Our exquisite Irish Afternoon Tea Set is everything you will need for a relaxing afternoon cup of tea with a beloved family member or friend. Our set from Royal Tara includes four Celtic-themed mugs, one pack of Irish tea bags containing 50 individual bags packaged in a beautiful Irish-themed keepsake tin, and two Irish teabag holders. Each of the mugs are beautifully designed in a breathtaking Celtic knot pattern around the top and bottom of the piece. Inside each mug is a painted saying or blessing that match the look and feel of the artwork around the outside of the mug. The mugs and teabag holders feature classic Celtic knot patterns as well, and also include one of Ireland’s most beloved and iconic traditional Irish blessings: "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand." The Celtic knot has been used as a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life in Ireland for thousands of years. After the arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland in 432 AD, the Celtic knot began to be used as a symbol of the Christian holy trinity: the father, son, and holy spirit. While its specific meanings have varied throughout the centuries, it has always remained as a sign of people coming together, so it makes perfect sense to include in our Irish Afternoon Tea Set as you get together with friends and family to enjoy a cup of tea. Similar to the Celtic knot, it is also believed the Shamrock was used as a teaching tool by St. Patrick to help relay the meaning of the holy trinity. Today the shamrock is without a doubt one of the most prolific and popular Irish symbols although it is believed to have been first popularized by St. Patrick as he appears holding a shamrock on ancient coins and manuscripts. Originating from the finest tea estates in Kenya, the afternoon teas included in this 50-piece set are unparalleled in their quality, briskness, and refreshing taste. The tin containing these lovely teas features beautiful Celtic artwork and is rugged and stout enough to be re-used for many years to come. For more than 50 years, Royal Tara has been synonymous with Ireland’s finest china and special giftware. Headquartered in Galway, Ireland’s “City of the Tribes,” Royal Tara is a company that takes great pride in the historical roots of its city and those who live there. As early as the 16th century, Galway has been a major hub for the Irish merchant class, and it is arguably the country’s greatest destination for those seeking the finest craftsmen and quality in Irish-made items. Our Irish Afternoon Tea Set is no exception to this rule. Each mug contains hours of painstaking design and detail from the company’s very best artisans. Today Galway is a bustling manufacturing hub in Ireland, as well as a vibrant university city, and it remains one of the most beautiful and popular destinations among those exploring the island. Our Irish Afternoon Tea Set comes packaged in wonderfully made box, making it an easy gift to give for the Irish tea drinker in your life. And with free 3-day shipping anywhere in the United States, you will receive your Irish Afternoon Tea Set just in time to give to that special someone for their birthday, anniversary, graduation, or whatever the occasion might be. Please do not delay in placing your order! These sell very fast!