BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Cooking Class
There are few things more unifying in life than the experience of preparing a meal from scratch and gathering around a table to eat, drink and share that meal with others. Willowdale Estate is excited to continue with our seasonal Cooking Classes! With just two more classes planned for this year (March 15th & November 15th) we thought it was about time we give you a behind-the-scenes look at our format, the included items in our gift bags, and the overall experience! Read on to the bottom of the post where we share the recipe for our Ricotta Gnocchi!
You’re invited! 2017 Public Event Listings
Every year Willowdale Estate hosts a series of public events to share our unique space with our friends, neighbors and clients. Please join us as we open our doors to the public. Events are separated into three categories:
HISTORIC TOURS – Guided tours of the estate featuring historic details, context and conversation about the history of Willowdale with a light reception to follow.
SIGNATURE EVENTS – Themed gatherings tailored to the seasons offering food, drink and entertainment.
WILLOWDALE KITCHENS – Food focused events including cooking classes led by our Executive Chef AND our exclusive private dining Red Door Supper Club experience.
Spread the Love
Most weddings and events are customized & enhanced with wardrobe items, décor pieces and floral accents. While these elements make the event day special, often times there is no use for them once the event has passed. Luckily, organizations have been created to donate items you may not want or need anymore and community businesses are also in need of more supplies.
In the spirit of the month of Thanksgiving, here are a few ideas to pay it forward!
EVENT TREND: Farm Tables
The farm table arrived on the event scene along with mason jars and burlap decor but there are signs that this trend may be here to stay! Tables have been, and always will be, an essential part of party décor but the farm table offers a unique twist on the typical table setting. A true chameleon of party décor, the farm table feels right at home in a garden with benches, a luxury tent with upholstered chairs, or a mansion with ballroom chairs. (more…)
FLAVORS OF FALL
The harvest décor is out at Willowdale Estate and we’ve been serving up delicious fall flavors for our weddings and events! Willowdale Kitchen’s on-site gourmet catering strives to serve local, seasonal, farm fresh ingredients whenever possible.
Tent Season (May-October)
Willowdale Estate is one of the few historic mansions in New England that can offer parties in every month of the year. In this post we are going to celebrate the end of our 2016 Tent Season by looking back at the parties we’ve hosted this year and sharing some details to get you all ready for more fun next year!
Between May-October 2016 we will have hosted 74 Weddings and 38 Corporate, Social, and Public Events! (more…)
Willowdale Winter Formals
Our 1901 Arts & Crafts Style mansion provides a beautiful and unique setting for a winter themed dance. Willowdale Estate has unique handcrafted details throughout the house and has a rich history of hosting elegant parties. From November 23rd – January 3rd neutral holiday décor is included in your site rental and includes soft outdoor and indoor bulb lighting, burlap ribbon, embellished fireplace mantles, garland and mercury glass décor.
Rave Reviews And Where You Can Find Them!
Willowdale Estate relies on reviews from our clients to help our guests and potential clients know what to expect from us at our weddings and event services. Often times our clients have better ways of describing the experience than we can! (more…)
Seven Collins Cocktail Recipes You Need To Try!
Providing a signature cocktail for your guests is a fun way to tie in the theme or season for your next event! Serving your drink in Collins glasses is easy for your guests to carry around while they mingle and dance! Check out some of our favorite Collins Cocktails!
REAL EVENT: 3rd Annual Bluegrass & BBQ
Last week Willowdale hosted our third annual Bluegrass & BBQ event – a guest favorite and part of our annual Signature Events Series complete with entertainment, a savory menu and perfect summer weather! The Ipswich Ale Beer Truck was parked out back right next to the tent and served a variety of ales straight from the tap! (more…)