What kind of nut would take a 3-year-old to tea at a fancy hotel? This nut right here, actually. But before you alert the media or pen an angry Facebook op-ed, be assured that the tea in question is specifically designed for children. It’s called Imagine Tea, and the brave people at The Langham Huntington host the event quarterly.
Known for its afternoon tea, the Pasadena hotel serves tiers of finger sandwiches and dainty French pastries to the ladies-who-lunch set on a daily basis. Imagine Tea is a more precious rendition of the tradition–kids are presented with plates of colorful little cupcakes, crustless peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, and deviled eggs. Fruity, caffeine-free teas are brewed up for the occasion, and pink lemonade and milk are also on hand. For adults, the fare is slightly more mature, trading out the cheese stars and cake pops for smoked salmon canapes and crème brûlée tarts.
Along with sweet treats, there’s also magic. Performers from the Magic Castle’s Junior program come around to every table and dazzle young guests with tricks–my son was quite impressed when a teenage magician made one red sponge ball become two right before his very eyes. The best part is that his shriek of amazement didn’t spur any disapproving looks. There was also an arts-and-crafts table, where wooden maracas and other noisemakers could be decorated with jewels, and a photo booth with silly props.
The next Imagine Tea is June 7. A portion of the proceeds goes to Five Acres, a local organization that works to find safe, permanent homes for at-risk and abused children. Reservations are required; $48 for adults and $36 for children 12 and under. Princess attire is welcome.
The Langham Huntington, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, 626-585-6218