When my daughter turned two, I thought it would be lovely to start an annual tradition of taking her to high tea with her grandmothers on her birthday. Four high teas on, it’s become a special birthday ritual that we all look forward to. Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to The Langham in Melbourne the day before her birthday for the unveiling of their special Cinderella-themed Children’s Tiffin.
Birthday or no, this is a delightful way to pass an hour or two during these school holidays with your children, prince and princess dress-ups optional! Dressing to suit the fairytale theme was an opportunity not to be missed for my costume-loving daughter, who also gave her little brother a royal makeover for the afternoon.
It’s the second year The Langham has run a Tiffin morning tea for children during the September school holidays alongside its more traditional high tea. In a welcome that would make Fancy Nancy so very proud, the children were greeted with a glass of pink bubbly lemonade and a collection of Cinderella colourings and puzzles. Then came the high tea, served with a flourish on a very fancy three-tiered silver platter.
Now, this is one of the bits that makes high tea with kids so much fun. Prepare for eyes to open wide in surprise and then to sparkle with excitement when they realise that, yes, all those normally illicit sweet treats are just for them.
Oh the agonising from my two over which delectably-themed morsel to pick first! Should it be the Kiss the Frog in Jelly, the love heart cupcakes, the tiara cookies or the marshmallow castle cones? Then there are sublime plain and fruit scones to choose from (my two liked these the best), as well as Persian fairy floss and three – yes, three – kinds of fairy bread.
The Cinderella Children’s Tiffin is available in the plush surroundings of The Langham’s Aria Bar and Lounge every weekday during the school holidays, between September 24 and October 5. It costs $29 per child, or $45 with a Disney DVD to take home.
Grown-ups can indulge alongside their kids in The Langham’s Classic Tiffin for $45, with a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, delectable pastries (you will die for the gold-leaf embossed eclairs) and chocolate-dipped strawberries served on a tiered platter, with leaf tea, espresso and hot chocolate. Just be prepared to lose those strawberries to the kids!
The Langham is at Southbank in Melbourne, just a quick stroll over the pedestrian bridge from Flinders Street station.