Wedding Fashion Trend: Classic White Lace

While classic white lace may seem like an old-fashioned wedding trend, with a few modern updates, this vintage detail feels stylish and timely. Whether you want to incorporate a touch of romantic texture through small details or wear all-over lace for a truly antique-inspired look, these tips will show you how to wear classic white lace on your wedding day.

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  • Wear a white lace veil instead of the usual tulle. Even if your dress is otherwise very simple, this will add that touch of romance that you can only get from lace.
  • Go for a vintage white lace dress. Even if that white lace wedding dress seems a bit dated, with some smart tailoring, it can work for your personal wedding style. That hand-me-down dress from your mother or grandmother may work, after all!
  • Make your own lace headband. For a bohemian look, make your own white lace headband to wear around your forehead. Style it with long, loose waves or a simple chignon.
  • Add some interest to your shoes. If you’re wearing a satin or chiffon dress, it will look stunning with a touch of texture on the shoes via classic white lace.
  • Wear it in your hair. For a tiny touch of classic white lace, wear some lace-covered barrettes to add some interest to your wedding day hairstyle.
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Around the City: Boston Esplanade

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Have you ever visited the Boston Esplanade? This unique park is formally known as the Charles River Esplanade, as it is situated right along the banks of the scenic Charles River. While it was first established more than a century ago, the park is still just as popular today as it was back then. Millions of out-of-town visitors and longtime Boston locals alike enjoy strolling along the river’s banks, attending outdoor concerts and even exercising on the Sherbon Street exercise equipment at the Esplanade.

The Boston Esplanade stretches for three miles along the Charles River — which is home to the Head of the Charles Regatta as well as a number of daily runners, bikers and strollers — and it is conveniently located between the popular Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge. It is filled with lush, green pastures and shady trees, as well as a well-maintained walking trail that stretches right alongside the river.

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Active visitors enjoy playing games of pick-up baseball on the Esplanade’s Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields, while those who are interested in boating often set sail on the river itself. If you’re simply looking for a day of relaxation and fun in the sun, you’ll often find people having their own picnics and lounging in the grass with a good book.

The Boston Esplanade is also home to a number of events and activities during the warmer months. The annual Moondance Gala takes place each summer and helps to support the park’s upkeep, while there are also a number of concerts, dances and plays in the covered Hatch Shell. (A number of music events are also hosted in the Hatch Shell throughout the warmer seasons.) Whether you’re looking for a way to take in some of Boston’s famous culture, spend time outdoors with the family or even get some exercise in a scenic space, the Boston Esplanade has it all.

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Fun Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

Looking for a fun and unique theme for your bridal shower? To make sure that your guests are entertained for the whole party, get everyone involved in a creative theme that will make things feel a lot more festive! Here are a few quirky themes for your upcoming bridal shower at Hampshire House.

  • Perfectly Parisian. Add a little joie de vivre to your bridal shower with a French theme that’s classy and whimsical. Use miniature Eiffel Tower sculptures as the centerpieces, give away colorful French macarons as party favors and play Paris-themed Bingo instead of the usual bridal variety.
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  • A Little Bit Country. Who says that country can’t be classy? If your bride-to-be is a fan of country music, add a bit of that down-home charm to her bridal shower. Decorate your party with gingham tablecloths and bouquets of wildflowers, and make sure to use rustic Mason jars for the party favors.
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  • A Taste of the Tropics. If your bridal shower is in the summertime, add a pop of tropical flair to give the party a vacation-inspired twist. Decorate with pink flamingos and Hawaiian leis, serve fruity beverages like Mai Tais and mimosas and order cakes in bright bursts of pink, orange and yellow.
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Featured Vendors: Florists that Work with Hampshire House

Looking for a florist for your upcoming event at Hampshire House? Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, a wedding or even a corporate function, your event will look lush and stylish if you choose one of our acclaimed florists.

Hampshire House has three leading florists who are accustomed to coordinating flower layouts at our venue, and each one comes highly recommended by our staff to ensure you the very best flowers for your occasion. Instead of attempting to track down your own floral shop without the help of recommendations, you can trust that these three floral shops will know just what to do for your occasion at Hampshire House.

