From the grand (Nats stadium, anyone?) to an intimate restaurant room, you won’t want a shower at one of these local destinations to end. But don’t worry, with baby on the way the party is just getting started.
For the mom who’s a history buff…
Soak in all of the history at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, just steps from the mansion that George Washington built himself in the 1700s. Many rooms (or the entire restaurant) are available for parties up to 260 people. Ask about guided tours of the gardens or see the rarely visited Mansion basement for a one-of-a-kind baby shower. Idea for party favors: Heirloom seeds from the plants grown on the Estate.
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. (Mount Vernon, VA)
Photo: April S. via Yelp
For the mom who wants to be Kate Middleton for a day…
Built in 1926, the Glenview Mansion is a historic and picturesque venue to celebrate the arrival of a little prince or princess. For big parties (up to 200), the Mansion and Formal Gardens are hired for the entire day on weekends. But if the royal party is on the smaller side, consider a shower during the weekday when individual rooms are available. The best part is you can choose any caterer you want! Idea for party favors: A sparkly dress-up tiara, so guests can show who’s boss (er, queen) at home.
603 Edmonston Dr. (Rockville, MD)
For the mom who never misses a baseball game…
If mommy-to-be already has a Nationals jersey in size Infant for her lil’ slugger, then take the party to the ballgame. How cool would it be to open presents on the field, or do a Q&A with mom in the press conference room? Be sure to ask about extras—behind the scene tours, mascot appearances or a red carpet entrance. Caterers are also onsite whether you want to munch on ballpark food or from the five-star menu. Idea for party favors: Boxes of Cracker Jacks, of course.
1500 S. Capitol St., SE (Navy Yard)
For the mom who likes to get her hands dirty…
With babies come tons of keepsakes that mom will want to preserve, so why not have the guests help out?Think: A frame for that first ultrasound, a mug for that morning cup of coffee she’ll need after a long night with the babe, and a box for hospital bracelets. Choose from over 600 pieces in their studio. Finished work is available for pickup in a week. Feel free to bring snacks and cake but be sure to let them know first. Idea for party favors: A gift certificate to come back and create something for themselves.
Paint Your Own Pottery of Fairfax
10417 Main St. (Fairfax, VA)
For the mom who brunches…
This restaurant sits atop an actual old tollhouse that was last used in the 1900s! Enjoy brunch surrounded by antiques collected by the owner herself, an actual Mrs. K. Skip the mimosas, but still indulge in omelets made-to-order, Belgian waffles, and heavenly pastries and danishes. Private rooms cannot be reserved for Sunday Brunch at Mrs. K’s, so this spot is perfect for smaller showers. If you still want a private space (like a room or the patio), they are available any other time during the week. Idea for party favors: Brunch in a basket–all of the fixins (pancake mix, syrup, can of blueberries) for brunch at home.
Mrs. K’s Toll House
9201 Colesville Rd. (Silver Spring, MD)
—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Lisa Ng