Not all bridal showers are created equal. In fact, we’re gonna be the bearer of bad news and straight up say it: there are a lot of boring ones out there. Whoever your beautiful bride-to-be – whether it’s your sister, cousin, friend or co-worker – they deserve nothing less than extraordinary on their special day. But with that being said, we know how stressful it is to plan a fun party and ain’t nobody got time for stress.
Take a load off your shoulders by leaving the big plans to the pros, and choose one of these impressive venues in Toronto to host your next big bridal shower.
Located at the base of the Thompson Hotel, Parisian chic are two words than come to mind when it comes to Colette. High ceilings, beautiful arched entryways and large windows brighten up the restaurant, which offers a variety of environments for seated parties and receptions. While the entire restaurant can seat up to 120 individuals, for smaller events, we suggest the cafe or the colonnades, which can hold up to 36 seated or 50 for mingling. Or, take your party outdoors to the pavilion for an added touch of romance. To make your event extra special, Colette offers a number of services, including custom menus (think canapés, macaron towers and mains) and menu design, valet parking, floral arrangements, and more.
With three locations across the city (and three sister restaurants, too), Terroni is able to host bridal showers of any size. Their events team will work with you to help select the best room and location for your event, and custom create a menu with wine pairings that are to your bride-to-be’s taste. While all locations are beautiful, we suggest checking out their Adelaide location, which is housed inside the historic York County Court House. In total, the space can fit up to 350 guests, or you can reserve one of Terroni’s four levels, our favourite being the third floor, a warm and cozy lounge that overlooks the main dining room.
Round up the gals, it’s time to get pampered, and Her Majesty’s Pleasure is the place to treat yo’ self. One part cafe/bar (an extension of Colette) and one part spa/salon, this place is where ultimate indulgence awaits. Groups of 5 to 20 can customize their own party packages, which can include everything from spa services (blowouts, manicures and pedicures), cocktail or wine flights, snacks, gifts and catering. Your bride-to-be’s picture perfect pampering awaits!
Give your guests a taste of Italian at Oretta, King St. West’s new favourite hot spot. The space is beautiful, to say the least, with floor-to-ceiling north facing windows and pastel and jewel-toned decor. Oretta offers three private spaces for events, the Sorrgiorno and the L’attico on the upper level, which seat a maximum of 50 seated guests or 70 standing guests combined, and the Cantina, a semi-private dining room which accommodates 20 seated. Menus can be customized, and Oretta can provide printed personalized menus and flower arrangements.
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Oliver & Bonacini owned Leña has transformed the historic art deco Simpson’s building into a Latin-inspired eatery with rooms-a-plenty. Party throwers can create their own menu of canapés and cocktails or family-style feasts. On the third floor, there are two private dining rooms: Sala Uno (20 seated, 40 standing) and Sala Dos (40 seated, 60 standing), which feature beautiful old window pains looking out onto the city. The private rooms can be combined for even larger parties. On the main level is the Artichoke Room, a semi-private room for parties of 10 and on the lower level is Bar Lala, which has a capacity of 100 for receptions.
Reyna means queen in Spanish, so it only seems fitting to host a beautiful bride-to-be here. The Yorkville restaurant specializes in Mediterranean fare and has three sections available for booking: the Queen’s Quarters (18 seated, 8 bar), Moroccan Den (32 seated, 40 standing) and our favourite, the all-season Secret Garden (45 seated, 60 standing). Party-throwers can choose from a variety of pre-selected menus (plated or family-style service), food stations, or cocktail service bites. Then sit back to let Bar Reyna take care of the rest. From DJs and live entertainment to custom place cards and party favours, Bar Reyna’s team can arrange it all.
If your bridal shower is full of beauty mavens, you’ll want to throw your party at Bite Beauty Lip Lab. Located in the old Czehoski space, you can barely tell Bite Lip Lab was once a restaurant. Downstairs is where all the lipstick making magic happens, but upstairs reveals a beautiful space, complete with high ceilings, a private bar, a patio, and fire place, available to reserve for your private party. The space rental package comes complete with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and goodies, and guests are invited to create their own custom lipsticks (you choose everything from the pigments to the scent) for an extra $55 per person.
Chef Alanna Fleischer and Brian Cheng have made a name for The Edible Story as one of the best caterers in town, but they’re also great hosts. Located at Richmond and Sherbourne, The Edible Story is perfect for functions of all sizes. Whether it’s an intimate cooking class for 8 or a larger party of up to 42 seated or 72 standing with elegant eats and cocktails, the Edible Story will work with you to create a custom menu that is sure to delight your bride-to-be.
Looking for something a little more hands on? The Master Chef Dinner Party at Le Dolci is just what you need. Accommodating 12 to 15 guests, the group is divided into teams to prepare a three-course gourmet meal with the guidance of Le Dolci’s chef. The three-hour event will see party-goers compete for the best dish and after all is said and done, guests will get to enjoy their freshly prepared meals. This sure beats your average bridal shower ice-breaking game.
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