continuing my project of readying self for arrival of invitation to Royal Wedding, decided to treat self to old-fashioned High Tea at Alice's Tea Cup.
I'd been advised to make a reservation, and while reservations are nowhere near as difficult here as at, say, l'Astrance in Paris, or the American Girl Cafe on Fifth Avenue, we did not get our first choice of time. That said, however, when we arrived and identified selves, we were greeted with cries of joy (girls were thrilled, and so was I since I'd never been there before). The girls were offered Magic Fairy Dust, which turned out to be generous sprinkles of blue glitter, and pink organdie wings to help them fly upstairs to our table.
Alice's Tea Cup (there are several locations, we went to the one on the Upper East Side) is located in one of these narrow row houses that has front and back windows, but no side windows, so I was afraid it would be gloomy inside and frightening to the little girls, but not at all, it was very bright, and relentlessly cheerful. The crowd was: some family groups, some local business people having hearty lunches, and some couples (!) who apparently had decided they would not run into anyone they knew here. Of all things. Our table was set with vintage flowery china tea cups and luncheon plates for older generation, and very bright plastic ware for the young ladies. Here I will say that I decided the Alice's people know what they're doing when they got us seated immediately. Getting dressed up and getting to the restaurant is exciting enough; you don't want to then tell the hungry young that the next exciting thing we do is stand here and wait while other people get their tables.
When we left, everyone was still cheerful, and the girls were quite nice about giving back the wings. I am informed that the Magic Fairy Dust later washed out of hair and clothes with no trouble at all.