Monday, July 21, 2014

Tiffany-Inspired Bridal Shower

In June of this year, we hosted a Tiffany-inspired bridal shower. Though only for forty guests, the shower was meant to have the large, bold feel one would expect of Tiffany's, and was therefore held in our Grand Ballroom.

As Alaina Ferriero, one of our Catering Sales Managers, explained, "One would think 40 guests would seem lost in such a large room but in reality, the shape of it, combined with creative catering expertise, you will find that it really can work for a group of 40 up to 180 and still feel like the perfect fit. That is what is so great about it."

Cheryl Ennis, one of our Senior Banquet team members, put together the beautiful buffet decor using items Alaina had provided, and the Chefs added their own little touches to make the food presentation "pop."


The Hawthorne's own Edi Rovi is an accomplished pianist and played for the first hour and a half of the event, adding that extra special touch to the day.

Commenting on the event itself, Alaina said, "The beautiful bride-to-be arrived shortly after her guests in a celebrity-like white dress which was tastefully embellished with feathers and glitz. Her look so perfectly matched what Cheryl had put together on the buffet it was unreal!"

The bride-to-be, Marisa Casaletto, wanted an upscale tea brunch with a satisfying menu. Alaina custom-designed the menu to include hot and cold teas, brunch-style hors d'oeuvres, and a brunch buffet.

Tea Wedding Shower
Grand Ballroom
Hawthorne Hotel, June 2014

Bruschetta Station
Bruschetta Toasts with Herb-Infused Olive Oil, Plum Tomato with Basil, Sautéed Zucchini and Sundried Tomatoes, Caponata, Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Red Pepper Hummus and Fresh Mozzarella

Mimosa Station
Chilled Mimosa Bowl with Freshly Chopped Fruit Enhancements
Strawberries, Peaches, Raspberries

Chilled Tea Station
Two Flavored Herbal Teas

Sweet Starters
Miniature Scones with Fruited Icing
Miniature Tea Cakes with Assorted Jams and Devonshire Crème

~ Tea Buffet ~

Chilled Salads
Hawthorne Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons, Sundried Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan

Grilled Vegetables with Sherry Vinaigrette

Chopped Watermelon with Feta Cheese, Balsamic Reduction and Fresh Mint

Cheese Tortellini with Fresh Pesto

Miniature Sandwiches
Cucumber, Egg and Watercress

Smoked Norwegian Salmon and Cream Cheese

Smoked Turkey and Avocado with Black-Bean Spread

Grilled Chicken Salad with Grapes, Walnuts, Pommery Mustard

Assorted Miniature Pastries and Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Selection of Fine Teas with Service
Harney and Sons Selection
 Lemon Wedges, Local Honey, Sugar Cubes


I hope you enjoyed this beautiful, themed bridal shower, and that perhaps it helped spark a few ideas for your own special events!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Wedding "In the Pink"

This week we learned of a lovely review on the website, The Knot, that spoke of a beautiful wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We thought you would like to see not only the review, but some photos of the wedding as well, so here they are:

From "The Knot" wedding website:

Wedding: 6/27/2014
I got married on Friday, June 27th, 2014, and my wedding reception was held at the Hawthorne. It was a WONDERFUL place to celebrate our marriage with our family and friends. The location of downtown Salem was great for our out-of-towners, the food was incredible, the catering manager I worked with was extremely helpful and was very detail-oriented in our meetings, and seemed to want to get to know us more with each visit.

We had a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding that was so helpful for all five hours we were there, from when we first arrived, were introduced, throughout dinner and dancing, up until when we were leaving to retire to our wedding suite for the night. She assured us that all our gifts and things from the reception would be safe and secure, whether in our room or behind the front desk. It was a little on the pricey side, but worth every penny. And our catering manager never pushed us to add anything- she even helped us get into our budget by deducting an appetizer. I highly recommend the Hawthorne as a location for your wedding ceremony and/or reception.


I hope this is helpful to you.


Photos by our own Evening Manager, Elizabeth Buchanan.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lovely PEM Wedding "Thank You"

Here is a lovely emailed thank you that we received recently.  We thought you might enjoy reading it, as well as seeing some of this lovely couple's photos taken by Hitched Studios


Hi Natalia! Hi Lindsay! Hi Alaina!

We are still coming down from the high of our wedding.  It was truly magical and no small thanks to you guys. We didn't worry about a thing, which is downright amazing.

We received our officials photos and we wanted to share some with you.  

Our guests were blown away by the beauty of the venue, the deliciousness of the food and the smoothness of all aspects of the wedding.  We could not have picked a more perfect wedding for us.

Thank you a million times! and more!

Natasha and Rob (Robtasha)

 I hope you enjoy seeing some other perspectives on a wedding at PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum) as well as how excited and pleased these clients were with everything.

If we can assist you in booking a wedding, either at PEM or here at the Hawthorne Hotel, please call us at 978-825-4358.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Travel-Themed Wedding

We take photos of as many Hawthorne Hotel weddings as we can, especially when we see something different, unique or just plain fun. We are NOT professional photographers by any stretch of the imagination, but we usually can manage to capture the images we want. So, when it comes to comparing "our" photos with a great professional photographers photos, the pro wins hands down.

