Attend the Fun Gingerbread Brunch

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‘Tis the season for making joyous holiday decorations, and Hampshire House invites you and your family to get creative at the annual Gingerbread Brunch. This fun event takes place at our historic mansion on Beacon Hill, and tickets include a delicious brunch from our fine menu. Each person attending the brunch receives everything needed to design and build a unique gingerbread house.

Brunches are held each Sunday in December, (the 3rd, 10th, 17th) before the Christmas holiday. Two brunches are held on the same day (11:00 AM and 1:30 PM), making it easier to carve time out of your busy schedule to relax and enjoy working on a seasonal craft project with loved ones. For more information, please check our special events section for announcements.

Brunch Menu for Kids

Children are always excited to go to an event where they get to eat and participate in an art project. At Hampshire House, kids get their own Gingerbread Brunch menu that includes kid-friendly selections of familiar comfort food. They can enjoy breakfast favorites such as eggs, toast, and sausage. Or, perhaps they’d prefer chicken fingers with a side of home fries. Whatever they choose, they can wash it all down with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, cranberry juice, or pink grapefruit juice.

Brunch Menu for Adults

The adult menu is quite extensive and features numerous appetizer and entrée options. Indulge in servings of cinnamon brioche French toast with a raspberry cream cheese stuffing, drizzled with warm maple syrup. Or select Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit, a dollop of whipped cream, and drizzled syrup. Eggs Benedict is a brunch winner, and the classic omelet with cheddar cheese, ham, peppers, and onions is always a brunch favorite. These are just a few of the entrees you can enjoy along with fresh bagels, muffins, salad fixings, and your choice of coffee or tea.

Designing a Gingerbread House

All gingerbread houses start from a place of inspiration, and your design starts with a spark of an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere, including books, movies, and magazines. Use your own home, or someone else’s home you admire as a blueprint. Strolling through the historic Beacon Hill area is also a great way to form a basic design plan. Sometimes ‘winging it’ is the best plan of all, and you’ll have a wonderful time creating each part of your house as you build it. There’s no right or wrong way to create a gingerbread house. There’s just your way, and as the main designer, you can be as creative as you wish.

Delicious Decorating Tools

Every gingerbread home builder needs the proper tools of the trade, and at the brunch, you’ll receive a plain pre-baked gingerbread house to decorate. Additionally, you’ll have access to plenty of sweet decorating supplies. Each table is supplied with a generous amount of white icing to use as bonding material and as a decorative accent. Choose an array of candies in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and go to town gluing them onto your house using the supplied icing.

As you work with your candy materials, you may decide to eat a few pieces here and there, and that’s fine. This is a tantalizing task, and all materials are edible, so eating a candy cane or gumdrop is A-OK.

 

 

 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2017 at the Hampshire House

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Thanksgiving is a time to come together with cherished family and friends to celebrate everything you’re thankful for in life. There is no better place to partake in traditional Thanksgiving favorites than the venerable Hampshire House. Located in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Hampshire House has a warm, welcoming environment that every Thanksgiving table should have.

Enjoy a Delicious Three-Course Meal

Sharing a great meal with loved ones is a tradition you look forward to, and Hampshire House is all about preserving all things timeless. Guests are treated to a beautifully prepared Thanksgiving meal. Start things off right with pumpkin martinis, a delightfully savory harvest pumpkin bisque, and the crisp freshness of an autumn salad.

 

You have a choice of three exquisite entrees, and the traditional oven-roasted turkey is one of the star attractions. This holiday favorite comes to your dining table with a walnut stuffing, which is marvelous when combined with authentic giblet gravy. Feel free to request extra gravy for your table to ensure there’s plenty to go around for gravy lovers.

Your turkey dinner comes with traditional sides such as mashed potatoes, pureed butternut squash, and julienned vegetables. Diners in your party who prefer fish or beef can order the char-grilled Atlantic Salmon dinner, or the filet mignon dinner. Both dinners come with tasty sides that complement the chosen entrée.

