CELEBRATE AT THE ESTATE
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…)
PLANNING FOR PROM
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…)
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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!
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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!
AT THE DOOR
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!
ON THE TABLE
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.
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.
MANTELS AND SHELVES
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Combining burlap and lace textures incorporates both rustic and traditional styles and provides an easy to work with canvas for your tablescape.
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