My older sister visited a good portion of last week
and I treated her to her first visit to The Kelton House
for their afternoon St. Patrick's Day Tea!
I forgot my camera so my pics aren't great from my phone,
but I couldn't skip it and not share this tea party with you all!
I know how much you love tea parties!
And by my sharing with you,
it makes me feel as though you kinda went with me.
And I REALLY REALLY LIKE that feeling!
The sweet lady sitting across from me had painted her nails
the prettiest shade of green for St. Pat's,
so she let me snap a pic to share.
Interestingly, she always paints her ring finger a
different color than the rest.
Here's my huge plate of one of everything.
Sorry for blurry pic - didn't realize it was this bad till now.
Everything was SO delicious!
And it was fun showing my sister the museum house
full of amazing antiques.
I hope she will be able to attend another
of the Kelton House teas again- they're a very special treat!
It was fun to share my world a little more with her, too.
Here is a copy of the wonderful menu:
Toad in the Hole
Irish Cheese Bites
Apple and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Bacon Beer Scones with Smoked Cheddar & Carmelized Onions
Glazed Irish Breakfast Tea Madeleine (my favorite)
Irish Potato Candy
Bailey's Butterscotch Brownies
Irish Cream Puffs
Shamrock Bread Pudding
The speaker for the day was scheduled for St. Valentine's Day
but was stuck in Boston during one of the really bad snow storms.
(Her mother lives in Boston and she was visiting.)
So we were able to hear it this time - her presentation
was all about the history of White House Weddings.
It was so interesting!
I forgot to take a picture of her. Oops.
On the back of the menu it reads:
Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is a tradition that started in the 17th century, when green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Ireland's patron saint.
The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns; the small fairy folk who would pinch anyone they could see.
Of course, with St. Patrick's Day comes the massive appearance of shamrocks. Whether you're wearing one pinned to your lapel or if you have them on your socks, shamrocks have become a central symbol for this day,
In the olden days in Ireland, the shamrock was seen as sacred.
Due to its green color and overall shape, many believed it to represent rebirth and life. The four leaves of the clover are thought to represent faith, love, hope and luck.
Because of this, the shamrock has continued to be very popular in Irish culture. When the Irish were protesting British rule many people wore shamrocks as a silent reminder of their solidarity, and support of the Emerald Isle.
From then on the shamrock has become a very well-known symbol that represents Ireland and her Irish people.
As always, thank you for your visit!