A warm cup of tea and good conversation… what a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon, especially if you're chatting with your favorite boy or girl. If you’re looking for a unique bonding experience, New Jersey is home to many local tea rooms. From the fine china to the finger sandwiches to the tempting sweets, your little one will be enchanted during their special one-on-one mommy time.
High SocieTea (Wayne, NJ) features more than 25 loose leaf options, tea education classes, cultural events and private parties. Your little princess will savory the traditional tea fare, including the delicious scones, quiche and sweet breads. “Girls come in all dressed up, and love the tea and treats. It’s all about the experience for them,” explains owner Barbara Healey. “It’s most memorable with their mothers and their grandmothers.”High SocieTea’s location in Wayne is a house listed with the Historical Society as the first official post office dating back to 1895. Reservations are not required; however are strongly encouraged. Please call (973) 696-8327.
Nestled inside a restored Victorian house, Teaberry’s Tea Room (Flemington, NJ) hosts lunch and afternoon tea Tuesdays through Sundays, which includes a Princess and Prince option for the ladies and gentlemen under 12 years. Throw a sophisticated high tea birthday party for young tea connoisseurs, with themes such as American Girl, Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy. Many of Teaberry's visitors wear their fancy dresses and party hats. Management also accommodates their perfect company by providing high chairs for dolls. For reservations, please call (908) 788-1010.
Put on your finest vintage hat (and if you don’t have one, feel free to borrow from the shop’s collection), and savor high tea at The New Leaf Tea Room & Gift Shoppe (Riverton). Afternoon tea is served Wednesday through Saturday with packages that include finger sandwiches, scones, chocolate strawberries, salads and, of course, Royal Tea. Or coffee. Or hot chocolate. The six and under crowd will cherish the Celebri-Tea package, with heart shaped tea sandwiches, rosebud cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries and tea or lemonade or cocoa. Host your child’s next birthday tea party in The Secret Tea Party Tea Room, where guests will dress up, play games, dine on delicious eats and learn tea party etiquette. Call (856) 786-0323 for tea reservations.
When you’re down the shore, enjoy “tea by the sea” at The Lillagaard Tea Room (Ocean Grove), located in the Lillagaard Bed & Breakfast. The elegant tea menu features tea sandwiches, scones, soups and salads, fruit, quiche and much more, including a vast selection of teas. Young tea patrons will love the Teddy Bear Tea package, consisting of teddy bear tea sandwiches, fruit, cookies, candy, fruit and a favor, served on Teddy Bear China. For more information, please call (732) 988-1216.
A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe (Forked River) is both a scrumptious bakery, with cupcakes, cookies and assorted baked goods, plus a room for high tea. Get decked out in fancy boas, hats and beads from the shop’s stash, and dine from an extensive menu of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. The packages range from high tea to afternoon tea to tea time, with discount prices for children. Throw an elegant tea party birthday celebration in a private room with costumes, glitter tattoos, food and activities. Call (609) 242-0153 for more information.
With one of the area's most sizable tea selections from around the world, everyone's bound to find something they love at Sally Lunn's Tea Room & Restaurant (Chester). As a complement to all these wonderful teas, Sally Lunn's tasty menu features fresh soup, sandwiches, "hot from the oven" delicacies and desserts. Complete your visit to the 30 year old shop with a stopover the Victorian Parlor, boasting an eclectic array of tea-related knick-knacks. Find out more at (908) 879-7731.
Relax, reconnect and rejuvenate is the well-suited motto of Harmony Tea Room (Westwood, NJ), serving 23 varieties of loose tea. The perfect option of young ladies sand gentlemen is Juvinili-tea service, with yummy scones, sandwiches, sweets and drinks. Harmony recently hosted a special Valentine's Day Daddy and Daughter Sweetheart Tea, a treat for little girls and their loved ones. Call (201) 664-2608 for more information.
Image: The New Leaf Tea Room & Gift Shoppe
Originally published 2012