Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, and afternoon tea is a wonderful way to spend some time with your mom. After all, isn’t that what many mothers say they want: a nice time with their children? Of course, you can take her to the Fairmont for afternoon tea, but that’s fairly spendy. Several local tea rooms are offering special Mother’s Day menus this year; remember, like all special events at restaurants, advanced reservations are required.
1. Mother’s Day Tea Celebration: Saturday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. seatings; Sunday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. seatings.
Plentiful pot of tea
Assorted tea sandwiches and green salad
Tea fancies: tea cookie, tea hat petit four, citrus tart, and dessert bar
Warm Heritage scone with Devonshire cream and preserves
Toasted crumpet with rum butter
$37 per person (advance reservations required)
Add a blood orange mimosa for an additional $11.
Satori Tea Company’s Tea Atelier
37 N. San Pedro St., San Jose.
2. Queen of the May Tea (available through the end of the month during regular hours)
My Lady’s Respite tea blend
Friendship Scone with Devonshire Cream and Preserves
Just Between Us tea sandwiches (3 different fillings)
Fit for a Queen Crepes a la Reine (chicken filling)
Really Royal Moscato Berry Tiramisu
$29.95 per person.
*Mother’s Day Champagne Tea is already sold out for both Saturday and Sunday.
Lisa’s Tea Treasures
1875 S. Bascom Avenue #165, Campbell, CA 95008
3. A Tea Party Just for Mother — Seating at: 11:00 & 11:15 a.m., 1:30pm, 3:45pm & 4pm.
Choice of Teas
Mademoiselle’s Creation Tea Salad (organic baby greens with fresh fruit and lemon yogurt sauce)
Chicken Breast a la Kiev
Tea Sandwiches (cucumber mint)
Scone with Devonshire cream and preserves
Key Lime tart
$35.95 Per Person plus tax and gratuity
Lisa’s Tea Treasures – 377 Santana Row, Suite 1145, San Jose.
If you can’t get a reservation at a tea room this weekend, there’s nothing stopping you from turning your home (or your mom’s place, or one of San Jose’s gardens) into a tea room for the day! Stock up on tea party pantry staples, pick up some scones and pastries at the bakery, and put the kettle on for tea! Chocolate is also a good addition to the Mother’s Day tea table, as it goes so well with tea. Since the weather is warm, iced tea is also a good choice, and it makes a great mixer for tea cocktails! You can even make gifts with tea, which your mom might love.
Copyright 2015, Elizabeth Urbach
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For more information:
Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Santana Row
Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Campbell
“Review: Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Campbell location”
Satori Tea Company
“San Jose’s newest tea shop: Satori Tea Bar”
“Review: afternoon tea at Satori Tea Bar”
“Mother’s Day tea tips and history”
“Treat your mom to a tea brunch at home in San Jose”
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