As you start planning the baby shower, you will need to start off by determining the venue or location where the party will take place. The following baby shower venues will help to make party planning easy for you and guaranteed fun for your guests!
To begin planning your shower, it might help to create a checklist or use one like this from Real Simple. Once you’ve chosen your co-hosts and set a budget, it’s time to pick the venue. Check out the list below for some of the more unique options available right here in Richmond.
Baby Shower Venues:
From history to art to creative play, Richmond’s museums offer a variety of settings and backdrops to give your baby shower some extra flair. Check out a few of the options we’ve listed, but if your favorite museum isn’t on this list, be sure to check with them as many museums will host special events on request.
Whether you’re celebrating a first baby or a new sibling, the Children’s Museum of Richmond is a great place to get the party started. With facility rentals available for parties large and small, CMoR offers multiple baby shower packages in their innovative, mega-creative museum space. For event information and quotes, email email@example.com or call (804) 474-7035.
Address: 2626 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
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This private museum dedicated to Richmond’s history offers up elegance, class and style – just like the city itself. Ideal for a larger shower or a co-ed event, the Valentine offers indoor and outdoor event space for as many as 150 people or as few as 20. Visit The Valentine Facility Rentals to learn more. Please note that it is recommended to make reservations at least 30 days before your desired date.
Address: 1015 E Clay St, Richmond, VA 23219
Image source: www.thevalentine.org
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) features exhibitions and installations to rival the world’s finest museums. And when you choose to host your baby shower at VMFA, you’ll also enjoy unique event spaces that include a towering atrium, a casual café or a fine-dining restaurant offering its own culinary masterpieces. Find out more about hosting your shower at VMFA by contacting an event coordinator at (804)340-1590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/myVMFA/photos
Richmond offers history on every street corner – quite literally. Fortunately, there are plenty of venues that allow you to be a part of that history as you celebrate life’s special events in many of the same places that our city’s founders lived, worked and celebrated their own lives.
This 18th century tavern represents some of Virginia’s oldest history and offers a picture-perfect baby shower setting. Choose from historic rooms, a glassed-in veranda, private dining rooms and much more. The Hanover Tavern and Pub is also home to the Virginia Repertory Theatre, the oldest continually operating dinner theatre in America. If you feel like treating mama-to-be to dinner and a show, check out the schedule here. To learn more about booking a space at this historic location, call (804) 510-0212.
Address: 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd, Hanover, VA 23069
Image source: http://www.hanovertavern.org
There’s no denying that this historic hotel holds enough charm and class to satisfy even the most discerning Southern belle. Give your guest of honor a taste of Old South elegance with a baby shower featuring an afternoon high tea or Sunday champagne brunch. Call (804) 649-4661 to plan an afternoon tea event or make Sunday brunch reservations at (804) 649-4609.
Address: 101 West Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220
Image source: http://www.jeffersonhotel.com
You know this park as the perfect place to explore history and nature in the heart of the city, but Maymont also provides some of the most picturesque event spaces found anywhere. Choose from one of the park’s gardens, The Nature Center, Garden Hall or the historic Stone Barn. Visit the Maymont Facility Rental page, email email@example.com or call (804) 358-7167 to find out more.
Address: 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
Image source: https://maymont.org
The best part about Richmond’s art scene is that it is so wonderfully accessible. Galleries abound – and if you want a baby shower that is refined and elegant while remaining edgy and eclectic, try one of Richmond’s premier gallery spaces. You won’t be sorry.
Featuring 75 artist studios and dozens of display walls, ArtWorks is like a living, breathing work of art itself. Three unique gallery spaces are available for showers ranging in size and offer kitchen access, tables and chairs and other optional services. You can also choose to host an art party and treat your guests to workshops in murals, mosaics, clay, bookmaking, collage, painting or mixed media. Call (804) 291-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Address: 320 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224
Image source: http://www.artworksrichmond.com
Crossroads features the work of more than 225 up and coming and well-known artists along the East Coast. Host your baby shower in one of the center’s event rooms and allow guests to peruse the incredible artistic works on display, or create your own artwork by hosting an art party with a professional instructor. To find out how to book this space, call Kay Goldsby at 804-278-8950 or email email@example.com.
Address: 2016 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/CrossroadsArtCenter/photos
DIY Arts and Crafts
Do-it-yourself arts and crafts can be a great way for the mom in your life to make personalized items for the baby’s nursery and let off a little creative steam in the process. With one of Richmond’s many choices for painting or crafting, you and your guests can choose to make something special for mother and baby or take something home for yourselves.