The Thanksgiving dessert sampler is sure to tickle your palette. Enjoy pumpkin pie and pecan triangles, petit cinnamon cheese cake, and a fall-inspired cranberry apple miniature tart. After this filling meal, you may be ready to take a stroll through the always lovely Boston Public Gardens, which is within easy walking distance of Hampshire House.

Special Food Requests

Here at Hampshire House, we realize that some guests have certain dietary needs, and our staff is more than happy to make the necessary adjustments. While placing your order, inform the server about any guest food allergies to foods such as shellfish and nuts. If someone requires gluten-free dishes, let us know. Chefs and waitstaff work in tandem to ensure each plate of food served to your dining party is equally enjoyable for everyone.

Feel at Home as Our Guests

From the moment you arrive at our door to the moment you leave, you are treated as honored guests by Hampshire House staff. Your dining party is seated promptly and the waitstaff is always available to take care of your requests. Everything is done to ensure your Thanksgiving holiday meal is exactly what you expect to experience in a fine dining setting. All you need do is relax, chat, eat, and enjoy the moment. We’ll take care of serving the meal and clean up.

Historic Dining Atmosphere

The Beacon Hill neighborhood is filled to the brim with historic significance. This neighborhood features beautifully preserved buildings, and one of them is the Hampshire House, a local treasure built in 1910. For over 100 years, this building has been the scene of many celebratory occasions, including holidays, and everyone who comes here to enjoy a wonderful dining experience is included in that long-standing tradition.

While the exterior of the building is impressive, the interior is more so. Enjoy your meal in an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance that is timeless in its appeal. Thanksgiving dinner is served on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reserve your table today.

 

 

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Hampshire House’s New 2017 Holiday Menu

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The meal should be the highlight of any holiday celebration, and the Hampshire House holiday menu offers distinct cocktails, appetizers, dinners, and desserts that combine to provide an elegant culinary experience in an historic setting.

Hampshire House holiday dining features fresh, seasonal ingredients and a variety of options, from signature cocktails and adventurous appetizers to luxurious entrees. All are designed to allow you to customize offerings for a rich holiday celebration.

Your guests can start the evening with hors d’oeuvres such as lobster croquettes, celery root soup, and duck confit and wild mushroom tartlets. Or, if you prefer, butler-passed miniature appetizers can be on hand, including roasted fillet of beef tenderloin, herb-de-provence crusted chicken breasts, diver scallops, or porcini mushroom ravioli.

Specialty stations with unique offerings can make your party exceptional. One example is a station with Swiss potato pancakes made to order, including toppings like ratatouille vegetables, caramelized winter squash, chive sour cream, and slow-cooked pears and cranberries. Guests can also be treated to a Warm Winter Wonder Beverage Station, with hot cocoa and warm apple cider accented with marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, or shaved chocolate. Winter cocktails options include blood orange mimosas, tiramisu martinis, and spiked hot cocoa.

Plated dinners are a luxe affair. Guests start with appetizers such as warm Wellfleet oysters or a diver scallop rosette. Salads of winter vegetables or roasted pumpkin and gem lettuce are also available. Guests then move on to an entrée selection to suit any taste.

The choices include Lobster L’American, which is served with mushrooms, pearl onions, and roasted fingerling potatoes; a grilled pork chop, served with cider-braised cabbage, parsnip puree, roasted apples, and apple brandy sauce; a cod fillet, served with octopus, chorizo, and potato hash, tagliatelle vegetables, and romesco sauce; braised boneless beef short ribs, served with shallot mashed potatoes, glazed winter vegetables, and a red wine sauce; Lamb Noisette, served with saffron orzo pasta, winter vegetables, and rosemary jus; and a halibut fillet, served with French lentils, applewood-smoked bacon, julienned vegetables, and bouillabaisse sauce.

Dessert offerings make it impossible for guests to decline: A wildflower honey-glazed pear tart, an apple tart, or a chocolate napoleon are all tantalizing options. A Holiday Trilogy of Desserts is also available to tempt guests, offering a miniature Valrhona chocolate torte, a cranberry apple tartlet, and a frosted gingerbread cookie sandwich

All dinner entrees include an appetizer, salad, freshly baked rolls with sweet butter, dessert, and Terrazzo coffee or tea.

