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Monday, 12 March 2012

St. Patrick's Day Tea for Tea Time Tuesday



Hills as green as emeralds
Cover the countryside
Lakes as blue as sapphires –
And Ireland's special pride
And rivers that shine like silver
Make Ireland look so fair –
But the friendliness of her people
Is the richest treasure there. 
                                           
  

Hello dear friends and welcome to my St. Patrick's Day Tea! Do you have some green to share today? I would love to come by and see it!





The wee folk and I are so happy you have stopped by for tea today! Breena has settled upon a leaf to enjoy tea time with us.



Shamrocks are scarce on the Island this time of year so I will have to make do with what I have. My cupboards are bare too as far as shamrock teacups go but I do have a wee bit of green to share with you so please come in and make yourself at home.




May you always have walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,

Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire.~ Irish Blessing

I have used some green toile on my tea table today. The sun is shining in and making pictures hard to take but I so love sunny days!


We will start off with some Irish Breakfast Tea.


I also have Stash Green Chai and Four O'Clock Green Chai for your pleasure.

Do You Know Why Green Tea Is Good For You?
Drinking green tea is very beneficial to your overall health.
The main health beneficial ingredient in green tea is catechin polyphenol, of which the epigallocatechin gallate variety or EGCG is the most abundant. EGCG is quite a powerful antioxidant that slows down the growth of cancer cells. It also has the effect of killing cancer cells without doing harm to the healthy tissue surrounding them. EGCG has also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels, and reduce the formation of blood clots. Since blood clots are some of the most common causes of heart attacks and stroke, this green tea benefit is all the more important.

I am using my favourite Skye McGhie teacup today, Chantilly Lace....

  
....and my green teapot.



My only green teacup is also on the table.



I have some mini chocolate cupcakes with piped on green frosting and some teensey shamrock sprinkles. They are delish!





Which teacup would you like to sip your tea from?




May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.~ Irish Blessing




Next week please help me Celebrate ~ The Splendor of the Season ~ Spring Tea. I do hope you will all join me.

Let's bring out our loveliest springtime tea things and perhaps some birds or bunnies, anything which says springtime to you.


My Spring Tea button is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar. Hope to see you all here next week!

May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore. ~ An Irish Blessing


Happy St. Patrick's Day! 



I am delighted you have stopped by for a visit as your presence always make my tea party that much more special! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!
If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot apple cider
Hot chocolate
Lemonade
Iced tea or iced coffee
Punch in a beautiful bowl.
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name.

Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for Tea Time Tuesday.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants. Thank you!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Simply Sweet
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Party Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Thursday





Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

43 comments:

  1. Dear Sandi,
    I wish you a Happy St. Patricks Day, although it is too early yet. But you have set a beautiful tea time for this event. If I am allowed to chose, I would use the green tea cup. It is so sweet and very special because its handpainted. I love the charming poems. You always share true delight full of meaning. Thank you for hosting this wonderful event.
    Best greetings and Luck too you,
    Johanna

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  2. Oh this looks lovely! your setting is so pretty. really I couldn't choose between the cups as I love them both. wishing you a happy day, from Australia :)

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  3. Hi Sandi, Green tea is not a favourite of mine, but your story about the health benefits may entice me to try it again. I think I would like mine in the green teacup, green is my favourite colour. Have a wonderful week:)

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  4. Happy ST Pattys Day...one of my fav days of the year (I am Irish, by the way!) Love the green toile, love the Harney & Sons tea~ nice choice. Great photos, too. The ivy is charming. Hope you can stop by for a hearty claddagh mug of Lyons Irish Gold and a slice of soda bread. Erin Go Bragh!
    Shawn

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  5. I love the little green one with the flowers. So pretty. This post is a reminder to find some pretty green tea-cups. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

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  6. Hi Sandi, your St. Patrick's Day tea is just sweet. I didn't have anything green enough for one so will not be participating today. I'll be here next week though for your Spring Tea. Can't wait! Have a lovely week. Hugs, Pamela

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  7. Sandi,
    What a beautiful post in honor of St. Patrick's Day! I love your green tea cup and saucer. Love the Chantilly lace!!
    Thanks so much for hosting!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  8. Hello Sandi
    You always have so many lovely quotes to share over tea each week.
    The cupcakes do look delicious and I have several varieties of green tea that I drink - my favourite is jasmine.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Judith

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  9. Oh, I love these beautiful greens in your tea today! Everything looks so soft and pretty. Lovely St. Patrick's Day tea you invited us to! Thank you for Hosting Sandi and I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  10. A lovely St Patrick's Day post! Love your wonderful green teacup...a favorite of mine! And the cup cakes do look wonderful! I am baking heart sugar cookies with green sprinkles today!
    Ruth

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  11. What sweet mini cupcakes. Like your green cup. Nice to see how St. Patrick is celebrated with various things in the green with fairies and green clover. Sweden does not have this tradition. Maybe should I start? I wish you a great week! Zinnia

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  12. Hi Sandi,
    How lovely is this tea time in honour of St Patrick!
    Green is in the air!!! And your green tea cup, the cupcakes, the ivy, everything is beautiful (my tea cup this week is also green). Green tea is also my favorite.
    I loved the poems, too.
    Hugs

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  13. What a pretty tea cup. And those treats look might good! Happy St patty day!

