Tea parties may be a regular affair around your house, but this year give the brew a boost by booking a table for the whole family for a holiday tea. Whether it’s a fancy affair or a casual cuppa, Portland offers plenty of options to make this your new seasonal tradition. Read on for our picks.​

tea1photo: Mid-Atlantic Center via Flickr


Heathman Tea Court
The Heathman Tea Court has a generations-old tradition of being a holiday destination. High tea is offered year-round, but during the holidays, the room is 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 are offered the Peter Rabbit Tea, which features “Ants on a Log,” snickerdoodles, German chocolate cupcakes and peanut butter-honey sandwiches. Reservations required; $32 for adults; $14 for children.

Daily from November 27 through January 3
Seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
1001 SW Broadway
Portland, Or
Online: heathmanrestaurantandbar.com

tea2photo: Melinda via flickr

Oregon City

Dollhouse Tea Room
Dressing up is half the fun at the Dollhouse Tea Room. From princess dresses to a favorite red velvet gown for the girls, and tuxedos or ties for the gents, your tiny tea-sippers can express themselves as they dress to the nines. The Dollhouse Tea Room is not open for walk-in business, so reservations are always required and you must have a party of at least six. $20 per person (dolls and teddy bears welcome at no charge). Weekend times are 11 a.m.–1 p.m., 2–4 p.m. or 5–7 p.m.

Note: the Milwaukie location is no longer open. The Oregon City location opened in July of 2015. 

14 Molalla Ave.
Oregon City, Or
Online: dollhousetearoom.com

tea3photo: Connie Ma via Flickr

West Linn

Lavender Bleu Gift Shop and Tea Room
This charming spot combines fanciful shopping with a spot of tea. The Tea Room can be booked for up to 32 people, or call ahead to make a reservation for smaller parties. Their special holiday menu includes such delicacies as a cranberry pecan chicken salad sandwich on a mini croissant and seasonal scones in cranberry and pumpkin. Reservations highly recommended. They offer a special Little Ones Tea for $7.95, which includes finger sandwiches, sorbet and more.

Giftshop is open Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Reservable tea times are at (approximately) 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Drop-in teatimes based on availability, during business hours.
1877 Willamette Falls Dr.
West Linn, Or
Online: lavenderbleuonline.com

Lake Oswego

Lady Di’s British Store & Tea Room
British decor dominates this cute and quaint shop and tea room that’s been a fixture in Lake Oswego for over 20 years. Make a reservation and treat yourselves to afternoon tea, which includes tea sandwiches, scones, Devon clotted cream, fruit, savories and mini desserts for $19.50 per person. The kid-friendly staff can even provide your little one with a basket of books and toys to keep her occupied. Afterwards, load up on unique Brit hostess and holiday gifts, like tea and in the connected shop.

Tea is available Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
430 2nd St.
Lake Oswego, Or
Online: ladydibritishstore.com

tea4photo: Jenn Durfey via Flickr

East Burnside

Pix Patisserie
The tea menu at this patisserie is as fancy as its name, boasting 15 sweet and savory bite-sized treats. The fancy (and fun) tea time includes a steaming pot of tea for the grown-ups and chocolat chaud (a.k.a. drinking chocolate) for the pint-sized guests. Reservations required by Friday at 4 p.m.; $34 per person

Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.
2225 E. Burnside St.
Portland, Or
Online: pixpatisserie.com

Multnomah Village

Medley Tea House Cafe
Three afternoon tea platters are available, like the Medley Tea Time Platter, that includes a sampling of tea sandwiches, like cucumber mint, smoked salmon and roasted turkey, as well as berry crepes and a choice of scones. They also have a gluten-free platter, which includes everything in the above platter made without gluten. Or, if you’re in the mood for sweets, you should order the Medley Tea Time Sweet Platter, with an assortment of freshly baked goods. Platters run $25-$28.50 and include enough food for two hungry people. Tea is not included in the platter price.

Daily, 2-5 p.m.
7881 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, Or
Online: medleytea.com

Where does your family go for high tea around the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

— Marianne Walters