Bridal Showers Traditions/Games

A Celebration Unmatched: Special Bridal Shower Traditions

Your bridal shower is an opportunity to share one of your life’s most momentous occasions, and it’s truly a special day when you get to celebrate it with the ones you love. And for brides, bridesmaids, and maids of honor, bridal shower planning is one of the most exciting parts of the process. You get to shower the bride with love, support, and maybe a few gifts, all while enjoying a relaxing brunch or luncheon. It’s undoubtedly a time to cherish.

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Hampshire House is a premier destination for your perfectly planned Boston bridal shower — we’re happy to help you commemorate any special occasion, but especially your nuptials, within the walls of our elegant Beacon Hill mansion. Besides providing you with the perfect setting, we’re also happy to help pick up some of the (sometimes hefty) planning burden. One way we can do that is by helping you plan and execute fun bridal shower games and celebratory customs.

Bridal Shower Traditions and Games

If it’s your first time planning a bridal shower, it helps to know a little bit about how bridal showers typically function. But don’t worry — if you’re dealing with a non-traditional bride or just want to shake things up a little bit, you can skip these customs entirely.

  • Classic Brunch Fare — Who doesn’t love brunch? Often, bridal showers are held during the late morning or midday (with a starting time sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), thus making it the perfect time for some mimosas, pastries, and coffee. To knock it out of the park, pick selections from our tasteful, locally inspired brunch menu.
  • The Ribbon Bouquet — Typically, the bride-to-be will open her bridal shower gifts during the event (maid of honor, make sure you’re ready with a pen and paper to write down gifts), often after everyone has eaten. During the gift-opening process, bridesmaids or little ones typically collect the discarded ribbons to create a bouquet, which the bride can use during the rehearsal.
  • Advice from Your Elders — Another common bridal shower tradition is getting marriage advice from long-married friends, aunts, grandmas, and moms. You can make this a part of a game or simply have a stack of notecards and a card box displayed so that guests can give advice as needed.
  • The Newlywed Game — Just like the game show of the same name, The Newlywed Game challenges how much you know about your partner. This one is always funny and is sure to get a chuckle out of your guests.
  • The Purse Raid Game — If you’re not embarrassed by the idea of emptying out your purse and showcasing its contents — with the incentive of winning a prize, of course — then the Purse Raid Game is a fun choice. It’s essentially a scavenger hunt using the contents of your guests’ purses.

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Your Own Personal Twist

The most important thing you can do when you’re planning a shower to remember is to partner with a venue that will help you execute your special day in exactly the way you envision. Hampshire House is always honored to help bring bridal showers to life!

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Introducing Our Spring and Summer Menu

Taste the best that the season has to offer in Hampshire House’s spring and summer menu. Our latest culinary offerings are spring-inspired bites that are certain to reawaken your palate. Savor incredible flavors and try out various dishes to gain a better understanding of the season’s dining experience at our venue. Our expertly trained kitchen staff and renowned chefs are excited to show off their latest creations and provide flavorful and decadent dishes for any meeting or celebration. You can learn more about our spring menu in this culinary tell-all.

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Reception Bites

If you want to greet your guests with something delicious, our 2018 spring (and summer) menu has a multitude of enticing options. You’ll find a selection of hot hors d’oeuvres like a flavorful fava bean soup with crisp asparagus, English peas, and mint-cream fraiche or rich prosciutto-wrapped scallop brochettes with lemon confit. Mix and match those warm, welcoming bites with light and fresh cold hors d’oeuvres like duck spring rolls with sour orange dipping sauce and bright watermelon and feta skewers in a white balsamic reduction. For something a little more filling, try our butler-passed mini appetizers like beef tenderloin with chimichurri or sweet pea ravioli.

Specialty Stations

Our spring and summer menu has options like our tapas bar with crab-meat stuffed calamari, cod fritters with avocado aioli, Spanish potato and egg tortillas, and more. For a coastal themed event, you can’t beat our New England clam bake station that includes lobster, mussels, and clam chowder. We also offer an authentic taqueria specialty station and a unique make-your-own dessert station.

Plated Dinners

For an unforgettable four-course meal, choose our dinner entrees from Hampshire House. Start with tasty options like our potato leek crostata or spring vegetable risotto, then move to the salad course with an intensely flavorful pickled vegetable salad with champagne vinaigrette or a bright and beautiful wild berry salad topped with toasted almonds and white balsamic vinaigrette. Your event will be the talk of the town with top-quality entrees like roasted halibut in a saffron citrus sauce or rack of lamb with a dried fruit crumble, honey-glazed carrots, olive oil mashed potatoes, and herb de Provence jus. Finish off with one of our delightful desserts; our peach melba with vanilla ice cream and slivered almonds is a springtime favorite.

