The snow is sparkling and lights are
twinkling and at this special time of year
we were lucky enough to get reservations
Afternoon Tea With Santa
Grand America in Salt Lake City.
Just walking into the lobby of the
Grand America transports you to
a more elegant time, perfect for
and at this time of year there are
wonderful Christmas decorations
and animated windows and a lifesize
gingerbread house to see so come
along with us as we
Miss Utah County, Hannah Harkness
and her Little Miss Utah County,
Kylie are perfect in their princess gowns.
They fit right in with the European decor
of the Grand America.
We have to start by affixing the
crown on our Little Miss and
donning her sash.
The Afternoon Tea is held in
the lounge right off the lobby and
at the entrance you are greeted with
I expected to be seated at a
dining table so imagine the
delightful surprise when we
were shown that this
gorgeous and comfortable
seating group was for our
party of six.
They have a huge selection of teas
but I have had their hot chocolate
before and it is so rich and wonderful
that I chose Peppermint Hot Chocolate
for my drink.
While you waited for your
drink selection the waittress
poured hot water over what
looked like a dried nut and
it opens into a flower.
For your starter the table already
has strawberries in chantilly cream.
We all loved starting with something
rich and sweet.
Next came your tea or in my case
and Kylie's too, Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
This is so rich and creamy, I am sure it
is decadently made with cream.
We each had our own tea pot and we
all thought that would be so fun for
Christmas morning - to have your own
pot to pour your hot chocolate out of.
Next came scones and finger sandwiches
with clotted cream, lemon cream and
There was a wonderful variety of
savory and sweet on this
tower of treats.
Then that tower was removed and
a new tiered tray of sweets came out.
The tier started with jellies
And had wonderful gingerbread men,
chocolate cake and fruit tarts.
Here Mom and Little Miss are
enjoying their gingerbread men.
Just about the time you are finishing
up all the goodies, who should walk by
jingling their bells as they go but
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
First they sing songs and have some
fun with the children and then
they greet the families, one table
at a time.
And of course the little ones get
to tell Santa what they want.
The Misses had posed for pictures
with the children before
Mr. and Mrs. Claus came.
It was fun to see how excited the
little girls were to have their pictures
taken with the princesses.
After a story with Santa and a candy cane
you simply must tour the main floor to
see all of the glorious trees and holiday
And we can't forget the fun, animated
And finally the giant gingerbread house
which is located all the way around the halls
to the back of the building
where a darling elf stands and hands
This grand gingerbread house
took 1200 lbs of flour, 400 lbs of sugar,
1200 eggs, 800 lbs of powdered sugar,
4 chefs and 40 cooks and nearly
700 hours to create!
Our last stop was to tickle the keys
of the Steinway.
Of course we couldn't leave without
a few spins in the revolving doors.
What a Grand time!
I sure hope we can make this
one of our new Christmas
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