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Spring Showers

The staff at Willowdale Estate recently had an opportunity to host a Bridal Shower celebrating one of our very own – Kate McCarthy, from our culinary team! Inspired by her love of all things pink, Kate’s shower incorporated a ‘Kate Spade theme’ with a modern mix of black and pink design elements, which worked in perfect contrast to the oak walls of our Glass Conservatory.  (more…)

Date: April 1st, 2016

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!


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

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


1 bottle  red wine

2 cups apple cider

½ cup orange juice

½ cup brandy

Fruit: apples and/or pear


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/


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


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)



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

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


4oz Dark Rum

4oz Gold Rum

5oz Pineapple Juice

5oz Orange Juice

¾ oz Granadine

6 dashes of Angostura Bitters


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.



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


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

Perfect Summer Beverages

We adore this floral bridesmaid dress with summer cocktail at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts venue for weddings and events. willowdaleestate.com

Have you ever noticed that on a hot day the most fashionable accessory at a summer party is a refreshing drink? As a service-obsessed event venue we know that quenching our guests thirst is one of the first orders of business for every summer event! So how should you take care of this crucial detail at your next party? Well, have no fear – we have the perfect ideas from simple drink stations to impressive cocktails, right here!

refreshing mojito with pink stripe straw perfect summer wedding cocktail at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts venue for weddings and events. willowdaleestate.com  grapefruit margarita: a perfect summer wedding signature drink at at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts venue for weddings and events. willowdaleestate.com

PASSED SIGNATURE COCKTAIL – At larger Willowdale events we usually offer a passed drink as guests are entering the ceremony or reception.  The Mojito is a refreshing combination of rum, sugar, lime juice and mint served over ice and soda water. This beautiful clear drink looks great with a festive straw or custom stirrer! The Grapefruit Margarita on the right is equally simple to make- with equal parts tequila, grapefruit juice and triple sec this thirst quenching drink is completed by shaking with ice and topping your glass with a lime wedge and a salt rim.

beverage station at event with fresh squeezed lemonade chalk sign on a rustic drink station beverage dispenser at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts venue for weddings and events. willowdaleestate.com  beverage station at event cucumber mint flavored water with colored straws rustic drink station at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts venue for weddings and events. willowdaleestate.com

SELF SERVICE DRINK STATIONS – A self service drink station works great for non-alcoholic beverages like water, lemonade or iced tea. Serving a mocktail, punch, or non-alcoholic beverage from a beautiful beverage dispenser with a spigot is a great low maintenance way to serve drinks at an event that can look beautiful too.

a bridal shower mimosa drink station with sip sip hooray chalkboard at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts venue for weddings and events. willowdaleestate.com

DRINK STATION – A drink station with themed decor is a fun idea for smaller events like a bridal or baby shower. This adorable mimosa bar with a “Sip Sip Hooray” chalkboard sign was setup for a small wedding shower at Willowdale Estate. Guests could choose a mixture of fresh orange juice, grapefruit, or a combination of both with the chilled Prosecco. A Cava, champagne or any other sparkling wine would work well too!

Our clients are always impressing us with cleaver summer cocktails- if you liked this post you might like our “Four 4th of July Cocktails Post” from last summer!


Molly Ann Photography (lemondade & mojito)

Erin McGinn Photography (margarita)

Zev Fisher Photography (self service drinks)

Leona Campbell Photography (drink station)

Date: July 31st, 2015
Categories: Events, Inspiration, Social

REAL WEDDING – Nicole & John

Nicole and John were married at Willowdale Estate in late November of 2014. They chose photographer Jamison Wexler who is known for his stunning portraits. We had trouble choosing which portraits to feature here because they are all SO GOOD! The image below shows the Nicole and John on the Ipswich River walkway with the sun setting behind them.

winter wedding portrait by the ipswich river with sunset - Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com

Nicole wore a fabulous fur shawl to keep warm for her portraits. As we recently posted- we love shoes that show a brides personal style and Nicole chose something blue to walk down the aisle.

winter wedding wrap with a fur stole faux fur wrap bride at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com something blue pumps wedding heels bridal shoes at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com

For a couple with such great style they also had a very fashionable cocktail– champagne with a gold rim! To get this look on any golden cocktail just find some gold rim sugar and apply generously to add a swanky and sweet detail to your drink.

signature cocktail with gold rim using sugar champagne signature drink wedding cocktail at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.comwinter wedding centerpiece with lanterns and candles at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com

Guests enjoyed a simple and elegant table with lots of candle light and lanterns, which looks perfect for a winter wedding. This mansion wedding was the very last weekend of November and included Willowdale Estate’s holiday decor.  The neutral ribbon textures, garland, lights, and white poinsettias look perfect with the ivory and gold colors of this wedding.

love this beautiful winter wedding portrait in the holiday season at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com

Read more about Willowdale Mansion Weddings here!

Date: February 13th, 2015

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