Tea for Two-Year-Olds: Holiday Teas in Philly and Beyond
Kick your tea party game up a notch at one of these festive 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.
Saturdays from November 24—December 29, 1—3:30 pm
306 Market St.
$45 per person
While enjoying Historic Holidays in Old City, stop by Fork for a fancy afternoon tea, which includes a cake tier of sweet and savory treats and your choice of tea (or apple cider, if the kids prefer). The restaurant recommends reservations in advance through OpenTable.
December 15, 2 pm (ballet at noon)
Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St.
Tickets start at $85
This very special tea hosted by the Pennsylvania Ballet features Nutcracker character appearances, crafts and cookie decorating, and more surprises (last year an actual monkey showed up, so you never know what can happen). You can even add on ballet tickets for the day. The December 8 event is already sold out, so be sure to call 215-587-6921 to reserve your spot.
Rittenhouse Hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
December 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29; seatings start at 11:30 am
$65 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. Call Lacroix for reservations: 215-790-2533.
The Dandelion, 124 S. 18th St.
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.
December 2, noon
220 S. State Rd., Upper Darby
Kids will decorate gingerbread houses and enjoy a cup of tea at this festive event. Call 610-352-2334 to reserve your spot, and be sure to bring a letter for Santa! If you can’t make the holiday tea, this is also a great spot for a special afternoon tea anytime.
The Radnor Hotel, 591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids
December 15, 1–3 pm
$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, sing-a-long entertainment, an interactive storytime, and a special craft station. Each child also gets to take home a holiday-themed storybook gift to make the magic last a little longer. This sells out fast so call 610-341-3145 to reserve your spot.
A Taste of Britain, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
December 2, 9, 16, and 23 (timed reservations required)
$36 per adult, $20 per child
A Taste of Britain’s festive menu includes holiday-themed treats like gingerbread petit fours, peppermint macarons, and a limited edition seasonal scone. Adults get a mimosa alongside their tea, and there is a special kids’ menu in case your frittata isn’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!
Photographs by Laura Swartz.