The Hampshire House, built in 1910, is always decorated for the holidays. Italian marble, carved oak paneling, Palladian windows, and working fireplaces combine to create a warm atmosphere that is both elegant and inviting.

The Hampshire House has been hosting special events for more than four decades and our professional events team stands ready to help you plan your celebration. All items on the Hampshire House holiday menu are available in addition to our traditional a-la-carte menu. If you are ready to plan your holiday party, please contact our event professionals at 617-227-9600 or via email events@hampshirehouse.com.
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Author Appearance: Elin Hilderbrand at Hampshire House

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Author Elin Hilderbrand to Appear at Hampshire House on November 27

Get excited for the fourth and final installment of New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series, “Winter Solstice,” with a special author appearance at Hampshire House on November 27. Cozy up with tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as you get reacquainted with the Quinn family from this popular series.

The Winter Street series takes readers on a journey alongside a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it. After the death of celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe, his grieving family comes together to put the pieces back together. In “Winter Solstice,” readers will be reacquainted with their favorite characters one last time, as the Quinn family deals with Kelley’s terminal brain illness, Bart’s return home from Afghanistan and Margaret’s retirement. All new twists, turns and takes on this family’s dynamics make “Winter Solstice” a must-read!

Hilderbrand is a Nantucket-based author who makes the island a primary backdrop in her stories. And, not only does she do some of her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, but she’s become a steadfast member of our own Beacon Hill community. We’re delighted to host Hilderbrand in the heart of our neighborhood. The author will be on-hand to speak, answer questions and sign books at the event.

How to Attend

The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at Hampshire House. Not only will you get to enjoy a conversation with this beloved author set in the cozy atmosphere of our turn-of-the-century mansion, but you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase copies of “Winter Solstice,” as well as the three other books in the series through Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill. Signed copies will also be available. Please R.S.V.P. by contacting us at 617-854-7628 or via email at catering@hampshirehouse.com.

Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Back Bay are proud to be the bookseller of Winter Storms for this exciting event at the Hampshire House. We are now offering autographed copies of Elin’s new book for purchase online (http://www.blackstonesbeaconhill.com) or instore to be picked up at the event.
Please note: Attendees may not bring books purchased from another bookseller. Proof of purchase from Blackstone’s required for autographing at this event.

 

 

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Fall 2017 Wedding Trends

Fall is always a special time to marry, and the fall 2017 wedding trends in food, flowers, dress, and décor promise to make for some truly unique events at the Hampshire House this season.

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite topic, and the one that often has the most impact on guests: food. Food and drink stations are becoming popular, and not just the well-known dessert bar. Stations are a time-honored way to feed guests a main course or a significant side, ensuring they get exactly what they want in whatever proportion they want.

This season, we are seeing new twists on this traditional idea. How about a carving station that serves barbeque? Or a bar offering potato pancakes with sweet or savory toppings? Hampshire House has offered station dining for years. If you have an idea, we’ll work to make it happen.

Stations can also be used to serve drinks that make your wedding unique, from specialty coffees to craft beers. A professional barista or mixologist can add to the fun. One simple but elegant idea: Borrow a page from the Hampshire House holiday menu and offer a warm beverage station featuring cocoa, cider, or even cordials.

What about the cake? In this department, less is more this fall. Where ornate wedding cakes were once in style, more modest tiers have become the fashion, often sans-topper. These elegant confections often take on a clean and unadorned look (some couples have even opted for a translucent icing effect). When they are adorned, humble greenery, and flowers are in fashion.

Here’s another fall wedding trend: Cakes are getting smaller. Often, they are large enough to facilitate the traditional cutting of the cake, but auxiliary desserts are employed to feed all of the guests. One great idea for fall: pie. If ever there was a season for it, it’s fall.

Flowers and Decor

Popular color schemes this fall will hue toward plums and burgundies, with neutral or pastel accents. Ivory, rather than glaring white, can be used as an accent to create a Victorian effect. Want something bolder? Add a metallic color to your palate. This fall, copper will be popular.

