Outerwear for Winter Weddings
Winter wedding season has so many beautiful details and themes to inspire couples hosting a winter themed event. Think fresh snowfall, romantic candlelight, rustic textures like birch bark, pinecones, paired with mercury glass, and lights on our trees. One detail that we consider an absolute must is outerwear for wedding day portraits. So what are brides wrapping up in to keep warm when they head outside for portraits? Here are a few of our absolute favorites!
A luxurious fur (or faux fur!) stole, neutral cardigan, bright red scarf and classic coat, or this beautiful tartan shawl go a long way to helping these brides keep warm and look impossibly stylish too! For more information about planning your winter wedding at Willowdale Estate check out our Mansion Weddings page!READ MORE >
Showers at Willowdale
Willowdale Estate has been hosting the most charming wedding and baby showers recently, and we figured it was time to share some photos! Below are some images taken by Zev Fisher Photography from a recent Baby Shower with a color theme of bright yellow shades, with a grey chevron pattern. The Conservatory and Great Room create the perfect location for a sunny brunch or lunch at the estate, and our new shower package includes all of the tables, chairs, food, and service needed to make planning and hosting an event easy!
For more information about how to book your next baby or wedding shower at Willowdale Estate, just fill out our contact form or call us at 978-887-8211!
VENUE: Willowdale Estate
PHOTOS: Zev Fisher Photography
CAKE: Topsfield Bake Shop
LINEN: BBJ Linen
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Putting the FUN in Fundraiser
When planning a fundraiser, it is important to create both a gainful and fun event. With three easy steps, you are sure to hit your fundraising goals!
Focus On Theme
Choosing an enticing and unique theme will capture guest attention and help boost attendance. Keep in mind the audience you are marketing to and choose activities accordingly. Also, decide how you would like to raise funds. Will you host an auction? Perhaps you will host a cooking competition or designer handbag raffle!
Make It Memorable
What will make your event exciting and fun? Again, consider your guest list and arrange appropriate entertainment. A jazz band may lend itself more to a formal affair, while a DJ will get your guests on their feet! If you are charging a ticket price, make sure guests feel as though there is value in the event. Delicious food, tasty cocktails, and favors are an excellent way to add worth to your fundraiser!
Communicate Your Cause
When fundraising, it is important guests understand what they are supporting and why. Be sure to adequately tell your story and be specific as to why you need their money. Showing videos and pictures, hosting a guest speaker related to your organization, or telling an anecdote can reinforce ethos, logos, and pathos with your audience. With a clear vision, your guests are more likely to understand your need as well as facilitate increased generosity.
The cohesiveness and memorability of your event will increase repeat attendance in years to come. Supplying your guests with a reason to continue their support will reap year-long benefits as opposed to singular annual donations. With an enticing, memorable, and profitable event, you are sure to put the FUN in Fundraising!
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4 Cocktails for the 4th
The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate- and we believe that no party is complete without a great cocktail! Here are some red, white and blue cocktail ideas that will taste great for a summer party, AND get everyone in a patriotic mood. One fun addition to some of these drinks would striped paper straws – we love this red white and blue assortment of straws for our 1st and 4th picks!
1- Classic Mojito
2oz White Rum
1.5oz Lime Juice
2tspns Simple Syrup
6 Leaves Muddled Mint
Mint or Lime Garnish (optional)
muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice in a collins glass, add ice, pour over rum and top with soda water
2 – The Spark
1.5oz Citron Vodka
1.5oz Raspberry Lemonade
shake well with ice and pour into a cosmo or martini glass
3 – Martini On Rocks
1.5oz Gin (or Vodka)
.5oz Dry Vermouth
Garnish with Olive
stir gin, and vermouth with ice and strain into a chilled glass with fresh ice, garnish with olive
4 – Dancing Juice
1oz Cranberry Juice
1oz Blue Curacao
shake well with ice and pour into a Collins Glass filled with fresh ice
All of the images are from real Willowdale Estate events and were served as a “Signature Drink”. Adding a featured or signature drink to your next event is a great way to suggest what your guests might enjoy drinking at your event, and it is also the perfect way to highlight a special party theme or holiday!
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New Patio Design
Willowdale Estate is part of a unique program of public/private partnerships under the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Historic Curatorship Program. Under the program, DCR enters into a long-term lease with a private curator/tenant who pays rent in the form of services, specifically the rehabilitation and maintenance of the property. The Fandetti-Forsythe family began the process of rehabilitating the mansion in 1999. Briar Forsythe hosted the first wedding at Willowdale on July 7th, 2007, and she has continued to improve and restore the property since its opening.
In April 2014 restoration work began on the garden courtyard patio, which was a combination of stone and large poured concrete squares. Working with McLaughlin Masonry to design and construct the new courtyard patio, we incorporated colors of stone that mirrored our fieldstone and the slate roof of the property, and evoked the craftsmen designs that are found within the estate. We love this photo from a recent wedding at Willowdale Estate- shot by Nate Creamer Photography. Let us know what you think!READ MORE >