Gingerbread Brunch at the Hampshire House Boston

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Join the Hampshire House in celebrating the holidays by designing and decorating your very own Gingerbread house with candy and frosting. Show off your creativity, and use the historic Beacon Hill landscape as inspiration to build the ultimate gingerbread house this holiday season. Tickets to this event include all of the classic gingerbread house finishings that not only augment the design, but are also sweet to eat.

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Building a beautiful gingerbread house will probably cause you to build up an appetite which is why tickets to this event also include a classic plated brunch in our grand Hampshire House mansion. We have laid out separate menus for both adults and children so that the whole family can be happy. Adults have appetizer options including salty smoked salmon on crisp toasted brioche, and Caesar salad. Entrees for the adults includes nine options among which are the perfect combination of Brahmin grilled beef tenderloin and eggs, and the Beacon omelet consisting of sweet tomatoes, spinach, red jacket potatoes, and breakfast sausage and topped with melted cheddar cheese. Children get to enjoy all the quintessential childhood favorites such as chicken fingers with golden brown French fries and fragrant French toast smothered in authentic maple syrup.

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What’s better than decking the gingerbread halls? Eating it of course! The Gingerbread Brunch at the Hampshire House is $60 per adult and $40 per child. There will be two seating times; 11:30am and 2:00 pm. This event will run every Sunday starting the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 27) to the week before Christmas (December 18) so get in while you can. Tickets include brunch, gingerbread house, tax, and gratuity, but do not include beverages. If you would like to join us for our Gingerbread brunch please call 617-227-9600 or purchase tickets online. Click here for the complete adult menu or here for the children’s menu.

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Hampshire House Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

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Hampshire House is hosting our annual Thanksgiving 3-course dinner on Thursday November 24, 2016 from 12:30pm to 4pm. If you’re looking for a great Thanksgiving Day meal that you don’t have to cook, then look no further than the Hampshire House located in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill. Menu options include all of the great Thanksgiving classics along with other scrumptious seasonal favorites that will leave you feeling grateful.

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Each guest at the Hampshire House will get to choose from two distinct appetizers and three heavenly entrees letting everyone enjoy their own custom meal. Our appetizers include a savory harvest pumpkin bisque with roasted pecans and goat cheese, and a fresh autumn salad featuring native field greens, roasted pumpkin, green apples, cranberries, and Vermont goat cheese. The decision gets even harder with our second course offerings including the traditional oven roasted turkey served with our signature walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts, melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon with rainbow potatoes and garden vegetables, and char-grilled Atlantic salmon with crispy polenta and grilled asparagus.

As tough as it might be, don’t fill up before dessert! Every guest will have the pleasure of enjoying a Thanksgiving dessert sampler that consists of mini cranberry apple crumble tarts, petit cinnamon cheese cake, pumpkin pie, and pecan triangles. Feel like you need to exercise after a great meal? We are conveniently located footsteps from historic Boston Common featuring fabulous fall foliage perfect for an afternoon holiday stroll with family and friends.

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Explore our complete Thanksgiving Day menu here. Thanksgiving Dinner at Hampshire House is $65 per person, excluding tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages. Please call 617-227-9600 or visit Open Table for reservations.

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Hampshire House Enhanced Holiday Menu 2016

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The crispness of fall is in the air which means one thing; the holiday season is just around the corner. What better place to enjoy your favorite holiday this season in Boston than at the Hampshire House. This season, the Hampshire House has released delectable new dishes featuring the great seasonal flavors of fall that everyone loves during the holiday season that will accompany our traditional holiday menu.

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Reception Additions

For a great holiday reception at Hampshire House this season try one of our new hot Hors D’oeuvres such as the sumptuous lobster croquettes that are drizzled with a savory béarnaise sauce, or duck confit and wild mushroom tartlets for that ambrosial small bite. We also are offering flavorful butler passed miniature appetizers including roasted beef tenderloin cooked to perfection accompanied by mashed potatoes, spaghetti vegetables, and a rosemary peppercorn sauce. If fish is more your style we are now serving a  hazelnut crusted diver scallop with acorn squash risotto and black truffle salt for that perfect luxurious touch. And who could forget the perfect pumpkin ravioli served with caramelized winter squash and topped with a sage butter sauce.

