Georgia Bridal Showers: Places for Ladies to Lunch
Co-ed bridal showers are in, as are showers at bowling alleys, bars, and beaches. But sometimes a bride-to-be gets a nostalgic yearning for the traditional girls-only gathering that is the old fashioned bridal shower. A cozy brunch or lunch complete with ladylike salads and omelets, or perhaps high tea featuring finger sandwiches and crumpets, may be just the thing for the bride who wants to bond with her maids, her moms, and assorted female loved ones -- without the guys around. These 10 places are each available for private parties, and also work well for a bridesmaid luncheon or morning-after-the-wedding gathering place.
Old Southern charm and Civil War history meet to make a luncheon truly special at this plantation. Choose from several antique-filled rooms -- overlooking the lush grounds, warmed by a fireplace, crowned by a Baccarat chandelier. 1848 House (770) 428-1848; 780 S. Cobb Drive, Cobb.
Feel like Scarlet O'Hara while you celebrate at this ante-bellum mansion. Completely glass-enclosed, The Porch offers gorgeous views of the three acres of hardwood trees and flowering bushes. Or, cozy up by the fire in The Red Room, a richly decorated intimate space. Anthony's (404)262-7379; 3109 Piedmont Road, Buckhead.
With highly-rated cuisine, this historic riverside setting is sure to please all of your senses. You can choose from a variety of beautiful party tents for your celebration in the River Garden, an al fresco spot where blooming flowers border the Chattahoochee River. Canoe (770) 436-9292; 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead.
Elizabeth on 37th
This Savannah Southerner housed in an elegant Victorian mansion will surely make you feel like a true Southern Belle. The fireplaces, hardwood floors, floral decor, and large flower arrangements set a feminine scene for your celebration. Elizabeth on 37th (912) 236-5547; 105 E. 37th Street, Savannah.
Begin your luncheon with cocktails on the patio that overlooks the flower garden, then move inside to The Garden Room for a taste of the restaurant's innovative cuisine. And for dessert, how about fresh strawberries -- hand-picked by you! In the spring and summer, the Organic Garden is filled with fruits and vegetables of the season. Horseradish Grill (404) 255-7277; 4320 Powers Ferry Road, Buckhead.
Set in an early 1800's farmhouse, this cozy restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and tea with traditional Southern hospitality. Celebrate by a fire surrounded by antiques, or outdoors on their lovely deck overlooking a stream. Either way, make sure to listen for Annabell's footsteps -- Lickskillet's resident ghost. Lickskillet Farm (770) 475-6484; 1380 Old Roswell Road, Roswell.
Perfect for intimate gatherings, this lovely colonial-style mansion offers several private rooms from which to choose. Decorated in old-fashioned elegance with fireplaces, flowered wallpaper, and antiques, Little Gardens will make you feel as if you're entertaining in your Southern grandmother's living room. Little Garden (770) 923-3434; 3571 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville.
Magnolia Tea Room
For either lunch or tea, this 1854 Victorian home is ideal for a day with the ladies. The three dining rooms are decorated with femininity in mind, and the garden room and patio are lovely for an outdoor festivity. Magnolia Tea Room (770) 498-6304; 5459 East Mountain Street, Stone Mountain.
Old Pink House
This Georgian mansion, one of Savannah's oldest buildings, is filled with original pine floors, Venetian chandeliers, and 18th-century English antiques. For lunch or tea, the Purple Room is a perfect choice, overlooking Reynolds Square. Old Pink House (912) 232-4286; 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah.
Described as having "girly decor," this New Orleans-style restaurant is an obvious choice for lunch or tea with the girls. The green and white color scheme is featured in all three private rooms. Peasant Uptown (404) 261-6341; 3500 Peachtree Road, Buckhead.