Hollywood Style Wedding Ideas to Keep you Warm this Winter

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Few things are as enchanting as Boston in the winter. The way the streetlamps glitter along the sidewalk, how the trees twinkle with holiday lights in the Public Garden, and the beauty of a fresh dusting of snow offer a romantic feel you won’t find elsewhere.

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Hampshire House, steeped in elegant tradition, is located right on the public garden, a perfect backdrop for a Hollywood-style wedding. Our five-story mansion, built in 1910, evokes a classic glamour reminiscent of vintage Hollywood.

Share the big news with your guests using save-the-date cards and invitations in the shape of movie tickets. They’ll be so excited to celebrate your intimate affair. Continue the theme when showing them to their tables by mounting their place cards into small gold frames. When deciding on wedding favors, consider a photo of the beautiful couple in a Hollywood clapboard frame.

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Since you’re the star of your wedding day, have some fun during your photo shoot by exiting your limo on to a red carpet lined with your family and friends. Wave to the paparazzi as the two of you make your grand entrance into the foyer.

For your centerpiece, adorn monochromatic bouquets with delicate lace and Swarovski crystals for a classic look. Or, if you’d like something more dramatic, gently drape strings of pearls on individual antique candelabras. The candles will give each table a captivating glow. You can also include framed photos of your favorite Hollywood legends, such as Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Marylyn Monroe.

During the reception, keep your guests dancing all night with music from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Add to the nostalgia with a vintage popcorn makers or rent an old-fashioned photo booth so guests can take photographs and bring them home as keepsakes.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate a Hollywood wedding even during Boston’s cold winter, giving you and your guests a magical night you’ll never forget.

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Hampshire House’s Classic and Traditional Wedding Packages

Nestled in the heart of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, Hampshire House offers panoramic views of the Public Garden, a spectacular setting for your upcoming wedding. The moment your guests enter our gracefully appointed foyer with its elegant spiral staircase, they’ll realize they’re about to embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Let us pamper you on your wedding day with one of our elegant wedding packages. Your guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres while they sip cocktails by the fireplace. Treat them to traditional New England fare, such as miniature lobster rolls with fresh chives, clam chowder, wood-grilled lamb served on flatbread or assorted caviar atop toasted rye canape. Or mix up your selection to include coconut tempura Shrimp with a peppered strawberry dipping sauce, tuna tartar with mango and avocado, or beef tenderloin with Anaheim chili aioli. While the hors d’oeuvres are being passed, guests can help themselves to our display items, such as a local and sustainable cheese board, roasted vegetable antipasto or apple and cranberry brie en croute.

Following the champagne toast, you and your guests will be treated to a full sit-down dinner including your choice of appetizer, salad and an entrée. Our scrumptious selection of entrées includes a cedar-grilled veal chop, herb-crusted rack of lamb, Maine lobster, yellow fin tuna served over basmati rice, cardamom sautéed shrimp and scallops and many, many more. Our extensive menu also includes vegetarian and gluten free options.

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Our first package, the Classic Beacon Hill Wedding package, includes your choice of five passed hors d’oeuvres, one display item, one hour open bar and a champagne toast. Your full sit-down dinner includes wine served at the table as well as fresh-baked rolls. And finally, a customized wedding cake for dessert, served with coffee and tea.

Our Traditional Wedding package offers more of a selection and includes seven passed hors d’oeuvres, your choice of two display items, and a five-hour open bar.

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What makes our packages so popular is the ability to customize your menu with our additional enhancements. You can include a raw bar with jumbo Gulf shrimp, littleneck clams, oysters and half lobster tails; a sushi bar with delicious hand-rolled sushi; or a bruschetta table, filled with fresh crostini and toppings.

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Hampshire House Engagement Celebration – January 26, 2017

engagement-celeb-buttonYou’re engaged! Congratulations! Now that you have shared with friends and family the romantic story of how you got engaged and fulfilled the many requests to “see the ring,” it is time to start thinking ahead to how you want to celebrate your big day. There is no doubt that planning a wedding is an exciting time. After all, if you’re the bride-to-be who has been dreaming of this day since you were little, the moment is finally here. Once you start to think ahead, however, to all that you have to do — book vendors, pick out a dress, find a venue, decide on the cake, and the list goes on — it’s normal to start feeling a bit overwhelmed. The experienced team at Hampshire House understands; that is why each year we host our Engagement Celebration to give you an opportunity to view our enchanting facilities, get inspiration and to meet with many vendors from the area that can help make your wedding day uniquely yours. This year’s Engagement Celebration takes place Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

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The Hampshire House is one of Boston’s premier wedding venues and reception locations. The turn-of-the-century mansion was designed by architect, Ogden Codman, and abounds with time-honored architectural features including Italian marble, carved oak paneling, crystal chandeliers and tall Palladian windows. Reading about all the charm and luxurious details is has to offer doesn’t compare to visiting it in person. During our annual Engagement Celebration, we allow you to experience the exquisite setting first-hand so you can get a better understanding of why so many couples choose the Hampshire House to be the backdrop of their wedding.

