M ake up, high heels, nail polish – it’s a well-known fact that little girls love dressing up like Mum, but gone are the days of sitting teddy and dolls around a box and serving imaginary tea and cakes. These days, hotels around the world are hosting high teas designed specifically for Little Miss, so she can enjoy real strawberry tea, cucumber sandwiches and macarons with the big girls. Of course, the boys are invited too.
Fortunately, one of the leading hotels in children’s high teas is right on our very own shores. The Langham, Melbourne regularly hosts the Tiffin Children’s High Tea. These themed events are hosted in their renowned Melba Restaurant and often run in conjunction with Disney to mark the launch of a new movie or DVD, or to celebrate other family events such as the release of The Wiggles’ ‘Apples & Bananas’ CD. Tables are transformed to suit the current theme, be it Barbie, Mr Men and Little Miss, or The Little Mermaid; themed menus are designed to tickle tiny tastebuds and feature such delicious delights as Crocodile Creek jelly cups and Tic Toc Clock biscuits for the Peter Pan high tea, or Dorothy the Dinosaur cupcake and red car cookie toffee apple during Wiggles week. Children are also encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters for their high tea, so you could find yourself seated next to Elsa from ‘Frozen’, Mr Happy, or even Captain Hook himself!
Where better to take the kids to a genuine Mad Hatters’ Tea Party than in the quirky English capital itself? So, next time you’re in London, why not ‘tumble down the rabbit hole’, right into the fantasy that is Sanderson’s Hotel where, during high tea, the menus are hidden inside vintage books, specifically designed crockery is decorated with the Queen of Hearts or the King of Spades, and delicacies include homemade marshmallow mushrooms and Tick Tock sponge clocks.
ST ERMIN'S HOTEL
If your little ones are more like superheroes than royals-to-be, perhaps St Ermin’s Hotel is the place to visit. Their InfiniTea is sure to dazzle all mini guests with its special menu, which features Batman cupcakes, Superman brownies, Kryptonite strips, or Spiderman carrot cake topped with a spider web. Your superheroes are bound to be thirsty after saving the planet, so you’d better treat them to a superhero mocktail as well, which is a secret recipe of Freeze Power juice, Super Vision juice and Cloak of Invisibility juice (that’s mint, orange and grape juice to you and me).
THE MILESTONE HOTEL
If your little ones are dreaming of a royal experience while in the UK, the Milestone Hotel’s Little Princes and Princesses Afternoon Tea should be just the thing. With a special menu designed to suit your royal heirs, the Milestone’s teas are extra special because, if you give the Pastry Chef a day’s notice, he will assist his royal mini guests in decorating their very own cupcakes before they take a seat and daintily nibble on them like perfectly broughtup aristocrats.
New York’s The Plaza also has a special high tea experience that should be on every little girl’s bucket list when visiting the Big Apple. The hotel is famed as the residence of Eloise from the popular children’s books by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hillary Knight, and their afternoon teas, served in The Palm Court, are themed accordingly. Young lads and ladies are treated to cucumber sandwiches and freshbaked scones, chocolate-dipped strawberries and peppermint tea or pink lemonade. The Eloise dining experience doesn’t end just there, though. In fact, The Plaza has an entire menu designed especially for children visiting the property, all recommended by Eloise herself, from the ‘I’m-not-a-Chicken Soup’ for appetiser, to the ‘Charge It Please Mac and Cheese’ main course, right down to the ‘Copy Cat Brownie’ for dessert. Yes, please!