This theme continues in floral arrangements, where wine-colored dahlias are popular. Overall, wild-looking arrangements have taken hold, from bouquets to table decorations. Leafy greens are popular, including some that may surprise you. Succulents, eucalyptus, bay leaf branches, and even berries are all making an appearance on tables this fall. The natural look compliments the season well.

Indeed, tables are the subject of much consideration this fall, when it comes to décor. Many brides and grooms are looking to fill the space between the tabletop and the ceiling, which often goes unused. Formal weddings will use tall candles and candelabras, which will be perfectly at home amid the elegant Italian marble and carved oak paneling at Hampshire House. Other options might include large flower arrangements.

Calligraphy can be used to great effect throughout the event, adding a distinct touch to match elegant surroundings. For example, you can ditch the day-of stationary in favor of custom signage. Cocktail and drink offerings can be written on a mirror. A welcome message can be presented on a blackboard. Either can be adorned with floral arrangements for a custom touch.

Fashion and Dress

Perhaps the most important element in any nuptials — and certainly so for the bride — is the wedding dress. In the fall, temperature often demands longer sleeves and layers. Two-piece separates will be a fall wedding trend. One idea: A cashmere sweater over a full-length bridal skirt. It’s a unique look that can be comfortable, too.

Here’s another comfortable idea: Consider a costume change before the reception. A second, less confining dress, built for dancing, and shoes to match can make the special night painless.

Not to be left out, fashion for grooms this fall will continue efforts to move attire beyond the traditional black suit or tux. Look for fitted, two- and three-piece suits in darker browns, blues, and burgundy. Tweed is also a consideration. With suit, vest, and tie to play with, layered color combinations will be popular.

After all, fall is all about color.

 

 

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Guide to Themed Weddings

KK3Your choice of wedding venue will set the tone for the entire event. When selecting the perfect location, the importance of a theme that will reflect your personalities cannot be understated. For all themes that depend on elegance, the Hampshire House’s charming architecture and prodigious history can help create thematic wedding harmony. Use these suggestions as inspiration for your themed wedding at the Hampshire House.

The Décor

Accenting your wedding venue with the right decorations is key to creating a cohesive design. Having a set color palette helps ensure that all your decorative elements tie together.  Since the Hampshire House is a historic venue with luxurious details such as carved oak paneling and crystal chandeliers, shiny pops of silver or gold in your décor can effortlessly draw the eye. A simple black and white color palette is second option that’s absolutely timeless and incredibly versatile when it comes to decorating. If you’re inspired by the sweeping views of the Boston Public Garden from the windows of the Hampshire House, another option would be to create a palette of greens, pinks, oranges, yellows, and other beautiful floral tones.

You’ll also want to include physical decorations that convey your theme to guests. Fine linens and lush floral arrangements will also add gorgeous textures to your décor design. Additionally, consider the Hampshire House’s turn-of-the-century details, vintage items add a chic touch to your event.

The Food

The Hampshire House makes it incredibly easy to create a themed menu for your event. The dynamic food selections, all of which are prepared on site, have been carefully developed by Hampshire House Executive Chef, Markus Ripperger. From classic fare to inventive, modern cuisine, couples may pick and choose from the many options to custom design a menu for their guests.

Some of the most popular themed menus for Hampshire House weddings focus on the local cuisine. This often includes seafood, which is always incredibly fresh and flavorful considering the Boston location. Consider adding a raw bar complete with lobster tails, oysters, shrimp, and clams to your event. For the entrée, the herb-poached halibut with saffron risotto and cardamom sautéed shrimp and scallops with creamy polenta are sure to satisfy even the most discerning guests.

Of course, seafood is just one of the many themed options for dining at Hampshire House. Your wedding could also include a Mediterranean menu, classic carving stations, gourmet pasta, or vegetarian selections. The Hampshire House staff will be happy to work with you to design a menu for your special day. Custom dishes can be created just for your event, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box in order to come up with wedding menu ideas that will delight both you and your guests.

