Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf-water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $10, you get an afternoon Queen Victoria tea party (a $21 value) at The Peony Tea House, located on West Wayne Street.
Gather your ladies-who-lunch and steeping savants to attend a tea-drinking soiree in the Peony's quaint, historic teahouse, with services specializing in afternoon teatime and custom-blended brews. The Queen Victoria tea party includes a medley of tea-complementing noshables such as finger sandwiches, classic cream scones, pastries, and the Queen's personal favorite—sponge cake—all accompanied by a pot of the teahouse's blend of the day. Transport yourself back to the Victorian era, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon socializing and sipping in the elegant atmosphere, featuring fine china, original fireplaces (circa 1885), and elaborate stained-glass windows. Reservations are required, so call ahead.