The Ritz Carlton, Boston Common has teamed up with Boston Ballet’s, “The Nutcracker” this holiday season to create a special holiday suite inspired by this beloved ballet. My two children and I were lucky enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at this suite during a recent blogger event. Decorated with Nutcracker-themed toys and trinkets, my kids were completely entranced with this luxurious suite and excited to experience all the event had to offer including delicious food (yummy finger sandwiches and sweets!) and fun activities.
After this “Sugar Plum Fairy” inspired lunch, story time with General Manager Rajesh Khubchandani ensued—he thoroughly kept these little ones entertained by reading a special children’s book, The Christmas Quiet by Deborah Underwood. While we mingled with the amazingly friendly Ritz Carlton staff, the kids got to decorate delicious ginger bread cookies with the head pastry chef while getting a special visit from the Nutcracker’s larger-than-life Teddy Bear. We promptly held a mini photo-shoot with the bear following cooking decoration!
Among the guests at the event was Interior designer Michael Barnum, who shared some of the secrets to making this suite so idyllic and charming. We also met with Carrie Dirats, Boston Ballet’s stage manager who shared a behind the scenes look at the new elements of the 2012 Nutcracker.
It was great to get this chance to talk to them in such a casual environment and learn more about the inspiration for this special suite. One of the rooms of the suites is completely decorated in a whimsical and airy feel for little ones enchanted by the Nutcracker, complete with ballerina inspired toys and treats.
We also got to speak with Andrew Yeo, Executive Chef at the Ritz and inspiration behind the Life-Size Gingerbread Shoppe in the lobby for hotel guests and local Nutcracker patrons to enjoy. We got to walk through this enchanted house of sweets on our way out – what a sight to see. It was like being in a real life candy land and I had to use everything in my power to restrain my kids from licking the walls!
The Nutcracker Suite Package, which includes overnight accommodations, Teddy Bear tuck-in, and four tickets to Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” can be purchased throughout the 2012 holiday season. Explore all of the holiday festivities Ritz Carlton, Boston Common has to offer by going to ritzcarlton.com/boston. Another fun sight to see!
Disclosure: The Ritz Carlton Boston invited bloggers for a special luncheon event, including Amy Turner from Mom Central.