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

Autumn Photos for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey Bellhops

Just a few Fall photos to get us in the mood for Thanksgiving.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving Turkeys waiting to greet the guests this morning.
Turkeys waiting to greet the guests this morning.

 A Few More Thanksgiving 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 our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, 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.

New Year’s Eve Falmouth

New Years Eve Falmouth

Falmouth is a wonderful location to visit for New Year’s Eve.

Several of the members of the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association are open, festively decorated, and eager to give you suggestions and make reservations where to celebrate the ringing in of 2015. All of our members that are open are within an easy stroll of restaurants where festivities will be taking place. After an evening of good cheer, make your way back to the inn of your choice and a warm cozy room, where the covers have been turned down and chocolates placed on the side table.

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New Year’s Eve Falmouth

Restaurants that will be open and taking reservations for New Year’s Eve Falmouth are:

  • Anejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar  188 Main Street, Falmouth Village  508-388-7691
  • Bear in Boots Gastropub  285 Main Street, Falmouth Village 508-444-5811
  • C-Salt Wine Bar & Grill  75 Davis Straits, Falmouth, 774-763-2954
  • Coonamessett Inn on Jones Pond  311 Gifford Street, Falmouth  508-548-2300
  • La Cucina sul Mare  237 Main Street Falmouth Village  508-548-5600
  • Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub  273 Main Street Falmouth Village,  508-548-0285
  • Ostera la Civetta  133 Main Street, Falmouth Village 508-540-1616
  • The Quarterdeck  164 Main Street, Falmouth Village,  508-548-9900
  • Quicks Hole Tavern  29 Railroad Avenue, Woods Hole  508-495-0048
  • Stone L’Oven 271 Main Street Falmouth Village  508 548-1222
  • The Glass Onion  37 North Main Street, Queen’s Buyway, Falmouth Village  508-540-3730
  • The Waterfront at Captain Kidd  77 Water Street, Woods Hole, 508-548-8563


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 individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, 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.