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Host Your Event at Hampshire House

Whether you’re hosting a major event like a wedding, fundraiser, or gala or you simply want to entertain a few clients in an impressive setting, Hampshire House is the perfect place for your next gathering. Our spring and summer 2018 offerings include a range of delicious, flavorful dishes so you can customize your event menu from start to finish. And by hosting your event at Hampshire House, you’ll have a luxurious and sophisticated setting that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Contact us today to make a reservation for our Hampshire House spring menu event.

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Join Our Mother’s Day Celebration – May 13, 2018

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Moms put in so much work to take good care of us. On Mother’s Day, you can return the favor by treating her to a lavish meal at Hampshire House. Come to the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood to enjoy a delightful Mother’s Day brunch in a grand venue where generations of Bostonians have dined together and celebrated.

Delicious Dining

Our impressive Mother’s Day brunch menu includes something for everyone, making this the perfect family outing for such an important event. This three-course plated brunch features your choice of starter and main dish along with a decadent dessert. Start off by selecting from delicious options like a spring salad with baby arugula, sugar snap peas, dried apricots, and almonds in a lemon vinaigrette or a Gulf shrimp martini with crisp vegetable spaghetti and tomato olive relish. These light-yet-flavorful appetizers offer a tantalizing way to begin your brunch.

For your entrée, you’ll have sweet and savory options such as stuffed Fresh toast, a Florentine benedict, and char-grilled chicken pasta, each of which is carefully prepared by our expert chefs. Some of our most popular menu items include our wood-grilled lamb chops with black olive tapenade, spring vegetables, and our New England lobster omelet featuring three eggs stuffed with Maine lobster meat and fresh herbs (served with brunch potatoes and grilled asparagus).

The finishing touch is our Hampshire House Chocolate Trilogy, which features Swiss chocolate maple soup, a chocolate mousse tartlet, and bittersweet chocolate crème brulee. This incredible dessert is sure to satisfy any mother’s sweet tooth on her special day.

An Experience to Remember

At Hampshire House, we want to make sure that your Mother’s Day brunch is a memorable experience. The grand, luxurious setting complete with historic architecture and lavish décor is sure to make your mom feel special on this important holiday. Hampshire House is known for its elegant and sophisticated touches, including carved oak paneling, sparkling crystal chandeliers, tall Palladian windows, and majestic Italian marble. It’s a place of such grandeur that it was once visited by gentlemen in top hats and tails and ladies in silk and satin.

Today, this turn-of-the-century mansion retains that high-society feel that elevates any event to something truly elegant and refined. Our Mother’s Day brunch allows your family to don their Sunday best and make this meal feel a bit more special than your typical dining experience. Our top-notch staff deliver excellent service and each plate delivered to your table will be perfectly plated by our expertly trained kitchen team. If you really want to treat your Mom to an unforgettable celebration, our Hampshire House brunch is just what you need. Trust us when we say that she’ll be bragging about this lovely experience for weeks afterward.

Seating is limited for this dining event, so make a plan for mom today so you’ll be in time for Mother’s Day. To lock in your spot for this exciting celebration, make a reservation at Hampshire House for May 13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. We look forward to celebrating with you and making your mother feel pampered and appreciated.

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Join Hampshire House for Easter Brunch on April 1

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There’s something so special about getting all dressed up for a delicious Easter brunch. If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate this holiday with friends or family, make a reservation for our Easter brunch at Hampshire House. On April 1, we’ll open our doors to welcome guests for a top-notch brunch with delectable dishes in a grand setting. Learn more about what you can expect at this special event.

A Meal You’ll Remember

Our Easter brunch is a three-course plated meal that begins with your choice of starter. Options like a gulf shrimp martini, lobster bisque, or grilled asparagus and Portobello mushrooms will have your meal off to a great start. Then, select your main dish from a variety of mouth-watering options. Go for the herb-crusted salmon, eggs benedict, or wood-grilled lamb chops for a savory treat or keep it on the sweet side with our French toast stuffed with rich cream cheese and fresh raspberry preserves. Top off your meal with our Hampshire House chocolate trilogy, which includes an incredible combination of Swiss chocolate maple soup, a chocolate mousse tartlet, and bittersweet chocolate crème brulee.

