Whew, it ain't easy sipping tea, eating scones, balancing a sleeping baby on your chest and trying to make sure that your two-and-a-half year old doesn't eat ten sugar cubes in a row ALL while attempting to photodocument the long-awaited event. I'm sure Jane Austen never had to contend with drool dripping into her tea (it wasn't my own, I promise) nor a sweet little lady who ended up crying for her daddy "The Prince" at the end of the afternoon. Though, maybe she did and spun it into Jane Bennet pining over Mr. Bingley (albeit much more quietly than my sad little Rose) while she was in London with the Gardeners. I fancy...
My girlfriends and I are proof that you can definitely do the high class thing and take four kids under five to a tea room on a Saturday afternoon. We're also evidence that Chuck E. Cheese would've probably been a lot easier. ;o) Still, we plan to visit a different tea room next month, and in the words of Katie (above with the adorable K), we'll be tea-hoppin. Much more elegant than the unsavory origin of this reference, of course. Plus, I'd never trade fresh-baked cranberry scones for nuts and pretzels on a counter.
Poor E. Surrounded by seven women but quite the gentleman. He did try to engage my shy, demure Rose in conversation about "Kung Fu Panda", but, alas, she was more interested in sitting with folded hands ("This is what Cinderella does"). Good thing K brought little wooden cars along with her. Day saved!
Don't mind my daughter's plate with dollops of cream, butter and strawberry whip. She wouldn't believe me that they weren't some sort of mousse concotions. The strawberry was GREAT. As for the butter? Sometimes we all need to learn by experience.
She was super cute with her teacup of lemonade. (Pictures taken from a sleeping Alice's vantage point)
Caption: The inspiration for the title of this post (she ate three).
All of our tea cups were different, as were place settings and silverwear. It was lovely! So eclectic and fanciful.
Y-U-M. And beautiful. Some of the things that I dined on for afternoon tea were cream cheese and pineapple finger sandwiches (my newest favorite), raspberry-strawberry molded fruit fluff, chicken salad cream puff, miniature hot quiche and a cucumber sandwich (my former favorite). Lots more delicious things, as well, including a peanut butter chocolate dessert. There was a vast selection of teas to choose from, as well, which made the picking difficult. I ended up going with a red rose and didn't regret it a bit!
The gang inside
The gang outside...we're so the fashionable Ton, are we not?