Winter Wedding Elopement

Winter wedding elopement champagne toast.

We recently had a wonderful winter wedding elopement for an elegant same sex couple. Best wishes to Mary and Drey, and thank you for spending your special day with us.

Winter wedding elopement champagne toast.
The champagne toast.

 

More information on winter wedding elopements (or any time of year)

Please contact us at innkeepers@palmerhouseinn.com or by telephone 1-508-458-1230 for pricing and special requests.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own romantic charm, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

5 Crowd Pleasing Holiday Breakfasts

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

As the holidays approach, we think about the wonderful feasts we will prepare for our evening meals. However, what does one do for those out of town guests who stay overnight? Here are a few tips and breakfasts that will help you hold it together and maintain your cool while serving a crowd each morning.

Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe
Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe
  1. Black Friday Prep:  Freshly brewed Eight O’Clock coffee, choice of fresh fruit juices (orange, cranberry, apple, or grapefruit),  Broiled Grapefruit, Egg Bake Casserole with Cranberry Tomato Chutney, applewood smoked bacon and Buttermilk Biscuits.
    Broiled Grapefruit Recipe
    Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

    This combination is a favorite because the Broiled Grapefruit is quick, easy, light and can be prepared while the casserole and biscuits are baking. The Egg Bake Casserole can be prepared the evening before, and kept in the refrigerator.  I make the base mix and put it into a large wide-mouthed plastic bottle. In the morning I pour it into the greased casserole dish, add the vegetables, sprinkle with paprika, then pop it into a 350 degree oven for an hour. The chutney can be made ahead and it will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen to extend its life even longer. The protein from the eggs and bacon will be exactly what is need to sustain you through that hectic day of shopping.

  2. Fresh Berries, Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Sauce and grilled sausages.
    This is one of our most requested breakfasts. The berries are simply washed and placed in a bowl, however, we encourage our guests to be creative. We always have yogurt, honey and cereals on our buffet. We tell the guests to mix them any way that they like. The dry mix for the pancakes and the sauce can be prepared a day in advance. In the morning pour the lemon sauce into a double boiler to heat and using an electric mixer, mix the wet and dry pancake ingredients. We serve this dish with both the lemon sauce and maple syrup. We have found that most Americans just have to have maple syrup with their pancakes.

    Gingerbread pancake recipe
    Gingerbread pancakes with lemon sauce.
  3. Christmas Day: Poached Pears with Salty Cape Caramel Sauce, Crustless Quiche with red and yellow peppers, Broiled tomatoes, Corn Muffins and applewood smoked bacon on the side.

    Pear. Copyright L.V.O'Connell.
    Pear. Photo L.V.O’Connell
    Salted Cape Caramel Sauce
    Salted Cape Caramel Sauce

    The pears can be cut and placed cut side down in the brown sugar the evening before. I leave them covered with towels on the counter. In the morning I add the orange juice, butter and spices. Then I put them into the oven until they are fork tender. The quiche premix (everything except the half & half and eggs) can also be made the evening before and kept in the refrigerator in covered bowels. In the morning whisk in the half & half, eggs and vegtables. Pour the mixture into a greased pie plate and bake at 350 degrees until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center.

  4. Boxing Day: Cranberry Sorbet, steaming Maple Oatmeal with warm Apple Muffins
    Recipe for Maple Oatmeal
    Maple Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts
    Cape Cod Cranberry Sorbet.
    Cape Cod Cranberry Sorbet.
    Cape Cranberry Nut Muffins
    Cape Cranberry Nut Muffins

    This is another breakfast where the work is done ahead and your guests will marvel at your ability to whip up an amazing meal. Each fall during the Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest, we make many batches of sorbet and keep them in the freezer. Therefore, we have this delightful treat to serve right through the following summer. During sorbet making time the entire inn is filled with the aroma of boiling cranberries, it is heavenly. The tartness of the sorbet is a delightful complement to the Maple Oatmeal. The oatmeal ingredients can be placed into a slow cooker the evening before. It will be ready in the morning. More importantly your guests can serve themselves as they wake. The apple muffins served with local honey is a real treat. If desired, applewood smoked bacon can be served as a side.
    * Cranberry recipes.

  5. New Year’s Day Brunch: our signature juice, the Cape Cod Sunrise, Baked Apples, and Eggs Benedict Casserole.

    Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
    Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

    The baked apples and casserole can be prepared a day ahead and refrigerated. Be sure to put a few extra glasses with cranberry juice in the freezer on prep day too (our guests frequently ask for seconds).

    Tip: Add a bit of champagne to the Cape Cod Sunrise for a delightful New Year’s Day celebration mimosa.

All in all the above are what we have found to be five crowd pleasing breakfasts that are easy and fun to prepare and serve. Enjoy! Bill and I and the staff at the Palmer House Inn wish you all a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season.

A holiday breakfasts favorite Cape Cod Sunrise
Cape Cod Sunrise.

As always have fun, enjoy the process. In the end it is all about good friends and family, and good food.

More Crowd Pleasing Holiday Links


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of festivities on Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

 

Plan a Memorable Holiday Party

Holidays by the Sea Weekend at the Palmer House

During our tenure as hosts at the Palmer House Inn, Bill and I have developed a routine for planning a memorable holiday party at, the “Big House” as we affectionately refer to the main inn building. The Inn sparkles during the holiday season and it comes alive with good cheer during a party.

Memorable Holiday Party
Plan your memorable holiday party.
  1. Start planning early.
    Snowflake on the Tree
    Snowflake on the Tree

    The two month holiday season is usually jam-packed with activities for most people and can be a stressful time. Be sure to mail your “Save the Date” cards well in advance. Advanced planning lets the guests mark their calendars for your event and will be able to plan other activities accordingly. We usually try to plan our parties early in the season.
    Many folks shop on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Bill and I decorate the house. I like to call that time, “The day of a thousand stairs.” The decorations are stored on the fourth floor or the attic of the big house. They have to be brought down to the third level and  distributed throughout the house. I get plenty of exercise walking up and down those stairs… no worries about the extra treats I had at Thanksgiving. We know where each item goes and what items are stored away during this time of year to make room for the holiday decorations.

  2. Let people know what the recommended attire is.
    Victorian Hats
    Victorian Hats

    This also is a stress reliever. Frequently party guests appreciate knowing the dress code guidelines beforehand.  This also sets a mood and an expectation for the event. A few key word suggestions to descried attire might be: festive, casual or cocktail.

    Whatever type of dress you choose, make it something you are excited about and comfortable with. A happy host’s joy is infectious.

  3. Be sure to offer a few dishes for different dietary requirements.
    Cape Christmas Cranberry Julep
    Cape Christmas Cranberry Julep

    These days there are many people with food allergies and preferences. There seem to be an increasing number of people who eat gluten-free. Be sure that there are several offerings that fall into that category. In addition, some people have nut allergies and then there are the vegans, vegetarians and those who are lactose intolerant. In your planning try to have at least one offering that falls into each category.  In so far as beverages are concerned, it is best to have a good variety. For some of our larger gatherings we’ve hired a mixologist. That person relieves us of drink serving task and allows us to concentrate on being hosts. A selection of wine and beer is wise to have on hand in addition to juices, soft drinks and don’t forget the ice and bottled water. The last bit of advice that we have in regard to food and beverages is, be sure to prepare plenty to go around.

  4. This is the most important bit of advice of all. Relax and enjoy the guests and the delightful event that you have created.

Some more memorable holiday party planning tips