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Princesses in the castle!

May 2, 2012

Have five little princesses hanging about? Here’s Auntie Cole’s recipe for a fun Sunday afternoon:

Start with one fancy-schmancy downtown hotel. (Some might even call it a castle).

Chateau Laurier

photo by Stephen Downes, on Flickr

Add dresses, and ruffles and tiaras, and a few scones.

Scones, the perfect jam-delivery system

(With Devonshire cream and home made jam of course)
Devonshire cream and home made jam

Teach some princesses that not all tea comes in a bag

While other princesses will prefer hot chocolate.

All will make sure the proper form is used when drinking

Finger sandwiches? Optional
Princess tea

Finish it off with a yummy dessert

Or two
Princess' tea

And let’s not forget to take care of the adult escorts

Fruit cup

Mom's tea

Two and a half hours later, you will have 5 little girls already talking about the next time, and nobody with any room for dinner!

Here are some of the important but too boring to photograph bits:
Reservations are required for tea at Zoe’s Lounge ((613) 241-1414).
The Prince and Princess tea is a regular item on their menu (pdf).
They can provide a full gluten free princess tea as well as the traditional tea. (I believe they can accommodate almost all food sensitivities and allergies, but it’s best to confirm directly).
They are currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the hotel and are offering a special centennial tea in honour of the occassion.
Unlike the Empress in Victoria tea is not served on fine china. This was a huge relief to the princesses moms. (actually this was photographed above)
I would suggest trying to get seated in the solarium section of the lounge, it’s closest to the stairs to the washrooms, slightly out of the way so  if your prince or princess gets a tad *ahem* excited they won’t bother too many other guests (running through the lobby isn’t as tempting when they can’t see it too), and the windows to the front of the hotel give your little ones tonnes to look at if they get bored at the table.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2012 1:50 pm


    I want to be a princess too! 😉

  2. May 14, 2012 11:23 am

    This post almost makes me want to be a princess………………..almost. I’d rather be the dashing prince on a white stallion, riding off with a princess into the sunset. And hopefully into my castle where I will make her my bride.
    Love them pics.

    • June 2, 2012 10:32 pm

      Thanks Roshan! All the princesses should have a prince on white stallion *g*


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