A Holiday Tea at the Ritz

The downtown hotel hosts a photo-perfect Children's Tea.

When we watch the holiday films of yore, so often the tots in the movie are gussied up in ribbons and velvet and are enjoying an outing of a seasonal nature.

Of course, in the real world, opportunities to gussy the tots up don't come along all that often; we're dashing about and running errands and the whole brood is looking mighty uncasual and highly unvelveted indeed.

But going old-school for an afternoon is a welcome respite at the holidays, especially when there are sweets and cookies involved. The Ritz-Carlton will be doing just that downtown, at its Children's Holiday Tea.

The dates are Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8.

There will be the cookies in Christmas-y shapes -- think snowmen and such -- as well as warm apple cider and milkshakes. Slightly heartier fare like ham-and-cheese croissants and PB&Js will be on the tables as well. Carlton the Elf, the Ritz's mascot around this time of year, will read a story, too.

We suddenly want nothing more than to have our own holiday mascot. Perhaps Santa will bring us one if we ask?

The kid's price is fifty dollars, and adults are sixty-five; tax and gratuity are extra.

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Just be sure to gussy everyone up in the velvet and bows; these get-fancy moments truly don't come around in real-life very often. And if we get to play at being in a holiday movie for a few hours, even better.

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