Mother’s day is not my favorite day. It is always laced with a tinge of sadness which comes from living 1600 miles away from my mom and the understanding that I will probably never be a mom myself, but this year was different. My mom was actually going to be visiting close enough to Mother’s Day that I would actually be able to do something more than an obligatory phone call and flower bouquet. I was going to do it up right for the most important lady in my life. We were going to do afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
The tea room hours vary, but 2-5 PM is the standard. We arrived shortly before our 2:05 reservations and were seated immediately at a very quiet table for two overlooking the gardens. It was perfect. We were off by ourselves which allowed us the ability to talk and giggle without interrupting anyone around us.
We selected the four course Cheshire Tea package. For tea, we each selected a pot of herbal infusion. I picked the Superfruity while Mom ordered the Golden Caramel Rooibos. Both teas tasted fantastic after a couple lumps of sugar were added.
Our first course arrived shortly after our tea and consisted of a selection of pineapple, mango, papaya, and kiwi. A selection of cheeses were included along with a small bowl of honeycomb. Everything on the plate was edible, including the orchid.
Course two delivered four finger sandwiches: egg salad, chicken salad, cucumber, and an open faced goat cheese with golden beets. My favorite was the chicken salad, and while I did not love the beets, they were paired well with the goat cheese. Two slices of cheddar, a delicious onion tartlette, grapes, and berries finished off the plate.
Next up was a golden raisin scone, with apricot jam, lemon curd, and cream. A strawberry tart which stood no chance finished off this course.
Finally it was onto the dessert course. We had the choice from a trifle, strawberries and cream, or a selection of pastries. Mom chose the strawberries and cream which were dusted with the Grand Floridian logo in red sugar. I went with the pastries which included a white chocolate covered strawberry, a swan shaped strawberry lemonade cream puff, and a mini eclair. At this point we were both stuffed, and sadly I have to say that half an eclair was left on the plate.
For the first time in a long time I went into a Mother’s Day weekend without the anticipated gloom. That alone would have made the day special, but each bite and sip of this experience was divine, and the server was very attentive. The attention to detail in every element made the $50 a person price tag bearable, and the fact that I got to have this experience with my mom made it priceless.