Featuring two Richmond-area locations, All Fired Up is one of the area’s most popular party spots. Both locations offer a wide selection of pre-made ceramics to choose from, allowing every partygoer to express their own unique style. Best of all, All Fired Up offers private party rooms for up to 24 guests and a personal party attendant at no extra cost. Find out more about the Midlothian location at (804) 744-5506 (Midlothian) or Short Pump at (804) 360-3111.
Midlothian, 4668 Commonwealth Center Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
Short Pump, West Broad Village, 2232 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
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In addition to canvas and board painting, The Art Factory and Party Place offers glass and wood sign design, as well as customized monogramming and an array of other crafts. With a full party planning staff on site, you can host a private event for up to 30 guests – and all you have to do is show up. Or just rent the space and create your own ambiance – the choice is yours. Call them at 804-716-5219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Address: 4818 Market Square Lane, Midlothian VA 23112
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/artfactoryva/photos/
The latest craze in ladies’ night out is also the perfect way to celebrate any event – especially a new baby. While mama might prefer sipping on some sparkling grape juice, your other guests can enjoy a variety of wine, beer and snacks in the Wine & Design studio while painting with instruction from a professional artist. Contact Wine & Design Richmond here or call 804-359-9149 to find out how to make a reservation for your event.
Address: 2707 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/wndrichmondva/photos
Relaxation and Fun
When you’re feeling about 23 months pregnant, the last thing you want to hear is, “Better relax now! You won’t be able to when the baby gets here…” I, mean, it’s true, of course, but we don’t need to be reminded constantly. What we need, instead, is for our faithful friends to whisk us off for a day of pampering and Richmond has just the right places to make that happen…
With a variety of party packages to choose from, both the mother-to-be and her friends will be completely soothed at this luxurious day spa. Packages include a variety of spa services, plus coffee, juices and an assortment of bagels, croissants, jams and spreads – which means that even if you’re the party planner, you can relax the whole way through. Learn more at (804) 261-6004 or email email@example.com.
Address: 8658 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
If you’ve ever been pregnant, then you know that even if you can’t see your toes, you still want them to look good. That’s why a mani-pedi party at Pinky Swear Natural Spa may be one of the best baby shower ideas out there. The spa offers a wide variety of spa party packages that will spoil the mother-to-be while making party planning a breeze for you. Call (804) 248-2814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a party.
Address: 3445 West Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
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Pregnancy has plenty of perks, but swollen feet and a tired back are not among them. Pamper your mother-to-be with an exclusive spa party at one of Richmond’s leading day spas. While this party doesn’t come with a small price tag, it does promise an afternoon of pure relaxation and indulgence. Bring your choice of food and beverage for the spa party room and enjoy exclusive use of the spa treatment rooms. Contact Lara at 804-277-4498 or email email@example.com to find out more.
Address: 3016 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA23060
Image source: http://www.scentsofserenityspa.com
Dining with Ambiance and Attitude
A baby shower at your favorite local restaurant is always a great plan – but if you’re looking for something a little different, then these Richmond hot spots definitely demand a second glance. From Creole flair to old South charm, you’ll find something for everyone at these baby-shower-perfect places.
For something super small and cozy, but backed by huge flavors, the Blue Goat offers “the Chef’s Table.” Located in a private dining room, the “table” seats up to ten people for lunch, brunch or dinner. For further information, or to request a larger party in the main dining room, contact Don Carlstrom or Stacey Voorhees-Brown at 804-288-8875, or visit The Blue Goat online.
Address: 5710 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23226
Image source: http://www.bluegoatva.com
Well known for its Parisian flair and classic bistro setting, Can Can is a favorite for many Richmonders. But with private dining rooms, custom menus and private event coordinators, Can Can is an ideal location for a baby shower that includes the mother-to-be, the father-to-be and a full list of friends and family. To get more information or start planning your event, call Devon Tubbs at (804) 358-7274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 3120 West Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/CanCanBrasserie/photos
Part furniture shop, part tea shop, the name says it all for this creative venue. Featuring high tea and on-site catering for special events, the funky elegance of this Bellevue shop will make your shower an instant success. Call (804) 658-2454 for more information or to make a reservation.
Address: 4034 MacArthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/TheEclecticCottageRVA/photos
Take a step back in time to the roaring ‘20s at the Hippodrome Theater and Speakeasy Grill. Located in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, the Hippodrome was built in 1914 when 2nd Street was the city’s entertainment hub. Today, the historic theater has been restored for special events and sits next door to the elegant “Taylor Mansion” – home of The Speakeasy Grill. Featuring classic Southern fare with modern soul, the Speakeasy can host parties of virtually any size in a variety of spaces, including the main dining room, private dining rooms, a bar room and a balcony. Visit The Speakeasy Grill for more information.
