How to Choose a Wedding Florist:

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One minute you are engaged and then next minute you are deluged with ideas and dreams. How do you turn your dream into a reality? How do you find a florist that will not only make your dream come true but partner with you to help you decorate your reception and create memorable bouquets?

You are looking for someone who will partner with you, not just tell you what you should do.

First off, remember, you are looking for someone who will partner with you, not just tell you what you should do. Finding someone that listens and can interpret your floral wish list might take a little extra work at the beginning but will pay off in the end. This blog will give you some pointers to help you save time and frustration. Here are my 5 steps to follow to find a great florist! Continue reading

Holiday Engagements!

Congratulations to everyone who got engaged over this holiday season!  I have been planning weddings at the Inn for the past 10 years and have some tips that may be helpful in the beginning of your wedding planning journey. 

What is the first thing that every bride wants to do once engaged?  Tell everyone she knows!  While your parents and immediate family should be the first to know, telling them in person is the best way to share your news.  Once your family knows your good news it is time to share with everyone else.  There are numerous ways to get the news out quickly.  Making phone calls is definitely one way to start, but you can also consider noting your engagement on Facebook and sending an e-mail to everyone you want to share with.  There is also the traditional route in throwing an engagement party and posting your engagement in your local newspaper.

After the excitement of getting engaged starts to wear off it is time to officially start planning your wedding and reception.  The first thing that every couple should determine is your budget and how much will be allotted to each segment of your wedding which can include the church, reception, flowers, entertainment, photography, favors, honeymoon, etc…  

Prince William Ballroom at the Nassau Inn.

Your next step is picking your wedding date by seeing what dates your ceremony and reception venues are both available.   Be open when considering dates especially if on a tight budget as most venues will offer a discount for a Friday evening or Sunday wedding.  When looking at reception venues it is best to research all that you are interested in and then narrowing down your list to 3 – 5 and making appointments to check the ones that you are really interested in.  Keep in mind that you will love and not love something about every venue you look at and should make your decision on what is most important to you.  Continue reading

New Years Resolution

What's on your resolution list?

The time between the holidays and New Years is a time filled with family and friends for those of us so fortunate.  A time where each person in their own way and in their own time reflect a bit more, open their hearts a bit more and are generally more compassionate.

It is the perfect combination of feelings being drudged up from the year passed as well as all of the hope filled thoughts of the year to come.  It is the perfect combination for the introspective self assessment that leads about 45 percent of people to embark upon an age old ritual dating back to Babylonian times, 4,000 years ago…it is the proclamation of a New Years resolution.  Most of us chose to lose some of that holiday weight plus a couple of lbs, some of us set off to devote more time to family, or quit smoking, drinking etc, etc…
It is a decision that should not be taken lightly however.  Out of the 45 percent of Americans that chose to cling to a New Years resolution only 3 percent of them follow through with it.  This is a failure of epic proportions by any standard.  If we are to reverse this tragic wave of fickle promise and create a more concrete resolution we must  dedicate more time and thought to more attainable goals.  We must try to remember that the year is long and that life will inevitably get in the way.  We must outline a plan of action, consider all obstacles, clear a path for the righteous resolution, granting it the greatest opportunity of success. Continue reading

Annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Square

Palmer Square Tree Lighting

Where are you going to be Friday night?  If you answered “the tree lighting at Palmer Square” then you will be in the company of thousands who come downtown each year to share in the illumination of the big tree on the Green.  Those of you who haven’t shared in the moment yet you need to experience the magic of the event to realize just how special it is.

I am amazed every year that my kids ask if we are going to attend the Palmer Square Tree Lighting. “Where else would we be” is always my answer.  It is a tradition that started for us many years ago.  I could not imagine being any other place than the Palmer Square Green for this event the night after Thanksgiving.  It is the kickoff to our holiday season and gets us in the mood to celebrate and to share special times with family and friends.   I love the music, the decorations and the festive atmosphere, but most of all I love the look on my children’s faces when it all comes together and the magic pixie dust lights up the tree and Santa leads the crowd in a rousing round of Jingle Bells.  There is nothing more precious to me than seeing the innocence in their eyes and the pureness in their voices as they sing along, even when it is out of tune. Continue reading

The Night Before Thanksgiving

12 World Beers on Tap

What does the night before Thanksgiving mean to me?

Meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in a year, my stomach hurting from laughing, listening to great music, and last but certainly not least, having an ice cold adult beverage in hand. The night before Thanksgiving reminds me of a high school reunion. It’s that one night a year you look forward to seeing all your old friends and reminiscing about the good ol’ times. It’s that one night you’re okay with waiting in a line. It’s the one night no matter what type of music the band is playing for that night, it’s everyone’s favorite. It’s a night of never ending rounds, a constant flow of beer and laughter that could carry on into the morning. The beers never seemed so cold; the drinks have never tasted so superior and the conversations never get dull.

It is said that the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year. You could go to any town and walk into almost any bar and know that the crowd around you is experiencing a great time too. If it’s Princeton you choose, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is the place to be.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a vast collection of people who range in age from 21 to 65 years that share two things in common; cocktails and catching up with some old friends. Helping you in your journey to fun times are 12 well-known beers on tap, whichever cocktail you desire and who can forget about the jell-o shots. If the line at the main bar gets a bit long, no need to worry–the Tap Room will be providing three satellite bars for easier access. The Tap Room will be featuring an outstanding cover band called The Big Bang that has been seen playing throughout the Greater Philadelphia and New York regions.