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  14. Hello Dear Sandi,
    Happy St. Patrick's Day! What a completely delightful post! Love your green teacup and the treats look delicious! Always love the Irish blessings, - Thank you for hosting,
    Kathy

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  15. Hi Sandi,
    Such a pretty little tea! I love your white teacup and the mint one. Have a wonderful week. Thank you for hosting!
    Sherry

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  16. Hi Sandi, What a wonderful post; I've been working on gathering my Irish pieces to and will post later in the week but I don't have any Irish teapots-might be a good thing to ask for for my upcoming b.d. I'm all Irish and love to celebrate it big. I also love your blessings-they are some I haven't read before so I may have to research some new ones. I'm wondering if you are Irish too?
    Have a wonderful week. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  17. Hi Sandi, Your green tea cup is so beautiful. I love your green cupcakes too. Your tea today is very charming; I especially like the Irish sayings. Ireland is a beautiful place.
    Blessings, Beth

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  18. Hi Sandi, Your green tea cup is so beautiful. I love your green cupcakes too. Your tea today is very charming; I especially like the Irish sayings. Ireland is a beautiful place.
    Blessings, Beth

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  19. Sandi, I so enjoyed tea with you today ... you had the perfect selection and both your teacups are lovely! The green one with its delicate pink roses ... is calling for the warm weather!!! Happy Tea ... and oh can't wait to celebrate spring next week! xo Blessings C. (HHL)

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  20. Lovely setting...I really like the green teacup with the tiny roses and of course, the cupcakes :-)

    Happy St.Patrick's Day

    Vee

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  21. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Love your teapot and teacups! Those chocolate cupcakes looks wonderful with the green icing! Lovely vignettes. Thanks for hosting!
    Miss Bloomers

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  22. Whenever I stop here I just find myself taking a deep breath and enjoying a moment of contentment. This Irish tea warms the heart this week. I am telling my ST Patty's birthday girl all these tea posts are for her! Love the poems shared as well. Happy Tea Week and hope the leprechaun brings you some gold!

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  23. Lovely Irish tea tavle, sandi. I love your green tea things. Happy St. Patrick's Day!..Christine

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  24. Such a delightful post. I am most loving your Chantilly Lace teacup. So elegant. Your posts are always so special. Thank you.

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

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  25. Excellent post, Sandi- not only beautiful but very informative as well.

    Thank you for hosting your weekly link party, it is one of the best!

    Happy Tea Tuesday, my friend!!

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  26. Hi Sandi~
    What fun to look at all of your St. Patrick's Day china! I think the teacup with the green and pink is my favorite. I enjoyed the poem too. This was a beautiful post!
    xo
    Holly

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  27. What a lovely variety of teas to try with your scrumptious looking little cupcakes.

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  28. Hello Sandi,
    Your post is so lovely! You really do put such care and effort into it and it really shows. The vignettes are so pretty and all the information you share with us is fab. Your mint colored floral cup is very pretty and works very well for this month.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  29. Sandi, what a beautiful tea you've set. I would like mine in the green cup, please. Your cupcakes look wonderful. Thank you for the info on the benefits of tea. I also love your topiaries in the previous post.... So sweet!

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  30. 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

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  31. Pretty table. Love the green tea pot!

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  32. I'm the same way, Sandi. I don't have anything St. Patrick-y to show. But green tea has always been one I keep in my cupboard...I even feel healthy after drinking it! I learned some things about Irish Tea from writing on my own post.
    In His Lo♣e, Ann

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  33. Hi Sandi! Blessings to you this St. Patrick's Day week! A lovely tea you have set for us - and such beautiful poetry celebrating the spirit of the Irish! Those cupcakes look like they are just waiting for my two front teeth to bite into all their delish!

    Joy!
    Kathy

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  34. Sandi, what a delightful post. Your tea has so many lovely pieces. Your teacups, the teapot and the cupcakes all perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I love your Irish Blessings. I feel like I've already celebrated SPD. I'm a wee bit Irish too Sandi so it was a trip I really wanted to make. Happy Spring!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  35. Happy St Pats Day, Your tea is beautiful,to be sure,to be sure
    x jeanetteann

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  36. Hi Sandi,
    Everything looks so lovely. Your tea cups are beautiful.... I would choose the green one with the pretty flowers. I love your St. Patrick's day cupcakes. They look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing your Irish poems. Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings,

    Lisa

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  37. Hello again Sandi, thank you for inviting me to join your lovely Tea Party. I'm loving being a part of it.

    Bridget xo (AKA Sunshine Girl)

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  38. Oh, Sandi, I would have to choose that pretty green cup with the wee roses on it. I would be delighted to have tea with you and Breena! You always put so much thought and effort into your tea time, sweet friend, and I always enjoy my visit with you. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Vicki p.s. The cupcakes are making my mouth water!

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  39. So Lovely in Green Sandi...

    The colour suits you and your table very well... I love the dainty little ivy bower. May I request the green cup and a teeny tiny bit of the cupcake.The rest I'll leave for Breena..Yum yum..She can handle the extra pounds( Ha Ha)... Thanks for hosting this inspiring celebration..happy St. Patricks Day !!!! ..Hugs

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  40. Hey Sandi ...Thanks for the visit..Sorry that the text was not there... but it's up now...Hugs

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  41. nice tea preparation, very relaxing while drinking tea in that setting.

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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