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)
Planning Your Corporate Holiday Party
As a busy event and wedding venue in Massachusetts, we understand one of most the important elements necessary for a hosting a successful event lies in the details, which is why decorating for the holiday season is a no small feat at Willowdale Estate. There is a unique charm here that radiates during the Christmas and holiday season.
Special décor is displayed throughout the estate and includes beautiful white outdoor bulb lighting, garland in the Conservatory and Great Room, mantle displays and outdoor wreaths. A neutral palette is incorporated using burlap textures, mercury glass and soft lighting creating the perfect atmosphere for corporate Christmas parties and holiday celebrations.
Our on-site catering team, Willowdale Kitchens, has many culinary options weather you choose to host a dinner party and serve a 3-course meal or a corporate cocktail event, Willowdale Estate offers a robust menu that can be tailored for your guests. Our curated cheese and crudite station offers a variety of vegetables, cheese, crackers and housemade dips and is a great way to start off your corporate Christmas party or holiday event. Want to take a peek at some of our favorite passed appetizer options? Check out these Six Savvy Appetizers!
Our new Beverage Menu presents a great opportunity to serve a seasonal themed cocktail that can be passed by our waitstaff or simply served at the bar throughout the night. Beertails, (a cocktail made with beer), are becoming increasingly popular and you can’t go wrong with a warm mulled wine or stone fruit sangria during the cooler months.
If you are planning a holiday party, company Christmas party, corporate dinner or social event, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist for more information!
Photo credits from top to bottom:
Caroline Talbot (l)
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.
Photo credits from top to bottom:
Spring Blooms In Our Garden Courtyard
Spring is a special time of year at Willowdale when our butterfly garden courtyard comes alive and kicks off the start of our tent season.
Tulips and daffodils are the main attraction of the courtyard in the spring, which creates the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and themed outdoor events.
As the weather gets warmer and summer begins, our colorful annuals, daisies and zinnias begin to appear and last through the fall season.
Our evolving butterfly garden courtyard and Sperry Tent serve as a beautiful event space for outdoor events from May to October.
Planning a social celebration, company meeting or summer outing for your business? Contact our Corporate & Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOS (from top to bottom & left to right)
Leah Haydock Photography
Siri Jones Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Melissa Robotti Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Molly Anne Photography
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!
Shane Godfrey – http://shanegodfreyphotography.com/
A Guy + A Girl Photography – http://aguyandagirlphotography.com/blog/
Shannon Grant Photography – http://shannongrantweddingsblog.com/
Ned Jackson Photography – http://www.nedjackson.net
If you’re planning a celebration one detail that makes any table more festive is a centerpiece for your guest and cocktail tables. The most traditional centerpiece has been flowers but there are many ways to mix up that tradition to make your centerpieces stand out. Here are four ideas we hope will inspire you. Our favorite trends for mixing up your centerpiece include the use lanterns with real candles, the addition of seasonal elements like gourds or herbs, and details like white milk glass containers, classic books with pretty covers, or colored glass jars! For more tips and inspiration visit Willowdale Estate on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/willowdale/
Showers at Willowdale
Willowdale Estate has been hosting the most charming wedding and baby showers recently, and we figured it was time to share some photos! Below are some images taken by Zev Fisher Photography from a recent Baby Shower with a color theme of bright yellow shades, with a grey chevron pattern. The Conservatory and Great Room create the perfect location for a sunny brunch or lunch at the estate, and our new shower package includes all of the tables, chairs, food, and service needed to make planning and hosting an event easy!
For more information about how to book your next baby or wedding shower at Willowdale Estate, just fill out our contact form or call us at 978-887-8211!
VENUE: Willowdale Estate
PHOTOS: Zev Fisher Photography
CAKE: Topsfield Bake Shop
LINEN: BBJ Linen
Spring at Willowdale Estate
Like most people in New England, we start to look for the first signs of Spring as the snow starts to melt and the days start getting warmer in March. Last year we had the pleasure of hosting a beautiful Mansion Wedding in late March for Lindsey & Shannon. With our spring season just around the corner we are looking back at last spring and the peachy pastel details from this romantic spring wedding in the mansion with florals from Petal Floral Design, event design from mStarr event styling + design and photography from Megan Dandeles Photography.
Check out the real wedding feature from this wedding on Style Me Pretty for more inspiration for your next party!