Specialty Station

For your special occasion, we are offering a Swiss Roesti station of Swedish style pancakes with any topping that you could want including caramelized winter squash and slow cooked pears and cranberries. This special enhancement will have everyone at your holiday function feeling the magic of the season.

Desserts and Beverages

We’ve saved the best for last; every good holiday meal is concluded with a divine dessert such as our miniature frosted gingerbread cookie sandwiches. If you enjoy an after dinner drink with your dessert, we have classic favorites such as decadent hot cocoa and warm apple cider. You can add an extra kick to your drink with our holiday cocktails including the tiramisu martini consisting of espresso vodka and that perfect blend of amaretto and white chocolate liquor topped with coco powder.

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Whether you are entertaining clients, enjoying time with special family and friends, or planning a corporate outing, Hampshire House’s special events team will oversee every detail to help you plan a flawless event. Please contact our event professionals at 617–227–9600 or via email at events@hampshirehouse.com for more information.

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Go-To Guide to Creating the Perfect Fall Wedding

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Are you planning a fall wedding? Autumn is a beautiful season, especially in New England with the colorful foliage. According to wedding experts The Knot, fall is rapidly becoming a very popular time for weddings. If your wedding will be in the New England area, lucky you! There isn’t any place more magical when the autumn colors are in full display. Here is brief guide to creating the perfect fall wedding.

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Choosing the Right Date for Your Fall Wedding

If part of your wedding day plan is to take romantic photos of your wedding party outside among breathtaking foliage, check online to see when your location will be at peak color. This handy interactive foliage map from New England Today shows you when the peak days are for each of the New England states. In the Boston area, that would be around mid-October.

Working in Seasonal Autumn Themes

There are many places where you can introduce autumn colors, symbols and traditional foods. Wedding invitations and venue décor can include fall colors such as shades of burnt yellow, orange and brown. Deep reds and purples beautifully complement these colors to create an attractive harvest theme. For fall wedding favors, you might consider pumpkin spiced candles and soaps, maple syrup candies, chocolates in the shape of leaves or small jars of apple butter. For a reception menu, there are many seasonal foods such as pumpkin and other squashes, carrots, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds and apple cider.

Dressing for an Autumn Wedding

If you have your heart set on that outdoor foliage photo shoot, you can be prepared for those unexpected fall weather changes by bringing along a warm, attractive shawl. In fact, a basket of shawls or wraps for your wedding party is a smart thing to do and it makes the perfect “thank you” wedding gift for your bridesmaids.

Selecting the Perfect Fall Wedding Venue

If you’re planning an autumn wedding in New England, consider Hampshire House for your special day. This stately historical home overflows with New England hospitality and charm, and it is ideally situated in the heart of Beacon Hill, with breathtaking views of the Boston Public Garden. In addition to the cozy and elegant décor, with roaring fireplaces and grand chandeliers, this exquisite mansion is steps away from what the Boston Discovery Guide calls the #1 place for spectacular fall foliage.

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Five Fun Halloween Touches to Add to Your Fall Wedding

If you’re planning a fall wedding and would like to add some fun Halloween-themed touches, it’s very possible to do this while still having an elegant (and not spooky) wedding. There are many autumn themes and decorative ideas that will conjure this beloved holiday without having macabre skeletons and cobwebs hanging around. Here are 5 fun Halloween touches for your fall wedding.

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  1. Use a Halloween-Inspired Color Theme

Traditional Halloween colors such as black and orange, along with a little green, will strongly call forth the season. You can use these colors in your invitations, decorations, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and table settings.

  1. Table Centerpieces for a Halloween Wedding

Instead of the just the usual floral arrangements, consider adding symbols of the harvest such as pumpkins, gourds and decorative squashes. Wedding favors can also have a Halloween theme, such as little gifts inside a coffin-shaped box. This might include skull-shaped chocolates, red cranberry candles, black and red licorice or masquerade masks.

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  1. Halloween-Themed Cocktails for a Wedding Reception

There are many kinds of specialty cocktails that have a slightly spooky, Halloween vibe. Think of a Bloody Mary or an orange-based drink with an infusion of thick raspberry syrup. Black vodka and triple sec creates a bewitching drink, as does black vodka and cranberry juice. Drinks can be garnished with black olives or red cherries and with coarse orange or red-colored sugar around the rim of the glass. Serve them in Halloween-themed glasses.