If you’re looking for a classic, elegant and timeless setting for your Boston wedding, the Hampshire House is the perfect fit. Nestled in the gorgeous Beacon Hill neighborhood, this Boston wedding venue offers a warm and inviting space with unparalleled style and luxury.

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Wedding Color Combos Perfect for Summer

With the beautiful sunshine, lush greenery and warm weather afforded by the city, it’s no surprise that summertime weddings remain ever-popular at Boston’s Hampshire House. By taking inspiration from the building’s luxurious interior décor and scenic surroundings, it’s easy to create a beautiful atmosphere when starting with a color palette that will complement your summer wedding.  The following are some beautiful and unique summer wedding color combinations that are perfect for a wedding at Boston’s Hampshire House.

Yellow, Pink, and Coral

Because the Hampshire House is located next to the Boston Public Garden, you can use the gorgeous scenery as inspiration for your summer wedding colors. After all, the gardens are at their most lush and colorful state during the summer months.

Start with a sunny yellow shade to brighten things up, then mix in pink and coral tones to create a beautiful floral palette. Set those essential colors off with a deep magenta to create more dimension. Plenty of greenery can also be incorporated into your bouquets, centerpieces, and floral arrangements to enhance the garden-inspired theme.

Navy, Yellow, and White

If you want summer wedding colors that are timeless and chic, this is the perfect color combination for you. Inspired by coastal themes, this color palette is perfect for weddings at the Hampshire House due to the location in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. In fact, the Charles River is just steps away from our front door, so many couples take advantage of the scenic waterfront with their photographer. As an added bonus, this upscale, sophisticated palette transitions perfectly from outdoor photo ops to an elegant indoor reception at the Hampshire House.

Navy and white will be the basis for this timeless, chic color palette. By adding in a splash of yellow, the combination of tones has a sunny, summery feel that’s perfect for this season. Because all of the colors in this palette are so classic and simple, you’ll have less trouble trying to find matching shades for things like bridesmaid dresses, tablecloths, invitations, and flowers. In addition, your photos will always have an undeniably timeless look.

Blush, Gold, and Burgundy

If you want a summer wedding that’s reflects the season while still feeling formal, choose this color palette. The combination is particularly sophisticated, stylish, and luxurious, especially with rich, shiny touches of gold scattered throughout your décor. The blush is summery and warm without being too flowery or bright, and the hints of burgundy add a bit of dramatic elegance to the feel of the event.

This color combination is a favorite for upscale evening receptions at summer weddings. It makes an excellent fit for the Hampshire House in Boston due to the venue’s stunning and timeless details such as crystal chandeliers, Italian marble, and carved oak paneling.

Keep your summer wedding looking fabulous and perfectly fit for the season by choosing from these versatile wedding color combinations. With these unique and stylish options, it’s easy to find a great fit for your style. Use these palettes as inspiration for making the dream wedding you’ve been planning finally come to life.

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Baby Shower Planning Checklist

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If your daughter, sister, or best friend has a new baby on the way, throw an event to remember with the help of Hampshire House’s baby shower checklist. With sweet treats, a pretty venue, and fun shower activities, the mom-to-be will love being celebrated by her closest friends and family. If you are leading the charge for the baby shower planning, here is a checklist to ensure that you cover all of the little details.

Three to Four Months Ahead of Time:

  • Pick a Date — It is generally ideal to host a shower a month or two before the baby’s due date. Think about the time of year and whether you want to take advantage of a cozy fire on the Hampshire House’s third floor in the winter or stroll through the Boston Public Gardens after the affair in the spring or summer.
  • Make a Guest List — While you want to leave the new mom with as few details as possible, it is important to get a sense of who she wants to have at her shower. Will it be coed? Is it for extended family and coworkers or just close friends? Let the mom-to-be make these decisions.
  • Contact the Venue —If you don’t already have a venue in mind, now’s the time to organize a list and make some visits. Hampshire House will work with you to find an available date for your special event, but we generally recommend getting in touch several months ahead of time to ensure that your date and desired space is free.
  • Order or Design Invitations — Once you’ve picked the date, time, and venue, you can order the invitations. It’s important to note that many graphic designers and online invitation services require several weeks for personalization and shipping, so getting your invites ahead of time is key!

