. They take their tea very seriously.
Celebrating St. Paddys Day has become an international event of wearing of the green. In fact, many of non Irish descent from countries all over the world including: Japan, Russia, Australia and Canada celebrate this occasion. Of course, North America has the largest celebrations anywhere in the world.
St. Patricks Day is one of the few holidays where there is no gift to bring and there are no expectations. It is a few days before spring so the weather is starting to change, crocus may be starting to pop out. Winter is on its way out and everyone is in a mood to celebrate.
Hosting a tea party for St. Patricks Day is a great way to learn about the Irish traditions and have fun with friends. So, lets get started on planning and come up with tea party ideas. The first step is to decide where you are going to have your party. Depending on the part of the country you live in, you may want to plan a garden party. For those is cooler climates, you can transform your home into a warm and inviting spot.
If you are planning an afternoon tea, you would serve light food and have guests arrive between 2 PM or 3 PM. For a heartier meal, you may want to serve high tea. The guests should be expected to arrive around 4 PM or 6 PM.
Now it is important to get the invitations out to give your guests plenty of time to make plans to attend. You may want to get creative and make special invitations. If you want your guests to dress in green, make sure you inform your guests on the invitation.
Some fun invitations may be to paint a smooth rock green and paint the invitation on the Blarney stone. Make a leprechaun hat out of pretty green paper and write your invitation on the top of the hat.
Planning the decorations will depend on if this is an informal party. Or do you have something more elegant in mind? White linen table cloths with green and orange accents can give the room a more formal feel. Of course, emerald green linen table cloths with white or orange accents can give a more informal feel to the room.
Accents to consider are potted shamrock plants; green apples in bowls around the area will add a nice touch. If you can't find pots of shamrocks, any white or green flowers would be beautiful on the table: Bells of Ireland or Emerald Roses. Ask your local florist about what is available. Dont forget to use plenty of greenery among the flowers.
For a more dramatic approach, hollow out green apples just enough to place a tea light. Use on the tables. Light just before the guests arrive.
A more casual and very affordable table decoration would be to use unpeeled potatoes and using toothpicks to place small paper shamrocks and pots of gold.
These tea party ideas for decorating will be sure to be a hit:
Balloons in green and your accent colors can always add a festive touch.
A rainbow made of colorful balloons with a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow would tickle the children, if invited. The pot of gold could have some special treats for all to take home such as gold foil-covered chocolate coins.
A St. Patricks Day tea party menu may include some green foods. This can be easily accomplished by adding a few drops of green food coloring to any dish. If you think that it will not bother your guests. Cut up green vegetables, such as green peppers, celery, broccoli, cucumber and fennel sticks. Serve with green ranch dressing for dipping. Fruit kabobs with kiwi and green apples served with green fruit dip. Of course, every tea should have scones. Consider serving Oatmeal and Cranberry Scones. Green tinted Irish soda bread served with green tinted butter or cream cheese will make quite a hit. Dont forget the Devonshire cream
For tea sandwiches consider serving:
For a hearty meal you may want to serve corned beef and cabbage, or Irish stew.
Individual servings of pistachio fruit fluff.
Miniature green twice baked potatoes.
Green deviled eggs.
Just add a few drops of green food coloring to the recipe when you mix the ingredients together.
Make or buy cookies in the shape of shamrocks to serve. Of course, a special dessert would be Leprechaun Green Tea Cake with Shamrock Green Tea Frosting.
You will want to serve Irish breakfast tea. The Irish like a strong tea with lots of milk. Another hearty tea to consider is Pu-erh tea. Have other teas available to serve for those that prefer a milder tasting tea. Our recommended tea source Adagio Teas
Dont forget the music. Play traditional Irish music during your party. CD's are readily available in book and music stores at this time of year.
As a keepsake, you want to leave your guests feeling special. As a wee token of friendship send your guests home with something. You can create party favors by wrapping gold covered chocolate coins in little bags of green velvet and tying them closed with a gold ribbon.
Some other suggestions:
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hallow of his hand.
Take time to prepare as much as you can before guests arrive. This will allow time for visiting and creating an atmosphere of joy and friendship. This is a party to take time and relax. Get into the spirit of the Irish and enjoy all the tea party ideas you came up with.
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