If you’re still looking to make plans or to add one more stop to your agenda, travel no further than Nassau Inn’s Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Enjoy the best cocktails and the coldest beers in the area. If you’re looking to make new memories, the Tap Room would like to be a part of them. See you on November 24th !!!

Behind the Red Door – A Haunting Nassau Inn Tradition

This post is co-written by Ashley Comaites

The annual Nassau Inn staff pumpkin carving contest is always a big hit. As the staff members ready themselves to gear up for the holiday season; they take a step back to enjoy a Halloween tradition shared by many.

Traditions are, and always will be, the forefront of team stability. Traditions are part of our historical essence, and as time progresses we hold on to as many traditions and as much history as we can. The Nassau Inn has an annual autumn employee contest that welcomes the fall and winter holidays with open arms!

The annual pumpkin carving contest is a time for the employees behind the red door to kick back, relax and enjoy some friendly competition. Stephanie Piccarillo, a reservations agent, says;

“My favorite part about the contest is seeing all the creativity that those of us who enter have and put into the pumpkins we carve. Some of the pumpkins we have had are just so amazing and funny! The whole contest is just a lot of fun and brings the employees together.”

In years past, fun employee rivalries have been brought to life; with pumpkins being carved to counterpart that of a fellow employee! Other favorites have included: Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas, silhouette characters and even our very own logo!

We personally really enjoy this contest, as it brings back innocent memories from our childhoods. Carving pumpkins always reminds us of simpler times. Bobbing for apples and running from door to door to collect candy was the greatest joy imaginable of the fall season! As adults, the door we run to now brings us inside a warm and hospitable place that we are always happy to share; so please join us this holiday season Behind the Red Door.

Our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest was a Great Success! 

Congratulations to all of our winners; and thanks to all those who participated in making this year’s contest so fabulous.

Our friendly Front Desk Agent Holly Ween took first place.

Second place went to the always delicious pumpkin burger.

October Events in Princeton For Everyone

Fall in love with Princeton this time of year.  There are many philanthropic, sporting, historic, community and holiday events for people of all ages.  Here are a select handful of local happenings  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and be in-the-know about events and area promotions on the days they are scheduled.

YWCA''s "In Pink" Fashion Show

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
* For the month of October, participating Panera Bread bakery-café locations are offering their Pink Ribbon Bagel and 25 cents of each bagel sold will benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Foundation. Over the past three years, Panera has raised more than $20,000 through this effort. On Wednesday October 13th 20% of all proceeds from items sold at Panera Bread Princeton between 4-8 PM will be donated to CINJ.   The YWCA Princeton held their 5th Annual “In the Pink” Fashion Show on October 2nd.  Since 2005 they have raised over $110,000 to benefit the YWCA’ Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center (BRCR).

 
 

Tigers!

PU Football – Support the Tigers and see them play long time rivals including Colgate Oct 9th , Brown Oct 16th and Harvard Oct 23rd, all Saturdays at 1 PM.  Full schedule and results.


 

Happy 100th Birthday!

October 10th – 1-5 PM – Princeton Public Library’s 100th Birthday Celebration – The community and the library have changed and grown together—from a small reading room with just a few hundred items to the current state-of-the-art 55,000 square foot building.  From 1-5 PM on Sun. 10-10-10, the Library will hold a variety of events on Hinds Plaza outside their doors to commemorate this historic occasion. Events include a 5k fun run, live music, WPST live broadcast, and characters from favorite children’s books – bring your camera!.  Full schedule of events.
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Tweeting Your Way Through the Red Door

As social media is taking the world by storm, the Nassau Inn has jumped on the bandwagon. You can find us everywhere from Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and right here up close and personal with our blog!

The devices we live by!

With Blackberries, iPhones and Droids at our fingertips (literally), we are constantly connected. Smart phones are making social networking fast and easy. With this technology we have been able to interact with our Princeton friends and loyal followers through Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis; without them even having to turn on their computers!

These “followers” as Facebook and Twitter have come to reference users, can keep up with daily postings and events within their chosen friends, families and businesses. The social media team at the Nassau Inn keeps our friends and followers up to date with lunch and dinner specials, musings from the team, pictures, promotions and even games!

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September Events For Everyone in Princeton

Theatre.  Sports.  Music.  Food.   September brings seasonal and annual events you won’t want to miss – within Mercer County and right here in our backyard.  As the Princeton CVB states: “Princeton.  Not just a town, an experience.”  After the summer winds down, the pools and beach houses are closed, the kids go back to school, or get on the bus for their first day of kindergarten, college classes begin – welcome back PU!,  and the leaves begin to fall, people look to fill their calendars with things to do with the whole family.  Here are some events you won’t want to miss: Continue reading

Behind the Red Door: An Inside Look at the Historic Nassau Inn

The Nassau Inn Sales Team is fortunate to have two very ambitious young ladies working for them.  Both are fortunate enough to have an insider’s perspective on all of the fabulous events that take place here.  Ashley Comaites (top left) and Jackie Brigante (bottom right) dish on the goings-on at the Nassau Inn.

Ashley Comaites, Catering Coordinator

As wedding season is in full swing; we take a half a step back to see exactly what goes in to one special day.

The sales team at the Nassau Inn prides itself on time management, attention to detail and an overall obsession with perfection. On-site receptions are made up of many different working parts, requiring the entire staff to communicate and work together to make every aspect special. Continue reading