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Afternoon Tea for 30-40?

Need to plan an afternoon tea for 30-40 folks (for my mom's 70th birthday), and, since afternoon tea is not a regular feature in my dining universe, I could really use some help selecting a venue. We would like a private or semi-private room or space, and the food needs to kick ass. Ideal location would be somewhere between Santa Monica and Downtown or the south-eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley (e.g., Sherman Oaks, Studio City, etc.). Within reason, cost is not a material constraint.

Please help me! TIA hounds.

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  1. try Jin Patisserie in Venice - know for their tea menu. It is possible to rent out the entire patio for a few hours. I once inquired (ended up going somewhere else because it was too pricey for me, but sounds like it might work for you)

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    1. re: chef74

      Definitely call Jin Patisserie, thought their place might be too small for a party of of 30-40. Kristy Choo used to work at Raffles in Singapore and has had plenty of experience doing their Afternoon Tea, so you won't be disappointed. I'd call and inquire about the space limitation though.

    2. Try the Biltmore Hotel downtown (5th and Grand) they serve a very nice tea.

      1. I agree regarding Jin Patisserie...It's wonderful...

        The tea service at Descano Gardens is lovely too, and of course, you have the gardens to stroll through before or afterward...

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        1. re: CynGriff

          You should check out Chado on Third Street. Also, many of the fine hotels can do this in a private room-Four Seasons, Peninsula, Beverly Wilshire, etc.

          1. re: holleygolitely

            I concur with HGL. I love going to Chado on Third and in Pasadena. Service and food are wonderful and extremly reasonable. If you really want to break the bank, go for the Hotel Bel Air. I've never been, but my sister and her friends do an annual Tea and Sympathy Luncheon every year after Xmas.

          2. re: CynGriff

            Jin Patisserie - great for tea. They serve the best tea I have ever had - Le Palais des Thes. The desserts are fab too.
            Penninsula has a great Tea too.
            We really enjoyed the Tea at Ritz Carlton in Pasadena

          3. I've had high tea at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, and found it to be pretty good. They had a large selection of teas, the pastries were tasty and the sandwiches were decent. The dining room is high-ceilinged and spread out, so that you have some sense of privacy. I'm not sure how pricey it is however, since it was a work function that I (luckily) didn't have to pay for!

            If you are willing to drive to Pasadena, there's an amazing little tea garden with fresh flowers everywhere and amazing selection of sandwiches: Tea Rose Garden on Raymond Ave.

            1. I've hosted tea at the Ritz in Marina del Rey for groups about that size and have been very pleased. Nice little nook off the front lobby overlooking the boats, so the setting is nice. The tea service and food were also very good - much better than Chado imho. I also have the name of a woman who used to do the Asian/English fusion teas at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. Her teas were exquisite in both menu and presentation. If you wanted to host something at home, she might be an option. Please let me know if you want that info, and I'll look her up.

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              1. re: CynD

                I would love the name, as I am in the early planning stages of hosting a tea for 30 to up to 40 in my home. Thanks in advance!
                Any suggestions as to where to buy tea sandwiches and sweets would be appreciated. It doesn't have to be anything "classic". It will just be an afternoon
                champagne/tea/coffee nibbles and sweets. I have all the china and flatware I need as well as serving platters, etc.