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As you walk through the venue, you will get the opportunity to see what it looks like dressed up for a special event, and experience our food and drink options. Whether you envision an intimate champagne brunch or an elaborate evening multi-course reception, we will discuss what we can offer. You will also be able to meet with the Hampshire House sales team face-to-face to ask questions. We do not just hand out pamphlets and brochures; we are here to answer specific questions and concerns you may have. Couples are busier than ever, that is why we have also invited many of the area’s trusted wedding vendors to be in attendance. You will be able to chat with floral, entertainment, cake, photography, invitation vendors and more. The goal is for you gain a lot of information in a short period of time, and to give you the opportunity to book with vendors or to set up an appointment to meet with them at a later date.

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In addition to being the area’s most sought-after wedding-day venue, we also host many other wedding-related events, such as engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding showers.

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Join us on January 26, 2017. We look forward to meeting you and giving us the opportunity to show you why the Hampshire House is so special. By the end of the evening, we are sure you will agree.

Please RSVP: Click Here or Call 617-854-7628

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Must Haves for a New Year’s Wedding

New Year’s Eve can be the perfect time for a wedding especially if you are someone who is really into magical themed weddings. Hampshire House has you covered with a list of must-haves that will help you plan your New Year’s Eve wedding in Boston:

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Confetti and SparklersThese are two mainstays of any typical New Year’s Eve celebration so you definitely want to incorporate them into your theme. Surround your stage with sparklers and give your guests confetti to welcome the newly joined bride and groom as they enter the wedding hall.

Champagne, Gold, and GlitterA great color scheme for a New Year’s Eve wedding will most certainly include a combination of sparkling gold and silver, but don’t forget to add those little touches of glamorous glitter to give your wedding an extra luxurious touch. Of course, no New Year’s or wedding celebration is complete without a celebratory champagne toast to honor the special couple.

A Midnight Kiss Everyone remembers kissing that special someone as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve so take advantage of this motif and have your friends and family surround you as you celebrate not only your nuptials but also the new year.

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Can’t Miss Winter Events Around Boston

The Hampshire House is a mainstay and premier wedding venue located in historic Beacon Hill in Boston, and we want to help you to fully enjoy you winter season with a list of great events taking place around the city of Boston this year.

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  • Lighting the City – Every year Boston officially kicks off the holiday season when the mayor hosts the Boston holiday lighting ceremony on Boston Common. On Thursday December 1st from 4-8pm Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh will be joined by Santa Claus lighting the spectacular large Christmas tree and 80+ other trees with astonishing holiday lights.
  • Twirling on the Ice – Want to try your hand (or feet) at a triple axel, then Boston’s Frog Pond is the perfect spot for you. From mid-November to mid-March this historic Boston Common pond freezes over for families of all ages to enjoy for just $6 per person. What better way to spend a chilly holiday night then with your friends and family overlooking Boston’s historic Beacon Hill surrounded by gorgeous holiday-lit trees.
  • Enjoying the Nutcracker – The classic holiday tale, Boston Ballet: the Nutcracker, comes to life before your eyes from November 25th thru December 31st at Boston’s remarkable opera house. The Nutcracker was originally performed by Tchaikovsky and is now performed by renowned ballet troupes all over North America.

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  • Building a Snowman in the Park – Grab your gloves, scarf, and a few friends and head down to one of Boston’s open, expansive parks and build your very own snowman with corncob pipe and carrot nose. Two great places to do this include the Boston Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
  • Boston’s First Night – Bring your year to a spectacular close by joining in on the celebration at First Night Boston, a citywide New Year’s Day classic event since 1976 – the longest of its kind. There will be various entertainers, custom ice sculptures, fireworks, and of course some of the most delicious food that Boston has to offer. The event takes place on Saturday December 31st from noon to midnight. For more information click here.
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What to Consider When Planning a Wedding during the Holidays

Planning a wedding anytime of the year has its challenges with many big decisions to be made, but perfecting a wedding schedule during the busy holiday season can be even harder to properly plan the big event. Here is a list of pros and cons to consider if you are contemplating planning your wedding nuptials during the holidays.

