Mamas, I have a new secret baby-friendly gem to share with you.
To my surprise and delight, the High Tea in the Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is incredibly welcoming for moms and babies, and anyone else who’d love to join.
Your investment: around $60 per adult at tea.
The payoff: being spoiled by expert servers, eating exquisite sorbet, scones, finger sandwiches, desserts, and no one blinking an eye if you breast or bottle feed a fussy babe. This might have to be my most memorable baby-friendly experience in Edmonton. A one-of-a-kind tea, fit for a Queen, even with babies in tow.
Last Sunday, I joined a group of seven beautiful ladies to celebrate soon-to-be mama x2, my girlfriend Joanne. Her friend Ivana planned this genius event for us — High Tea at the Fairmont for the expecting mama. Our lovely girlfriend Julie brought along her baby boy, William.
As we enjoyed our treats, William was having a visit with all the ladies at the table. We never once felt awkward holding a baby at High Tea. The staff was exceptional. They did everything they could to keep us happy and comfortable, helping out with whatever we needed. Baby William was just as much a guest of honour as the mama-to-be.
The Harvest Room, where tea is served, is stroller accessible. If you brought your stroller along, the servers and host staff would surely set it aside for you. They hang up your coat as well. Bonus!
The food was place settings were simple and beautiful. First, they present you with a box of fine teas, both in bags and also loose leaf, and ask you to choose one. They bring out each course with speed. The plated sandwiches and desserts looked elegant and tasted amazing. They might have been small, but don’t let the size of them fool you. I waited to eat, and we were stuffed and had to take food home!
There are high chairs available in the harvest room for the smallest tea goers, as well.
There’s also a beautiful bathroom just outside the dining room for new parents and families, with a seat inside for you if you need it. It was spotless.
At the end of High Tea, your group joins a historic hotel tour. You walk through the large ballrooms and banquet rooms in the hotel, and are told stories about the art on the ceilings and the meaning of certain decorations and artifacts that are over one hundred years old. It was so fun to imagine the grand balls and parties with big bands that were hosted at the hotel.
To add — they tell you about the ghosts in the hotel. Yep, that’s right, it’s haunted.
At the end of the tour, you are taken up to the 8th floor where you get an exclusive tour of the suite that Queen Elizabeth stayed in, back in 2005. Many other celebrities and royal guests have stayed in this suite as well. It’s breathtaking — complete with a private butler’s kitchen and second level bedroom and bathroom that’s certainly fit for royalty. The view of the river valley is incredible from that room.
See Baby William below? He came along on the tour and loved it!
The staff at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald were even kind enough to take our group photo outside on the patio. They were so gracious with everything and invited us back again for High Tea, and with baby, too! Mommas — you’ll love this experience.
If you’re interested in going as a group, send me a message. I’d be glad to organize a High Tea for new Edmonton Mommies.
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