Whether you are hosting your holiday party at one of our luxury event venues this season, or at your own glamorous space, keep in mind these emerging holiday party trends in Boston and Newport to set your gathering apart.

NATURALLY-HUED COCKTAILS. Leave the neon drinks behind. For this year’s holiday party, ask your event planner for naturally hued concoctions like the browns and tans of a fine bourbon and Scotch or a great microbrew beer. At Longwood Venues, we offer Made in the USA Bourbon Bar and New England Brew Bar. Please ask us about the details – the design, the speciality cocktails, the lines we carry, and of course, the experience.  HERBAL MARTINIS. Herbs have long been used in drinks and some of the best martinis rely on fresh herbs or herbal liqueurs. Generous use of herbs is a trend we see in influential kitchens all over the world, too.  EGG WHITES. Add protein to your cocktail. The egg white doesn’t contribute anything in terms of flavor. It simply rounds out and integrate flavors, giving your cocktail a cozy, winter feel. Note for those watching weight and working on their muscle: pure filling and pure proteins.  “HEALTHY” COCKTAILS. Hosting a brunch reception for holiday party? Offer tequila/mezcal, vodka or gin with any fresh squeezed juice. Our BFF mezcal is Gem & Bolt. Gem & Bolt Mescal is distilled with damiana, a traditional mexican herewith mythological properties.  This is not a new trend – we all drank vodka with OJ before – now, however, we have a much greater selection of natural, local, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.

Pretty Hanky Panky designed by Arabeschi di Latte founder Francesca Sarti
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White River cocktail designed by Max Lamb.
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The Gingerini designed by Martino Gamper.


And how to serve these luxurious cocktails? – you may ask.  This holiday party season, in CUT CRYSTAL, of course! Our trusted source, Rentals Unlimited, offers beautiful selection. The collection you see below is from Flora Etched Stemware. We also love the Alex Etched Stemware line.

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cut crystal stemware for your holiday party in Boston or Newport


The beautiful designer cocktail images were our inspiration from a design event in England, that we read about here. They perfectly define this year’s holiday party trends in Boston and Newport.


Spread The Love With Event Flower Donations

Learn how you can donate your event flowers...

Flowers bring joy. They uplift, comfort, and support us. Research from Harvard and Rutgers has even shown that the presence of flowers improves patient recovery and has an immediate impact on our happiness and emotional well-being.

Flowers also play a significant role in special events and celebrations. And in our line of work, we get to see some of the most amazing and beautiful floral arrangements one could imagine. Unfortunately, we have also seen many of these lovely centerpieces and bouquets go to waste at the end of the festivities.

LONGWOOD wondered if there was some way these flowers could be used instead of discarded. As it turns out, there is a way to recycle them and share their beauty with others — through Flower Angels USA, a local non-profit in Cape Cod.

Flower Angels’ motto is Delivering Random Acts of Love. Recycling Flowers… Warming Hearts. Their mission is to deliver flowers to residents in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and assisted living facilities throughout the Cape Cod community. Founded by Suzanne Carter in 2014, they now have more than 50 volunteers and have distributed more than 11,000 bouquets repurposed from donated arrangements.

Inspired by their mission, Wychmere Beach Club has donated flowers from 10 weddings to Flower Angels this year. Both our team, and our clients, have enjoyed being able to give back to the community after their events rather than throwing out so many gorgeous floral displays. Thanks to donations like these, Flower Angels is able to brighten someone’s day and lift the spirits of people who are facing illness, death, and other challenges.

Flower Angels accepts donations from a wide variety of events including weddings and corporate functions and will pick up your flowers from wherever your event is being held. Donations are tax deductible and they will also happily accept any vases or decorations you no longer want to keep. Anything they can’t use is recycled or composted, so nothing goes to waste.

Flower Angels volunteers can craft as many as 30-50 arrangements from a medium size event. Through the delivery of these bouquets, your flowers will continue bringing happiness to others and brighten their lives at an otherwise difficult time.

No matter how big or small the donation, it is a wonderful way to give back to the community and give new life to those beautiful blooms. We hope you will consider donating the arrangements from your next event to Flower Angels. If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can help LONGWOOD continue to support this worthy cause, please feel free to contact us.

LONGWOOD’S Annual Spirit Of Giving Campaign Brightens The Holidays For Boston Area Children And Families


LONGWOOD GIVINGThe holidays are meant to be a joyous and happy time of year to be with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many, the upcoming holiday season can be a devastating time. More than 25% of children in Boston live in poverty, and each holiday season, thousands of children will go without essentials like a warm coat or a meal let alone gifts and toys that other children enjoy.

At LONGWOOD VENUES, we believe strongly in giving back to our community, and the spirit of giving is firmly embedded in our corporate culture. This year, we have come together to deliver holiday cheer to those in need through our Spirit of Giving campaign. LONGWOOD colleagues collaborated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston to help make the season brighter for some of the 16,000 children and teens in their care through its annual holiday gift drive.

Each holiday season, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) relies on generous supporters to collect gifts that are distributed to Boys & Girls Club members throughout the holidays. Many families struggle just to provide the necessities to their children, and their essential needs can seem even more pronounced at this time of the year. It’s hard to think about buying presents for their children when their main worry is how to feed them, and many of BGCB’s members would not receive any presents without this annual gift drive.

LONGWOOD is thrilled to be able to help bring the magic of the holidays to these children. We thank our employees for their generosity. The annual Spirit of Giving program is just one of the many ways we give back to the community. In addition to internal giving campaigns and participation with programs such as Feeding Our Neighbors, and Flower Angels USA, our charitable arm LONGWOOD GIVING provides philanthropic support to a variety of nonprofit organizations by assisting them with their fundraising efforts through well-executed events.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston has a long history of delivering effective, quality programming in a safe, caring and welcoming environment since 1893. They operate 11 Clubs throughout Boston to help address crucial youth development needs by providing real skills, igniting passions, and inspiring confidence about their future.

To learn more about how you or your organization can support BGCB and their mission to help young people build strong character and realize their full potential, visit them online, email Brenna Callahan at, or call (617) 994-4700.

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