Modern San Francisco Bridal Shower Ideas

by Leslie Renico

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many charming venues for weddings, receptions, galas and celebrations of all sizes. A bridal shower should be a wonderful event that neither the bride nor guests will ever forget. No matter what your cultural tastes, you'll find places to hold bridal showers in and around the Golden Gate city with a modern flair.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (200 Larkin St.;, which bills itself as the largest museum in the United States devoted to Asian art, includes several private event spaces. The Fisher Room can accommodate up to 25 guests and is available while the museum is open. If you want to add a private tour of the galleries, a docent will take you and your guests through the works. The Peterson Room is slightly larger, with room to seat 35, and is available for evening parties.

Astaria Restaurant and Peninsula Room

Just down the road in San Mateo, the Astaria Restaurant (50 East Third Ave.; offers an "uptown" aura in the middle of downtown San Mateo. Go modern and "green" by choosing from its menu, listing dishes containing only ingredients from sustainable ranches and farms. You can plan the shower for an open part of the restaurant or reserve the private Peninsula Dining Room.

12 Gallagher Lane

12 Gallagher Lane ( is a whimsical, eclectic gallery designed on the outside to look like the plantation homes that designer Hunt Slonem owns in Louisiana. Inside, you'll find a wide variety of different pieces that caught Slonem's eye, including a gilded piano made in 1929 and a Baccarat chandelier. The 800-square-foot loft overlooking the main collection is an equally whimsical choice for an evening bridal shower. The diverse art offerings will make your event a definite conversation topic for weeks to come.

Cellar 360

Combine the bridal shower with a modern wine tasting at Cellar 360 ( in Ghirardelli Square, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. In the "Club" room, the bride and guests can have privacy while you all celebrate the upcoming big day, tasting the latest and greatest from the surrounding wineries.

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