Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz Carlton
A Teddy Bear Tea is not a tea where you have to bring your teddy bear. It is not a tea where you make a teddy bear. The San Francisco Ritz-Carlton’s Teddy Bear Tea
is a holiday extravaganza complete with Binky the Elf singing pop
songs and directing an impromptu orchestra of children, a human-size teddy bear walking around to hug boys and girls, a pianist accompanying all the songs and of course, high tea (or hot chocolate depending on your size).
My girls were mesmerized. Actually, first they were starving because the tea started at 1 pm and I didn’t want them to snort over their plate of bite-size sandwiches and cookies. Therefore light lunch. Therefore big appetite at the table. They both exclaimed “Oh, vitamins!” when they saw the gummy bears on their plate and devoured them, without even glancing at the teddy bear cookie or miniature cupcakes. My plate was more sophisticated but not quite up to the quality of the Fairmont Hotel where I’d been the previous month.
Say, I could have used some Devon cream with my scones instead of whipped cream. I love Devon cream with my scones. Never mind the cream. The real crime was offering me Breakfast Tea at 1 pm. I’m a die-hard tea fan and I don’t understand how a five-star hotel cannot offer better than mint tea, chamomile tea or breakfast tea at 1 pm when the bill comes up to a hefty $75 per head. Now the entertainment part.
This being San Francisco, Binky the Elf was a Tim Curry in green pants and pointy shoes. Honestly, what elf sings “The Age of Aquarius” from the soundtrack of Hair
with more gusto? As he changed props for each new song, Binky the Elf donned pink wigs, sunglasses, platinum blonde long hair, curly hair and would have put to shame any good old drag queen show
in the Castro. My daughter was a bit confused but I was in tears. He was so funny and talented. His impersonation of Hairspray
songs or Dream Girls
songs were hilarious.
I understand why my 4-year-old was puzzled but I loved it. My 2-year-old on the other hand was throwin a major tantrum and herself on the floor. Tea is not a toddler’s favorite past time. Never mind. Now I’d actually like to try out other holiday teas. It’s fun!