Jeri Solomon Floral Design
This highly sought after floral shop is based nearby in Melrose, Massachusetts, and because they frequently work with Hampshire House, they’re very familiar with our event spaces. With a wide array of gorgeous flowers to choose from, you can create the floral arrangements of your dreams when you work with Jeri Solomon.

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Contact Jeri Solomon Floral Design at 781-391-8700 or at info@jerifloraldesign.com.

Mimosa Fresh Floral Design
Mimosa Fresh boasts “stunning events from start to finish,” and that’s just what you’ll get when you choose to work with this renowned floral shop. The florists on staff have an eye for the most modern floral trends, and they will take care of each and every detail when it comes to supplying floral arrangements for your function.July Mimosa

Contact Mimosa Fresh Floral Design at 781-751-0855 or at flowers@mimosastyle.com.

Winston Flowers
Another Hampshire House trusted floral shop is Winston Flowers, a Boston-based studio that specializes in personalized touches and truly high quality flowers. Since 1944, this longtime area flower shop has provided arrangements for all kinds of special occasions. And when it comes to treating Hampshire House guests right, this florist’s creations are some of the best around.

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Contact Winston Flowers at 617-989-6263 or cbransfield@winstonflowers.com.

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Beyond the Basics: Hampshire House Caters Magnificent Menu Options

Beyond the Basics: Hampshire House Caters Magnificent Menu Options

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Are you considering hosting your wedding or other important event at Hampshire House? Our excellent variety of menu options lets hosts customize any event to their unique tastes. Here’s a look at what Hampshire House’s catering menu has to offer.

Starters

Satisfy your guests’ hunger during the cocktail hour with any of these delicious menu items. With so many mouth-watering options, it’s even possible to have an all-appetizers event.

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  • Hors d’oeuvres: Choose from hot and cold options to create a wonderful sampling of delicious foods for your event. Hampshire House offers unique options you won’t find at many other venues, including East Coast-themed bites like miniature lobster rolls and Maryland crab cakes.
  • Displays: A wonderful array of tasty eats can also be arranged in beautiful displays. Options include our Beacon Hill raw bar or hand-rolled sushi.
  • Apps and Salads: Start off your meal with one of these delicious options, like wild mushroom ravioli, chilled cucumber soup or a Boston Bibb lettuce salad.

Entrées

The main dish is what your guests will really remember about your event meal, so make sure it counts by choosing one of these delicious options from Hampshire House.

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  • Brunch Menu: A morning or early afternoon event is perfectly suited to our sweet and savory brunch menu, which includes enticing items like cinnamon brioche French toast, smoked salmon and spinach benedict, and chicken Provençal.
  • Luncheon Entrées: The luncheon menu includes absolutely delicious entrée options like Moroccan chicken with green olives and couscous, cedar-grilled veal chops with Parisian yams and shallot marmalade, and herb-poached halibut with saffron risotto.
  • Dinner Entrées: The tasty dinner menu also includes plenty of unique and flavorful options. The grilled lamb chops with herb-roasted potatoes and thyme rosemary jus is a favorite hearty dish, while the Ras el Hanout seared yellow fin tuna with basmati rice and a mint reduction has a lighter taste. This menu also includes several vegetarian options, such as risotto-stuffed tomatoes with Kalamata olive tapenade and aged balsamic vinegar.
  • Carving Stations: For an ultra-fresh approach to savory meats, include one of Hampshire House’s carving stations at your event. Options include cedar-planked salmon, peppered tenderloin of beef and herb-crusted Chilean sea bass. Each option comes with a delicious sauce, chutney or jus to highlight the distinctive flavors of the dish.
  • Specialty Stations: Individual stations for pasta, risotto, Israeli couscous, gulf shrimp and scallops, and stir fry allow guests to see their food prepared fresh right before their eyes.
  • Sides: Enhance any dish by adding some tasty sides. Some favorites at Hampshire House include caramelized apple and dried cranberry salad, parmesan-crusted rosemary focaccia bread, and sweet corn and sage stuffing.

