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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
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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
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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
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Perfect Fall Beverages

It’s time to get into the spirit of the season by serving colorful cocktails, punches and seasonal drinks at your parties! We have four drink ideas that not only have the perfect seasonal colors of red, gold, orange and amber but they are simple to create and taste great too!

RED APPLE CIDER SANGRIA

Colorful apple sangria signature drink wedding at a Topsfield Massachusetts event venue - Willowdale Estate

photo: Joyelle West http://www.jwestwedding.com/

RECIPE

1 bottle  red wine

2 cups apple cider

½ cup orange juice

½ cup brandy

Fruit: apples and/or pear

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour the wine, cider, juice, and brandy into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Ice this drink to chill, or prepare early and refrigerate until ready to serve. When you are ready to serve, spoon out some of your fruit garnish into a wine glass and then add in your sangria over the fruit. Garnish the wine glass with a cinnamon stick or orange slice!

 

THE GOLD RUSH – (close cousin to the HOT TODDY)

The Gold Rush a great yellow cocktail for a signature drink at a Topsfield Massachusetts event venue - Willowdale Estate

photo: Bonnie Estell Photography http://www.b-ephoto.com/

RECIPE

3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup bourbon
1 1/2 lemons, juiced, about 4 tablespoons

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour honey into a small jar or mixing bowl. Pour in the boiling water and whisk vigorously until they form a thin simple syrup. Whisk in the bourbon and lemon juice. The beauty of this cocktail is you can serve it as a Hot Toddy or to make this drink into the Gold Rush, simply shake it with ice and pour it into a cocktail glass with or without rocks. (makes 2 drinks)

 

RUM SWIZZLE

A Rum Swizzle perfect color for a fall signature drink at a Topsfield Massachusetts event venue - Willowdale Estate

photo: Brett Alison http://brettalison.com/

RECIPE

4oz Dark Rum

4oz Gold Rum

5oz Pineapple Juice

5oz Orange Juice

¾ oz Granadine

6 dashes of Angostura Bitters

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine your Dark Rum, Gold Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, Grenadine and Angostura bitters into a pitcher ⅓ full of crushed ice . Churn vigorously until a frothing appears or mix in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a collins glass with or without rocks.

 

SEASONAL BEERTAIL

photo: Caroline Talbot Photography http://carolinetalbotphoto.com/

RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS 

If you aren’t one for a cocktail, try a Beertail! Pour Southern Tier’s “Pumking” into Pilsner Glass and garnish with Cinnamon Stick or try a Cinnamon Sugar Rim on the glass.

We hope you liked our tips for some colorful cocktails for your next event! Find even more of our favorite drinks over on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/willowdale/signature-drinks-/

Date: October 9th, 2015
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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.

Host a birthday retirement party, dinner or corporate training at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Great room  at historic Christmas party venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Corporate event venue with elegant chandelier at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Carved wooden orchestra balcony event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Our custom wooden bar matches the wood elements throughout the house and resides in the Great Room during the tent season.

Custom  wooden bar for wedding or event at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Large scale built in shelving and a decorative fireplace is structured directly across the room from the orchestra balcony.

Corporate event venue for catered dinner parties at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Great room shelves with led candles at corporate event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Historic mantle with etched stone at corporate event and wedding venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Historic mantle corporate party venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Hstoric event venue for catered dinner parties and weddings at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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 info@willowdaleestate.com

General Phone: 978-887-8211

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Shane Godfrey Photography (3)

Andrew Quist Photography 

Zev Fisher Photography 

Shane Godfrey Photography

Paul Robert Berman

Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate

Shane Godfrey Photography 

Date: October 2nd, 2015
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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
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