Pinkies Up! Four Spots for a Spot of Holiday Tea
As the holiday season kicks in, sometimes we all need a break from the Santa hoopla, present shopping, tree trimming and hall decking. Recharge with your fam and keep the holiday spirit alive at a tea time that promises fun, holiday cheer and a bit of class and style. Pinkies up!
Heathman Tea Court
A 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” and amazing pastries.
Reservations required; $32 for adults; $14 for children
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
1001 SW Broadway
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 will hold a special “Storyteller’s Tea” on Saturday, December 21 from 5:00-7:00, featuring tea cuisine, cookies and cocoa for the kiddos and an adult-style tea for grandparents and other chaperones. After dining, “The Other Mrs. Claus” will read the classic “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” around the fireplace.
Reservations required; times vary (for normal teas); $20 per person (Dolls and teddy bears welcome at no charge)
3223 SE Risley Ave.
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 parties of up to 32, or call ahead to make a reservation for smaller parties.
A special holiday flavored menu is being developed that will include such delicacies as a cranberry pecan chicken salad sandwich on a mini croissant and seasonal scones in cranberry and pumpkin.
Reservations suggested; menu prices vary
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm (but they encourage you to call for other times)
1877 Willamette Falls Dr.
West Linn, Or
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 an amazing steaming pot of tea, of course, plus for the kiddles, chocolat chaud (hot chocolate for us English speakers).
Reservations required; $30 per person
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
2225 E. Burnside St.
Is a holiday tea on your wish list? Let us know below.
– Cathie Ericson
Thanks to Lavender Bleu, Dollhouse Tea Room and Pix for the photos!