Reasons to Plan a Holiday Wedding

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  • Guest Availability – many people save their vacation time during the holidays to combine with their paid time off from work so the ability for guests to take time off for your wedding is higher if it is planned between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Keep in mind that you will want to schedule your holiday wedding far in advance to give your guests as much notice around planning your wedding into their busy holiday schedules.
  • More Time for a Honeymoon – building off of the last point, the bride and groom also will have more time available to plan a much deserved, extended honeymoon.
  • Winter Wonderland Theme – the holidays allow for you to plan a themed wedding highlighting some of your favorite holiday traditions like snowflakes, candy canes, and chocolate. The Hampshire House is prepared with custom, festive decorations adding that perfect elegant tough to your holiday wedding.

Reasons Not to Plan a Holiday Wedding

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  • The Busy Holiday Season – although guests will have more time off, they may already have plans to spend with their family during the holidays. If you are planning to have all of your closest friends and family at your holiday wedding you will want to give them at least 6 months’ notice of your event.
  • Busy Venue Schedule – the premier venues like Hampshire House have very busy holiday booking schedules as guests are looking to plan weddings, corporate outings, and family parties. If you want to make sure that your venue is open on your desired date, you will want to schedule you wedding well in advance.
  • December is Expensive – December is already one of the most expensive months for people between holiday gifts and parties so planning or attending a wedding could be a stretch. The best way to combat this would be to layout a strict budget for yourself that incorporates what you want to spend on your wedding while accounting for your annual gift purchases.

Whether you determine that a holiday wedding is right for you or not, the Hampshire House is here to help you plan one of the biggest days of your life in Boston. For more information, contact us at 617-227-9600 or at events@hampshirehouse.com.

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Hampshire House to Hold Annual BHCA Garlands & Greens

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On Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, the holidays come alive each year in traditional décor with festive floral garlands and bright red bows to line the streets and decorate the town’s 1,100 historic gas lamps. This year marks the 21st season that Thomas A. Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House, sponsors this event. Prior to 1995, the local shop-owners decorated the Hill. Since then the community has embraced this recent tradition and increased self-led efforts to decorate Beacon Hill each year.

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In total, the annual effort to decorate Beacon Hill involves 1,100 gas lamp posts, 2,680 yards of garlands, 2,400 red bows, over 100 volunteers, over 200 sponsors, 20 ladders, and the entire community. Businesses and individuals can help by attending the Garlands & Greens event on Wednesday, November 16. Additional support includes pole sponsorship, where businesses or individuals can sponsor a gas lit lamppost and garland. The total cost to decorate all 1,100 poles is $14,000. Pole sponsorship starts at $30 per pole, and multiple poles can be sponsored by one individual or business. More information can be found on the BHCA website.

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To raise funds for the seasonal decorations, the Beacon Hill Civic Association holds a gala event, the BHCA Garlands & Greens, a Holiday Gathering. In addition to access to the lovely turn-of-the-century mansion of Hampshire House, the event includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and prize drawings. This year we are excited to have live music performed by local jazz musicians Lisa Macalaster and Richard Pierce.

The annual tradition of decorating historic Beacon Hill with traditional floral garlands and festive red bows takes the community to produce, and gives back so much to the community. The decorations are a beacon to the city, and bring in visitors to our community to view our efforts, buy gifts in our shops and dine in our establishments. It is a tradition that the BHCA and the community are proud to nurture each year.

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Decorating Days on Beacon Hill have become a community effort, which includes raising funds for the garlands and bows, as well as assembling and putting up those garlands and bows on our cherished gas lamps lining the streets all over the hill. This year decorating days will take place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 by BHCA and the community. After the season there will be Undecorating Days on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 where volunteers meet for a pancake breakfast at the Hampshire House before taking to the streets of Beacon Hill to take down the garlands and bows that brought so much cheer to the holiday season.

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Full Event Schedule and Sponsorship Information: 

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Winter Wonderland Wedding Ideas

In the lane (or in this case in Boston’s Beacon Hill) snow is glistening which means one thing; winter has arrived. At Hampshire House we host premier weddings all year long at our historic Boston venue. If you’re worried about planning the perfect winter wedding, have no fear! Here are five essential trends to incorporate for the perfect winter wonderland wedding.

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Don’t be Afraid to Experiment with Bold Colors

Just because those cold winter days can get dark and dreary doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a color palette of winter whites, greens, and reds. Instead, use bright, bold colors to contrast the exterior such as mango orange or key lime that will allow you to enjoy the winter cold outside and the warmth of the tropics inside.

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Choose Stylish Bridesmaid Dresses, but be Mindful of the Weather

Throw out those classic rules that state you should wear certain fabrics depending on the time of the year that you’re getting married, and choose a panache bridesmaid dress style that you really love. Go out on a limb and choose a silk, strapless dress that is elegant and timeless. Keep in mind that it is typically cold in the winter so provide your bridesmaids with a sweater or other cover-up option.

