Tag: on-site catering


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

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

Celebrations Of Life

If you’re looking for a peaceful and private location to host a Celebration of Life or memorial, Willowdale Estate provides a variety of options. We offer both indoor and outdoor space that is bright, spacious and serene. As professional hosts and planners, we will make the planning process easy and seamless so you can spend the time you need with friends and family.


Date: February 5th, 2016

Tips For Hosting A Corporate Event

Hosting a corporate event creates the opportunity to spend time outside of the office with your co-workers and are meant to be social and fun. There are many reasons to host a corporate event including: nourishing business relationships, team building, product launches, Christmas and holiday parties, wine dinners, inductions, work anniversaries and more. We’ve provided a few tips and ideas for your next corporate event!

corporate celebration social party guests with wine

It’s all in the details! Weather you get creative with décor, food choices or serve a signature cocktail – customizing your event for your guests is important. From a formal dinner party or a backyard barbecue with lawn games – we can accommodate your request. One of the many benefits of booking an event at Willowdale is that we have a full time planning team that is dedicated to creating their clients vision. Hosting an event that runs smoothly will have a positive impact on the guest experience and will only make you and your company look more professionally refined. 

View More: http://cuppaphotography.pass.us/kaitlinmatthewwedding    chalkboard menu signage wedding event celebration gathering

cornhole bean bag toss lawn games   ping pong lawn game event

PR Potential – If you are launching a new product, branch, or honoring a colleague, you may want to hire a photographer or videographer to capture all the highlights (we have a whole list of preferred vendors we can provide you). Willowdale Estate also offers many rental amenities to choose from including a large video monitor, projector screen and a wireless mic for any meetings, speeches or announcements.

event venue meeting projector presentation    corporate meeting estate mansion podium unique space dining room

historic event venue dinner lunch banquet party celebration chiavari chairs

A well planned menu that offers a variety of food options will keep your guests talking about your event for weeks to come. When choosing your menu, be aware of those attending who may have food allergies or are vegetarian. Check out our sample menus online or email Noah Quist, our Corporate and Social Events Sales Manager for our complete list of offerings.

cheese crudite cocktail hour corporate event    gourmet wedding food entree salmon bok choy

Mingle – Don’t forget to enjoy the party and mingle with your guests! Our staff will ensure everything is running smoothly on your behalf!

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Photo credits from top to bottom, left to right:

Red Bird Photography

Cuppa Photography

Shane Godfrey Photography

Maureen Cotton Photography

Shane Godfrey Photography (4)

Rachel Kate Photography

Leona Campbell Photography

Lisa Rigby Photography


Date: December 11th, 2015


The Autumnal Equinox was on September 23rd marking the official start of fall so we thought we could give you a look back at a wedding that was almost exactly 1 year ago. Ali and Andrew’s wedding day style is rustic and romantic, using pretty details like lanterns, burlap, and lace.

Wedding portrait fall color in new england at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com


Ali’s wedding day look is the definition of pin-worthy. A loosely braided chignon with the elegant neckline the lace trimmed Romona Keveza wedding dress. The intricate textures and unique blooms featured in the bride’s bouquet from Dogwood Floral Design are lovely, and we loved how the natural ivory bridesmaids’ dresses helped the pops of color in the flowers to jump out. This burgundy color is very close to the pantone color marsala and we love these deep reds for autumn weddings– it really is a perfect fall color!

Bridal hair braided chignon fall wedding ceremony at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Bouquet details fall wedding peach pink mauve at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Bouquet details fall wedding burgundy peach pink with ivory bridesmaid dresses at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com


The personal style of the wedding party worked with the décor perfectly. As guests entered the house they saw a tall floral design with ceremony programs and a welcome sign. The handwritten sign, escort cards and details around the house were made with help from Ali’s mom! Guests enjoyed His & Her Signature Sips and a selection of passed appetizers and our curated cheese and crudités display.

Front foyer table design with tall floral, design, programs, and welcome sign for a fall wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Escort card table with lantern and chalkboard sign share the love at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Escort card table in unique dining room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

His signature sip dark and stormy sign at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Her signature sip grapefruit margarita sign at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Cocktail hour food details a cute silver fork in our prosciutto melon hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Cheese and credit display in glass Conservatory at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com


Our sperry tent was lit with bistro lights hanging from the center poles and a collection of large lanterns and votives with real candles. Using a mixture of farm tables with burlap and ivory runners, and round tables with ivory linens the tent looked perfectly romantic and effortlessly rustic. With just a touch of flowers, some pretty white pumpkins, and birch table number holders this table is both interesting and elegant.

Perfect fall wedding centerpieces with lanterns burlap and lace runner and birch table number signs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Perfect fall wedding colors deep plum white pumpkin handwritten table number sign on birch stand on burlap runner at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Tent wedding reception fall chiavari chairs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

See more from this wedding on our fun post about DETAILS AFTER DARK, on the blog of Erin McGinn Photography, or catch the feature on Style Me Pretty!

Foliage portrait for new england wedding at willowdale estate at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Date: September 25th, 2015