We meet again, wedding season. We’re betting you or someone you know has a bridal shower on the horizon, which is exciting. But let’s face it, it can also be overwhelming if you’re on the hook to plan. We’re here to help bridesmaids, MOHs, MOBs, and good friends alike! We have scoured D.C. to round up our favorite places to throw a bridal shower in the city, along with tips and ideas for celebrating at home and beyond. Cheers and happy planning!
Where to Host a Bridal Shower Brunch in D.C.
For the glamorous bride: Blue Duck Tavern
Inside the posh Park Hyatt, Blue Duck Tavern is a high-end restaurant with impeccable service and phenomenal farm-to-table fare. The staff is accustomed to throwing bridal showers and weddings—so you’ll work with an experienced team. But, it’ll cost you. Brunch and events at Blue Duck don’t come cheap! (Read our brunch review here.)
For the chocolate-loving bride: Co Co. Sala
We’ve hosted a bridal shower at Co Co. Sala and had a blast. The staff was beyond accommodating, allowing us to come in early and decorate our table with tulle and flowers. There are several areas you can reserve, including a private back room with a global-glam vibe. Chocolate is the main star on the menu here, but we love that they offer a three-course prix fixe brunch menu for $26/ person, with savory items as well. There was plenty of food to go around, but we weren’t stuffed. The bottomless bubbly for a $18/person was also a perfect option for our group.
Co Co. Sala, 929 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 | Find more information on private events here.
For the hipster bride: Right Proper
Does your girl love beer? Would she spend the day at a brewery? If you’ve answered yes, then Right Proper is a great space to host her shower! Exposed brick, a long communal farm table, and colorful murals make the alternative space a great option for a group. The fried chicken sandwich is not to miss, along with a cheese board from their cheese counter. Of course the beer selection is also top notch— all of the beers are brewed in Shaw! We love the idea of gifting everyone with a Right Proper growler as a parting (and delicious) gift. (Read our brunch review here.)
Right Proper, 624 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 | [email protected]
For the Farm-to-Table bride: DC Harvest
If lovely, mason jars, and farm-to-table are all words that make you giddy, DC Harvest is your spot. A bottomless deal, oysters, and cheese plates are all items that can spice up your brunch party in the adorable upstairs semi-private dining room that can seat up to 34 people. Win major planning points by rounding out your brunch with a round of s’mores served in mini mason jars. (Read our brunch review here.)
DC Harvest, 517 H St N.E., Washington, D.C. | Call 202.629.3296 to inquire about events
For the adventurous bride: Compass Rose
Compass Rose is tucked away in a townhouse off the bustling 14th street corridor, which is why we are enamored by it. Known for it’s “global street-food” menu and eclectic meets rustic decor, it would be the perfect spot to host a small, intimate bridal shower. They also have an adorable, small outdoor space that would be ideal for a fun gathering. (Read our brunch review here.)
Compass Rose, 1346 T Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009 | Email [email protected]
For the bride who loves to cook: CulinAerie
We love a fun and engaging bridal shower with a DIY element. Gather your girls to celebrate the bride that always cooks dinner for you and throw her a shower at Culinarie, a local cooking school located at Thomas Circle. A private party includes step-by-step instructions to cook a full meal with your choice of menu selection, alcohol, and some appetizers to nosh on while you’re prepping. The best part of the experience is gathering with your girls at the long table to indulge in your homemade feast. We love the idea of making custom aprons for the bride and her crew!
CulinAerie, 1131 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 | Call to book your private event (202) 587-5674
For the sporty bride: Bar Deco
When a restaurant marries brunch, a rooftop, and an upscale sports bar vibe, you can’t go wrong. We love the unique space at Bar Deco and the outstanding service. Steph hosted a surprise bridesmaid ask party here and would not have been able to pull it off without the help of the amazing staff. If you’re looking to host a fun shower, with delicious southern-inspired food, for a bride that doesn’t take herself too seriously, Bar Deco is your spot. Come for brunch and then head to the roof to continue the celebration! (Read our brunch review here.)
