Your bridal shower doesn’t have to be a traditional luncheon. You can go all out with a fun experience and invite your favorite lady friends to celebrate. From high tea at the Williamsburg Inn to a pizza and beer celebration at a brewery, there’s plenty of fun experiences to celebrate your new bridal status.
Afternoon Tea at Williamsburg Inn—Williamsburg
Celebrate your bridal shower with a high tea at the historic Williamsburg Inn surrounded by your best girlfriends. Throw your shower in one of the inn’s beautiful lounges, like the Terrace Room, or on the back patio overlooking the golf course. Pair your teas with a delicious spread of scones, pastries and bite-size tea sandwiches. And, if you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, book a few rooms and don’t forget to schedule spa appointments too.
Wine Tasting & Lunch at Barboursville—Barboursville
For the bride who enjoys her vino, look no further than Barboursville Vineyards, just a 30-minute drive outside of Charlottesville. Book a special tasting in the Library 1821 to try the winery’s best vintages. After your tasting, mosey over to the Palladio restaurant for a fabulous farm-to-table luncheon.
Or if you are looking for a more relaxed celebration, pick up lunch at Gordonsville’s Barbecue Exchange and grab a few bottles of wine from the tasting room to enjoy during a laidback picnic next to the ruins of Governor Barbour’s mansion.
Drag Yourself to Brunch at Croc’s 19th Street Bistro—Virginia Beach
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If you’re looking for an untraditional and raucous bridal shower, consider bringing all your lady friends to a drag show. In Virginia Beach, every Sunday Croc’s signature drag show brings in a boisterous crowd with its singing and dancing drag queens. Choose from a 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. show paired with boozy beverages and the eatery’s tasty Lebanese-American brunch dishes.
Flower Arranging at Pharsalia—Tyro
Nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pharsalia is a flower farm where you and your girlfriends can gather for a laidback day surrounded by Mother Nature. Start your morning with a flower arranging lesson on the the lawn, using blooms grown on the farm. Throw your shower in the historic farmhouse with a catered lunch, and then spend your afternoon wandering the farm’s picturesque grounds, exploring the garden, orchards and rolling countryside.
Pizza and Beer Party at Triple Crossing—Richmond
For the bride who is a beer enthusiast, why not be showered in your natural habitat — a brewery? In Richmond, Triple Crossing’s new Fulton location also is home to a pizza kitchen. Sip on some Triple Crossing brews and enjoy a feast of Neapolitan-style pizzas on the brewery’s patio. If you are throwing a large shower, there’s the option of having your brewery celebration catered by local grocer Ellwood Thompson’s. And if you’re looking to keep the party going, consider hiring the Richmond Brewery Bus to take you and your ladies on a brew pub tour around town.
Spa Day at the Salamander Resort—Middleburg
The Salamander’s 23,000-square-foot luxury spa is the perfect place for an “R and R”-themed bridal shower. Start with relaxing manicures and pedicures at the spa and then mosey outside for a poolside luncheon with your favorite gals. Afterwards, celebrate with some bubbly at the resort’s Gold Cup Wine Bar. And if you’re so inclined, inquire about the Salamander’s honeymoon packages. Book one of the resort’s sprawling suites and inquire about romantic activities for you and your beau.
Marissa Hermanson is a Richmond, Virginia-based journalist who writes about arts and culture, food and drink, home and decor, travel and weddings. You can find her stories in Apartment Therapy, Domino, Dwell, Houzz, Southern Living, The Kitchn and The Knot.