Raise those pinkies up high and pull out the fine china because this Mother’s Day calls for treating mother dearest to a lavish spread at a sumptuous tea party. Afternoon tea, paired with a delectable assortment of decadent treats, is a perfect way to spend quality time with mom, and Orange County is filled with some of the best locations when looking to host a dainty tea party.
Habana is a Cuban, Latin-American establishment for those seeking a uniquely serene restaurant experience instead of the usual run-of-the-mill spot. The dimly lit, romantic interior might scream date-night, but Habana’s outside patio carries a colorfully vibrant, lively ambiance, creating the ideal atmosphere for a Mother’s Day brunch. The Cuban-inspired brunch will feature slow-roasted Lechon and paella, omelets made-to-order, plantain pancakes, a seafood tower and carving station, fruits, salad, and of course, a dessert.
Pamela’s Tea Room
Pamela’s quaint, victorian tea room touts hard-to-find British delicacies and treats, making it a perfect spot for Anglophiles. The Tea Room’s homey charm is best known for its award-winning scones, an exquisite variety of finger sandwiches, and fresh pots of unlimited English tea. Some of their most popular teas include the Yorkshire Gold and the PG Tips, but various herb teas are also available for moms that love natural health benefits.
LSXO, an extension of Bluegold at Pacific City and a spin-off of “Little Sister,” is a Vietnamese-haute cuisine parlor with a speakeasy feel. The small, intimate restaurant debuts afternoon tea daily with open-faced roast beef finger sandwiches and truffles. Although LSXO is known for their Vietnamese fusion entrees, their Chinese-inspired teas, such as the Hong Kong-style Milk Tea and London Fog, are guaranteed to make your mother smile with warmth.
Spring Tea Garden
This Mother’s Day spoil your mom at Spring Tea Garden with a “one-of-a-king” — or in this case, queen, tea experience. With a generous selection of vintage tea party hats to choose from for those ready to relish in the classy affair, Spring Tea Garden boasts an elegant yet cozy ambiance, three tiers of food that are far from lackluster, and a fine selection of over 20 teas, need I say more?
Royal Tea & Treatery
Royal Tea and Treatery is modern day tea house specifically tailored for mothers who thought their days of eating out had come to an end due to dietary restrictions. This dairy-free, gluten-free facility is engulfed in a vivacious yet sophisticated décor, appearing like an Alice in Wonderland dream, and offers five different tea packages with tea from India, China, and Africa.
The Tea House on Los Rios
Located in the Los Rios historic area in San Juan Capistrano, The Tea House on Los Rios is a whimsically styled cottage that offers a luxurious Prix Fixe Mother’s Day lunch menu. Known as the Traditional Mother’s Day High Tea menu, the special includes a freshly baked currant scone, homegrown basil soup, a farmer’s market green salad, an assortment of upscale sandwiches, and a glass of champagne.
Paris in a Cup
Nestled in Historic Old Towne Orange lies a French themed tea salon, Paris in a Cup. Why fly to France when a little piece of Paris has been brought to Orange? Plus, this year, Paris in a Cup will have a “Paris Memories” themed Mother’s Day celebration designed to build fond memories over a cup of tea with mom.