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.
HISTORIC DETAILS: Great Room
When BRADLEY PALMER resided at WILLOWDALE ESTATE , he had many significant visitors including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales. In the 1920’s, he renovated the South Wing of the house and added the Great Room to entertain and host elegant dinner parties.
Today the Great Room is one of the main spaces on the property used for dinner and dancing during the mansion season and as cocktail space during the tent season. The large room has cathedral ceilings with a brass candelabra chandelier, exposed wooden beams and a beautiful piano – the perfect balance of rustic and elegant. The open floor plan is fitting for a variety of event layouts and can be used with the adjacent DINING ROOM or Conservatory.
A cherry wood orchestra balcony carved with intricate ornate detail overlooks the open floor plan and continues to be used for live entertainment just as it was during Bradley Palmer’s time.
Our custom wooden bar matches the wood elements throughout the house and resides in the Great Room during the tent season.
Large scale built in shelving and a decorative fireplace is structured directly across the room from the orchestra balcony.
The mantle is etched with many details including an inscription in Latin which translates to: “Look back, Look Ahead – Today, Live”. The large mantle and shelving provides a great opportunity to decorate seasonally and to personalize weddings and events.
If you liked these photos of our Great Room check out our complete VENUE GUIDE for more information about Corporate and Social Events at Willowdale Estate, or visit us during one of our PUBLIC EVENTS !
To host a holiday party, company Christmas party, corporate dinner or social event, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist for more information! Email: Noah@WillowdaleEstate.com
To inquire about weddings at Willowdale, contact the Sales Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Phone: 978-887-8211
Photo credits from top to bottom:
Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate
Historic Details – Wedding Suite
The Wedding Suite at Willowdale serves as a popular spot for wedding parties to get their hair and makeup done, eat lunch and acts as a place of solace before the ceremony takes place. In addition to weddings, the suite can also be used for small meetings and break-space. It has many large windows and plenty of comfortable seating options creating a bright and inviting environment.
Formally, this suite was Bradley Palmer‘s bedroom. In Bradley’s time, the north facing window presented the perfect view of the Ipswich River, but today the forest trees have blocked that view.
The south facing window of the suite faced the horse stables, which is now home to our unique dining room.
The on-suite bathroom is quite large and evokes warm and bold details such as the multi-colored tile, ornate wallpaper and a grand bathtub that is elevated on a small platform in the middle of the room. The on-suite has the same layout when Bradley lived at the estate, but the original bathtub has been replaced.
If you’re interested in learning more about weddings at Willowdale, please contact: email@example.com to hear from one of our Sales Managers!
If booking a corporate or social event is what you’re looking for, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credits from top:
Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate (2)
Themed Celebrations: Tea Parties at Willowdale Estate
Willowdale Estate is a versatile and unique venue that can be used to host a variety of different events in addition to weddings. To wrap up the end of winter, we recently hosted two “pop-up” FROZEN themed Tea Parties for both children and parents to enjoy.
Our special guests of honor engaged the crowd with FROZEN trivia, a group sing along, a photo booth meet and greet and even stayed for lunch.
The tables were set with bright blue table runners provided by BBJ Linen, vintage tea cups provided by The Vintage Tea & Cake Company and an assortment of teas and food including: fruit cups, scones and mini tea sandwiches prepared by our in-house caterer, Willowdale Kitchens. Each guest received a favor at their place setting – a Willowdale themed mini tea cup and snowflake bubble bath for the kids and one of our signature chocolate chip cookies for the adults.
Are you planning a celebration? Host a shower, birthday party or tea party in our beautiful sunlit conservatory, historic great room or dining room while enjoying our award-winning catering and planners who will help you host a carefully crafted event.
Willowdale Estate provides a three hour brunch or luncheon including ballroom chairs, tables, floor length ivory linens, place settings, catering choices, service setup and cleanup!
For more information about how to book your next celebration at Willowdale Estate, just fill out our contact form or call us at 978-887-8211!
HISTORIC DETAILS – Dining Room
Bradley Palmer commissioned his 1901 mansion “Willow Dale” as a summer home where he could enjoy his favorite pastime as an avid equestrian. At some point in the 1920’s Bradley Palmer renovated the south wing of the house to be used for entertaining guests. He added a formal Dining Room that was in close proximity to the kitchen and pantry.
He had many important visitors (including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales) and needed large rooms to meet and entertain in.
The dining room provides the perfect space for weddings and events today and some of the most unique and historic features in the home are perfectly preserved.
Today, we still welcome guests into the home for a variety of events throughout the year including weddings, corporate events, meetings, holiday parties, and showers!
If you liked these photos of our Dining Room check out our complete venue guide for more information about Corporate and Social Events at Willowdale Estate, or visit us during one of our public events!
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