Building a Mother’s Day Dream at the Peninsula

>I’ve always had this fantasy of taking my daughters to tea at a really fancy hotel. It’s one of those images I had in my head when I first got pregnant, one of those parenting moments I dreamed of having. But as a mom of three, including a restless boy, I know how quickly those types of dreams can turn to a disappointment, when kids are bored or misbehave, oblivious to how it perfectly everything played out in your head. So I always held back on making a reservation, preferring to keep the dream intact.

Uh, oh. Faux pas. Pinkie clenched in.

Today I went to a special tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago for members of the Chicago Moms. I drank delicate teas, ate finger sandwiches, nibbled on beautiful little cakes, and I heard with growing excitement about all the child-friendly Peninsula activities. Not only does the tea and the brunch come with a special children’s buffet served at child height, but they even have baking classes in the kitchen.

The top tier of the tea tower: Sweets!

I was so excited that I made a reservation for Mother’s Day Brunch, finally (somewhat) confident that it would be an experience we would all enjoy, not only the girls but the entire family.

The children’s tea platter. Kids can choose between hot chocolate and tea.

I’ll eat my fill of little quiches, raspberry financiers, and salmon sandwiches while they’ll enjoy visits from characters, brownies with bears, and their choice of hot chocolate or tea. I hope that it’s a Mother’s Day we’ll all remember for a long time!

Wishing everyone the Mother’s Day of their dreams. Happy Wordful, Five Minutes Wordless, and Way-back wednesday. A special thanks to the Peninsula Chicago for hosting the bloggers of the Chicago Moms for this beautiful tea today.

7 Responses to Building a Mother’s Day Dream at the Peninsula

  1. >That children's tea platter is darling! I love the way they presented everything, definitely a plate of childrens' favorites, but way cuter. Hope it lives up to your dream!

  2. >I remember going to tea with my mother and sister in Victoria, BC, and being fascinated by the small sandwiches. I still like going to tea, and my husband tolerates being the only man in the tearoom because he loves the little sandwiches too.

  3. >Looks like a very lovely time, and how great that you could spend it with your family! I'm dying to go to a "fancy" tea someday and desperately wanted to have high tea when in England recently, but the schedule didn't allow for it. Next time!

  4. >You are looking BEAUTIFUL, Vanessa! (I say hurrah for the clenched pinky!)

    Thank you so much for playing along with Way Back When-esday…and Happy Mother's Day!

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