Make Your Reservation

Get your Easter brunch plans lined up today by making your reservation for this special event at Hampshire House. For just $65 per person, you’ll get an amazing three-course brunch (taxes, gratuity, and beverages not included). Rather than waiting in long lines or struggling to find parking on Easter morning, simply reserve your meal and take advantage of our validated parking in the Boston Common Garage. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy a memorable meal in our beautifully decorated Beacon Hill mansion, surrounded by Italian marble, carved oak paneling, tall Palladian windows and crystal chandeliers.

 

 

 

 

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Hampshire House’s Spring Menu Preview Event on March 29

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Choosing which items to serve at your event is easy when you attend our spring menu preview event at Hampshire House. On March 29, you’ll be able to explore the many seasonal offerings on our menu at this fun tasting opportunity. Try everything from tapas to tacos and savor the sweetness of our many dessert offerings at this special event. It’s the perfect chance to discover which menu selections are best suited to your upcoming event at Hampshire House.

A Well-Rounded Menu

With items that are inspired by dishes from across the globe, you’ll have so many different flavor profiles to explore at our spring menu preview event. Whether you’re indulging in a traditional New England clam bake, dining on Spanish dishes at our tapas bar, or delighting in a rich Italian risotto, you’ll love being able to find such diverse dishes on our seasonal menu. We also offer a variety of lighter and heartier dishes to make meals balanced and satisfying. You can create your own plated dinner with selections like potato leek crostata, a wild berries salad, and rack of lamb. And don’t forget to top it off with a memorable dessert, like pie tartlets, lemon scones, or chocolate whoopie pies.

Taste-Testing Fun

Besides the absolutely irresistible flavors, the Hampshire House spring menu preview event also provides the opportunity to pick out the perfect menu for your event. Whether you’ll be hosting a wedding, a business meeting, or another type of special event in our luxurious venue, you’ll find delicious offerings to delight your guests at this tasting. Sample from our many menu options and take note of your favorites to build an unforgettable custom menu for your next event.

 

 

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Best Boston Parks for a Winter Wonderland Walk

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While the weather outside may be frightful, the winter in Boston offers views and scenery you won’t find anywhere else. While the historic city is a blend of sophisticated architecture, museums, five-star restaurants, and some of the best shopping on the East Coast, just a few miles away are majestic landscapes filled with beautiful woodland scenery, wildlife, and picturesque streams and ponds. Once you leave the city, even just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle, and visit some of the beautiful local parks, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

While all of the parks are stunning year-round, with blooming flowers in the spring and brilliantly colored foliage in the fall, winter offers a completely different experience. Noanet Woodlands, located on Powisset Street in Dover, is about 15 miles outside of the city. This 600-acre park features 17 miles of walking trails, making it the ideal spot for those who love winter sports such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Noanet Woodlands is the perfect spot for an afternoon filled with adventure.

In Lincoln, Mass about 20 minutes west of the city, you’ll find the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, which offers the best of both worlds: nature and contemporary art. The 30-acre park, located at 51 Sandy Pond Road, just 20 miles from the city, hosts 90-minute snowshoe tours and includes more than 60 contemporary art sculptures, making it one of the more unique spots on our list.

Rocky Woods, located in Medfield, 27 miles southeast of Boston, boasts nearly 500 acres of woodlands, including frozen streams, brooks, and ponds during the winter months. The park features 6.5 miles of trails, including a 2.3-mile walking loop and a 435-foot hike to the top of Cedar Hill. You’ll enjoy the varied terrain and the stunning vistas as you explore this park filled with nature’s treasures.

 

World’s End, a 250-acre coastscape located 15 miles south of Boston, was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and boasts dazzling views of the city’s skyline. With tree-lined walking paths that circle saltwater marshes, this park juts out into Hingham Harbor, offering sensational walking trails along the coast. While the harbor rarely freezes during the cold winter months, you can still catch a glimpse of frozen ice chunks as they move through the water. Voted the top attraction in Hingham, this park is a favorite of residents and tourists alike.

Douglas State Forest, a nearly 6,000-acre park that borders Connecticut and Rhode Island, is located about an hour southwest of the city. The highlight of the park is the pond that straddles Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is the perfect spot for ice fishing during the cold months. If you’re interested in snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, this winter paradise boasts miles of impressive trails, including a boardwalk trail that opens up to the 5-acres Atlantic White Cedar swampland, a rare gem that was named an official Massachusetts Wildland.

