Come Check Out Our Updated Event Space!
Have you checked out our venue for an event and thought, “Oh, it might be too big, I just need something for a small group?”
Trust us, we understand! A venue that can host up to 350 guests in our main reception space would be a bit too big for your bridal shower, luncheon or family event celebrating a birthday. Which is why we are so excited to announce that we now have another event space on property!
For the last few years, our barn had been used for some storage and office space. But we decided it was time to turn it into a space to hist some of those smaller events we get asked about often. And we have to say, it turned out great.
Between the downstairs bar area to the dining space on the upper level that can host up to 120, it is a perfect space for your smaller event. Our favorite part? The outdoor deck off the dining space that includes gorgeous mountain views!
So, if you have been looking for a place to host a shower, corporate event, birthday party or even a dance lesson, come check us out and ask to see our barn. We are excited to be able to offer this space to you for your event!
What Kind of Send-Off Should You Do?
You’ve planned just about every single detail of your wedding, from the ceremony layout, to centerpieces, speech order and everything in between. But have you thought about a send-off?
One big thing to keep in mind when it comes to your send-off is asking your venue what you can do? With fire bans, sparklers are not always allowed, and confetti and glitter can add on a clean up fee to your invoice. So, to help you think of some creative ideas, we have put together a fun list below.
Bubbles are by far one of the most popular options for a send-off! They are perfect for a send-off no matter the season and are fun for both adults and children. Not to mention, they don’t make a mess like sparklers and confetti.
Having all your guests’ wave glow sticks at the end of the night for your send-off is such a fun idea we have been seeing more often. You can have the glow sticks out for the dance floor and then transition them for the end of the night as well.
If you want your guests to wave something at your send-off that isn’t a glow stick, ribbon wands are a great option! You can also get them in your wedding colors to tie everything together.
In a little nod to traditional wedding bells, this send-off idea is a spin-off of the
classic church bell idea. Doubling as a party favor, you can attach ribbons in your wedding colors to them or add personalized tags with your wedding date.
Holiday Season is Upon Us!
Summertime is finally here! The sun is out, kids are on break from school and we are taking our summer vacations with our families. But believe it or not, the holiday season will be here before you know it!
It’s hard to wrap our heads around the idea that we will have to start planning for the holidays soon. And for those that are in charge of the annual parties, either company or personal events, we have some ideas below for you to help you with the planning process!
Pick a theme
A fun way to get people in the mood to party is to host one with a theme. Whether it be a winter wonderland or a masquerade party, a good theme is key to hosting a fun event! Think about what kind of vibe you want for the party, what you can do with decorations, how you can incorporate your food into the theme.
Have a fabulous spread
As mentioned above, think of the opportunities you can do to incorporate great food into your party. For example, with a winter wonderland inspired party, you can serve frozen drinks with a fun name, snowman cookies & cupcakes, a “cold cuts” platter of meats and cheeses. The opportunities are endless!
Think about your décor
The right décor is a huge part of a fun holiday party. Whether you use poinsettias, mini trees, twinkle lights or go all out and create the North Pole, the possibilities are truly endless! And you can do this on a budget, just get crafty and have fun with it!
Find the perfect venue
The key to pulling your party together is finding the perfect venue. One that can hold all your guests, that has the feel for the party you are planning and that can assist you with pulling your whole event together! We know that planning a company holiday party can be overwhelming, especially finding a place that can hold over 100 people. But here at Brookside Gardens, we can happily host 350 of your guests! And we work with amazing caterer’s that can help you bring your food dreams to life.
While it seems early, the holiday season books up quickly so make sure to reach out so we can assist you with your party planning needs!!
Top 3 Tips For Choosing Your Bridesmaids Dresses
Last week we talked all about the most important dress that will be in attendance at your wedding… YOURS! This week, we are chatting about the dresses that are made to compliment your gorgeous gown, the bridesmaid’s dresses. There can be a lot of questions that run through your mind when considering what you would like your ladies to wear. How do I know what color to choose? Should they all match? Should they all be different? What about the maid of honor? Not to fret, we are here to help!
First, you will want to think about what color you would like the dresses to be. Most commonly, this is one of your accent colors. However, some of the recent trends suggest selecting something a bit bolder and more unexpected such as white or black. Which direction you choose to go is entirely up to you.
Second, consider when envisioning the dresses is whether you would prefer long or short. Or maybe something in between? An important factor in making this decision is the weather. Will you be inside or outside? What is the temperature likely to be? Is there a good chance it will be windy? Be sure to select a length that fits with the environment your photos will be taken in.
Third, it is important to know your girls. What are they comfortable in? What would they like? Though I am not suggesting you ask for the open-ended opinions of every person in your bridal party, you might want to consider asking the opinion of your maid of honor or getting feedback on a specific idea you have. It will go a long way for you to select something that all your bridesmaids can feel comfortable in. This usually entails steering clear of low-cut necklines and high leg slits.
We hope you find these tips helpful in choosing the perfect dress for your best girls to wear on the big day!
Mix and Match, or Mismatched???
To wrap up our 3-part series on dresses, let’s address the fun trend of mixing and matching your girls’ attire. While this can add some visual depth to your photos and allow your party the chance to have some say in their gowns, it can also make for an unintentionally messy look if not done properly. To avoid this catastrophe, choose only one aspect of the dress to be different among the women.
