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Tea Parties For Tots Offered At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Children adore special occasions with a grown-up edge. That's why Fairmont Hotels & Resorts invites their youngest guests and other little visitors to their very own tea experience, complete with all the traditional accoutrements of a formal high tea.

Offer your child a chance to put "Pinkies Up!"with these "grown-up" tea experiences:

Nutcracker Holiday Tea
This holiday season, children and their parents are invited to visit The Fairmont San Francisco for Nutcracker Tea at The Fairmont. Families can look forward to Nutcracker Tea in The Laurel Court every Wednesday through Sunday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., November 26, 2004 through January 1, 2005. Children will enjoy a special holiday tea menu as well as receive a Nutcracker toy to take home and gingerbread toy soldier-shaped cookies to decorate with the help of the hotel's pastry chef. Adults can toast the season with a complimentary glass of champagne. The Nutcracker Tea is $48 plus tax and gratuity for adults and children. For an additional $15, adults can indulge in caviar with their holiday tea.

Teddy Bear Tea
Starting in mid-December, The Fairmont New Orleans decks the halls and offers Teddy Bear Teas for little visitors. The hotel's Angel Hair Lobby Christmas decorations are one of the city's most loved holiday traditions - featuring Christmas trees, a life-sized Gingerbread House and a canopy of white angel hair dotted with over 70,000 twinkling lights and glittering ornaments. As part of the holiday festivities guests can partake of a Teddy Bear Tea, a high tea for children of all ages with jelly sandwiches, mini cheese pizzas shaped like teddy bears, Christmas cookies, apple cider, hot chocolate and more. Tea seatings are select weekends in December, as well as Christmas week. Teddy Bear Tea is $19 for children; adults can participate with a Traditional English Tea for $25.

Princess Tea for Princesses
Honoring the time honored tradition of high tea, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess invites little ladies to a Princess Tea for Princesses. To be properly attired for the occasion, children are provided with the fanciest of fashions, complete with a perfect strand of pearls and a designer hat. During the "tea party", children will sip on tasty teas while munching on finger sandwiches and sweet treats. Tea is available daily from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at $29.50 per Princess, plus gratuities.

Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess has long been a tradition, served daily in front of the fireplace, with fine silver and linens, bone china, and tiered tea stands. The hotel offers 14 different varieties of tea including loose-leaf black, green, herbal, and fruit, served with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and sorbet. Parents are invited to experience Bermuda's best Afternoon Tea alongside their little ones at $29.50 per person, plus tax.

A Mad Hatter's Tea Party
At The Fairmont Algonquin, children can have their very own Mad Hatter's Tea Party. While parents enjoy a more traditional English tea, kids get a meal straight out of Alice in Wonderland, with "Drink This" Potion, Alice's Mini Fruit Kabobs, The White Rabbit's Happy Sandwiches and The Queen of Heart's "Tarts". The Mad Hatter's Tea is $12.95 and part of the resort's Afternoon Tea offering, which includes a Traditional English Tea, an Empire Tea and a Chocolate Tea all geared towards adults. Local treats such as smoked salmon and blueberries as well as scones and tarts accompany tea for grownups.

Prince & Princess Afternoon Tea
The Fairmont Empress has tailored its renowned Afternoon Tea to suit the tastes of its tiniest travelers. Kids can now experience the grandeur and elegance of the famous Tea Lobby, and be made to feel like Princes and Princesses while participating in this coveted tradition. Sample menu offerings include a selection of herbal teas and juices; fresh seasonal fruit topped with chantilly cream; egg salad, ham & cheese, and peanut butter & jam sandwiches; raisin scones with jersey cream and strawberry preserves; fruit tarts; and cookies. Presented with a certificate to mark the occasion, the prince or princess will never forget this remarkably unique experience. The hotel's Prince & Princess Tea is offered at a rate of $9.95 per child.

The Fairmont Empress is world renowned for its Afternoon Tea, a tradition at the property since 1908. Guests are invited to sip the beverage in the opulent Tea Lobby, the stately Harbourside Room or under the hand-painted ceiling of the Library Lounge while gazing at Victoria's magnificent Inner Harbor. More than 115,000 guests a year enjoy The Fairmont Empress tea ritual, including Queen Elizabeth II, Shirley Temple, the King and Queen of Siam, Bob Hope, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand, and Mel Gibson. As afternoon tea is very popular, guests are encouraged to make reservations online when booking a room at www.fairmont.com.

Tea with a Kid-Friendly Twist
EPIC restaurant at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto is pleased to introduce children to the beloved ritual of Afternoon Tea; with a twist. Child friendly dishes are on the menu, in kid-sized portions. The traditional toasted crumpet leads the way, with a selection of sandwiches, pastries and a miniature swan from EPIC's pastry chef. A special tea popsicle finishes this meal fit for a kid! For children who want the full experience and wish to sample a tea beverage, Tea Sommelier Michael Obnowlenny has selected a variety of appealing fruit and flower based herbal teas. These selections are caffeine free and high in vitamins and antioxidants, perfect for a growing connoisseur. Available daily from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., kids tea is priced at $15 per child. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the hotel at 416-860-6949.

Themed Teas for Tots
The Georgian at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel offers a variety of themed teas for children throughout the year. These teas run in conjunction with exhibits at Seattle Art Museum (SAM), productions at Seattle Children's Theatre, and kid-friendly performances at 5th Avenue Theatre. Some element of the production is incorporated into the tea by the property's Pastry Chef Artis Kalsons, whether it's a shortbread painter's palate for a special exhibit at SAM, dog-shaped cookie cutouts for a performance of Go, Dog! Go! or faerie-dusted chocolate covered wands for a Tinkerbell Tea in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Peter Pan at 5th Avenue. Children's tea is priced at $14.50 for ages 4 -12 years and includes a choice of tea or cocoa with sandwiches, sweets and scones.

Traditional Tea & Etiquette Classes During a visit to the Big Apple, little ones are invited for a "social occasion" - Afternoon Tea in The Plaza's Palm Court. As part of this refined event, children can choose from a special kid's menu that features Nutella & Banana sandwiches, Scones with Devonshire Cream and Preserves, Miniature Pastries and a choice of loose tea, hot chocolate, ice tea or milk. The Children's Afternoon Tea is priced at $19.50 per child. In addition to Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court, members of The Plaza Hotel's Young Plaza Ambassadors program can take advantage of the Eloise Tea and Social Skills (How not to be like Eloise) class. Recommended for young ladies and gentlemen from 6 to 9 years of age, children practice their best behavior and learn new social skills along with "tea etiquette". Topics include: introductions, "tea place setting", role playing (how to be a good host or hostess, how to eat and serve tea party fare, how to be a well-mannered guest in any social situation) and more.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts includes accommodations in legendary castles, secluded lodges, and modern retreats. For more information, visit Fairmont's website at www.fairmont.com , contact your favorite travel agent, or call 1-800-441-1414.

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