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!

Four Cocktails for the fourth of july

1- Classic Mojito

2oz White Rum

1.5oz Lime Juice

2tspns Simple Syrup

Soda Water

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

2oz Vodka

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!

PHOTOS: 1- Molly Ann Photography 2 & 3- Megan Dandeles 4- Zac Wolf Photography




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.

nate creamer ceremony image

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!


IN PRINT: Bliss Celebrations Guide

One of our favorite sources for event inspiration is Bliss Celebrations Guide, a magazine and website dedicated to fresh and modern event ideas.  We were thrilled to find a recent tent wedding at Willowdale Estate featured in their latest magazine!

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The event is full of luxurious details  including our Sperry Tent with draping from Revelations Productions, floral design from Winston Flowers, lighting from Design Light, and a beautiful cake from Konditor Meister.

Check out more from Rachel Kate Photography, or view the entire magazine online here! 


Get the Skinny on Sunday Weddings

Willowdale Estate is finding the trend of Sunday weddings becoming more popular every year. So why get married on a Sunday you ask? Let’s explore the facts:

  1. Greater Savings – Sunday weddings are not just for holiday weekends anymore. Sundays are for savvy couples looking to have all the aspects of an elegant affair with even greater savings. Savings that can lead to a fantastic honeymoon, possibly a down payment on a home, or maybe even a larger budget for some of those fun elements of your wedding day that you just can’t resist!
  2. A Full Weekend With Guests – Imagine your wedding weekend filled with family and friends arriving on Friday, a Rehearsal Dinner on Saturday and ending on a high note with your Reception closing out the weekend. With all of the excitement leading up to your wedding weekend, it’s nice to know that you’ll have Friday and Saturday to spend time with the people you love. Sunday weddings also give your guests more travel time prior to your wedding, and may even lead to cheaper flights on Monday, both for you (as you head out on a fabulous honeymoon!) and your guests.
  3. Planning Ahead – No matter what day your wedding is – Friday, Saturday or Sunday – some of your guests will undoubtedly have to take a day off from work, and they will be happy to make that sacrifice in order to be with you on your wedding day. Sending a save-the-date is also a great way to give your guests the time they need to plan ahead, especially if they do need to make travel or work arrangements.

The bottom line is, Saturday is still the most desirable day of the weekend, so dates book fast! Rather than opting for a season, venue, or even a wedding year that they didn’t plan on, we find that Sundays are a great alternative, and are gaining steady popularity with newly engaged couples. Have you planned a Sunday wedding of your own or attended one as a guest? We’d love to hear more about your experience, so please share your thoughts with us below!

photo: forevercandid photography

sylist: blue ivy events


Spring at Willowdale Estate

Like most people in New England, we start to look for the first signs of Spring as the snow starts to melt and the days start getting warmer in March.  Last year we had the pleasure of hosting a beautiful Mansion Wedding in late March for Lindsey & Shannon.  With our spring season just around the corner we are looking back at last spring and the peachy pastel details from this romantic spring wedding in the mansion with florals from Petal Floral Design, event design from mStarr event styling + design and photography from Megan Dandeles Photography.

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Check out the real wedding feature from this wedding on Style Me Pretty for more inspiration for your next party!