Dessert

Who can resist a delicious dessert? Almost no one, especially when the options are as tantalizing as these sweet treats from Hampshire House:

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  • Sweets: There are some absolutely mouth-watering dessert options available at our venue, including house-baked chocolate crackle cookies, French macaroons, decadent truffles, chocolate tuxedo-dipped strawberries, exotic fruit martinis and more.
  • Dessert Stations: Add an interactive component to the event by having guests visit dessert stations, such as a donut bar, a mini cupcake station or a country cobbler station.
  • After-Dinner Drinks: From freshly brewed Terrazzo coffee to custom cordial carts, Hampshire house has your after-dinner drinks covered.

Beverages

Hampshire House offers a wide selection of wine, liquor, beer and soft drinks, all of which can be customized to your event. Specialty cocktails and beverage displays can also be arranged.

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Contact Hampshire House to choose the perfect menu for your event.

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Wedding Registry Etiquette

Wedding Registry Etiquette

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Today’s wedding registries aren’t always as straightforward as those from weddings of the past. Be sure to keep these wedding guest registry etiquette topics in mind as you decide how to approach this aspect of your big day.

Consider What You Need

Rule number one with wedding registry etiquette is that even if you feel like you already have everything you need, your guests still want to give you a gift. So take stock of what you have to see if there are any areas you may have overlooked where guests could contribute to your household, such as:

  • Outdoor décor, like landscaping fixtures or patio furniture
  • Tools, like electric saws, lawn mowers and snow blowers
  • Guest room supplies, like extra bedding, an air mattress or spare towels
  • Furniture, like a new bedroom set or a desk for a home office
  • Travel gear, like camping tents or luggage

Make Things Easy

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It’s considered good etiquette to make your wedding registry as simple as possible for your guests. The less work they have to do, the better. Here are some ideas:

  • Have your close family and friends get the word out about where you’re registered. You can also include this info on your wedding website.
  • Choose at least one store with easy online ordering. Offer the option to have gifts shipped directly to your home so guests don’t need to wrap it and bring it to the wedding.
  • Select registry items in a range of prices so every guest can find something that fits their budget.

Creative Registry Solutions

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If you like to think outside the box, you may be interested in offering one of these options for your wedding registry:

  • Honeymoon fund
  • Home fund
  • Baby fund
  • Donations to charity

If you choose one of these registries, it is considered good etiquette to also register at a traditional store too so your more “old-fashioned” guests will have an option that they are more comfortable with.

What Not to Do

Looking to avoid a registry faux pas? These are the big no-no’s when it comes to registering for wedding gifts:

  • Don’t include registry information on your invitations.
  • Don’t ask for cash.
  • Always send a thank you note.

Now that you know all about wedding registry etiquette, you’re ready for the fun part: picking out the items to include on your list!

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Signature Cocktail Ideas for the Creative Couple

Signature Cocktail Ideas for the Creative Couple

One of the hottest wedding trends is specialty cocktails. It’s a great way for brides and grooms to add a personal touch to their event. At Hampshire House, we make sure couples have some tasty themed cocktail options no matter when their event will be held. Here’s a closer look at our seasonal specialty cocktails.

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  • Winter: At a winter wedding, you’ll want something rich and flavorful that evokes the holiday spirit. One of our favorites is the Spiked Hot Cocoa made with Malibu rum since it adds a warm, cozy vibe to the event.
  • Spring: The spring calls for fresh flavors with just a hint of sweetness. Our The Other Flower Martini hits the spot with Hendrick’s gin and St. Germaine getting a splash of freshness from cucumber and lime.
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  • Summer: A thirst-quenching drink is the priority at summer weddings, which is why our Raspberry Peach Sangria is always a hit. It combines fruity flavors with the refreshing lightness of sauvignon blanc.
  • Fall: Fall’s flavors are so distinctive, so it’d be a waste not to tap into them for an autumn wedding. At Hampshire House, our apple and pumpkin cocktails are incredibly popular with wedding guests.

