Tag: décor


Milestone birthday parties and commemorative wedding anniversaries deserve extra recognition and celebration! Here at Willowdale, we love a good theme and encourage personalized details and décor. But don’t feel like you need to do all of this on your own – our planning team will help you along the way.  (more…)

Date: April 13th, 2017


tent chinese lanterns

Willowdale Estate is a great option for this years prom season! Our custom sail cloth Sperry Tent is available for use May through October and offers flooring, side panels, heating, fans and lighting. Guests will also enjoy exclusive use of our historic property for a 5 hour reception with access to our 1901 Arts & Craft Mansion. (more…)

Date: February 28th, 2017


Still deciding on the color theme for your wedding? Become inspired with these spring inspired color palettes and some tips to integrate them into your event!


Date: May 27th, 2016

Love Your Linen

What’s Your Linen Style?

When it comes to planning a wedding or event, choosing a color scheme or vibe that gives your venue space a cohesive look & feel can make all the difference.


Date: March 4th, 2016

Five Wedding Guestbook Alternatives

As your guests first enter your wedding venue or reception space, a “guest book table” might be one of the first things they will see upon their arrival. Having a written record of all your friends and family that attended your wedding is something you will cherish forever. Traditionally, a hardcover or leather-bound book is used to capture your guests signatures and messages as they walk into the wedding venue.


Date: February 19th, 2016

Escort & Place Card Displays

Personalizing the logistics of your day doesn’t have to be daunting! It can be as simple or creative as you’d like and the opportunities to display them are endless!

ESCORT CARDS provide your guests with the table number or table name they’re assigned to during the reception.

Pictured below is a artful display of escort cards hanging from the mantle in our Great Room. The combination of shapes, colors and height is impressive and unique.


For a more traditional look, use standard white escort cards with a pop of color that matches the wedding party attire. Hang them from burlap string on a mantle, shelf or frame with mini clothes pins for an added effect- it’s appealing and simple to achieve.


If you have an appreciation for antiques or vintage décor, include a brass skeleton key on each individual escort card to symbolize the “key to your heart”.


Escort cards can even double as an edible favor for your guests! Based on the season of your wedding, providing a festive fruit or treat they can enjoy while providing their seating assignment is helpful and delicious.


PLACE CARDS display the name of each individual guest and are arranged at each place setting on the reception tables. They are a helpful designation for anyone sitting at your table you may not already know and can also be a great ice breaker.

Hiring a calligrapher to handwrite each guests name perfectly is very visually appealing and provides a classic sophisticated look. Using themed place card holders is a charming way to exhibit the place cards – you could use your favorite animal, symbol or season.


If you’re serving a plated meal at your wedding or event, using place cards that double as meal choices is a clever and witty idea. You can even spice it up by incorporating colored or patterned string to achieve for a festive display.


We hope we’ve got you thinking about what your table assignment style will be for your wedding or event! There are many more ideas to be explored!

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Shannon Grant Photography

Prudente Photography 

Shane Godfrey Photography 

Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Douglas Levy Photography 

Ars Manga Studio

Date: November 27th, 2015

DECOR IDEAS – Holiday Season

You’ve planned the food and drinks, and invited your guests but what about décor? Sometimes setting the mood at a holiday party can be an afterthought so we’ve rounded up a few simple décor ideas that look great from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Try them in your home or at your next event!

Holiday wreath on door and window at historic Willowdale Estate boston area venue for weddings and events willowdaleestate.com


Set the tone right at the door with a seasonal wreath! At Willowdale Estate a wreath on the door looks great in any season but we especially love a holiday wreath adorned with ribbons and ornaments. There are many local farms that specialize in creating custom wreaths, or if you are looking to have some input on what the finished product will look like you can order one from a local florist or attempt to create one yourself!

iconic red door with custom floral wreath at historic Willowdale Estate, Boston area venue for weddings and events willowdaleestate.com


The holiday season is the perfect time to bring out special place settings, cloth napkins, and china. Even the smallest detail can elevate the experience for your family and friends to make your gathering memorable and special. We love the addition of a small token for each guest like a place card, or a sprig of rosemary on each napkin.

farm table with greenery, tapered candles, and custom glassware at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield MA willowdaleestate.com

One easy table centerpieces is the candle or lantern centerpiece. Customize the candle with berries, pine cones, or greenery.  The candle glow will create a warm ambiance later in the evening. Check out your local decor or craft store like Home Goods, Christmas Tree Shop or AC Moore for some great vessels for your candle of choice- that way you don’t have to worry about wax on the table, or guests getting too close to the flame.