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Hampshire House’s Engagement Celebration 2018

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Engagement-Celeb-Button-2018Our turn-of-the-century mansion, located on beautiful Beacon Hill and overlooking the Public Garden, is a magnificent setting for a wedding. You can envision your special day starting with a breathtaking entrance on our grand staircase, illuminated by gorgeous crystal chandeliers, and followed by dinner and dancing next to one of our intimate fireplaces. As you stroll through the venue, you’ll be greeted by nearly 20 different vendors, all on hand to answer your questions as you prepare for the biggest event of your life.

Meet with Boston’s top florists, including Jeri Solomon Floral Design, Artistic Blossoms, and New Leaf Flores, and view their latest creations for the 2018 wedding season. Browse through collections of invitations and signage with Lynn Graham Designs and Invitations & Company. Both full-service stationary firms create custom-made invitations as well as save-the-date cards, shower invitations, table numbers, and more.

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One of the most important vendors you’ll hire for your wedding day is the photographer. After all, they’re responsible for capturing every beautiful moment so you can treasure them for a lifetime. In addition to hiring a professional with phenomenal artistry and talent, you also want someone who understands your vision and can translate your ideas onto film. Meet with some of the area’s leading photographers, including Person + Killian Photography, Johnson Photography, Nicole Chan Photography, and Generations Cinemastories.

And what wedding is complete without top-notch entertainment? You’ll meet with local entertainers Groove Events, Entertainment Specialists, and Gilded Harps to learn more about what they can bring to your special day.

Peak Event Services, New England’s premiere event rental company, will also be on hand with linen samples and specialty settings. You’ll get an in-person view of how their products and designs will look when displayed inside Hampshire House.

The Engagement Celebration will also host two justices of the peace, Elizabeth Gemelli and Barbara Kahn, makeup artist, Katrina Hess, as well as three of the city’s best wedding planners, Marrero Events , Unique Weddings by Alexis, and Lo McShay with The #Girlbossbride Guide.

While you mingle with some of the wedding industry’s top professionals, Hampshire House welcomes you to sample our exquisite wedding fare and delightful cocktails. Learn all about our wedding packages, which include everything from traditional grilled beef tenderloin and grilled lamb chops, to seared yellowfin tuna and cardamom sautéed shrimp and scallops Hampshire House is also able to custom design a wedding menu just for you.

You won’t want to miss our annual celebration. The event takes place Thursday, January 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please RSVP online or call 617-854-7628.

 

 

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Top Winter Wedding Trends for 2018

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Once a rare occasion, winter weddings have continued to gain popularity, and why not? Beautiful snowscapes create a magical atmosphere for the big day and make for memorable photos you’ll always cherish. The Hampshire House, directly across the street from the famed Boston Public Garden, offers some of the most striking scenery in the city. So, while you’re planning your special day, what are some of the most popular winter wedding trends this season?

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For the better part of the last decade, brides have embraced the two-wedding dress trend, wearing a formal gown for the ceremony and then changing into a more casual party dress to dance the night away. But who says brides get to have all the fun? Grooms have also taken a shine to this trend, wearing two different looks as well. While not as elaborate as wearing an entirely different outfit, men will often change up their look by donning a less formal jacket, changing their shoes, or wearing a different tie. Expect to see multiple looks on the groom this season.

 

Frozen Flower Sculptures

 

Ice sculptures are nothing new when it comes to wedding receptions, but frozen flowers? That’s a new one even to us! We couldn’t think of a more appropriate look for a winter wedding than these works of art. They catapult the ice sculpture to an entirely different level by filling the blocks of ice with beautifully arranged flowers. The arrangements are fully encased in the ice, giving the illusion that the flowers are floating. It’s as though you’re looking into an aquarium. In addition to their stunning beauty, the sculptures keep your flowers perfectly preserved so you they won’t wilt halfway through the night.

 

Neon Signs

One of this year’s hottest trends is personalized neon signs. Add a fun pop of color and show off your last name, wedding date, or something meaningful to you and your fiancé. It’s one of the most important days of your life, so shouldn’t your name be in lights?

Hot Chocolate Bar

Candy bars and ice cream sundae bars are always a hit at weddings, but for a new spin on an old idea, consider a hot chocolate bar. What better addition to your winter wedding than having your guests enjoy creamy hot cocoa while cozied up to one of our fireplaces at the Hampshire House? We can fill a table with delicious accouterments such as miniature marshmallows, candy canes, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. And don’t forget the adult beverages, like Baileys and Frangelico.

