Astor Court at St. Regis Atlanta

St. Regis Atlanta’s afternoon tea was a fun way to spend some quality time with my daughters in an elegant setting, while teaching them how to conduct themselves at a formal tea. They both felt like princesses!
What Kids Really Like: They loved the desserts (especially the chocolate éclairs and the strawberry rhubarb bites).
What Parents Really Like: It was a chance to spend a relaxing afternoon with my daughters in an elegant setting.
What’s on the Menu: The standard tea includes savory selections (tea sandwiches), baked scones (along with lemon curd, clotted cream and preserves), pastry assortments (tarts, crème brulee, cake, mousse, and madeleines), and choice of tea. Sandwiches include salmon, turkey, egg salad, ham and cucumber.
Information: St. Regis Atlanta is at 88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. Tea is available 1-3:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., starting at $65 per person. The formal setting is more appropriate for older children (mine are ages 6 and 10). While children can bring a doll, most do not; dolls are not given their own seat at the table. Book reservations at 404-563-7799.

– Lisanne McDearman


Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay’s is a comfortable shabby-chic neighborhood eatery with a kid-friendly staff. The table was set with an eclectic mix of china, the tea options were vast and the food servings ample. The best part – the shop supports impoverished young women in India with life scholarships funded by a monthly dinner.
What Kids Really Like: My 4½-year-old son loved the ice cream, though prior to dessert, his favorite was the mushroom quiche.
What Parents Really Like: It was a funky and different way to spend the afternoon. The scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam were heavenly, too.
What’s on the Menu: Pot of tea for two (choose your flavor from an extensive list), with milk, honey, lemon and sugar. Tea is served with assorted cookies, petite desserts, mini cupcakes, scones, strawberry preserves, Devonshire clotted cream, quiche and finger sandwiches. Finish with a serving of sorbet. Dr. Bombay’s was happy to accommodate my son’s request for crazy colored superman ice cream instead of sorbet.
Information: Dr. Bombay’s is at 1645 McLendon Ave., Atlanta. Reserve a time for High Tea; book at Tea is fun for both boys and girls. Dolls get their own seat at the table if the restaurant is notified in advance. 404-474-1402.

– Lesley Cavender


Tea Leaves & Thyme

My daughter Emma dressed up for the occasion by choosing a hat, gloves, purse and necklace from the restaurant’s inventory of vintage clothing items. What fun! Then we sat down to a traditional light tea service with a hot chocolate option for children.
What Kids Really Like: Emma liked being able to have hot chocolate instead of tea. She loved choosing from hats, gloves and purses to wear during her tea party. The restaurant also offers themed teas such as Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid.
What Parents Really Like: The restaurant has a variety of food and tea. The setting is formal, with tablecloths, china cups and plates, real silverware and cloth napkins.
What’s on the Menu: The restaurant offers four different tea classifications with multiple tea options for each. For instance, A Light Afternoon Tea consists of of tea, scones, fruit, finger sandwiches and assorted house-made sweets. Children’s Mad Hatter’s Tea offers a choice of tea or hot chocolate, scones, finger sandwiches and assorted special sweet treats.
Information: Tea Leaves & Thyme is at 8990 S. Main St., Woodstock. Tea is served 11 a.m.-3 p. m. Wed.-Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations not required but strongly recommended on Saturdays; call 770-516-2609; reservations required for themed teas. Dolls are welcome at tea and get their own seat and a small cup and saucer if there is room at the table. Younger children might find the food selection somewhat limited; my picky eater didn’t enjoy the assortment of scones, finger sandwiches and sweet treats as much as I did.

– Jacquie Rice

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