I don’t like to pull my kids out of school for blogging events, but I do miss being able to share special activities with them. When The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common invited us to tour their “Nutcracker Suite” I knew Lady Bug would enjoy some quality time with me. And, since she already needed to leave early that day for a doctor appointment, it was excellent timing for a mother-daughter day.
Before we even went up to the suite, we were dazzled by the 18′ X 11′ gingerbread house gift shop made by Executive Chef Andrew Yeo. Check out the QR Code cookie on the right of the house. You can get all of the details of the display by scanning the cookie in!
Look at this adorable soldier cookie (and please excuse my Kindergartner’s sweater):
Ho! Ho! Ho!
While we were there, they served us a beautiful lunch inspired by their Sugar Plum Fairy tea. Look at the cute little finger sandwiches!
The sandwiches were too fancy for my picky eater. The desserts were not!
Everyone loved this fantastic bear in the suite. Lady Bug would have happily curled up there all day (and it inspired the Giant Bear Journey). There are some lucky kids staying in the suite who can watch TV with this big friend. This is the living room in the suite.
Hotel General Manager Rajesh Khubchandani read to us from The Christmas Quiet Book written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska. Lady Bug loved the story and was thrilled when they gave us a copy to bring home!
The detail in the Nutcracker Suite is amazing. These toe shoes are autographed…
This is the kids’ room. It’s just beautiful. See the parasols above the bed? And there are ottomans wrapped like presents.
Some welcome treats!
It was not easy to resist nibbling on these.
The suite even has some toys. This dress-up ballerina is adorable.
I was taken by this sweet puppet theater. I don’t think it would survive in my house, but it’s very pretty.
Even the bathrooms were decorated. Lady Bug whispered to me, “Mama, even the bathrooms are fancy!”
Here’s the designer of the suite Michael Barnum of Michael Barnum Studio. He did a wonderful job on the whole thing. You may note in some of the other pictures that there are some gorgeous curtains in bold stripes. He told me that they designed them as bags, so they just pull up and over the regular Ritz-Carlton curtains (see the curtains behind him?). I love that it’s a more cost-effective way to change out the window coverings. When the season is over, just pull down the bags and put them away!
There were nutcrackers everywhere (naturally!). I like this gingerbread-themed one from one of the bathrooms.
Here is the adult room. Rest assured that your bed would be wrinkle-free. This is what it looks like when kids have been rolling around on it. This room also has a private bathroom.
Pastry Chef Kerry helped the kids decorate their own gingerbread men. She doesn’t come with the suite, but if her quickly decorated cookies are any indication, you’re in for a treat in the dining room, as well.
Lady Bug made a cookie for herself and one for Bug. The team at The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common made sure that the cookies were Bug-safe, even though he wasn’t going to be there! How’s that for good customer service?
Lady Bug just loved the Dancing Bear from The Nutcracker. She talks about this bear all of the time.
A costume from a previous year of The Nutcracker. Just hanging out with you in the suite.
And this gorgeous tutu is displayed in the kids’ room.
Yum. Kerry sent us home with an extra gingerbread man for me and one for Big Guy. This one was mine.
The Nutcracker Suite package at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common is available through the end of the year. Here are the official details:
Starting at $1,350 per night*
Experience the magic of the holidays. The Nutcracker Suite Package includes:
- Overnight accommodations in a custom-designed suite decorated with holiday trimmings and elements inspired by Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker performance including the Dew Drop Fairy’s tutu. The suite has been generously designed by our friends at Be Our Guest, Michael Barnum Studio and Winston Flowers. Master bedroom features a king bed; connecting double room is a magic-inspired children’s room.
- Teddy Bear tuck-in service with a holiday treat from the hotel’s Pastry Chef, Kerry Meister.
- Satin pointe shoe, autographed by a Boston Ballet company dancer.
- CD recording of The Nutcracker, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra and Music Director Jonathan McPhee.
- Four tickets to Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House, including a special post-performance backstage tour.
- A Sugar Plum inspired bubble bath from the Land of the Sweets drawn by The Ritz-Carlton Bath Butler.
- Overnight valet parking.
*The package is also available without tickets to Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the price of $950 per evening.
The Ritz Carlton, Boston Common
10 Avery Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
The Ritz-Carlton Website
Disclosure: We were invited on a media tour and luncheon in the suite. There was no promise of a positive review and no compensation was provided.