Back to School Tradition: Tea Time with Mommy

Tea time with Mommy at Crown and Crumpet (San Francisco).

Tea time with Mommy at Crown and Crumpet (San Francisco).

The girls and I were offered the fun opportunity to visit the Crown and Crumpet in Japan Town in San Francisco.  The lovely folks at 510families and the Crown and Crumpet treated us to our tea party.

When offered this opportunity, I was thrilled.  I thought what a special way to mark the last week before Maisy enters Kindergarten-- a real tea party.  The girls both got dressed up in the most fabulous outfits their little hearts could think of and we crossed the bridge into the city.  Street parking was a breeze and we walked right in for our 11am reservation.  The girls were presented with crayons and a teapot coloring sheet. 

They started on coloring as we cruised our options for lunch and ordered our teas.  The girls ordered the Mandarin and Strawberry hot teas.  I got the Crown and Crumpet special blend black tea ($5).  Our tea arrived in cute little teapots for us to pour into our teacups.  I’m no tea expert, but I thought the tea was pretty tasty. 

Bonding sisters.

Bonding sisters.

Oh the giggles.

Oh the giggles.

We had lovely and lively conversation in our finest tea party voices.  (Expected behavior for tea-time was drilled into them ahead of time!) We ordered the Nursery Tea ($12), which came with two chocolate covered strawberries, a berry bar, a warm scone with jelly and 2 mini PB&Js in cute heart shapes.  The girls of course, gobbled this up! I ordered the ham and brie with apple warm sandwich, which was also very tasty ($10).

Yumminess.

Yumminess.

We had another round of tea and then had to check out the potties.  They don’t have a baby changing station, but they do have heated Japanese toilet seats.  This was also a highlight of the trip for the girls!

I can't believe she's old enough to successfully pour her own tea! 

I can't believe she's old enough to successfully pour her own tea! 

Strawberry tea with sugar= delicious.

Strawberry tea with sugar= delicious.

We spent about an hour having tea and I knew it was a special treat for the girls when Maisy said to me, “Mommy, thank you so much for taking me to the best tea party ever.  You are the best Mommy.”  The tea party experience even made it on Maisy’s Happiness Board for the day.

 

Tea time happiness.

Tea time happiness.

I’d definitely return for special occasions or to give a little extra treat for a job well done.  They also have a private tea party room on the 3rd floor of their building along with a little shop.  The shop is only open on weekends.

Crown and Crumpet

Crown and Crumpet

Thank you, Crown and Crumpet, for giving us a special memory to mark the beginning of our new chapter with my now big school aged girl! We decided that this will be our thing-- our tradition, that each year before school starts we will take the time to have tea all together.  I look forward to the years of tea time ahead of us!  Do you have any back to school bonding traditions?  Please leave tips in comments.  I need all the tips I can get for a first time back to school mom!

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.