 

Two Months Ahead of Time

  • Plan the MenuWhether you’re looking for light finger foods or a plated meal, the Hampshire House has a variety of delicious items that will satisfy all palates, even pregnancy cravings! Coordinate an elegant brunch or an upscale tea party or opt for a more relaxed gathering in the afternoon. This is also the best time to contact your preferred baker or sweet shop to place a dessert order.
  • Coordinate the Activities — If your party has a theme, consider that in developing the shower games and activities. One fun idea is to have all of your guests bring pictures of themselves as babies and have a guessing contest to see who is who. Another option is to have the parents answer 20 questions about their new baby and then compare their answers at the shower.
  • Delegate Key Roles — Make sure that your friend with the best Instagram account is in charge of taking photos of the party and the pregnant mommy, and coming up with a clever hashtag! You should also designate someone to record gifts as they are opened so that your guest of honor will have all of the information ready for thank you notes.

 

Six Weeks Ahead of Time

  • Send Out Invitations — At least six weeks before the event, you’ll want to make sure the invitations are in the mail. This will give you enough time to collect the RSVPs and make final adjustments based on head count.
  • Coordinate Décor — If necessary, take a second walk-through of the event to ensure that you have décor for all the important surfaces and areas of the room. If you intend to order fresh flowers from the florist, make sure to get your order in at least six weeks prior to the event, and even earlier if you are planning a larger shower.

 

The Week of the Shower

  • Check in with the Venue — Contact the venue to make sure that everything is organized for the big day. If you have extra vendors coming (for example, a live band or a photographer) you’ll also want to solidify details with them early in the week. If you intend to have desserts or flowers delivered, ensure that the venue knows to expect them before the event begins.
  • Pick up Final Finishes — Décor and food items that have to wait until the last minute, such as helium balloons and baked goods, should be coordinated in advance.
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Vintage Wedding Guide

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If you’re planning a vintage-inspired wedding, set the perfect backdrop to your special day with the help of Hampshire House. Our turn-of-the-century, five-story Georgian revival home in the center of Beacon Hill will add an air of old-school elegance to your entire event. Vintage weddings are the perfect choice for the couple who loves a classic ambiance with a bit of an eclectic feel, and our special space makes the perfect backdrop for your vintage vision.

Choosing a Vintage Venue

If you’re looking for a unique venue that’s well-suited for a vintage-style wedding, consider choosing a historical setting with architectural features that set the stage. Choosing an indoor setting complete with elaborate woodwork and stunning chandeliers will help you take some of the guesswork out of planning, since you won’t have to recreate the old-fashioned vibe with costly décor rentals. Choose a venue that allows you to decorate freely with whimsical centerpieces, string lights, and plenty of freshly picked flowers.

Constructed in 1910, the Hampshire House has elegant and timeless architecture that has held up over the years. In its over 100 years of existence, the home has dwelled on Beacon Hill and seen generations of Bostonians filter through its rooms. Overlooking the Boston Public Garden, the mansion offers exceptional views from its upper floors. Warm weather weddings can also take advantage of the location to take some photos in the garden before heading indoors. With elegant crown molding, fireplaces on every floor, eye-catching chandeliers, and enchanting staircases, the antique feel of the Hampshire House is sure to complement any vintage theme.

Vintage Wedding Themes

Although all vintage weddings are united by their ability to pay tribute to old-fashioned elements, there are a variety of different roads you can take with this theme. Here are some of the more popular vintage-inspired wedding styles:

  • Antique Chic — Think all things charming, sweet, and antique! Complement your antique chic vibes with elaborate, Victorian frames, and milk glass centerpieces.
  • Rustic Romance — This theme is a good choice for more laid-back vintage affairs. Capture your rustic, romantic side with mason jars, Edison bulb string lights, burlap, and birdcage centerpieces.
  • Free-Spirited Formal — Celebrate your whimsical, free-spirited side when you implement tons of colorful wildflowers, vintage suitcases, flower crowns, and macramé.
  • Old-School Industrial — You can also give your vintage theme a less flowery vibe when you implement hints of retro-inspired industrial charm into your décor. Add filament bulbs and aluminum vases for a style straight from the Industrial Age.

