Related: 40x40 List
Date of tea: Sunday, May 17, 2015
One of the first items I thought of for my 40x40 list was having afternoon tea with a group of lady friends. Sitting in a beautiful setting sipping on tea while gabbing with friends seemed like a delightful way to help usher in my milestone birthday.
When I discovered the St. Paul Hotel Afternoon Tea I knew it was "the one". There are a handful of afternoon tea options in the Twin Cities (Brit's Pub, Mad Hatter Tea Room, Maudie McBride's Tea in the Woods, Lady Elegant's Tea Room) but the St. Paul Hotel looked by far the most elegant of the options. I am nothing if not elegant - ha!
My tea companions
I knew my friend Erin Reichelt would be up for an afternoon tea because she's been to holiday teas with her friends and daughter. We worked together at Capella University and now both work at the University of Minnesota. We thought it would be fun to have a reunion with two other friends we have in common from our Capella days - Amy and Julie. I haven't seen Julie in several years so it was fun to catch up. Amy and I try to get together at least once a month and she'll be accompanying me on other 40x40 adventures! Having a block of two hours to relax and talk is a great way to spend an afternoon with friends. I'd also like to have afternoon tea with my mom and sister someday.
Bottomless cup of tea and five courses of food
Our servers were attentive and we each had several refills of tea as each of the five courses were served. I loved both the black current and chamomile teas. The day before the tea I walked 80,000 steps so I was starving when we arrived and by the time we left two hours later I was stuffed.
I highly recommend Afternoon Tea at the Saint Paul Hotel. You'll have to make your reservation several months in advance and the holiday times are the hardest to reserve.
The Nivens Family