  1. Treat Your Guests to a Candy Buffet

Everyone loves candy. If you’re having a Halloween wedding, there will be plenty of seasonal candy available with Halloween themes. Don’t forget traditional favorites like caramel apples and candy corn.

  1. Spooky Photo Shoot

For a unique twist, have a photo booth at the reception that’s decorated with black cats, witches and skeletons. Provide guests with masks and Halloween-themed accessories. Everyone will have fun dressing up and having their pictures taken.

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Hampshire House Hosting Annual Halloween Bash

Hampshire House is hosting its annual Beacon Hill Halloween Bash for those looking for an intimate parlor gathering with delicious food this Halloween holiday.

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On Monday October 31st, 2016 the Hampshire House is holding the Halloween event of the year. This event will include musical performances by the talented Lisa Macalaster and the Walking Blue Band. This epic blues band takes its inspiration from the likes of Paul Butterfield and the band particularly prospers on unique Rock/Blues crossovers from legends such as BB King, Eric Clapton, and J. Geils. These creative stylings will set the scary scene for our intimate gathering in our historic Hampshire House parlor that will perfectly balance the elegance of the night and the whimsy of Halloween.

The event also includes light hors d’oeuvres from our special seasonal menu such as lobster croquettes drizzled with savory béarnaise sauce and delectable duck confit and wild mushroom tartlets. For this event costumes are strongly encouraged of course so feel free to dress up as your favorite comic book character, skeleton, or wicked witch.

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This awesome event is only $15 per person excluding alcoholic beverages and the ticketing fee. If you are interested in joining us for an adult alternative to trick-or-treating on October 31st from 6-9 pm for the Beacon Hill Halloween Bash call us at 617-227-9600 or purchase tickets here.

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What to Include in Your Maid of Honor Speech

Are you the maid of honor at your best friend or sister’s wedding? Do you have to give a speech? The idea of public speaking, even at such a happy event as a wedding, can fill some people with dread. However, if you plan ahead, you’ll absolutely ace it and people will be complimenting you long after. Here are some ideas on what to include in your maid of honor speech.

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An Introduction

Start by introducing yourself and thank the bride and groom (and their families, if appropriate) for including you in their special day. You might also want to begin your speech with a meaningful quote from a song, book or movie that has special meaning for the couple.

Engaging Stories and Anecdotes

Tell everyone how you first met the bride and share special moments you’ve had together, especially those that first came to mind when preparing your speech. Stories that will make people laugh are wonderful, but so are those that are touching and emotional.

Don’t Forget the Groom

Although you likely know your friend or relative much better than her future husband, you should definitely not leave him out of your speech! Share the qualities you love about him and why you think they’re perfect together. Talk about how the couple first met and how their relationship evolved. Again, telling a story is a wonderful way to do this.

End with a Memorable Quote

It is very elegant to begin and end a maid of honor’s speech with a quote from the couple’s favorite movie, book or song that is appropriate and meaningful for them and the assembled guests. Doing this adds a lot of class and sophistication, in addition to giving your speech an even more personal touch.

What to Remember When Writing Your Speech

Keep it short and sweet. Know what you’re going to talk about, so you don’t start to ramble. Avoid using clichéd statements, like how “they’re made for each other.” Make sure your speech comes from the heart and that it reflects your personality and the personality of the couple. Be yourself, but don’t talk about yourself too much! Keep the focus on the happy bride and groom.

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Dine in the Dark this Halloween at Hampshire House

There is no better way to celebrate the annual fright night, Halloween, then dining in the dark at the Hampshire House. This epic experience will take you and your friends on an extraordinary culinary journey of the senses. Once you are blindfolded and can no longer eat with your eyes, your other senses will take over and you’ll begin to enjoy the mouth-watering aromas and taste the silky textures of your sumptuous meal.

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Your night will include a four-course, fine dining menu tasting combined with seasonal music and a narrated story that will tie the whole experience together leaving you wanting more. If you enjoy trying new foods with your friends, then dining in the dark is perfect for you.

Before you dress up in costume and eat a ton of sweets, join us at the Hampshire House for a unique Dining in the Dark experience. For more information on the event click here, or to purchase tickets click here. Note that each ticket is $95 for Sunday October 30th from 6-9pm. Tickets include tax and gratuity, but do not include alcoholic beverages.

