There’s something about tea parties that stimulates the imaginations of children, transporting them to a magical world where dolls come alive and everybody has impeccable table manners. So if you have a fantasy-loving little girl with a birthday coming up, book a special party at Alice’s Tea Cup. This charming boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has décor is inspired by the mad tea party from Alice in Wonderland that really helps set it apart as a fantastic NYC family restaurant. Let the birthday girl and her friends choose from a selection of mini sandwiches, scones, cupcakes, and other treats, while they politely pour tea into each other’s cups from painted china teapots. Unlike the Caterpillar’s mushroom, none of these goodies will make the kids grow extra large or shrink to mouse size, but they’ll taste magical all the same thanks to the whimsical environment. Before long, the elaborately-decorated birthday cake will make its way out, eliciting oohs and ahs from adults and kids alike before they dig in. To make the day truly special, help the birthday girl put on a pair of fairy wings, an accoutrement she’ll wear with pride all the way home.