Between Christmas and New Year, both my husband and I were off from work.
This meant we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time as a family and to do a variety of activities, while also spending some much needed time relaxing at home.
One afternoon we packed up the family in the car and headed south to Morgantown, West Virginia, home of the WVU Mountaineers.
I have always loved this town. It is a cross between a big city and small town. Since it is a college town it does have a variety of businesses, museums, shopping destinations and more.
One of our favorite places to visit is The Tea Shoppe at Seneca Center.
Situated in a little shopping area that resembles an old factory is The Tea Shoppe.
Inside guests are greeted by almost every type of tea imaginable as well as really cute tea accessories including little ceramic tea sets for your little Mousekatots.
But for me the real hidden gem is the dining room.
Here you are seated at a table with fine linens and china. The atmosphere feels classy but not stuffy.
While their menu has a variety of options including salads, quiches, sandwiches and more, we always go for the Afternoon tea.
Served on a three tiered tray are a variety of tea sandwiches, a selection of pastries and a scone with clotted cream and lemon curd.
You also get your own pot of tea full of your choice of all the teas they have to offer.
For our most recent trip I decided to try the White Chocolate Mouse tea. It was absolutely delicious. It had a wonderful sweet flavor that wasn’t over powering but still had a slight white chocolate taste. I honestly prefer this tea to hot chocolate any day.
Photo courtesy of The Tea Shoppe
And for your littlest of tea party companions, they offer a children’s tea where they can get a pot of hot chocolate or lemonade (we requested orange juice because Lily doesn’t like the other two things), grapes, a sandwich of their choice, cheese cubes and a pastry.
The grapes are missing because Lily couldn’t stand them on her plate. Also, her peanut butter and jelly sandwich is cut into the shape of a Christmas tree.
The prices for these two teas ($15.95 for the afternoon tea and $9.95 for the children’s tea) might be a little steep you are paying for quality tea (which can be expensive) and the experience.
I always like to take Lily here because it is a way to teach her manners and etiquette, plus it gives her the opportunity to dress up nice for an afternoon.
And if you think this experience is just for the ladies and little girls and your hubby or son won’t enjoy it, you would be surprised.
The atmosphere isn’t all that girly and the little gentleman in your life might enjoy being able to practice his manners (like holding open doors and holding out the chair for his Mommy.)
The Tea Shoppe is also very child friendly. They frequently have various children’s themed tea parties.
For example, at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28, they are going to host A Frozen Tea Party that will feature visits with both Anna and Elsa, while enjoying lunch and a variety of activities.
The cost for the event is $22.
But, no matter if you want to attend a special event or just go out for tea, The Tea Shoppe is wonderful place to take your Mousekatot.
Do you have a place that you like to visit with your family where your practice your manners? Leave it in the comments below.
As a bonus round, here is a cute website that shares tips on how to teach tea party manners to kids.