According to our Baby Shower Survey results, out is the new in! Heading to a restaurant is an increasingly popular option for a baby shower. Whether it’s afternoon tea, dinner or brunch, it’s a nice opportunity to indulge an expectant mum (and her friends). Going out means that whoever is hosting the event doesn’t need to worry about making her house spotless for a group of ladies. It also takes pressure off the hostess covering the cost herself as it’s easier to request money from people if you’re heading out for lunch. Here are some ideas for baby shower venues in Dublin. We’ve shared the options for afternoon tea and then the brunch / lunch options we would recommend.
Luxury Afternoon Tea in Dublin
Nothing quite says special occasion like a luxury afternoon tea experience. Many of Dublin’s five star hotels do this very well and provide afternoon tea selections in beautiful surroundings. These sittings are a popular weekend activity so it’s worth booking in advance. If you’re booking for a larger group, a deposit may be required. Most hotels will have vegetarian and gluten free options and can adapt the savoury tier to avoid unpasteurised cheese, fish or any other pregnancy unfavourable ingredients. If you don’t get around to finishing the delicacies on the afternoon, remember there’s the option to box them up to give the guest of honour to bring home with her.
The Westin serves both a traditional and a peculiar afternoon tea selection upstairs in its Atrium Lounge, Every guest has their own stand of savoury canapes and dessert selections, and in the case of the peculiar tea, a hendrick’s gin infused cocktail (served in a tea set). The price is €36 euro a head. The kendrick’s infusion definitely gives a modern edge to their afternoon tea option and of course, it’s great for your Instagram photo.
Further up the road The Westbury provides Afternoon Tea served while looking out over Grafton Street. This is perfectly located for having a browse around the shops in advance. They offer the service of a tea sommelier to advise on the chosen infusion for €47 euro per person.
The Afternoon Tea offering in the Shelbourne Hotel is themed and the menu adapts to the seasonal theme. The fabulous setting of The Lord Mayor’s Lounge overlooking Stephen’s Green remains constant. Afternoon tea experiences here promise to be both delicious and heavily instagrammable for €49 each.
Other luxury settings to consider are The Dylan Hotel in Eastmoreland Place who offer an afternoon tea for €40pp. The Dylan is located off Baggot Street and the perfect location for easy parking options.
Lemuel’s Restaurant in the Conrad Hotel on Earlsfort Terrace prices range from €38pp to €46pp for their Cocktail Afternoon Tea. The afternoon tea experience in the Conrad plays on a Gulliver’s travel theme.
Finally, the Merrion Hotel on Merrion Street also offer high end art inspired afternoon tea options in luxe Dublin City Centre location. The cake selection is inspired by J.B.Yeats, William Scott, Louis Le Brocquy and others. .
Group Brunch or Dinner Baby Shower
Of course there is no law stating that a baby shower is limited to Afternoon Tea! A group brunch or early dinner can also be thrown in honour of the expectant Mammy. Here are some of our favourite options for a baby shower brunch or dinner in Dublin.
Odessa Restaurant in Dame Lane can be reserved for a weekend brunch or dinner and is an ideal venue for an event where the guests can have an area to themselves to celebrate the guest of honour while keeping the dining out experience.
A particularly enticing option if you have a group of 15 or more and are opting for an early evening meal, is to book Slice in Stoneybatter where you can have the entire venue to yourselves and dine on 3 courses for €30 a head, including a selection of the incredibly delectable Slice/Cake Café cakes and desserts. You can alsoenjoy an optional celebratory cocktail on arrival.
Drury Buildings offer equally tempting brunch, pre theatre and set menu dinner options in their heated garden terrace and airy upstairs and booking options for both larger and smaller gangs. Expect to pay around €12.50 for a brunch dish, €24 for pre-theatre and €43 for a group menu.
For views of the city alone, Sophie’s restaurant on the top floor of the Dean hotel in Harcourt Street is worth a brunch booking and would be an ideal choice for exceptional brunch venue to surprise the special lady, although it is advisable to book this one well in advance to ensure availabilty.
The restaurant upstairs in Fallon and Byrne is in a lovely airy room with huge windows and has a particularly appetising group lunch menu available for €27 euro per person. They also have highly recommended gluten free and vegan friendly options which would make a great choice if the VIP has any dietary requirements.
Cavern on Baggot Street is a wine bar at heart so not the obvious choice for a baby shower setting. Their courtyard however is beautiful and a pretty setting in both summer and winter. They offer a delicious, carefully designed menu with options to satisfy all tastes and includes pastas, salads, gourmet sandwiches along with amazing meat, cheese and seafood platters. There are no minimum numbers required to book their prosecco lunch which is €33pp available from 12 to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.
And for something completely different but consistently crowd pleasing Saba on Clarendon Street or Baggot Street are great venues for a celebratory event. The Baggot Street branch serves an adventurous Asian influenced brunch menu at the weekends which looks like it could satisfy any pregnancy related craving, as well as both cocktails and mocktails. The Clarendon Street branch has a group dinner menu that will also cover off any hankerings for thai food for €28.95 for two courses.
We hope this has provided you with tonnes of baby shower inspiration! Let us know if you have any further suggestions.