In a city when food is always on the table, Holiday high tea might just be the most indulgent of meals. The elegant repast of finger sandwiches and sweets is a fourth meal for the day, an extra feast in between lunch and dinner. What’s not to love about that? Add in the elegance of a holiday setting and let the festivities begin. Just be sure to reserve well in advance as many of the teas sell out.
The Windsor Court salutes the tradition of high tea year-round at Le Salon, but come Christmas time, with the hotel fully bedazzled, the experience is especially merry. Caviar and smoked salmon, Christmas cookies, gingerbread men, bubbles and sherry are all on the menu. At the tony Ritz-Carlton, Papa Noel is the special guest during high tea held in the Davenport Lounge in December. The little ones try their hand at cookie decorating, with an impressive gingerbread house display as a backdrop.
At the Roosevelt Hotel, Teddy Bear Tea includes visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for Mom and Dad.
On Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta Hotel is hosting Teddy Bear Teas in its newly renovated grand ballroom, with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and other favorite holiday characters along for the fun.
The Tea Party for Dolls is back on December 9 at the historic Beauregard-Keyes house in the French Quarter. Open to all ages, this special tea includes some of Mrs. Keyes' favorite dolls or bring one of your own.
The National World War II Museum hosts its second annual Teddy Bear Tea, an ideal multi-gen meet up, with music from the Victory Belles, treats and a photo station with Santa. The little ones leave with a teddy bear to cuddle.