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The party room at DeBrand Fine Chocolates on Auburn Park Drive seats up to 70 guests.
Unique venues

Here comes the bridal shower

Photos by Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Shower hosts at DeBrand Fine Chocolates must spend a minimum dollar amount in product per hour. That could be customized chocolates or plated desserts.

The most important day in a girl’s life is any day where she gets all the presents.

More specifically, it’s her wedding day – but the bridal shower is a close second.

So whether you’re the bride-to-be or the host determined to avoid cleaning your house, here are a few shower venues you may have overlooked.

For the princess bride

Venue: DeBrand Fine Chocolate, 10105 Auburn Park Drive and 5608 Coldwater Road; 969-8335

Cost: $75 to $300 an hour in product depending on private room

Capacity: Auburn Road location seats up to 70 and Coldwater location seats up to 40

What they say: “I think people are looking for a different experience and atmosphere when they book with us,” spokeswoman Michelle Domenick says.

What we say: Instead of charging a rental fee, DeBrand requires the host to spend a minimum dollar amount of product per hour – not a difficult task with a menu of plated desserts, chocolate trays and customizable favors. If you’re looking for something savory, you’ll have to bring in catering through one of DeBrand’s approved vendors at an additional cost. Domenick says she can accommodate a party with at least a week’s notice, but the earlier the better.

For the artsy bride

Venue: Wine & Canvas, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 444-9441

Cost: $35 a person. House wine is $5 a glass, beer starts at $3.

Capacity: Studio’s private room seats 20 guests comfortably

What they say: “Our professional artists walk through the painting step-by-step, and even though everyone leaves with a similar painting, they’re all unique,” owner Deb Baxter says.

What we say: Avoid spending money on favors by having your guests make them. The four-hour rental time leaves plenty of time for presents and games while the paint dries. If the bride is more of a homebody, you can also bring the party to her home with a 15-person minimum.

“Our schedule books are filling very quickly,” Baxter says. “I would say reserve your event at least two months in advance.”

For the traditional bride

Venue: Sweet Violet’s Tea and Antiques, 503 W. Wayne St.; 426-4832

Cost: $13.50 to $16 a guest, plus tax

Capacity: Can seat up to 30 guests; must reserve at least 30 days before event

What they say: “I have bridal and baby showers pretty much year round. I was involved with the ‘Downton Abbey Downtown’ event at the main library, and it definitely piqued the interest of some people,” owner Debbie Woodroof says.

What we say: This isn’t the type of tea party you had with your stuffed animals. This tea party includes fine china, linens and a customizable menu of mini tea sandwiches, quiche and sweets. With all the elegant trimmings, give guests a fair warning to leave all gag gifts at home – that’s what the bachelorette party is for anyway.