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I am hoping to take an 80-something aunt to tea in Minneapolis or Bloomington next week. Do you have any suggestions?

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  1. I've always wanted to go to the St. Paul Hotel's afternoon tea, but a quick glance at their calendar indicates it appears to be sold out for all of May.

    MN Monthly's run-down of Twin Cities teas (from Jan 2013) came up when I googled on SPH afternoon tea, so I thought I'd link it. http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media...

    For posterity (and obviously not for you Ringo), American Girl at the MOA does tea for young children and their dollies, too.

    Please do report back!


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I rarely wish I had a child, but this makes me wish I did.

      1. re: sheepy

        Patrick Ruesse was just talking on air a week or two ago about how he accompanied his granddaughter to American Girl for tea because he was dying of curiosity.


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          How creepy would it be if I took my 80-year-old mom and no kid?

          1. re: sheepy

            My aunt collected dolls well into her 80's. I don't think it would be creepy at all, just kind of cute.

            1. re: sheepy

              Really, I don't see how they could refuse you. I have no idea how out of place you'd feel, though, as I've never been... http://www.americangirl.com/stores/lo...

              I do think that part of the charm of the experience is that they wait on your doll. Do you have a doll to bring? (HA! Okay, now I think THAT would be creepy.)

              ETA: Oh! No need to bring your doll! They have loaners. http://www.americangirl.com/stores/ex...

              Here's some random blog post I found: http://livelifecreateart.blogspot.com...

              Kathie Jenkins seems to think that "ladies who lunch" would be welcome: http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_151...

              If you go, PLEASE report back.


        2. re: The Dairy Queen

          Also for posterity, since it's sold out this month, apparently - the St. Paul Hotel afternoon tea is absolutely lovely. Everyone in the party gets a different antique teacup, and the food is dainty and beautifully served. It's completely over-the-top, but in a very good way that's perfect for high tea.

          I've heard that Brit's Pub does a good job, too.

          1. re: gildeddawn

            St. Paul Hotel tea is very nice. You sit in the lobby and get about 4 small courses and bottomless tea. Highly recommend but you do need to plan since they sell out in advance.

          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            The do afternoon teas at the Minnetonka General Store. I don't remember the schedule.

            They used to have lovely teas out at the Arboretum. Here is the current schedule:

            1. re: eastsidegirl

              Lady Elegant's in Como in St. Paul...I've never been but passed by it a few times visiting a bridal shop that is no longer in business (Milton's).


          3. Not in Mpls or Bloomington but, Cafe Latte.


            1. Cafe Latte's tea is good, but it is not really full-service.

              If you don't mind heading into the uncharted terrors of St. Paul, I recommend Lady Elegant's:


              Very intimate and fancy....nice service.

              1. Just an update on high tea options in general, in case anyone is wondering about this topic: went with the family to Maudie MacBride's in West St Paul. It was very sweet; the hosts were charming and the setting was beautiful. The tea service was tasty and fairly substantial (2 kinds of scones, 4 kinds of sandwiches, 3 kinds of pastries plus candies). It's a different, more intimate experience since it's in a private home and garden, vs. a storefront. It felt equivalent to a very nice bed and breakfast.

                For those with kids- they were very accommodating to my 5year old; there were some nice little presents for her, and they are very doll-friendly. They do suggest allowing a 2-hour timeframe for the tea, and there's a lot of fine china around, so it may not be for all kids.

                For grandmas: there are stairs to get to the house, so if anyone has mobility issues that might be an issue. Otherwise I think most grandmas would love this place.

                Would definitely go again.