The other day my Princess and I, her good friend M, and M’s mom went to have the Rawther Fancy Eloise Tea Party at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. I heard about this tea party from one of the teacher’s in my Princess’ school and thought it was a great way to get read all of the Eloise books by Kay Thompson and then go to The Plaza where she lives in the book and have a tea party. My plan was a huge success, my Princess loved the Eloise books, we read them all summer, sometimes I would just read her favorite pages over and over. When she went to the tea party she knew all of the characters in the book, Nanny, Skipperdee (her turtle), Weenie (her dog), and was so excited to meet Eloise.
The Eloise Tea Party happens every other Friday from 4-5pm. It’s $100 for a child and parent, and $75 for each additional guest. Reservations are required and you pay when you make a reservation. All sales are final but they will allow you to change your reservation or use the money at the gift shop. I had to change my reservation a few time because our schedule was very chaotic this summer and the staff was very accommodating.
The tea room is part of the Eloise shop in the basement of The Plaza where the food hall is located.
The Fashion Room in the Eloise shop has costumes, a piano, a stage, and lots of mirrors for performing or walking the cat walk when you try on the clothes.
In the tea room, there are about eight tables that seat up to four. The staff pre-sets the tables for you according to the number in your party.
For drinks, you have a choice of tea (of course!), pink lemonade, and water. We ordered all three for the girls to try.
We were served cucumber, jam and cream cheese, and egg tea sandwiches, and fruit kabobs. For dessert, brownies, cupcakes, and cookies.
The food was tasty. I loved the Eloise plates.
Since Eloise could not join us for the tea party, the girls had a chance to write her a letter asking a question and I gave my email address so Eloise could respond back. We’re still waiting for our response. My Princess asks me everyday if Eloise has emailed back. I think this is the cutest idea.
After we ate and the girls wrote their letters, they headed into a room where they were read an Eloise story.
I really liked woman reading the story, she was very animated.
My Princess received a special gift at the end of the tea party. In the bag was a $10 gift card to spend at the shop and some stationary. The book was, The Golden Rules of Etiquette at The Plaza.
The whole experience was wonderful for my Princess and I. Coming to The Plaza and having tea where Eloise lives really brought the books she had been reading to life. I would highly recommend reading the books before coming for the tea party.
Rawther Fancy Mama,