Tea for Two-Year-Olds: Philly and Main Line Holiday Teas
Kick your tea party game up a notch at one of these scrumptious meals.
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Philly during the holidays, but if you are looking for something extra special (and your living room carpet pretend tea parties just aren’t going to cut it), check out a holiday tea created just with kids in mind! It’s a perfect opportunity to get dressed up, make your kids feel fancy, and even get a last-minute holiday picture.
The Radnor Hotel, 591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids
December 2 and 16
$59.95 for one adult and one child
If you’re worried about your little ones sitting still for a proper tea, The Radnor Hotel’s holiday tea has all kinds of entertainment and activities to keep them engaged. The tea features kid-friendly food, a character appearance by a toy soldier, sing-a-long entertainment (piano and caroling), an interactive storytime, and a special craft station where kids can make holiday cards for someone special. Each child also gets to take home a holiday-themed storybook gift to make the magic last a little longer.
A Taste of Britain, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
December 3, 10, and 17
$34 per adult, $22 per child
A Taste of Britain’s festive menu includes holiday-themed treats like gingerbread cupcakes, chocolate peppermint brownies, and a limited edition seasonal scone. Adults get a mimosa alongside their tea, and there is a special kids’ menu in case your frittata or smoked salmon mousse sandwiches aren’t in line with your toddler’s palate. Kids will enjoy the whimsical decor and mismatched place settings, as well as little surprises like Christmas crackers (containing paper crowns, naturally). On your way out, grab some unusual British candy from the shop!
Hyatt at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Daily from 2 — 4 pm
$36 per adult, $18 for children
Perfectly located down the street from the Academy of Music, this is a perfect choice to accompany your family’s Nutcracker outing. The menu features seasonal teas and festive treats, and the view from the 19th floor of the Bellevue can’t be beat.
If you’re looking for something even more eventful, check out their Nutcracker Magic lunch in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Ballet on December 9, which features Nutcracker character appearances, a candy jewelry station, and gingerbread cookie decorating! You can even add on ballet tickets for the day.
Rittenhouse Hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
December 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 from 11 am — 2 pm
Cost: $60 per person
The gorgeous Mary Cassatt Tea Room is always a nice choice for a special tea, but during the holidays they hold Teddy Bear Tea, with a menu of food and treats your kids will love. Kids can enjoy tea with their cuddle friend — or hot chocolate, if that’s more their speed — and midway through the tea, the kids will participate in a sweet gingerbread cookie decorating activity. Best of all, their teddy bear gets a seat of honor at the table! Forgot to bring your teddy bear? The hotel will provide a teddy bear guest for every child as a take-home gift.
The Dandelion, 124 S. 18th St., Philadelphia
Daily from 3 — 5 pm
$12 for kids, various tiers and a la carte prices for adults
This one isn’t specific to the holiday, but it deserves a special mention because sometimes you just need to be fancy on a random Tuesday afternoon, and this place requires minimal forethought while still delivering on that. The children’s Dormouse Tea is a very reasonable price and has kids’ favorites like grilled cheese and PB and J crafted into finger sandwiches. Kids also get a tier of treats, and the restaurant will happily substitute chocolate milk for their tea without judgment.
Photographs by Laura Swartz.