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Sep 2, 2007 01:49 PM

best place for a swanky bridal shower

I'm hosting a bridal shower for 6-10 people for lunch or afternoon tea. I thought about hosting this at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena for an afternoon tea. My reservation is that it might be too stuffy, and my preference is to do it on the West side. Can my fellow chowhounders recommend a swanky location where we can linger to chat with fabulous food?

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  1. The Hotel Bel Air or the Peninsula.

    1. A few ideas..
      The Peninsula
      Hotel Bel-Air
      Simon LA perhaps meets the swanky quotient
      Chez Mimi is lovely too
      Ritz MDR
      Perhaps not swanky enough, but I love the patio at Lilly's in Venice

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      1. re: Emme

        Here's my dilemma... The guest list a real mix bag. 1/2 the guests are from Brentwood/BH. The other half are from East LA. I have couple of people from flying in from other states. I'm thinking that Chez Mimi might be my best choice. Any other suggestions?

        1. re: cookingfest

          I went to a bridal thing at Off Vine and maybe thats a good half-way point?

      2. I co-hosted one at Spago for 30 and we used one of their private rooms. If you call their special events coordinator you can find out what they suggest to accomodate a group of your size. I also like Chez Mimi. I have seen nice showers at the Ivy on Robertson, indoors. I checked out the Penninsula before I went with Spago and I found it very disappointing. I would check out L'Ermitage and the Four Seasons.

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        1. re: Bite Me

          I'll check out Spago and Chez Mimi. Thanks for your input!

          1. re: cookingfest

            Chez Mimi may be better for your size group -- it's a lot quieter too. It's a very beautiful setting. About 8 years ago we threw a dinner at chez mimi in the very back cottage. There are three separate cottages, if I recall. One of the other rooms or a spot on the patio might suit your number. Whichever one you go with, I would just go over there and pick exactly where the table will be, the menu, etc. I haven't eaten at Chez Mimi in a long time, so I can't say how the food and service are these days. Let us know what you decide.

        2. If you think the Ritz-Carlton is too stuffy, the Bel-Air and the Peninsula are sort of similarly classic. For a hipper feel you could try the W in Westwood, the Luxe Hotel on Sunset or Beverly Hills, The Chateau Marmont or the Sunset Tower. You could also do it at Campanile or the Ivy. Pizzeria Mozza has a private room, though I'm not sure it's "swanky."