Popular Teddy Bear Tea is a memorable tradition for kids and a fun way to donate to local charities

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, December 2, 2010 – The Fairmont Hamilton Princess will once again host its annual Teddy Bear Tea daily at The Heritage Court between 2:30pm and 5:00pm from December 1 through December 24. The tea will also feature a children’s etiquette class on Sundays at 2:30pm, and Santa joins in the fun on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30pm for storytelling. Children are encouraged to bring a brand new teddy bear or other new stuffed toy to be donated to various Bermuda charities. 

The entire event is designed especially for children and is set against a magical backdrop of holiday lights and decorations. The child-friendly menu features peanut butter and jelly white-bread pinwheels, roasted tom turkey sandwiches with cranberry mayonnaise on whole-wheat triangles, fresh-fruit skewers with yogurt dipper, Christmas-tree cookies, gingerbread men with candy canes, Smarties cupcakes, chocolate milk egg-nog or a choice of soda.

“We are delighted to offer Teddy Bear Teas again this year” says Rehanna Palumbo, director of sales and marketing for The Fairmont Hamilton Princess. “The Christmas season is all about children, and this is a wonderful tradition for families and friends to celebrate the spirit of the holidays together, surrounded by the festive atmosphere of the hotel. And, of course, no holiday event is complete without a visit from Santa, who joins us on Saturdays and Sundays for stories and to visit with the children.”

Children’s etiquette classes have become a popular addition to the Sunday Teddy Bear Teas. The classes are led by Bermudian protocol expert Trudy Snaith, founder and director of Bermuda’s Executive School of Protocol, and focus on enjoying the company of friends and family in special settings such as afternoon tea, while using good behaviour and manners.  Each child participates in a group session then enjoys one-on-one instruction. Penelope’s Bear will also participate in the class and children can have their picture taken with her if they wish. Each participant will also receive a souvenir booklet.

The cost for the Teddy Bear Tea is $19 for children under 12 who donate a new teddy bear or $25 for children without teddy bears to donate. The Sunday Teddy Bear Tea and etiquette class combination is $35 for children under 12 who donate a teddy bear. Adults attending the Teddy Bear Tea are $35. A gratuity of 17 per cent will be added.

For a special holiday treat, local residents are invited to enjoy the special Teddy Bear Tea Package. The package includes an overnight stay at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the Teddy Bear Tea at The Heritage Court and a Fairmont Teddy Bear to take home. Prices start at $299 per night per room based on double occupancy and one child (prices for additional children and adults are also available).  This package is available from December 1 through 24, 2010.

Reservations for afternoon tea are required and can be made through the hotel’s concierge on 298-5779. For more information about the Teddy Bear Tea Package and for room reservations, call 298-5717.

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