Drip Cakes

An updated take on the traditional tiered wedding cake, drip cakes feature lavish icing dripping off of each tier. When iced in sophisticated shades of silver or gold, these cakes look especially luxurious.

Leather Jackets

While winter weddings usually conjure up images of faux fur stoles and lavish wraps, the latest trend shows edgy leather jackets paired with formal gowns. While ideal for keeping the bride warm throughout the day and in between photo sessions, this look offers the best of both worlds — sophisticated and a little offbeat.

Whether you’re thinking of having a winter wedding, or you’ve already chosen your date, let the dedicated staff at the Hampshire House help give you the wedding of your dreams.

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Boston Winter Events

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The holidays in Boston are unlike any other. Storefronts and restaurants are decorated for the season, the parks’ trees are strung with delicate Christmas lights, and spirit of the holidays permeates the entire city. Boston offers a number of fun activities during the winter months, so take a look at the schedule and plan a trip downtown.

The biggest celebration of the year is First Night Boston, which takes place on New Year’s Eve in Copley Square and Boston Common. More than 1 million people attend this family-friendly event, which kicks off during the day with ice sculptures, crafts, entertainment, and an awe-inspiring parade. A spectacular fireworks display explodes over Boston Harbor when the clock strikes midnight, so what better way to ring in the new year?

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Boston Pops or spend the evening with the Boston Ballet as they perform “The Nutcracker.” Spend the day touring Boston’s many museums and enjoy a bite to eat before the performances.

If you’re looking for more cold weather activities, stop by the Frog Pond in Boston Common, just across the street from the Hampshire House, and put on your ice skates. The Skating Club of Boston is also offering a free show on New Year’s Eve from 6 to 7 p.m. Recently named the top outdoor skating rink in the country by USA Today’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, the Frog Pond is open every day with evening hours for nighttime skating. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children, and free for kids under 58 inches. Season passes and skating lessons are also available.

The party doesn’t end once the clock strikes midnight. New Year’s Day is chock full of fun activities, including the L Street Brownies’ annual Polar Plunge, which takes place at 10:30 in the morning. For more than 100 years, this has been one of the city’s oldest traditions. More than 600 people are expected to jump into Boston Harbor’s freezing cold water.

The Boston Wine Festival, the longest running food and wine event in the nation, kicks off with the grand opening reception on January 12. People from all over the country fly in to Boston to enjoy the festivities, which take place through the end of March. The event features dinners that celebrate a specific wine as well as seminars, brunches, and dancing. This two-month event is a celebration of food and wine, and should not be missed.

The New England Aquarium, located in the city’s North End, is another exciting way to spend the day. Visit the aquarium’s 80 penguins, check out the 150-pound giant octopus, and learn about the habits of the northern fur seal and Atlantic harbor seal. Get to know the sharks up close and personal in the touch tanks, and view a variety of interesting specimens like the lionfish and the leafy sea dragon. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Forget hibernating during the cold months — Boston has activities to keep you busy all season long.

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Save the Date – Annual Engagement Celebration at Hampshire House

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Congratulations on your engagement! Now the real fun begins: Planning for the big day. Massachusetts’ premiere wedding venue, Hampshire House, located in downtown Boston across the street from the Public Garden, cordially invites you to our annual engagement celebration. This two-hour event will give grooms- and brides-to-be the opportunity to view the Hampshire House venue and meet potential vendors while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Our annual celebration puts you face to face with some of the top wedding vendors in Boston, from florists and musicians to photographers and caterers. You’ll view (and sample) their work firsthand while asking questions and learning more about their services. Never mind making endless appointments and researching countless merchants online. We bring the professionals to you, all in one beautiful setting, so you can truly envision your big day.

You’ll also get to explore the elegant Hampshire House, with its crystal chandeliers and exquisite décor. This historic turn-of-the-century mansion harkens back to the glamourous days of the early 1900s. You can just imagine making your entrance on our grand staircase and treating your guests to cocktails next to one of our cozy fireplaces. Just one look at our magnificent setting, which overlooks fashionable Beacon Hill, and you’ll fall in love. We couldn’t think of a better place to host your wedding.

The celebration takes place Thursday, January 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your 2018 planner so you can take plenty of notes with all we have to offer. Feel free to ask family members or your maid of honor to tag along. Please RSVP online or call 617-854-7628.

 

 

 

 

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