Richmond has many unique spaces that host unconventional bridal showers full of excitement and memories. Here are some of our staff's favorites!
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: COOK TOGETHER
Mise En Place cooking school, located in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip, hosts hands-on cooking classes and catered private events. Showers can be dynamic and hands-on -- either as a fun "Iron Chef Challenge" workshop, where guests team up to cook using mystery ingredients, or with seasonal recipes agreed-upon before hand.
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: A CATERED PARTY IN AN ORGANIC SPA
Scents of Serenity occupies a building from 1918 decorated in a unique, eclectic shabby-chic with a modern flair designed to make guests feel at ease and at home. Common spa parties include birthdays, bridal or baby showers, and bachelorette, engagement or sweet 16 parties. Their Spa Party Room is set up for people to bring in their own food; plates and silverware are available. Wine and glasses are BYOB. Scents of Serenity has four treatment rooms, two of which have double tables, allowing for six people to receive treatment at a time.
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: HOST A MOBILE COOKING PARTY
Tammy Brawley, a regular contributor on WTVR 6 Virginia This Morning, caters home parties and teaches mobile cooking workshops. Her company, the Green Kitchen, provides couples and groups an at-home hands-on cooking experience.
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: HOST A CRAFT-MAKING PARTY
A Richmond staple since 1996, All Fired Up offers pottery painting, wet clay, wheel throwing, glass fusing and glass painting. Owned by a local art teacher, it has grown to have locations in Short Pump and Midlothian. All Fired Up's two locations each have private party rooms that can be booked with a minimum of eight people. All Fired Up will provide a devoted party assistant to guide the group through the process with set-up, organization, project ideas, techniques and colors.
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: COOK WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Interested in cooking for yourself? The "deam kitchen" at Kitchen Thyme has chairs, tables, silverware and china available for rent for private parties. Food can be brought and warmed up, or made from scratch on site.
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: EXPERIENCE BEER FLIGHTS
Strangeways Brewing lives up to its credo: Think Strange. Drink Strange. The brewery boasts an ever-changing tap list of at least 25 beers at any time - all made in house and currently only available in Richmond. The names and flavors of their beers are as unique as the space itself. The spacious back room, lined with barrels where their beer is actively brewing, is available for private party reservations for groups with 25 or more people.
BRIDAL SHOWER IDEA: RESTAURANT-SLASH-POOL ROOM
"Great atmosphere, AMAZING food, great staff! " - Meg Seagram, Facebook
Greenleaf's boasts 12 regulation Brunswick Gold Crown Tables, a bar serving upscale cocktails and craft beer, and food that has gotten rave reviews from Style Weekly, Richmond Times Dispatch and RVA Mag. The entire pool room can be rented out to private parties with advance notice. There are no private rooms, but there are options for discrete group spaces.
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