All Dressed Up, With Places to Go
What to Wear to Your Bridal Shower
Silk dress with shirring detail (top left)
($550 by Abaeté, at Bloomingdale's Soho, 504 Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-729-5900).
Spruce silk dress (bottom left)
($425 by Shipley & Halmos, at Earnest Sewn, 821 Washington St., nr. Gansevoort St.; 212-675-0553).
Travis jacket and Nanetta skirt (on model)
($365 and $265 at Diane Von Furstenberg,, 874 Washington St., nr. 14th St.; 646-486-4800).
Multi-handkerchief-collar mini-dress and buckle belt
($550 and $250 by 3.1 Phillip Lim, 115 Mercer St., nr. Spring St.; 212-334-1160).
Silk plum ombré dress (bottom right)
($1,195 by Doo.Ri, at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-754-7940).
Where to Have Your Bridal Shower
1. Reserve the retractable-roofed garden of girlish Nolita restaurant Elizabeth for a brunch for up to 50 (elizabethny.com). Prix-fixe menu options include croque madames and johnnycakes with peach compote and honey butter (from $25 per person). Or order truffle Bloody Marys, cotton candy sundaes, and more, à-la-carte. Inside, open gifts on comfy banquettes by the fireplace.
2. Magnolia Bakery’s Upper West Side location has a private room where you and about a dozen of your girlfriends can have a Champagne-and-dessert-fueled cupcake-decorating session (magnoliacupcakes.com). The $750 party setup ($25 for each additional person you squeeze in) includes a dessert like banana pudding or peanut-butter-icebox pie; bring your own bubbly.
3. Book an overnight stay at Soho House and spend the afternoon with ten friends at their Cowshed Spa, drinking Champagne between manicures and massages (sohohouseny.com). Their new Pretty Parties package ($295 per person) includes two treatments and a private dinner. The slumber party is extra (double-occupancy rooms from $525 a night).
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide