One of my newest and favorite holiday traditions is the Ladies Tea hosted by my Mother-In-Law Loves to Cook. It is a wonderful event to get all the women in the family to enjoy an afternoon together and some scones and tea definitely are an added bonus!Atmosphere
The atmosphere at the St. Regis is grand and luxurious. After pulling up to valet and walking through the large wreath adorned entrance we were greeted by an elaborate sand sculpture. Down the stairs we walked right into Motif the restaurant where their afternoon tea and Sunday brunch take place.
The afternoon tea is served buffet style. One of the first things noticed was the amazing selection of tea sandwiches and each looked delectable. So many details were put forth into the menu and it's obvious. The sandwiches were also very appetizing. Desserts included scones with jam, butter, and Devonshire cream. Crème brûlée, macaroons, mousse, and dozens more personal servings of sweetness.
You won't find any feathered hats here. Everyone I observed was dressed nicely for a cool Autumn day rolling into winter on the beaches of Southern California. Elegant, but relaxed. There were scarves, boots, nice pant suits. Our group had a little of everything including skirts and dresses. We had dashes of patterned black and white, holiday red, jewel tones, and some sparkle.
There were about twelve teas to choose from, I went the with a decaffeinated choice. Your tea comes already brewed in its own pot. I was drinking quite a bit of tea and never once needed a refill nor did it get to cool to drink.
The service is as great as you would expect from a St. Regis and the Monarch Beach location does not disappoint. A server took our tea orders and kept up refills on any other drink order. I never had to ask for anything as needs were anticipated and plates cleared quickly for other courses.
If you would like to read more about this tradition you can check out my post from last year. And make sure to head over to Nurse SC's blog Stress Case for her post on this delightful afternoon and more pictures!
What: Holiday Afternoon Tea, Saturdays 1-3 pm
Where: St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California
Price: $49/per person
Parking: Valet $5 after validation from restaurant