In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, why not have your homeschoolers put together a traditional Irish tea? Here are some ideas you can use for planning your event!
In Ireland tea is served three times daily. Choose from morning tea, afternoon tea or high tea. Morning tea is served at 11:00 AM, while afternoon tea occurs between 3:00-5:00 PM. The high tea is served along with the evening meal at approximately 6:00 PM.
Blank note cards can be decorated with a shamrock stamp or you can cut shamrock shapes from green card stock and write the Irish Tea Party details on these. Send to guests at least two weeks in advance.
Dress your Irish tea table in a tablecloth made of Irish damask linen. You may also choose a lace cloth, or if you wish, simply use a green table covering. Look for the names Belleek (Irish pottery) and Waterford (Irish crystal) when setting your table. If these aren’t available, any porcelain tableware will suffice. Use bunches of clover for centerpiece vases and table decorations.
Irish tea is brewed strong and traditionally served with milk or cream and sugar. To serve your tea in the manner of the Irish, first fill each tea cup about 1/3 full with the cream, then add the tea. Serve with sugar cubes on the side.
Morning tea can be served with simple biscuits or shortbread cookies. Afternoon tea is the formal tea that is traditionally served with a variety of Irish soda bread, Irish tea cake, Irish scones, cookies, breads and spreads such as butter and jams. Despite its name, High tea is actually less formal and in Ireland it is considered the “working man’s meal” because the man who worked late into the afternoon, often skipped lunch and missed afternoon tea. In this case, tea was served at the dinner table along with the evening supper. If you are planning a traditional Irish high tea, prepare to serve supper to your guests along with their tea.