Make like an English aristocrat and plan a date at The Grand America for afternoon tea with your best girlfriends. Obviously I don’t live in the fanciest of cities so going to The Grand America for tea with my darling friend Alexis was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Everything inside of the hotel looks opulent and grand, thanks to the fresh flower arrangements, elegant linens and textiles, gorgeous woodwork, and dazzling chandeliers. Tea of all kinds is served, including caffeine free. If tea is not your thing, they also have a sumptuous variety of hot chocolate. I had the coconut almond hot chocolate which was divine! After we had chatted and sipped on our drinks we indulged in two tiers of finger sandwiches, scones with traditional clotted cream and jellies, and divine desserts. We were there for about three hours which sounds long but it was nice to chat and catch up with my friend while sipping and dining on the little delights! After we were finished with the tea service I had to stop by La Bonne Vie, The Grand America’s patisserie. Oh, how I wish I had a La Bonne Vie in my house to cater to every one of my cravings for sweets! I often find myself at La Bonne Vie mid-week getting a sweet pick me up. My husband and I disagree on whether I stop in too often or not to buy macarons, haha! I believe that saying that one has too many macarons is silly and a void notion. So go ahead and treat yourself to a sophisticated afternoon and don’t forget to dress up! Life is too short to wear boring clothes.
~Do you know your afternoon tea history?
~How to throw a tea party
~My picks for the best place for afternoon tea:
New York City- The Carlyle | Alice’s Tea Cup | The Palm Court via The Plaza
Los Angeles area- The Polo Lounge via The Beverly Hills Hotel | Tea by the Sea via The Getty Villa | Hotel Bel-Air
Chicago- Palm Court via The Drake | The Langham | The Peninsula
Boston- Rowes Wharf Sea Grill via the Boston Harbor Hotel | L’Espalier | The French Room via the TAJ
Washington DC- Peacock Alley via The Willard Intercontinental | Lady Camellia
Thanks for stopping by,
~Kathryn, The Sugared Lemon
Thanks for stopping by ladies and gents,
~Kathryn The Sugared Lemon