Address: 526 N. 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/thespeakeasygrill/photos
Set in the heart of the New Manchester Warehouse District, Plant Zero Café serves as a perfect reflection of the area’s lively, artistic vibe. Surrounded by galleries, shops and art studios, the Plant Zero Café offers private parties in their bright, casual restaurant featuring simple fare that is insanely good. Visit them online or call (804) 231-6500 to find about more about private events.
Address: 3 E. 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23224
Image source: http://www.plantzerocafe.com
The Tobacco Company has been a staple of the Shockoe Slip dining and nightlife scene for decades. With it’s southern charm and expansive menu, it makes an ideal setting for any size baby shower. Work with The Tobacco Compay events team to customize your shower from formal dining in the dining room to a cocktail (or mocktail) party in the Victorian Lounge. Call (804) 782-9555 to find out how to make reservations.
Address: 1201 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Image source: http://www.thetobaccocompany.com
Out-of-the-Box Baby Showers
If you are looking for a unique baby shower experience, try one of the out-of-the-box showers below.
Dinner and movie? Party planning done. This is definitely not your typical baby shower, but CinéBistro at Stony Point Fashion Park will make you everyone’s new favorite baby shower planner with private screenings, leather seats and chef-prepared menus served in-theatre. Choose to host your shower in the theatre or lounge or head to the restaurant for a more private event. Call (804) 864-0460 or email email@example.com to learn more.
Address: 9200 Stony Point Pkwy, Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23235
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/CineBistroStonyPoint/photos
This live music venue goes all out when it comes to private events. With space to accommodate large or small gatherings, The Tin Pan staff goes above and beyond to provide everything you need from decorations to specialty foods. Visit their dedicated special events site here to learn more about booking your baby shower – or plan your event around a live show. The choice is yours!
Address: Quioccasin Station Shopping Center, 8982 Quioccasin Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/tinpanrva/photos
Wine and Beer
Ok, so wine shops and breweries may not be your first thought for baby shower-friendly venues, but with Virginia wines and craft brews at an all-time high, both in number and quality, these spots aren’t just for alcohol consumption anymore. Many offer sophisticated menus, eclectic atmospheres and special event spaces that prove inviting for any crowd. Of course, your mother-to-be will want to talk to her doctor before consuming anything other than a ginger ale, but at least you won’t have to twist dad’s arm!
A fantastically fun setting, wines aplenty and food to satisfy even a pregnant mama’s cravings combine to make this West End venue a baby shower winner every time. With private event options or regular café hours for a smaller crowd, this is a spot sure to please both the mothers and fathers alike. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 612-9232 to set up your event.
Address: 5805 Patterson Ave, Richmond, VA 23226
Image source: http://www.barrelthiefwine.com
This rustic craft brewery relies on local ingredients and eco-friendly practices to make its exclusive beers. Featuring a Tree Bar and Gallery Bar, as well as outdoor patio space, Hardywood Park offers private and semi-private events year-round. Book your baby shower by submitting an event request here.
Address: 2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
Image source: http://www.hardywood.com
With a motto that states “Think Strange. Drink Strange.” Strangeways Brewing is practically begging to host a non-traditional baby shower. This award-winning brewery can host private events for 25 guests or more in their special brewing room, or you can head to the tasting room to sample more than 36 beers on tap, along with plenty of non-alcoholic options. Contact erin@StrangewaysBrewing.com or call (804) 303-4336 to learn more.
Address: 2277A Dabney Rd, Richmond, VA 23230
Image source: http://www.strangewaysbrewing.com
Described as upscale, yet relaxed, the Wine Loft is all about giving your mother-to-be a proper grown-up night out before baby arrives. With an extensive menu and an even more extensive wine list, mama and guests can enjoy a variety of food and drinks – including plenty of non-alcoholic selections. The Wine Loft offers private event menus for parties of fewer than 20 or for larger groups. For bookings, call Jeff Ottaviano at (804) 368-1768 x 3 or visit them The Wine Loft.
Address: 4035 Whittall Way, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Image source: http://www.wineloftrichmond.com
As a baby shower planner, your goal is to send mom off in style – and to remind her that the real adventure is about to begin. Our goal is to help you along the way. Be sure to check back next week for the second part to our Complete Baby Shower Resource Guide for Richmond. In the meantime, we would love to hear about your favorite Richmond-area baby shower venues and ideas!