Queen for a Day -by Michelle Kaplan

The Queen of England has her tea time, and so should the queen of the castle. In your household that’s your mom, especially on Mother’s Day.

What could be a more elegant treat than taking Mom to one of America’s National Historic Landmarks, the Flagler Museum, to celebrate her day at their Café des Beaux-Arts to enjoy a Gilded Age-style lunch.

“The Café is a beautiful setting, offering panoramic views of the West Palm Beach skyline across Lake Worth, the Intracoastal Waterway,” said David Carson, public affairs director for the Flagler Museum.

The inspired menu includes tea sandwiches, scones, sweets and a very unique tea blend.

“Our Whitehall Special Blend tea is unique because it can only be found in the Café des Beaux-Arts, or in the Flagler Museum Store,” Carson said. “It is specially blended for Whitehall alone.”

The ritual of taking a formal afternoon tea dates back to the great Gilded Age when Americans felt free to embrace other western civilizations’ rituals and traditions, including Great Britain. The practice began among the upper crust in the early 19th century, for the original “ladies who lunch,” when they began to feel piqued between lunch and dinner.

Rituals evolved to be more complex, requiring rules of etiquette and formality; there was Low Tea, a simple affair, and High Tea, which included a more elaborate spread.

Moms who attend the Mother’s Day Tea at the Flagler won’t walk off empty-handed; they all receive a photograph, a rose and a $10 gift card to the Museum Store.

Mother’s Day Tea will be served on two dates: May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and May 11 from noon until 3 p.m. Museum member price is $60 for a mother and son or daughter (any age); $30 for additional members. Non-member price is $100 for mother and son or daughter; $50 for additional adult non-member. It’s $35 for an additional non-member child age 17 and under. Tickets include admission to the museum, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

The Flagler Museum is located at One Whitehall Way in Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.flaglermuseum.us/programs/mothers-day or call (561) 655-2833.

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