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Willowdale Estate has a tent and mansion space for all kinds of celebratory events, including graduation parties! Springtime is here and it’s time to start thinking about planning a celebratory party for your future graduate! We are located within Bradley Palmer State Park and offer a wide range of event options from a formal gathering, to a casual barbecue! (more…)

Date: March 28th, 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.

Cocktail event with rustic farm cart at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

In order to make the planning process as easy as possible, we have just about everything you need for your event already on-site! We include cocktail and reception tables, furniture for food stations, floor length ivory linens, white garden chairs, glassware and flatware! Upgrade options including centerpiece rentals, farm tables and chiavari chairs are also available!

Gourmet hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate willowdaleestate.com north of Boston.

Our on-site gourmet caterer, WILLOWDALE KITCHENS offers an extensive list of culinary offerings to please every students palette and your dining experience can be customized with our flexible menu. Perhaps you want to offer food stations, a plated meal or a cocktail style reception – we can accommodate all of these requests!

Lawn games at outdoor event venue in the northshore willowdaleestate.com    Giant jenga at outdoor party willowdaleestate.com Topsfield, MA

For even more entertainment, we offer a variety of lawn games that can be set up on the lawn and garden courtyard adjoining our tent including cornhole, giant jenga, connect four and more!

Heart shaped sunglasses for dance party at Willowdale Estate north of Boston willowdaleestate.com

Garden courtyard with bistro lights at an event venue in the northshore willowdaleestate.com

Let us help you plan a prom that is easy to plan and impossible to forget!

Contact, Corporate & Social Events Manager Noah Quist for more info!


photos – top to bottom:

shane godfrey

becca dilley

phil fox

once like a spark (left & right)

erin mcginn


Date: February 28th, 2017

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

REAL EVENT: Summer Outing

Last month, local North Shore business, Cornerstone Commissioning, held an all day Summer Outing for their team at Willowdale Estate! A glorified work day complete with a peaceful inspiring environment inside Bradley Palmer State Park, gourmet catering, education training, lawn games and a wine tasting!  (more…)

Date: June 10th, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Mattie & Joe

Mattie & Joe tied the knot on a bright and sunny afternoon last month and took advantage of all the unique photo opportunities around the house and grounds.  (more…)

Date: May 13th, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Adrien & Victor

Adrien & Victor tied the knot early last month at the start of our mansion season. All the detailed elements of their day was captured by Dan Aguirre Photography.  Adrien wore an off-white silk gown with a sweetheart neckline, a stunning necklace and a vintage headband while Victor sports a 3 piece suit with a pink vest and bowtie. Victor’s rustic boutonnière & Adrien’s bouquet consisting of of assorted flowers and succulents were designed by local florist, Karla Cassidy

Groom with pink vest and bowtie with willow boutonniere at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Bride with succulents bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

A “first look” took place before their ceremony outside in our butterfly garden courtyard.

First look with bride and groom at historic wedding venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

A ketubah signing followed the “first look”. This is an essential part of a traditional Jewish marriage where the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride are defined.

Traditional ketupah signing at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The ceremony was held in our Glass Conservatory underneath our birch pole chuppah which was adorned with a beautiful floral arrangement that matched the brides bouquet and was also designed by Karla Cassidy.

Mansion ceremony in glass Conservatory with with floral designed chuppah at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Upon conclusion of the traditional Jewish ceremony, cocktail hour started in the North Wing of the house while the Conservatory & Great Room were transformed into the reception space. Our bright, farm fresh stationed cheese and crudité table was displayed on our rustic credenza. 

Mansion cocktail hour with curated cheese and crudités table at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

There were a variety of passed appetizers served to guests including these fall favorites: caramelized apple cider doughnuts with cheese fondue and pecan crusted chicken bits with maple dipping sauce. 

Pecan crusted chicken bites with maple dipping sauce for cocktail hour appetizer at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com   Apple cider doughnut appetizer with cheese fondue  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Atop our ivory linen, the reception tables were embellished with the warm glow from pillar candles in an assortment of fleur-de- lis and Lacie lanterns. 

Mansion reception in glass Conservatory with lantern rentals at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Entrées included seared salmon and one of our most popular dishes, the New York Sirloin in au ju with crisp potatoes and asparagus, pictured below.

New York Sirloin wedding entrée at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Ariel shots taken from the balcony orchestra in the Great Room allow for unique perspectives of dinner and dancing.

Wedding reception dancing in Great Room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The night carried on with plenty of dancing & dessert featuring our “American Cookie Jar” station and an intricately detailed lemon wedding cake with raspberry cream filling!

Detailed wedding cake on display in mansion Great Room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com Rustic dessert display with wedding cake slices  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Check out our online photo & video galleries to view more Willowdale weddings!

Date: December 28th, 2015