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Little Valentines

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while you’re definitely expecting at least some flowers or chocolates from the hubby, no doubt the cutest gifts you’ll get (and the ones that will land a permanent place in your heart) are the glitter-covered cards and painted bread-dough heart necklaces you’ll get from your kids. Why not treat your little valentines to a fun and festive “date night” to show them how much you care? Dallas County offers plenty of teahouses, cafes and other sweet spots where you can share a treat—and some bonding time!

Celebrity Bakery
Highland Park Village Suite 65, Dallas
214/528-6612; www.enjoycelebrity.com
Try the: Specialty bakery items decorated especially for Valentine’s Day, including cookies, cupcakes and petit fours.
Kids will love: The Mother-Daughter Bonding Time (boys are welcome, too!) package, which comes with a cake to decorate plus tea and coffee to sip ($50).
Open: 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday; 12-4pm Sunday.

The Cultured Cup
8312 Preston Center Plaza Drive, Dallas
972/960-1521; www.theculturedcup.com
Try the: Selection of more than 100 varieties of France’s Mariage Freres tea or the “A Cup Above” teas, a collection of rare brews.
Kids will love: The over-the-top-tasty drinking chocolate imported from England’s Charbonnel et Walker and the yummy Leonidas chocolates from Belgium.
Open: 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

Mary Ellen’s Tea Room
138 Spring Creek Village Shopping Center, Dallas
972/386-9080; www.maryellenstearoom.com
Try the: The Mini Tea, which comes with an assortment of finger sandwiches, a fruit plate, mini desserts and tea service.
Kids will love: The lunch that’s just their size: half a tuna salad, egg salad or peanut butter and jelly sandwich plus fresh fruit.
Open: 10:30am-2:30pm daily.

Maudee’s Café and Tea Room
4333 Lovers Lane, Dallas
214/526-9750; www.maudees.com
Try the: Traditional English afternoon tea, served from 3-5pm daily, except Sundays (reservations required). You’ll be treated to sorbet, assorted tea sandwiches, scones and desserts plus, of course, a selection of teas.
Kids will love: The homemade brownies a la mode, plus juice boxes (if tea isn’t their cup of tea!).
Open: 11am-2pm Monday-Saturday.

Tart Bakery
5219 W. Lovers Lane, Suite B, Dallas
469/335-8919; www.tartbakerydallas.com
Try the: Huge selection of sweet treats, including perfect-for-one-person goodies like miniature éclairs, cheesecake bites and chocolate mousse cups.
Kids will love: The fabulous cupcakes (which come in flavors like strawberry, lemon and red velvet) and the cupcake toppings bar, where kids can sprinkle on M&Ms, sugar crystals, marshmallows and more.
Open: 10am-6pm Tuesday-Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday; closed Sun-day-Monday.

Chocolate Angel Café and Tearoom
635 W. Campbell Road, Richardson
972/234-8099; www.chocolateangel.com
Try the: Afternoon tea, which comes with an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones, pastries, fruit, a chicken salad tartlet and a ham and gruyere puff pastry (reservations required). $17.95 per person.
Kids will love: The decadent desserts, which change daily and may include brownies, cookies or fudge.
Open: 11am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday; 3:30-5:30pm Monday-Saturday afternoon teas.

Into My Garden Tea Room
1017 E. 15th St., Plano
972/509-0292; www.intomygarden.com
Try the: Cream Tea in the Garden package, which includes two English scones with fresh Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves plus other tasty pastries and a selection of teas. Available from 10:30am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday; $10.50 per person.
Kids will love: The Mother-Daughter Etiquette Lesson Tea Party, where moms and their little girls will learn together about manners, wardrobe, health and beauty and more. Guests may choose menu items to customize their special date; call 469/360-5821 to make a reservation (required). $17.95 per person.
Open: 11am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday.

Lavender House
207 E. Virginia St., McKinney
214/726-0777; www.lavenderhouse-mckinney.com
Try the: Tea and Chocolate service, which includes a pot of delicious brew plus tuxedo chocolate strawberries and brownies.
Kids will love: The Children’s Grand Tea, a special event for little girls ages 10 and younger that includes tea sandwiches, scones, pastry, fruit and tea all served on a beautifully decorated table.
Open: 10am-4pm Tuesday-Thursday; 10am-12am Friday-Saturday (dinner served); 10am-2pm Sunday (brunch); closed Monday.

Patti’s Place
3921 Coit Road, Plano
972/612-4828; www.pattisplace-tearoom.com
Try the: House specialty, Patti’s Pies, which are made from scratch in house using only fresh or flash-frozen fruits. Pair your pie with a cup of Patti’s Cookiedoodle coffee, a blend of hazelnut, vanilla, cinnamon and cream flavors.
Kids will love: The tasty Deli Delight sandwich followed by a bowl of Kaiti’s Homemade Ice Cream. Yum!
Open: 11am-2pm Tuesday-Saturday (tea room); 8am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday (bakery).