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Which flavor is your favorite? Pick one of these options or have Hampshire House come up with a custom concoction just for your event.

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Three Brands You Didn’t Know Had Bridal Collections

Three Brands You Didn’t Know Had Bridal Collections

While plenty of designers offer more traditional gowns for brides, there are also a number of alternative options available for modern weddings. Here are three brands you might be surprised to learn offer affordable and unique wedding dress options perfect for your Hampshire House wedding:

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  • ASOS: From cute tea-length dresses to lacy boho maxi gowns, ASOS offers a number of fashion-forward looks for brides. In addition to their collection of trendy wedding dress styles, ASOS also has a complete bridal collection that includes accessories, jewelry, lingerie, bags and more.
  • J. Crew: If you love J. Crew’s simple, chic and slightly preppy look, you’ll love their bridal collection. They offer a number of elegant wedding dresses plus a great selection of bridesmaid dresses in stylish designs and modern colors.
  • ModCloth: For those who want a wedding dress that suits their unique style, ModCloth is the place to go. This popular online retailer has some lovely looks that alternative brides will love, including non-white wedding dresses, vintage-inspired bridesmaid dresses and adorable bridal accessories.
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What will your wedding day look be? Check out the selections from these brands for an alternative to the traditional bridal shop.

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Creative Sweetheart Table Ideas

Creative Sweetheart Table Ideas

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Unlike a traditional head table, a sweetheart table is just for the newlyweds. It sets you and your new spouse apart from your guests to enjoy a few moments with just the two of you before the party really gets going. Consider dressing up your sweetheart table with one of these ideas:

  • Hearth Table: Set your sweetheart table right in front of the fireplace in one of our elegant rooms at Hampshire House. Add décor to the hearth to create a picture-perfect backdrop.
  • Initials: Whether you paint wooden letters or find big neon light-up letters, adding your initials to the sweetheart table adds a personalized touch.
  • Seat Signs: Hanging wooden signs that say “Mr.” and “Mrs.” on the backs of your chairs is romantic and sweet.
  • Special Table Coverings: If all your guest tables have the same color linens, consider making the sweetheart table stand out with a different tablecloth. You can find linens in lovely ombre shades or even a tablecloth with a glittery sheen.
  • Unique Chairs: Like the linens, you can also set the sweetheart table apart by using different chairs from the rest of the party, like luxurious cushioned armchairs or even a little loveseat for two.
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At Hampshire House, we can help your sweetheart table stand out on your big day.

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Around the City: Boston Public Garden Feature

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Around the City: Boston Public Garden

Looking for something fun to do during your stay in Boston? The Public Garden is located just steps from Hampshire House and can fill an afternoon with beautiful sights in a relaxing setting.

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The History of Boston’s Public Garden

The Public Garden was established by 1837. It was the first public botanical garden in the country, which is especially fitting considering its adjacent location to Boston Common, the country’s first public park. The garden, which covers 24 acres of land, was designed by famous Boston architect George Frederick Meacham. Forester John Galvin and city engineer James Slade also participated in the planning of the garden. Some of the key features of the park, including the bronze statue of George Washington and the iconic suspension bridge were added in the late 1860s. Boston’s Public Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Notable Garden Features

There are vibrant floral patterns included throughout the park. In fact, there are over 80 species of plants growing there. Visitors often spend hours strolling the meandering paths to view these stunning displays. The lagoon is also a favorite spot in the garden. Though it’s lovely from the shore, even better views are available via a swan boat ride on the lake.

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Weddings in the Garden

Due to the beautiful surroundings, many couples choose to have their wedding held in the Public Garden. Besides those married on site, hundreds of couples use the garden as the perfect romantic backdrop for some of their wedding photos. It’s the perfect place to capture pictures of the happy couple along with their bridal party, family and close friends.

Be sure to add a visit to the Public Garden to your Boston visit itinerary. If you’re already planning a stop at Hampshire House, the garden couldn’t be more convenient to explore.

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