Triangle: ISO Baby Shower Location
I'm in search of a creative location to hold a baby shower for ~20 people in late August. Ideally it would be a private or semi-private room, but that's not a absolute must if the setting is quaint enough. We've looked into a couple of tea rooms, but neither V's Teas nor Pineapple Tea Room can accommodate our crowd. Ideally we'd have a nice smattering of tids and bits and not necessarily a meal (the reason we began looking into the tea rooms). Any ideas?
Gak's, or as my kids call it, Ms. Sally's, is a bit of an enigma. It is in a nondescript strip center off Dixie Trail, across from the original Crowley's. Sally and her daughter (and I guessing some other family members pitched in) have it decorated nicely and there is a large room in the back where you can have meetings or parties. She has the usual tea shop sort of food, plus breakfast food. Some of the biggest and best pancakes I have had in Raleigh. Various breakfast biscuits,etc. Homemade cakes and cookies. Also egg salad, chicken salad type things for lunch...I am leaving out a lot here.
Her downside is that her crowds are spotty...sometimes full, sometimes empty. So, she still has pretty much just her daughter and her working there. So, if it gets busy, sometimes service can be slow.
On the upside, the food is good and Sally and her daughter are both incredibly wonderful people and the place has a nice feel to it because of that. So, I imagine that if you had a party there, she would bend over backwards to make sure it was just like you wanted it.
Me, I go for the pancakes. Let me warn you, they are huge. We have been known to take them home and eat them the next day for breakfast and they are STILL good!
The Weathervane (A Southern Season's restaurant) has a back room that's perfect for this. I've been to a baby shower there, and it was really nice.