Having afternoon tea with your little princesses, knights and ladies in waiting can be a fun outing, but what if we told you there was a place in town where you could take your tea party to the next level? Say hello to the newly opened Graham’s RoyalTea Amazing Parties & Boutique in Bothell. This one-of-a-kind tea party venue is just the spot to don your prettiest attire, stand up straight, stick your pinky in the air and have a tea-rrific time. Read on for the scoop.
Opened in October, Graham’s RoyalTea Amazing Parties & Boutique is as cute as it is prim and proper. With a teacup-themed front store offering gifts, tea sets and goodies for little princes and princesses, the back half of the venue is where the real joy begins. Once seated, little tea party aficionados (and parents) are invited into the dress up “closet” where a huge array of frilly, fluffy, sparkly–and even chain-mail-tough–dresses, hats and costumes are provided for you to fancify your tea party.
If a magical, princess-y party is in your future, Graham’s RoyalTea will take care of everything from the custom invitations, to the themed party craft, to the mini etiquette lessons, royal processional fashion show and crowning of the birthday prince or princess. Of course, high tea is served–in a beautiful array of fancy bone china tea cups–along with three-tiered trays of treats. Think classic tea sandwiches (with the crusts cut off, of course!) in yummy cucumber, jelly or mouse, along with warm scones, fresh fruit and a special birthday cupcake. The best part? All party-goers have access to the “Royal Party and Gown Room” to don their special attire for the big day.
The Fancy Food
High Tea is served with a variety of food (and drink) options, but we suggest the Mint Chocolate tea (made even better with milk) for tiny tea sippers, and the Paris tea for adults (delish!). Lemonade, hot cocoa and cold tea is also available for kids who had high hopes of hot tea, but their palettes aren’t quite there yet. The tea sandwiches are scrumptious and include cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad, chicken salad with apples and walnuts (our fave!) and salmon mouse. A warm scone and fresh fruit accompany the many options, along with soup and/or a salad. Each high tea service also comes with sweet treats, including cookies, brownies, fruit tarts and eclairs. High tea ranges from $16-$29, but there is also an a-la-carte menu for narrowing down your sweet and savory choices, and you’ll get a full pot of tea–more than most single fancy ladies can drink–so its definitely a good idea to come with friends.
Good to Know
Located right on the soon-to-be newly-renovated-but-currently-under-construction Main Street, Graham’s RoyalTea has a few dedicated parking spots behind the building, and plenty of free street parking all around.
Tea service is generally open Tues.-Sat. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sun. from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., but times are subject to room party rental. Be sure to check the website or call before your arrival.
Reservations are necessary; however, the boutique is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m and walk-ins are welcome if space allows. Graham’s RoyalTea is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
While all little princes and princesses are welcome, high tea is generally recommended for ages 3 and older (fancy bone china, a small dainty restaurant and sitting still…you get the idea).
If you want to make a day of it in Bothell or walk off those tea and cookies, stroll down to Bothell’s Main Street and enjoy the delightful local shops and restaurants. Or better yet, walk over to McMenamin’s and check out their sprawling grounds (where kids are always welcome!).
Gluten-free and vegan menu items are available with a 24-hour request.
Graham’s RoyalTea Amazing Parties & Boutique
10035 Main St.
Bothell, Wa 98011
Have you enjoyed a splendid tea time at Grahams RoyalTea? Planning to soon? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
—Jennifer B. Davis (all photos courtesy of the writer)