COLOR – The first component that you may consider changing up is the color of the dresses, rather this means different shades of the same hue, or a palette where each maid boasts her own color is entirely up to you. However, they should remain cohesive with colors used throughout the entirety of you wedding. If you choose to have your bridesmaids where different colors, the material and style of the gown should remain the same across the board.
STYLE – The second way in which you might consider switching up the dresses is by allowing there to be a variety of styles. This could mean that each girl is wearing a style of their choice. Or the maid of honor has a slightly different style, while the rest of the women share the same style. Both are great! When choosing to switch up the style of your girl’s dresses, you will want to make sure that the length, color, and fabric are all the same.
MATERIAL – The last way in which you might consider adding some variety to your girls’ dresses is by utilizing some different material to create a textured look. With so many options out there from lace to satin to chiffon, this can prove to be a fun and different way to make things your own! Again, you will want to make sure all other aspects, such as style and color, are the same, in order to prevent it from becoming too busy.
Creating a unique combination of dresses for your most treasured ladies can be a wonderful idea! It is our hope that this post helps you to avoid the mismatched catastrophe and instead, guides you towards that mix and match look you are going for. Happy shopping!
All Dressed In White
Here comes the bride… all dressed in white… or pink, or blue, or whatever color suites you! One of the biggest decisions you will make regarding your wedding is the dress. Dress shopping can be one of the most exciting and fun parts of planning your wedding, but with so many options to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down which one is right for you. Not to worry, we have compiled our top 5 tips for you to keep in mind while searching for your perfect gown. Enjoy!
1. Schedule an Appointment
Gather your girlfriends or maybe your mom and future mother-in-law to come with you as you try on gowns. Schedule these appointments for a week night OR a fun weekend morning. Want to visit a few shops? Plan on scheduling them all within the same month to help you better remember the dresses to compare with one another!
2. Wear Appropriate Undergarments
It’s always helpful to wear nude undergarments that
won’t distract you from the dresses. You’ll also want to be sure your bra is strapless to accommodate those sweetheart necklines!
3. Be Open to Options
You never know which gown or style will be the perfect fit! While it’s good to come in with a particular idea in mind, your bridal consultant should have some good ideas that will fit your style, personality and body type, too!
4. Give Yourself Enough Time
Not just for the appointment itself (they can take a little time),
but also, for ordering and alterations. In most cases, you will want to allow for at least six months for this just to be safe.
5. How Does it Make You Feel?
In most cases, you are going to try on tons of dresses, many of which are going to be beautiful. However, for it to be the last one standing at the end of your search, it has to be more than just a pretty dress. It has to be THE dress. Each time you find yourself standing in a dress you love, ask the question: how do I feel in it? No doubt, there are going to be several choices which inspire answers such as stunning, lovely, gorgeous, ect. However, there is likely only one that will truly make you feel like a bride.
Meet Our Vendors: Origins Catering Company + a Deal You Won't Want to Miss!
April showers bring May . . . DEALS!?! In honor of it being planting month here at Brookside Gardens, we are collaborating with one of our favorite catering companies to bring you one heck of a deal! This month, when you book an event for 2019, you will receive 10% off your venue fee AND 10% off a delicious selection of menus from Origins Catering Company.
Origins Catering Company is the first of a new series that we will be doing here on the blog called "Meet Our Vendors". Throughout this series, we will be featuring our wonderful vendors to help you get to know them a little better!
We love working with Origins, and feel so lucky that we frequently get the opportunity to do so! Here at Brookside, we value this company for their timely and professional service, ever smiling faces, and incredibly yummy food! They offer the highest level of care to their clients, perfected over 10 years of experience. The team at Origins strives to provide their undivided attention to each and every one of their clients, making sure that they always feel like a special guest, even at their own event!
Call today to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, we would love to meet you!
5 Wedding Favor Ideas That Your Guests Will Love
Want to get something to thank your guests for being a part of your special day? Having trouble deciding on a favor you know your guests will love? We have narrowed it down to our top 5 favor ideas to help you determine what gift might be best for you and your party!
1. COASTERS: Perhaps one of the most unique favor ideas that we have seen here at Brookside was a custom coaster created specifically for each guest in attendance. We love how classic and timeless this idea is, along with the fact that a favor with each guests’ name provides an aspect of personalization that is sure to make anyone feel special!
2. PLANTS: We LOVE this idea! Not only is it cute and creative, but it is representative of the new life that you are starting and the way that your love will continue to grow. This is something that everyone can enjoy. Whether it be a small packet of seeds or a full potted plant, your thoughtful gift is guaranteed to bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
3. DRINKING GLASSES: This one is especially handy because your guests can use it to hold their drinks throughout your celebrations. These can be anything from mason jars to martini glasses. Get creative with your vessel of choice and pick out something that goes along with your theme to enhance your guests’ experience. When the night is through, your friends and family will have a sweet little reminder of your big day hiding in their kitchens!
4. POLAROIDS: Another favor idea that we love are pictures! What better way to capture the moment than to take a snapshot of it? Your guests will always cherish the memories that they shared with you at your wedding. Make this idea a touch more personal by adding a watermark that fits with the theme of your event.
5. KOOZIES: Who doesn’t love a cold drink? Another option that your guests can get use out of on your special day, a koozie can serve as a great memento for your friends and family! These are extra fun to create because they come in countless color options and designs. Use your imagination to create something that fits with you and your soon-to-be spouse’s style, and of course, goes along with your carefully constructed color palette.
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