Monday, June 30, 2014

Road Test :: Mr Men Little Miss Afternoon Tea

Well it’s that time of the year again folks. The two words that some parents dread “school holidays”. For some this means extra mess around the house, endless piles of washing, kids arguing over ridiculous things and of course in winter the one we all love – a touch of cabin fever!

For us school holidays are all about outings into the city and our two weeks are usually filled with visits to the movies, the museum, yum cha and a cruise around the Melbourne Emporium. One of the requests these holidays was to visit The Langham to experience their magnificent Children’s High Tea. We’ve been a few times now and Mr 5 truly finds the whole event of sharing plates of sweet treats highly enjoyable, as would most of us! It was Mr 3.5’s second visit and he was fairly well behaved, apart from some loud talking and over excitement about the fountains in the hotel’s main

As always The Langham know how to conduct a fine high tea, the staff are extremely helpful and friendly with the children and we all walked away with full tummies.

The theme these school holidays is Mr Men and Little Miss. Kids can snack on sweet treats like Little Miss Sunshine honey joys, Mr Messy fairy floss cupcakes, Mr Daydream cookies and Little Miss Dotty fairy bread.

The chef’s and creators of the children’s high tea really go that extra mile to make it such a magical experience and the theming of all the food is so appealing for the wee ones. The kids munched their way through three tiers of goodies which was all washed down with hot chocolates and pink lemonade.

In between the fairy floss cupcakes and fairy bread the kids even got to colour in some Mr Men themed activity sheets. In all it was a fairly stress free morning with my boys and for us it was a nice way to celebrate the start of the school holidays.

So if you’re looking for a cosy indoor activity these winter holidays look no further than The Langham Children’s High Tea.

$30 per child
$54 per adult
$45 per child with take home Mr Men Activity Set

Times and Dates
30th June  – 18th July 2014
10am – 11.30am
Or 12 noon -1.30pm

Bang for your Buck – What Do You Get!
Superior High Tea Service in a Child Friendly Atmosphere
Themed Children’s Picture Book and Colouring Pack to take home (Optional)
High Chairs on Site
Change Table

Bambini Tips
Close to the NGV - South Bank - Transport available are Trams and Trains
Ideal for out of towner’s looking for the ultimate Melbourne foodie experience
Ideal birthday treat for your little man or little miss

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cafes That Host Kids Parties


So you’ve said YES to have that party your little Mr or Miss has been begging you to have since the previous birthday. Of course it can be hard to source a venue for 5 plus ankle biters and sometimes parents just don’t have the time or energy to spend a whole week planning and fussing over cake, decorations and treats bags.

Have you ever considered having your little ones party at a café? They have the space, they have the fully equipped kitchen, more than one toilet and they also clean up the mess when you leave. The only hard decision you have to make is which venue to host your party in and of course the party date.

Here’s our top pick of cafes that can host your next kids parties

Lullabelles :: This quaint cosy café runs Mini High Tea Parties which are exclusively hosted on Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm-4pm. Mainly targeted at girls your party table can be laden with little sandwiches, fairy bread, coloured popcorn, chocolate strawberries, cupcakes and sausage rolls with a variety of kid friendly drinks on offer.
Cost :: From $30 per child with a minimum of 8 children
Phone :: (03) 9889 2314

Cubbyhouse Canteen :: Party in the enclosed park (weather permitting) and enjoy tasty eats, a trestle table and picnic rugs which are all provide by Cubbyhouse Canteen. Kids can snack on fairy bread, honey joys and homemade sausage rolls with various kid friendly drinks on offer. They can also provide you with a birthday cake for an extra cost.
Cost :: Minimum spend of $200 on food from Cubbyhouse Canteen
Phone :: 0421 173 886

The Farm Café :: Give the city kids a taste of country life in this quintessential farm setting venue with various engaging activities like tractor rides and milking cows. Once all the hard work is done kids can tuck into wholesome homemade eats, country influenced sweet treats and mini drinks.
Cost :: From $150 for the first 8 children
Phone :: (03) 9415 6581

Crafternoon :: Paste, cut and tape your birthday away at this craft influenced venue. Get your craft on with a range of crafty party packages to choose from which included cake. They can also provide the invitations!
Cost :: From $20 per child
Phone :: (03) 9077 6998

Fairfield Boathouse :: Party riverside and escape to a bush oasis which just happens to be a stone’s throw from the CBD. Kids can party by the river, explore the local park or hire a paddle boat. For festive eats and treats choose from a selection of party food for the kids, package also includes unlimited soft drink .
Cost :: From $22 per child - Boat Hire not included
Phone :: (03) 9486 1501

Jam and Cream Café :: Host the perfect high tea party for your little miss in a vintage caravan complete with crochet cushions and handmade doilies. With freshly made scones, sweet treats and petite drinks on offer your little miss and guests will have a magical afternoon in true high tea style.
Cost :: From $15 per child. Birthday Cake is at an extra cost.
Phone :: (03) 9457 3356

Oliver’s Garden :: Celebrate in the beautiful surrounds of Queens Park. With a park, a lake, ducks to feed and party food this is the ultimate casual party in the park.
Cost :: Mini Party Food Boxes from $10 per child. Birthday Cake is at an extra cost
Phone :: (03) 9372 0438

Phoenix Park Café :: Kids can explore the large adventure playground while the café can provide basic party food and drinks like sausage rolls, party pies, fairy bread and cupcakes. BYO decorations.
Cost :: From $16 per child. Birthday Cake is at an extra cost
Phone :: (03) 9563 4587

Cake Bakeshop :: This sweet little cake shop can be transformed into the ultimate Cupcake Making or Cake Decorating Party.  Your little ones big day can be planned and is hosted by the folk from Little Big Day Out who work in conjunction the Cake Bakeshop. They offer a variety of themes and food and are flexible with decorations.
Cost :: From $20 per child. Birthday Cake is at an extra cost
Phone :: (03) 5333 3384

Fussy Pots :: This adorable space is scattered with vintage trinkets and furniture to give a real homely feeling. Fussy Pots offer a variety of party themes along with good old fashioned party games, craft activities and party food. The manager of the café is only too happy to style a theme to your child’s liking to make the day a memorable one.
Cost :: From $25 per child. Birthday Cake is at an extra cost.
Phone :: (03) 9885 0439


*Please Note*

- Venue pricing/menus are subject to change at any time. 

- Any special diet requirements need to be communicated via the venue.

- Birthday Cake is usually an extra cost/additional cost, please check with venue if they can supply one or if you can bring your own before the big day. Remember they may also charge you *cakeage if you bring your own cake! (*cakeage is where a venue charges customers to cut up a cake you supplied – like corkage but for cakes!)

- Our suggestions are merely suggestions to provide inspiration. We can’t control the experience on the day.  If you’re unsure of the food quality – pop in for breakfast or lunch to check out the venue before booking.

- Remember to HAVE FUN!


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