 

Touches that Set the Stage

If you decide to go all out with vintage inspirations, consider a few different areas to enhance the effect. Vintage wedding dresses that are refurbished by a local designer or seamstress can add an authentic touch. If you want a new dress, look for elements of lace or a 1920s silhouette to evoke the vintage feel. Additionally, you can accessorize with hats, combs, and jewelry depending on which era speaks to you the most. In your event’s décor, look at incorporating color palettes that draw from rose, mint, gold, and other timelessly fashionable colors into your linens, china and centerpieces.

 

 

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Hosting a Bridesmaids’ Brunch

Photography by Abby Lorenz. www.abbylorenzphotography.com.
Photography by Abby Lorenz. www.abbylorenzphotography.com.

Hosting a Bridesmaids’ Brunch to Remember

Just before you walk down the aisle, take a moment to honor and thank your closest friends who have supported you throughout your life. A bridesmaids’ brunch is a wonderful way to give a heartfelt thank-you to your bridal party. Take it as a way to unwind and begin to enjoy the festivities of the wedding itself. Typically, these luncheons are held the day before or the morning of your wedding. However, if you plan something much earlier, you can use a bridesmaids’ brunch or luncheon as a sweet and memorable way to ask your best girlfriends to be a part of your wedding.

The bridesmaids’ brunch has long been a Southern tradition, and Hampshire House is the best place to give your event some Southern charm with a New England flair. We have several unique, sophisticated spaces in which to host this event, and our intimate setting makes it all the more memorable. Our staff will work with you to create a custom brunch menu (complete with mimosas, if you so desire) so that you can leave your best girlfriends with a memory they’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Hosting Etiquette and Who to Invite

Bridal brunches are a wonderful way to express your gratitude and unwind amidst all the wedding stress. In order to ensure that you don’t add unwanted strain, choose a venue that will take care of all the finer details for you. Who to invite is completely up to you: keep it small and intimate by inviting the bridesmaids only or open up the invitation to additional girlfriends, moms, and family members.

Sweets, Treats, and the Bridesmaids’ Cake

In addition to the fabulous menus offered at the Hampshire House, consider taking part in the historic cake tradition. A staple of bridesmaid luncheons, this tradition includes serving a cake that is baked with a coin, ring, or thimble inside. The bridesmaid who finds the token in her slice of cake is thought to be lucky in love, and maybe the next to marry. In the Victorian era, this ritual evolved with six different charms attached to ribbons, which would be baked into the cake. Before the cake was sliced, the bridesmaids would each pull a ribbon to get their special charm.

Thoughtful Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

It is customary to give your bridal party gifts for being in your wedding. Consider giving a bracelet or earrings that they can each wear during the ceremony or select a pretty memento for each one that says something about your friendship. Increasingly, brides are also purchasing matching robes for their bridesmaids to get ready in before they put on their dresses. Although many couples still opt to give out their bridal party gifts at the rehearsal dinner, this is a fun and thoughtful option for the bridesmaids’ luncheon, too.

If you want to use a bridesmaids’ brunch as an opportunity to ask your best girlfriends to be a part of your wedding day earlier in the planning cycle, then you can surprise each one with an extra-special card — pick something out pre-printed or have one custom-made with your bridesmaids’ names — and a small token of your appreciation, like a miniature champagne bottle or a customized charm or trinket. With that being said, the brunch is enough of a gift on its own!

An Intimate Ambiance

At the Hampshire House, bridesmaid luncheons are typically hosted on our third floor. In the cozy Thayer room, a fireplace will be made in cooler months to warm up your gathering. From the windows, you can overlook the Boston Public Garden. In warm weather, take a stroll through the garden after your meal to capture some pictures of your bridal party. This intimate ambiance is perfect for smaller groups and provides you with an especially enjoyable backdrop to calm your pre-wedding nerves.

 

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