The cherry blossoms are in full swing, patio furniture is coming out of storage, and our calendars are filling up with bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and wedding festivities galore! We’ve brought together our collective experience as brides, MOHs, and bridesmaids to bring you our annual spring bridal shower guide.
Read on for the best places to host a bridal shower in D.C. and ideas to make the bride-to-be in your life feel special and loved. And don’t forget to stock up on gift for the bride (and groom!) to-be with our helpful Gift Guide.
Where to host a brunch bridal shower
A French Soiree: La Jambe
A Family Affair: Via Umbria
Perhaps one of the most unique brunches we’ve experienced in D.C., Via Umbria, tucked away in upper Georgetown, packs a beautiful family style brunch in a white, open air kitchen, with an outdoor rooftop courtyard to boot. With a staff that embodies the epitome of Italian hospitality, Via Umbria is sophisticated enough to bring your mom and hard-to-impress aunt, but festive enough—bottomless Bellinis and Bloody Marys—for a celebration with your girlfriends. If you’re looking for an intimate experience with great food and accommodating service, look no further than Via Umbria for your next bridal event. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
A Rose Garden Party: Whaley’s
Between the lovely, nautical décor, seafood towers, and out-of-this-world pancakes, Whaley’s is an adorable option for a smaller brunch shower. This spring, the restaurant is opening an adorable outdoor rosé garden, perfect for a feminine affair. Read our brunch review here. 301 Water St SE #115, Washington, DC 20003
A Glam Affair: The Riggsby
Located in The Carlyle Hotel in DuPont Circle, The Riggsby is a perfect option if you’re anticipating several out-of-town guests. With a fabulous keyhole entrance, stunning chandelier, and hunter green and gold accents, this is the ideal space for a glam bride. The mini avocado and crab toasts are perfect finger foods for sharing in between shower games. Keep the party going after brunch upstairs in your hotel rooms or around Dupont Circle. Read our brunch review here. 1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
A Rustic Occasion: Casolare
Fresh seafood and simple Italian cooking is the concept behind this approachable space in Glover Park. Create your event around pizza, or simply gorgeous antipasti and light apertivos. Casolare is a perfect spot for the bride who believes less is more and appreciates simple, rustic cooking in a space reminiscent of the Italian coast. With a bottomless Bellini brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, your girl gang is sure to love the warm bombolinis as well. 2505 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington, DC 20007
A Southern Fete: Mulebone
What goes together better than brunch and shopping? Opt for a unique shower experience at Mulebone if your girl loves a good mason jar and/or vintage shopping. The friendly staff is a joy and the large farm tables make for an easy, care-free afternoon spent noshing on Southern fare and spoiling your bride. Read our brunch review here. 2121 14th St, NW Washington, DC 20009
A Tea Party: Fyve at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Experience an upscale bridal brunch affair! Choose from a number of delectable items from Fyve’s bridal brunch menu to enjoy family style. Pre-fixe menu items include a selection from each category including bakery, batters, benedicts, healthy, savory, and sides. Elevate the beautiful bridal shower with the Socialite Tea add-on.
The socialite afternoon tea party, offered exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, will definitely add extra sparkle to any special occasion. In addition to an afternoon tea reservation and traditional tea accompaniments, the package offers edible glitter-dipped fruit, delicate French macarons, assorted miniature cupcakes, sparkling cider (or champagne), $20 Simon gift card, and tiara for each guest, and complimentary parking. Overnight stay accommodations are also available for an additional rate. Read our brunch review of Fyve here. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
Local registries we love
We love to shop local, so if you know a bride who does too, be sure to share these unique local registries and gift ideas. Or, keep them in your back pocket for unique gifts as you attend bridal showers this spring!
For the bride who longs for European travel or appreciates gourmet Italian imports and decor, Via Umbria offers gorgeous hand painted ceramics, unique cookware, special linens and more. This is the perfect registry for that hard to buy for couple that “has it all.” Simply click here to create a registry or head into the charming store in Georgetown to shop in person, perhaps with a glass of wine in tow.
For the urban bride who appreciates great design and has a knack for Americana decor, Hudson and Crane offers barware, kitchen items, pillows, candles, one-of-kind art and exclusively American-made furniture. Visit the adorable store in Adams Morgan and expect to receive a special experience, complete with personalized attention to curated lists that can be shared with and purchased by loved ones. 1727 Florida Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
Nothing elevates a party quite like a macaron, and no one does macarons like Olivia Macaron. Create your own adorable sleeve with seasonal flavors like cherry blossom or lemon meringue, or simply grab flavors that match your color scheme. Everyone loves a sweet party favor! Bonus tip: use edible paint to write your guest names on each macaron for a unique and fun place card. 3222 M St NW, Washington, D.C.
Pick up unique homewares and thoughtful gifts at this lady-run business. From gilded pineapple cocktail shakers to amazing scented soy candles, Salt & Sundry has some of the best gifts to send and receive. Visit the stores in Union Market or on 14th Street for trendy goods. 1625 14th St NW Washington, D.C.
BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Via Umbria, Hudson & Crane, Olivia Macaron, Fyve at the Ritz-Carlton, The Riggsby, Casolare and La Jambe. While this article was written independently by us, we did receive compensation from these companies.