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Need BRIDAL SHOWER Venue Ideas!!!

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bridalgirl Jan 4, 2011 01:53 PM

I'm looking for an elegant but affordable bridal shower venue for about 45-50 people in the DC area for brunch or tea. Having a real issue with budget! Want it to be nice but need to keep it well under $30 a person. Please help!!!! I'm out of town and need ideas!

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  1. ktmoomau RE: bridalgirl Jan 5, 2011 08:44 AM

    If you don't mind a more Asian tea, perhaps check out Ching Ching Cha. They have special events menus on the website that might fit the budget. Other than that I can't think of anything within your budget.

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    Ching Ching Cha
    1063 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste B, Washington, DC 20007

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      katecm RE: bridalgirl Jan 5, 2011 09:04 AM

      I wonder if ACKC chocolate on 14th could do something? They do fun events, so may be willing to do private events, and hot cocoa plus chocolate nibbles might be affordable.

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        weezycom RE: bridalgirl Jan 5, 2011 11:24 AM

        La Bergerie in Old Town Alexandria might be able to do something for you. They have a nice room that will accomodate the group and will work with you on the menu. I know their website shows a lprivate event unch menu for $26/person, so for a brunch or tea, you might be able to arrange something less expensive. It's a bit old-fashioned but still a consistent, pleasant spot.

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        La Bergerie
        218 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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          dckw RE: bridalgirl Jan 5, 2011 02:24 PM

          Most of the high tea places in DC are, unfortunately, not well under that $30 mark. Cafe Promenade does a fine tea for $28 per person. But, with gratuity added for you large group, it would be over your budget. Places like the tearoom at the Willard Continental and the Mandarin Oriental tip into the over $30 a person mark even before gratuity.

          Something that might be fun is Coco Sala, a dessert restaurant specializing in chocolate. They offer private dining and might be willing to work out some sort of prix fixe menu for your group. Another option might be Bistro Francais in Georgetown. I once went to a bridal shower here, somewhat feminine and (obviously) French vibe and the prices are reasonable.

          Good luck!

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          Cafe Promenade
          5225 Pooks Hill Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

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            nytdct RE: dckw Jan 5, 2011 04:43 PM

            Where in DC - and does it need to be Metro accessible, near airports or someone's home, etc.?

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            Elyssa RE: bridalgirl Jan 5, 2011 05:02 PM

            I would call around and see if places can do anything special for a group that large---that's a really big group for a normal restaurant. Maybe Darlington House or Cafe Dupont (they have a private room that is nice where I've actually seen bridal showers being held around brunch time).

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            Darlington House
            Washington, DC, Washington, DC

            Cafe Dupont
            1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

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              hopeinmee RE: bridalgirl Jan 9, 2011 02:16 PM

              I would second checking out Darlington House's second floor for the special event.

              You may also want to check the second floor of Policy to see what options. They may be able to do an assortment of appitzers within your budget.

              If Social has not closed in Columbia Heights, they may be able to do it as well within your budget.

              A friend recently mentioned that Carmine's does special events in Chinatown. With their family size portions, you may be able to do it under $30pp.

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              Darlington House
              Washington, DC, Washington, DC

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                erinnf RE: bridalgirl Jan 10, 2011 06:37 AM

                I think Tabard Inn has a nice venue, although I'm not sure they can do it for the price you're asking. I think there is probably a big difference between brunch and tea, e.g., coffee/tea, sweets, etc. They do a very nice job overall, and I think the space is warm and welcoming. I will warn that parking in the Dupont neighborhood is not great.

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                Tabard Inn
                1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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                  bridalgirl RE: bridalgirl May 5, 2011 04:10 PM

                  These are fabulous ideas! I will check them all out. Thanks so much!!!

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