Irish Tea Party Menu

I’ve recently handed out invitations to the ladies in my Bible study for a St. Patrick’s Day tea party.  (The alternative was a $30 per person party at a nearby herb farm.)

I like to suggest a common theme: in the past I’ve encouraged tiaras and hats.

A tea party starts with tea so I’ve decided to serve two types, both decaffeinated :

Irish tea is usually strong.

an herbal tea and decaffeinated Irish breakfast tea.

I’m going to use some mismatched but pretty china from my collection.

I plan to serve some tried and true food in addition to adding a few new to me items.

On the savory side:

  • corned beef on oat bread,

    Corned beef and cornichons on oat bread
  • chicken salad sandwiches,

    Cucumber on white bread, egg salad on whole wheat, chicken salad on rolls
  • egg salad  smoked salmon sandwiches,
  • cucumber sandwiches.

On the dolce side:

  • petit fours (if I can find them),
  • lemon curd in meringue shells aka Pavlovas,

    Pavlovas with lemon curd and berry coulee.
  • puff pastry mini fruit tarts.
I'll be using many food items from Trader Joe's.
I’ll be using many food items from Trader Joe’s.

In addition I’ll probably have some pretzel thins for a taste of salty/crunchy and some chocolate-covered-caramel candy.

Charlie usually plays butler and maestro at our tea parties and even does the washing up.

I know Sug and I can set up this tea party in the morning and serve it in the afternoon. Charlie will be our dedicated waiter and lead us in an Irish song sing-along.

Are you planning any Spring Flings?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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