For the Francophile: Cafe Bonaparte
If an afternoon filled with Brie, crepes, and French 75’s sounds ideal, then Cafe Bonaparte is the perfect option for your soiree. The quaint French inspired restaurant in upper Georgetown is the perfect space for an intimate girls gathering. The accommodating staff will work with you to decorate and arrange the cozy space for your perfect shower.
For the bride with a loud crowd: Malmaison
If you’re in search for a bit of a bigger space, but still want a chic vibe with a French-inspired menu, head to Malmaison. The converted warehouse is one of Georgetown’s best kept secrets. Located under the K Street bridge, the set-up and decor options are endless in the white-washed, modern space. We especially love the two tier floor pattern, which makes the unique space even more attractive. (Read our brunch review here.)
Tips for Hosting at Home
On the hook for hosting a bridal event at home? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top five tips to make it a seamless and memorable event. (Hint: we employ the professionals.)
1. Get in on the calendar
Perhaps the most important element of throwing a party is saving the date on everyone’s calendars—especially during vacation season! That’s where BellaJenna comes in. Jennifer is a Bethesda-based creative designer who hails from FIT in New York. Her process starts with a complimentary consultation where she works with your budget to create beautiful, modern, and chic digital prints for your special occasion, from the shower to your wedding day. Bonus: we love that there are no printing minimums required, in an effort to “keep it green”—now that’s eco-chic!
Nothing says “Let’s celebrate!” like custom decorations and thoughtful decor. We seem to have endless amounts of photos, yet never enough frames! Custom framing has always sounded intimidating, not to mention expensive, but Framebridge is changing the framing game. Simply select your frame, email or mail in a photo, and receive your artfully designed frame right to your door! We love the idea of uploading Instagram photos of your girls or couple and sending everyone home with a custom frame (for only $39, each)!
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3. Mix and mingle your favorite gifts
Rosé season is back! While bubbly is a given at a shower, we also like to have some rosé on hand, which is just as celebratory. Whispering Angel makes a delicious blend, packaged in a gorgeous and feminine bottle. Bonus points for the host who displays the bottle in a beautiful flower ice bucket.
Nothing says “Love you, mean it!” like a sweet parting treat for your guests. Olivia Macaron has been our go-to party favor thanks to the seasonal flavors, (hello cherry blossom!), and adorable packaging. Grab a box of two of your favorite macaron flavors, add a bow, and a tag with your couple’s wedding date to make a special, unique parting gift for your guests.
Olivia Macaron, 3222 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
4. Add a custom touch to the bachelorette party or wedding day
Maybe you’ve been a bridezilla, maybe you haven’t. We’re not judging. Either way, thank your bridesmaids for all they’ve done over the past year with custom gift boxes curated by Welcome and Wishes. The D.C.-based team rounds-up specialty items based on your event, budget, and style, and packages them in an adorable box, ready to gift! Better yet, they ship nationwide. If you ask us, it’s a no-brainer for welcome gifts on your big day or a fun way to kick-off your bachelorette weekend. Go ahead, forward the website to your MOH, we won’t tell. Check out recent gift boxes, here.
5. Treat the Bride (and yourself!)
Weddings are a great excuse to get all dolled up. Make an appointment for yourself and the bride to indulge in a little pre-bridal shower bliss at Logan14, where you’ll be greeted by soothing mint tea, a relaxation room, and stellar services, like hair braiding, blowouts, or manicures.
Logan14 Aveda Salon, 1314 B 14th st. N.W, Washington, DC | Call (202) 506-6868 to book private parties
BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Malmaison, Cafe Bonaparte, Bar Deco, Framebridge, Olivia Macaron, Welcome and Wishes, Whispering Angel, Logan14, and BellaJenna. Although, this article was written independently but Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the companies.