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Create a Cozy Reception Space

There a plenty of ways to make your wedding venue warm and cozy during those cold winter months. Experiment with a unique array of candles that will add a romantic glow to the ambiance of the space and contrast the darkness of the outside. Also consider incorporating softer textures into your theme such as velvet or bows tied around all of the guest chairs.

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Incorporate the Holidays with your Guest Favors

Everyone is feeling the holiday cheer so why not incorporate it into your wedding favors to give your guests an extra smile. Consider including custom hot chocolate ingredients in a sophisticated mason jar, or combine the classic red and white of a candy cane with a warm, sweet-smelling candle. Another delightful idea are holiday ornaments. Create a custom, heart-warming ornament that your guests can hang on their trees every year and remember the great time that they celebrating your wedding day.

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Book the Perfect Transportation

End your night with the perfect exit; consider renting a horse drawn carriage that will take you back to your childhood as you ride off to your honeymoon with the one you love.

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Hampshire House is the perfect place to host your luxurious winter wonderland wedding in Boston. For more details, please call 617-227-9600 or contact us at events@hampshirehouse.com.

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How to Plan the Best Off-site Company Holiday Party

As the year comes to a close, there is no better way to thank your employees than throwing a fabulous holiday party with the Hampshire House. The holiday season is always hectic with long shopping lists, family gatherings, and work so let us help you plan your annual corporate holiday party with these great tips and details.

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The earlier that you can book a big corporate holiday party like this the better. We would recommend that you start planning your holiday party 4-5 weeks in advance of the event date. Keep in mind that with the busy holiday season, prestigious venues fill up quickly so you’ll want to make sure that you have a solid plan in place. Here are the five biggest details that you should be planning to make sure that your company holiday party goes off without a hitch:

Food – Probably the second most important thing other than the venue is the food and beverages that you plan to serve at your event. You’ll want to make sure that you have a good estimate of how many attendees that there will be accounting for additional plus ones. You will want to make sure that there are ample food and beverage options and be sure to take into account any special dietary restrictions that anyone in your party might have. At the Hampshire House we offer a full, distinctive menu from hors d’oeuvres to lasting memory desserts. Some highlights from our menu include the creamy lobster macaroni and cheese, melt-in-your-mouth tuna tartar with mango and avocado, and decadent, homemade chocolate truffles.

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Program – All great company parties typically follow some sort of schedule that is best outlined in a passed out program to make sure that all of the events such as an award ceremony or seated dinner get their due time. Within the program be sure to describe the desired attire for the event so that no one is confused on what to wear on the day of the event.

Prizes – The holiday season is a time to celebrate those members of your team that worked hard all year. In addition to any monetary incentives that the company might be handing out to some of its exemplary employees think of some other little gifts that will add that extra personal touch. To keep the whole group involved, consider holding a special raffle for a desirable prize.

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Favors – As a thankyou gift for all of those that attended the holiday bash favors are always a phenomenal idea. These favors can be small and not cost a lot, but they will definitely help your guests leave with a smile.

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Planning your company’s holiday party this year? Let Hampshire House help take all the stress away with the help of our distinguished event planners. Contact us at the Hampshire House by phone at 617-227-9600 or via email at events@hampshirehouse.com

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Exclusive Book Signing with Elin Hilderbrand

Come celebrate the holiday season on Monday, November 28, 2016, as the Hampshire House welcomes New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand to an exclusive book-signing event for her new release, Winter Storms. The event will take place from 6–8 p.m. at the historic Beacon Hill location. We will be serving seasonal, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar will be available. There is no admission fee to this great holiday event.

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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill will be offering autographed versions of Elin’s novel to purchase, online or in-store at the event, for use at the signing. Please note that attendees may not bring in books purchased from another bookseller, and proof of purchase from Blackstone’s is required for autographing at this event.

Winter Storms is the third and final novel in Hilderbrand’s Winter Street trilogy that follows the heartwarming Quinn family as they celebrate a holiday unlike any other during a once-in-a-century blizzard. This novel is perfect for the cold, wintery nights curled up by the fire, and is sure to be a hit follow-up to the first two New York Times bestsellers in the series. USA Today reviewed the novel as “A holiday package filled with humor, romance, and realism.”

Elin Hilderbrand is the author of 18 novels, including Here’s to Us which debuted at number three on the New York Times Bestsellers list. She graduated from John’s Hopkins University, and now lives in Nantucket.

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If you’re a fan of the Quinn family trilogy and want to spend this holiday season gift wrapped in this great novel, you won’t want to miss this spectacular event at the Hampshire House. Please RSVP by contacting our event professionals at 617–854–7628 or via email at catering@hampshirehouse.com.

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