Pinkies up! Ladies who lunch, mamas of little princesses, and tea fanatics: I’ve found the next place you should, gather and gab, make memories and sit n’ steep. My girls and I had a delightful afternoon at the Emerald Necklace Inn. It was an impromptu tea party that my daughters and I will remember for a long time!
Nestled at the edge of the Rocky River in Fairview Park, the Emerald Necklace Inn is a charming little tea room with everything you’d expect to see in such a place…tea pots and tea cups of every style, shape and size, pages of tea varieties to choose from on the menu, and a staff well-versed in the etiquette of High Tea.
Looking for a way to spoil my little girls after shots at the doctor’s office, I tempted my 3 and 4 year olds with a promise of a princess-worthy tea party. Owner, Gloria Cipri Kemer, and her staff certainly delivered. (starting with the tea cocktail in sugar rimmed mini mason jars!)
The table was artfully set with fancy linens, place settings and tea cups that made my girls feel like queens. We each picked a variety of tea (herbal decaffeinated ones available for little ones) and were brought individuals tea pots selected from the tea house’s eclectic collection.
Apple cider blend for the girls, and a hibiscus and pomegranate blend for me. My youngest was fascinated by the sugar cubes and occupied a lot of time mastering that task. My oldest worked her pinkie and reveled in being able to help herself in such a grown-up setting.
We snacked on tea sandwiches (chicken, egg salad and cucumber) and blueberry scones. The girls learned what a spreader was and how to use it…and use it and use it…when it came to buttering their scones.
Their meals (Lillia’s Children’s Tea, $11.95) were adorably presented and came with a decadent dessert. My set up (Mary Gillis Afternoon Tea, $15.95) included four varieties of desserts as well.
As our experience came to a close, a grandmother and her (adult) granddaughter came in for tea, and I thought about what a lovely experience this could be for all kinds of generations looking to spend quality quiet time together. The space also includes a more grand party room for princesses young and old to enjoy. The Emerald Necklace Inn also offers rooms to rent, a tea tasting class, a meeting room and princess parties. Cheers!