Looking for St Patrick’s Day Tea Party Ideas?
Tea party ideas for St. Patrick’s Day when you have to stay within a budget. You may not be aware, but the Irish drink more tea per capita than any other country in the world. Tea is their favorite drink. So a tea party is right in keeping with Irish traditions. Tea is also a beverage that helps stay on budget. Loose Leaf tea can be served for pennies per cup.
It seems that this is a holiday when everyone celebrates being Irish. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated world wide from Japan to Australia to North America. It is the one holiday of the year; when people get together just to have fun. There are no holiday rules and expectations. With spring just around the corner, the weather is warming up and things are just starting to turn green. There are buds on the trees and maybe even a few crocuses popping up. Yes, this is a great time for hosting a tea party for St. Patrick’s Day.
Once you have decided where you are having the party, it is time to decide the time and prepare the invitations. Our invitations set the tone for the party. Get creative and have fun. A hand made and hand written invitation can not only be cost effective, but impressive and create excitement about the party. It is important that you get you invitations out early enough so that those invited can leave that time open. If you want everyone to dress in green or wear a leprechaun’s hat, make sure you inform your guests in the invitation.
If you have the time and inclination, you may want to consider hand delivering the invitations. Make a small pot of gold with a few gold covered chocolate coins with a hand written note. Place the invitation somewhere where your guest will be sure to find it. They will be so impressed by your attention to detail.
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Times for the party will make a difference in the foods you serve. Afternoon tea is usually light fare. You would ask your guests to arrive between two o’clock and three o’clock in the afternoon. If you want to have more of a dinner menu, you will be serving high tea. You would arrange for your guests to arrive between four o’clock to six o’clock in the afternoon.
Now let’s decide on decorations. Green is the theme. You may want to have an accent color such as white or orange. Shamrocks, baskets of green apples, and pots of mint can adorn your tables. Use ribbon around the pots in your accent colors. Green linen tablecloths with white flowers such as Calla lilies, white daffodils or white carnations will make an impressive presentation.
If you live in a warmer part of the country, you may consider having a garden party. A balloon rainbow with a pot of gold at the end makes for a fun presentation and unique entrance to you garden party.
It is now time to plan the menu. This is an opportunity to explore some Irish dishes if you are not familiar with them. Of course, if you are adventuresome, you may consider tinting some of your recipes with green food coloring.
Here are some suggestions that you may want to serve. A Smashing Leprechaun green tea cocktail, Irish oatmeal cranberry scones, Pistachio fruit fluff, Emerald Isle fruit dip, and for dessert, Leprechaun green tea cake with shamrock green tea frosting.
St Patrick’s Day tea party ideas can be as varied as the cultures that celebrate this day. Hosting a tea party is about bringing friends and family together for a day of sharing thoughts and enjoying the company of friends.