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

morrocan style lantern at Willowdale Estate - a venue for weddings and events in the Boston area - willowdaleestate.com


In many homes there are a lot of other surfaces that could be spruced up with seasonal décor. In order to make things look cohesive- mimic your table centerpiece around the room- if you decorate with candles on the table, try using smaller votive candles on the mantle or visible book shelves or tables near where your guests will gather.

mix and match mercury candles on the mantle in the great room at Willowdale Estate a historic mansion - willowdaleestate.com
mantles and bookshelve decor in the great room shelves led candles at Willowdale Estate a venue for weddings and events near Boston MA willowdaleestate.com

If you want to see our 2016 Holiday Decor please sign up for our monthly newsletter where we will have some photos and a write up on December 4th!


Scott Zuehlke Photography  (front of house)

Zev Fisher Photography (red door & mantle photos)

Annmarie Swift Photography (farm table)

Caroline Talbot Photo (candle centerpiece)

Jamison Wexler Photography (lantern)

Paul Robert Berman Photography (shelves)


Date: November 20th, 2015

Inspiration: Rustic Charm

Rustic décor is simple yet elegant and is often handcrafted or rooted from the earth. This aesthetic is popular for events because it aligns nicely with couples who identify with organic textures, colors and atmosphere.

Mason Jars were originally used for canning and preserving food and have now become increasingly popular wedding décor. This old-fashioned vintage look can be incorporated into your wedding day in many ways.

mason jar tea light rustic centerpiece

Mason jars make great centerpieces and can be easily adorned with tea lights or floating candles to create a soft romantic glow or can even used as small decorative vases.

colored mason jar vase centerpiece

Embellish the look by using colored mason jars that match your color scheme or simply add soft flowers like baby’s breath and use them to line your ceremony aisle.

Mason jar vases as aisle decor with baby's breath flowers at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Using Farm Tables for dinner receptions creates a timeless and high impact look. They are gorgeous on their own and do not need much flair but using simple table runners or rustic centerpieces like lanterns enhances their appearance.

Rustic farm tables with burlap runners, pumpkins and lanterns at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Square farm tables rustic wedding reception at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Willowdale Estate Wedding by Grazier Photography

To create a natural, handpicked looking bouquet or flower arrangement, select wildflowers, leaves, vines and berries that are textured and hang loosely. Or for an even more unique arrangement, incorporate dried flowers, herbs, sunflowers or succulents. Tie your bouquet with burlap string or raffia to complete the look.

Rustic bouquet with dried flowers and herbs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

Sunflower rustic bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Using the colorful and textured elements of fall creates a country, homegrown feel.  Harvest décor, such as assorted pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks help to create a welcoming entrance and will set the tone for your event as your guests arrive.


Incorporate natural wood elements such a tree stump trivets for centerpiece displays, vintage wooden boxes, and birch logs for simple woodland accents that will add to the rustic ambiance of your event.

Rustic wood stump trivet centerpiece with votive candle holders at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Rustic wooden box decor with silverware at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Rustic log place card display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Burlap is a versatile fabric that is earthy and chic making it a perfect décor element for rustic weddings. Burlap banners displaying a saying, your initials or your wedding date is a simple and fun way to decorate any event space.

Just married burlap  banner on Great Room mantle display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Combining burlap and lace textures incorporates both rustic and traditional styles and provides an easy to work with canvas for your tablescape.

Burlap & lace table runner at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

If you’re recently engaged and looking for more inspiration for your wedding, check out our Pinterest boards and online photo & video galleries!

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Phil Fox Photography

Wynne & Mintz Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

Erin McGinn Photography

Grazier Photography

Caroline Talbot Photography

Molly Anne Photography

Joyelle West Photography

Becca Dilley Photography (2)

Rachel Kate Photography

Maureen Cotton Photography

Caroline Talbot Photography

Date: September 4th, 2015