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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


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.


Date: October 11th, 2016

Holiday Parties at Willowdale Estate

Although it’s only July, now is the time to start reserving a space for this years holiday party – perhaps you need to plan a corporate party for your employees, a family reunion or annual event. Our European influenced architecture and charming field stone siding create an unique place to celebrate any event. (more…)

Date: July 15th, 2016

Tips For Dining Etiquette

Have you ever gone to a formal event and were unsure of the proper dining etiquette? Read our tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes!


Date: July 1st, 2016

Top Tips For Fundraising Events

Hosting successful fundraising events are extremely important to non-profit organizations. They provide the opportunity to create awareness of your cause, gain new supporters and recognize those who are already involved.  (more…)

Date: April 22nd, 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

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.

Wedding event suite with rustic beams and chaise lounge at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Wedding hospitality suite event venue with colorful flowers at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Historic estate wedding suite with large windows at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The south facing window of the suite faced the horse stables, which is now home to our unique dining room.

Wedding hospitality suite with makeup station and large windows at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Wedding venue on-suite with multi-colored tile, huge bathtub and decorative wallpaper at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

If you liked these photos of our Wedding Suite check out our complete VENUE GUIDE for more information or visit us during one of our public events!

If you’re interested in learning more about weddings at Willowdale, please contact: info@willowdaleestate.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: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Photo credits from top:

Shane Godfrey Photography

Erin McGinn Photography

Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate (2)

Shane Godfrey Photography

Date: July 24th, 2015

Six Savvy Appetizers

Willowdale Kitchens takes pride in presenting an exquisite culinary experience for our guests. We offer a wide variety of food for all tastes that is fresh and robust.Whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate event or cocktail party, selecting the right passed appetizers for your crowd will start the party off right.

Gourmet passed appetizers for wedding or event at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

It’s hard to have just one bite-size zucchini fritter topped with a dollop of tzatziki. This easy-to-eat hors d’oeuvre is fried to a crisp golden brown and packs a lot of flavor.

Zucchini fritter cocktail appetizers at Willowdale Estate  in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

If you’re looking for a taste of something salty and sweet, prosciutto wrapped melon with balsamic reduction is the perfect choice. Serving this appetizer with mini forks creates an easy serving experience for the guests.

Cocktail hour passed appetizer prosciutto wrapped melon with balsamic glaze and little serving forks at Willowdale Estate  in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Barbecue pulled pork biscuits topped with coleslaw is sure to please the meat lovers in the crowd and is a fun addition to any event, especially a summer outing.

Gourmet catering passed appetizers at Willowdale Estate  in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Give your guests a taste of fresh seafood from the Atlantic Coast and serve crispy mussels presented on its shell with chorizo, garlic and smoked tomato. The bright colors of the food create an eye-catching display.

mussel appetizer hors d'oeuvres

Mini buffalo chicken nuggets with creamy stilton dipping cheese is a comfort food with a little zing that is sure to please.

Buffalo chicken nugget passed hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate  in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

There’s nothing like a fall inspired soup to satisfy your guests during the cooler months. Our curried cortland apple and butternut squash soup shooter is a favorite!

Gourmet squash soup shooter appetizer at Willowdale Estate  in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Have we stirred your appetite!?

Are you or someone you know engaged and interested in visiting Willowdale? Contact one of our Wedding Sales Managers at: info@willowdaleestate.com

Or if you’re planning a social celebration, company meeting or summer outing for your business? Contact our Corporate & Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Photo Credits from top:

Tobin Photography

Billye Donya Photography

Lisa Rigby Photography

Studio Nouveau

Leona Campbell Photography

Zev Fisher Photography

Meghann Gregory Photography


Date: June 26th, 2015

Putting the FUN in Fundraiser

When planning a fundraiser, it is important to create both a gainful and fun event. With three easy steps, you are sure to hit your fundraising goals!

Focus On Theme

Choosing an enticing and unique theme will capture guest attention and help boost attendance. Keep in mind the audience you are marketing to and choose activities accordingly. Also, decide how you would like to raise funds. Will you host an auction? Perhaps you will host a cooking competition or designer handbag raffle!

Photo: Roland Silva

(20’s Themed Auction for Nazareth Academy – Photo: Roland Silva)

Make It Memorable

What will make your event exciting and fun? Again, consider your guest list and arrange appropriate entertainment. A jazz band may lend itself more to a formal affair, while a DJ will get your guests on their feet! If you are charging a ticket price, make sure guests feel as though there is value in the event. Delicious food, tasty cocktails, and favors are an excellent way to add worth to your fundraiser!

Communicate Your Cause

When fundraising, it is important guests understand what they are supporting and why. Be sure to adequately tell your story and be specific as to why you need their money. Showing videos and pictures, hosting a guest speaker related to your organization, or telling an anecdote can reinforce ethos, logos, and pathos with your audience. With a clear vision, your guests are more likely to understand your need as well as facilitate increased generosity.

The cohesiveness and memorability of your event will increase repeat attendance in years to come. Supplying your guests with a reason to continue their support will reap year-long benefits as opposed to singular annual donations. With an enticing, memorable, and profitable event, you are sure to put the FUN in Fundraising!

Contributed By: Caroline Claire DeBruyckere

Date: July 14th, 2014
Categories: Events, Inspiration

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



Date: June 30th, 2014
Categories: Events, Wedding Trend