We were very grateful when we learned that not only did the photographer for the the Vousboukis-Mannila wedding take over-the-top great photos, but she also wrote her own wonderful blog post about this wedding. Here is the link to her post: Bonnie and Eric's Wedding by Laura Fisher Photography

When we reached out to Bonnie about the different details of her wedding, here is what she had to say:

Inspiration for our wedding theme was not only that we love to travel, but that we took a cross country road trip early in our relationship after being apart for three months while I worked in Arizona. At this point my brother said, " 12 days in a car together will make or break you" lol. 

The blue and champagne dresses/colors were to match the most common colors of globes and maps, and I thought they'd match the ballroom too. 

I have always lived next door to Salem but never really appreciated it until I moved away. Long before we were engaged we checked out the Hawthorne and wanted it, but I was annoyed that he wanted to look everywhere else too. In the end, it was the last place we looked and our first choice. The ballroom is amazing! We had a lot of out of town guests and we wanted them to have something to do for the weekend when not at the wedding. Salem's location and touristy appeal made it feel like a destination wedding even for us- going with our travel theme! 

My mom made the luggage tags and we used them on our honeymoon to Hawaii ( Maui) where we saw the same ones being sold in brighter colors! Our photographer just sent us our pics and they are amazing, some really good ones of the hotel and ballroom! 

I hope you enjoy looking at wedding photos as much as we do, and I especially encourage you to look at the one's on Laura Fisher's blog post, so much so that I am posting the link here again:  This Wedding

And of course, I hope to see you here.


P.S. Our photos were taken by Elizabeth Buchanan, the Evening Manager.  Thanks, Elizabeth!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Some VERY BEAUTIFUL Wedding Photos

Here is a link to some beautiful wedding photos of a winter wedding which took place here in the Hawthorne Hotel in January this year. Beautiful Wedding Photos.  Be sure to scroll through this entire post before clicking on this link so you don't miss a thing!

In addition to the link, here are some additional photos:

I hope you enjoy all these photos.  If we can assist you in planning the perfect wedding, please call us at 978-825-4358 or click on this link to fill out a request for more information:  Wedding Inquiry Form for on-line inquiries


Monday, June 02, 2014

Outstanding Wedding Video

There are wedding videos, and then there are mini-movies that also happen to be wedding videos.  I would put this video in the second category.  It is a very finely crafted mini-movie about a beautiful wedding which we just happened to have catered at the Peabody Essex Museum.

While this is a tiny bit long for the casual reader of a blog, I would highly recommend your taking the nine-plus minutes to see it.  It is a clearly a well-made piece, and hopefully it will make you feel as good as it made me feel.

Birdhouse Wedding Video

If you do watch it, we would love to see your comments on it below.

Thank you, and I hope to see you here, or there.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Why Is Historic a Great Choice?

If you are wondering why chosing an historic venue is a great choice for your wedding reception, you might find some of your answers in this post from our Hawthorne Hotel Daily Diary Blog:  42 Year Ago. . . two great weddings at the Hawthorne Hotel

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Our "Banner Bride"

A lovely "rest of the story" for your reading and viewing enjoyment:

Wedding Photographs

I hope you enjoy reading this story.


Friday, May 09, 2014

Samantha and Eric's Wedding

We always love photos of weddings. Especially weddings that take place here at the Hawthorne Hotel. We hope you enjoy these as well.  This couple especially enjoyed the idea of "jewels, lace and pearls" -- they embraced a classic style that goes particularly well with the Hawthorne.

Here is a link to their Pinterest Board, which is interesting because you can see how their "inspiration" photos turned in to the reality of their wedding: Samantha's Pinterest Wedding Board

Detail of the beautiful cake!

One of the most beautiful cakes ever -- love the lace and pearls look, all done in frosting!

Darling cake toppers

Love the special touch of these forks, obtain through Etsy.  We adore that site!

Our crew hard at work with the finishing touches.

Table "numbers" were photos of places that they had gotten together at, such as restaurants and so on.
I hope you enjoy seeing these glimpses of a really lovely wedding reception, and of course, I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Affordable Weddings + Hawthorne Hotel = True Happiness Forever!

Here is a link to our Pinterest page of Fall Weddings:  Hawthorne Hotel Fall Weddings to get you inspired.

If you thought you could not afford a wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel, think again.  Here is our best pricing for you to consider.  It comes with all the high quality of food and service we are known for, all in a beautiful setting.  What more could you desire?

 I hope to see you here.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Every Dog Has His Day

One of the unique aspects of the Hawthorne Hotel is the fact that we are a pet-friendly hotel.  We understand that pets are a part of the family, and they can be an integral part of any trip, vacation, or even a special event.

This past weekend we were lucky to host the wedding of Shanna Minior and Todd Stout.  They had a lovely color palette, mostly white with touches of bright green, which definitely had us all thinking spring!

One important part of their wedding was their dog, Moby McBarker.  Shanna and Todd incorporated him into their ceremony, lending that special event a unique and personal touch.  Here at the Hawthorne we understand that certain important "persons" you may want to share your special day just may have four legs and be covered in fur!

Moby McBarker in all his wedding finery

Moby McBarker being escorted down the aisle

Moby McBarker with the happy couple

A big congratulations to Shanna and Todd, and Moby McBarker!  We wish you all the best and we were so happy to be a part of your special day!  Special thanks to Shanna and Todd's wedding photographer, David LaChapelle from Amore Photography for taking the beautiful pictures in this post.  

We hope to see you here.

Juli and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel.