High Tea

Posted By: Kristi

As you know, we slacked on blogging during the Holidays. We were enjoying a variety of activities with family and friends, many that we have not shared with you because of our blogging hiatus. Now that we are back, it is sharing time! = )
One of my best friend’s Birthday is on December 21st. This year, Celeste decided that she would like to celebrate at the Heathman Hotel at their annual high tea party. Every year, the Heathman Hotel hosts a holiday high tea party during the Holidays, tickets range between $14-$32 per person. 

High tea happens three times daily in the exclusive Heathman Tea Court. You enjoy a traditional English meal that dates back to the 1600’s.  Typically High Tea is a mid afternoon to early evening meal with cakes, meats, and cheeses. It was called High tea because many would have the tea on taller chairs and tables and therefore, the tea would be “high” from the ground. This is what the Heathman website says about the tea:
The historic Tea Court Lounge, an original feature of the hotel, blends Eucalyptus-paneled walls with a marble fireplace and an Austrian hand-cut chandelier. The firelight and warm colors provide an intimate atmosphere for cocktails, light dining or afternoon tea. Live jazz music is performed Wednesday through Saturday night with no cover charge.

The tea menu offers traditional Afternoon Tea ($32.00) and Peter Rabbit Tea for Little Sippers ($14.00). The tea menu, created by pastry chef John Gayer, includes Smoked Salmon Napoleon, Paté Maison, John’s Famous Lanai Banana Bread, and Parisian Opera Cake, along with a wide selection of teas from Fonte Coffee and Tea Company, a Northwest micro roaster based in Seattle. The children’s tea menu sports the whimsical Ants on a Log with celery, peanut butter and raisins, as well as Snikerdoodle, Devil’s Food Chocolate Cupcake and Peanut Butter and Honey sandwich. Advanced reservations are required.

Once we were seated we were given a menu with a selection of teas. We each chose our favorite and had our own pot in front of us. As we sipped our tea, we snacked on cucumber sandwiches, cheese, and some of my other favorites, including amazing deserts. There was more than enough for each of us to leave with satisfied belly’s. 

Celeste even came up with the fun idea of us each wearing a vintage hat to the tea. I LOVED IT! We took some fun pictures and enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere. Surprisingly, I saw a couple others with vintage hats and even beautiful party dresses. The children that attended were on their best behavior and dressed in their Sunday best.

It was a great experience and is fun for all ages.  I am hoping to make this an annual girls event and can’t wait to return next year. I am thinking it would even by fun to host a tea party in my home! Wouldn't a tea party be fun for a shower?

Heathman Hotel
Neighborhood: Southwest Portland – Downtown
1001 SW Broadway 
Portland, OR 97205

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