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Seven Tips for Planning your Corporate Event at Hampshire House

Planning a successful corporate event requires a great deal of forethought and careful planning. There are many particulars that need to come together in a harmonious way to ensure that all your business associates and guests feel welcomed and well cared for, and that your planned events and activities come off without a hitch. At Hampshire House, Boston’s premiere corporate event destination, our exceptional staff will assist you at every step to create a memorable and triumphant annual company meeting, client dinner, training seminar or business reception. Here are our 7 tips to planning your corporate event at Hampshire House.

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  1. Consider Your Objectives and Goals

Are you planning a business reception with industry professionals to inform and attract new clients? Will this be a special banquet to reward and retain loyal customers, or is it a company celebration to thank employees for their service or acknowledge that you’ve reached a particular milestone? The nature of the event will determine your guest list and the types of activities you’ll be planning.

  1. Create Your Guest List and Think About Special Requirements

After you’ve determined your goals and objectives, you’ll have a better idea of the people you wish to invite. As you list the names, think about any special needs that must be addressed, such as dietary restrictions. You won’t always know these, but if some of the guests are your co-workers and employees, you might know, for example, if there are vegetarians or others with restricted diets. Make a note of these.

  1. List the Planned Activities, Required Equipment, Vendors and Services

Make a list of the types of activities you plan to include in your event. If it is a cocktail reception or banquet dinner, will anyone be giving a speech beforehand? Are there employee awards to be given out or will you be making a special presentation? If so, you will need audio/visual equipment to be set up in the room. If you will be demonstrating products or giving a slideshow presentation, list the equipment required for that as well. List other vendors that may be required, such as florists, photographers and musicians.

  1. Find the Best Venue for Your Event

That would be Boston’s Hampshire House, of course! Conveniently located in historic Beacon Hill in the heart of Boston, Hampshire House boasts breathtaking views of the Boston Public Garden. Our classic New England mansion features state-of-the-art amenities such as complete audio visual services, wireless high-speed internet and valet parking in elegant, luxurious and comfortable surroundings. Our corporate events menu is second to none, created by Hampshire House Executive Chef, Markus Ripperger. We are a popular destination for corporate events with up to 500 attendees.

  1. Contact our Corporate Event Coordinator

To discuss and plan your corporate event, you can call us at 617.227.9600 or send us an email. To expedite the process, we have a convenient corporate inquiry form, where we ask about the details of your event such as the preferred date, type of event, number of guests, meals, room set-up and required audio visual equipment. This will help our event planner and the rest of our team to create the perfect event to fit your requirements. When you’ve planned your event and the activities, send out your invitations, keeping track of all those who R.S.V.P for a final guest count.

  1. Confirm Vendors and Establish Procedures and Timing

Working with our corporate event planner, set up and confirm the necessary outside vendors for your event, such as event designers, florists, photographers and entertainers. See our preferred vendors for suggestions. Create a schedule of events with timing, allowing for any opening ceremony or speeches, leisurely meals, meet-and-greet receptions and breaks. Build-in additional timing to allow for unexpected delays. This will ensure that your event runs smoothly.

  1. Get Your Staff On-Board

Organize your co-workers who will have certain responsibilities at the event, such as giving speeches, presenting a slideshow or hosting an award ceremony. Make sure that everyone knows what they’re supposed to be doing and when. This will greatly reduce stress, so that everyone can have an enjoyable time.

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Host Your Holiday Celebration at Hampshire House

Holidays are special times when friends and families come together to celebrate the season and the warmth of each other’s company. For businesses, it’s a chance to show their appreciation to clients, customers and employees. If you’re planning a special holiday event, Hampshire House is a popular destination. What better location to honor tradition than at our historic, turn-of-the-century mansion in Beacon Hill? Built in 1910, our five-story Georgian revival townhouse is an elegant, luxurious and extremely comfortable setting with gorgeous views of the Boston Public Garden. It is the perfect venue for a warm and inviting holiday party.

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World-Class Dining and Hospitality at Hampshire House

In addition to being beautifully decorated for the season with the cozy warmth of roaring fires, you and your guests can enjoy exquisite dining, with seasonal specialties created by Hampshire House Executive Chef, Markus Ripperger. Our service and attention to detail is unsurpassed, and our special events coordinator will help you to plan the perfect holiday celebration that your guests will be raving about for a long time.

For more information, please call us at 617.227.9600 or send us an email. You can also request information or inquire about the availability of a particular date by filling out our information request form.

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