Pinkies Up! Classic Spots for Holiday Tea
photo: Tea Court Platter at the Heathman, courtesy Anne Jacko via Flickr
Heathman Tea Court
A long-running Portland tradition, the Heathman Tea Court is the place to see and be seen. During the holidays, the room is even more exquisite than ever, decorated in all its seasonal finery. The tea menu features a wide selection of teas, complemented by tea sandwiches and to-die-for pastries. Little ones will love the Peter Rabbit Tea, which offers “Ants on a Log,” snickerdoodles, German chocolate cupcakes and pb and honey sandwiches. Reservations required; $32 for adults; $14 for children
Monday through Friday, seatings at 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, seatings at noon and 2 p.m.
1001 SW Broadway
photo: Holiday Tea courtesy Ania Mendrek via Flickr
Dollhouse Tea Room
Dress up in your holiday finest and enjoy an afternoon to remember at the Dollhouse Tea Room. A little bird tells us that anything goes for dress up – from Disney Princesses to tutus to your fave red velvet gown or halo for the girls, and tuxedos or ties for the gents. Open by reservation all season. It’s worth mentioning that the Dollhouse is not open for walk-in business. Reservations required, must have a party of at least six; $20 per person (Dolls and teddy bears welcome at no charge).
3223 SE Risley Ave.
photo: Lavender Bleu, courtesy Teresa S. via Yelp
Lavender Bleu Gift Shop and Tea Room
Charming items for holiday shopping and tea service are combined at this suburban oasis. The Tea Room can be booked for up to 32 people, or call ahead to make a reservation for smaller parties. A special holiday flavored menu has been developed that includes such delicacies as a cranberry pecan chicken salad sandwich on a mini croissant and seasonal scones in cranberry and pumpkin. Reservations suggested; they offer a special Little Ones Tea for $7.95, which includes sorbet, two finger sandwiches, veggies, fruit, dessert and a drink.
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. (call for other times)
1877 Willamette Falls Dr.
photo: Tea time at Pix, courtesy Janine M. via Yelp
Tea in a “patisserie?” Yes, please! You know that their choice of tea time treats will be, well, sweet. The menu includes 15 sweet and savory bite-sized treats, so there is sure to be something to please every palate. The formal-but-fun tea includes a steaming pot of tea, of course, plus for the lads and lassies, chocolat chaud (a.k.a. drinking chocolate). Reservations required; $30 per person
Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
2225 E. Burnside St.
Any other spots that you head for a spot of tea around the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.
— Ty Adams