Where: Downtown Atlanta, Georgia
Style: Holiday elegance
Tea Selection: 6 loose leaf teas from Palais des Thés
Teatimes: Special Tea Events
Cost: $70 Naughty Tea; $55 Nice Tea; $35 Child
Destination Tea Tips: Bring cash to tip the valet, and if you’d like to take holiday photos (there are several good backdrops for it here), arrive about 15 minutes before your teatime. We recommend attending this holiday tea with a party of 6 or less (details below).
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Destination Tea Notes: The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta throws an extravagant holiday tea party that will especially delight anyone who loves indulging their sweet tooth during the holidays. We happily recognize several familiar faces from the Spring Tea staff, who remain very attentive, busily making sure everyone has what they need. For this occasion, the Ritz has added a hot cocoa bar that serves up giant mugs of hot chocolate with all the trimmings, which “naughty” guests will have the option of spiking with Kahlua or Bailey’s. The Naughty Tea (a royal tea) also includes a glass of champagne, and strawberries marinated in Grand Marnier topped with chantilly cream.
We like the way the Ritz decants teas and refills your teacup with whichever tea you like, allowing you to try them all if you please. However, this method requires servers to frequently revisit the table to keep teacups full and warm, while also serving multiple courses of food and drink. This is why we recommend going to this holiday tea with a smaller party, to minimize interruptions and allow you a proper holiday visit. We did bring our gentlemen this time, and unsurprisingly, their consensus was that they would have liked less dessert and more savories. It’s true the savory and scone courses were everyone’s favorite, taste-wise, though the artful presentation of the desserts was a visual feast. We also appreciate the thoughtfulness of setting up several festive photo stations in the event space, so that family and friends can capture a holiday memory. That’s just what we did, creating a very special family picture, because my parents were visiting (our second time together since the pandemic hit).