Top Five: Bridal-Shower Ideas

1 Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon: “This very ladylike spot is the perfect place for a sweet, old-fashioned tea party. They have several smaller, private rooms and special menus. For a more casual tea party, check out Alice’s Tea Cup.”

2 Gramercy Tavern:“This restaurant’s cozy private room is the gourmet bride’s dream location for a kitchen- or cuisine-themed shower. I am a huge fan of Danny Meyer, but book early because this is one of the most popular restaurants in New York.”

3 At Home With Master Baker Elisa Strauss (of Confetti Cakes): “Call Elisa, one of the city’s top wedding-cake bakers, and convince her to come to your place to teach the ladies how to decorate cakes or cupcakes. Have lunch catered in and when it’s all over, everyone gets to take the cake—literally!”

4 The Modern, at MoMA: “If she’s an art lover, grab the fabulous, chic private room at the Modern. Take her on a tour of the MoMA galleries while party elves set up, then surprise her with lunch at a Modern masterpiece.”

5 The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers: “For buff brides and their friends, buy group passes and arrange for a ‘team’ workout with trainer Sean Green, who’ll put you through your paces while making you all laugh. Then arrange for spa treatments in the Origins Spa on the grounds, and eat sushi or sandwiches in the casual café.”

Top Five: Bridal-Shower Ideas