Archive for the ‘Weddings & Events’ Category

Spotlight on Gramercy’s Caterers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

One of the key elements for a memorable event, whether a wedding, birthday party, bridal shower or corporate mixer, is professional catering.  Your guests will arrive hungry… our exclusive caterers please the most discerning palates and make sure everyone leaves with a smile on their face.  Professional and courteous catering staff and specialists attend to every detail for a seamless event.  Sit back, relax and be a guest at your own party.

Chef’s Expressions Catering
Chef’s Expressions brings creativity, passion, and excellence to each and every event. Their team’s attention to detail and dedication to each event’s success has led them to be named “National Catering Company of the Year,” and “Maryland’s Caterer of the Year” among many other prestigious awards.

In addition to creating client experiences, Chef’s Expressions donates time, food, and services to support the community. In 2011, they were honored as the Business Philanthropy Award Winner from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.The culinary program endeavors to keep ingredients local and sustainable, supporting farmers and producers from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

In 2012, Chef’s Expressions became a Certified Green Caterer, taking numerous steps to improve sustainability in catering operations including developing a full recycling program, composting food waste, and saving oil for use in bio-diesel.

Linwoods
Linwoods continues to be one of Baltimore’s top catering companies striving to bring its customers fresh and creative cuisine and fine service.  Linwoods is recognized year after year by Baltimore Magazine (Baltimore Magazine “Gold Medal Winner” for Best Restaurants of 2014), Zagat Guide as one of the city’s best restaurants, and receiving awards for catering by The Knot and Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award.

In addition to delicious cuisine, style and service, Linwoods Catering offers clients expertise and experience.  This comes from over 20 years of catering events. Their goal is to make clients happy and relaxed, to provide special menus tailored to their style and within their price range.

Sascha’s

Sascha Wolhandler has been a highly respected caterer in and around Baltimore for the last 20 years, providing imaginative ideas and attentive service, not to mention amazing food. Sascha is known in the film industry as a premier set food stylist in the Baltimore area. The catering team at Sascha’s first and most sincere concern is to make you feel comfortable while planning your wedding or special event.   After listening to your thoughts and vision for a special celebration, they work to create a mood and atmosphere for the day that reflects you.

Creative menu design and presentation sets Sascha’s apart, creating a distinctive element of warmth and style.  By offering flexibility and professionalism, Sascha’s truly creates seamless, custom events of any kind.

Open House Fun at 1840s Plaza

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The beautiful spring-like weather last weekend (I know, hard to remember beneath the blanket of snow this morning!) was the perfect setting for a gorgeous bridal open house at our sister property, 1840s Plaza.  Here at Gramercy Mansion, we were lucky enough to be at this popular open house along with other favorite Maryland wedding vendors.  We work with some of these vendors often including Francesca’s Bridal, a featured bridal salon at our upcoming bridal tea and beauty workshop, Dance Masters Entertainment, Kyle Bergner Photography, Kindly RSVP Designs and Antares Musicians.

We work with many Baltimore-area event professionals in addition to those above to make your wedding as delightful as possible.  Check out a complete list of our recommended vendors here.

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Save the date for an exclusive

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop at Gramercy Mansion!

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Join us for Francesca’s Bridal designer gowns, advice for choosing the perfect wedding dress for your body type, wedding day make-up and hair demonstrations by Up Do’s For I Do’s, and an elegant 4-course afternoon tea by Sascha’s Catering.  Bring your bridal party, best friends, family and future in-laws for a fun and informative afternoon!

Feel free to stick around after tea for tours of the Mansion and Carriage House.  Our innkeepers are happy to answer questions about the wedding and special event venues and check availability.

$50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

$40 per person plus tax and gratuity for groups of 6 or more!

By reservation only, payment required in advance. For reservations, call 410-486-2405.

Valentine Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Gramercy Mansion

Sunday, February 16, 2014

1-3 p.m.

$40 per person

plus tax & gratuity

Call 410-486-2405 for reservations.

Surprise your sweetie or share a fun afternoon with your favorite ladies!  A delicious four-course afternoon tea, delightful conversation, crackling fireplaces…

what better way to spend a day.

First Course

Leek and Onion Tart

Dried Cherry Scones served with lemon curd, raspberry jam and clotted cream

Second Course

Caviar and Egg Salad Tartlets

Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Smoked Salmon with Dill on Pumpernickel

Third Course

Goat Cheese and Pesto Torte served with Flatbreads

Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins

Fresh Strawberries with Sweetened Creme Fraiche

Fourth Course

Lemon Squares

Miniature Cheesecakes

Chocolate Squares

Served with

A variety of English and herbal teas

Tea menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering

and presented by the innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

Save The Date…

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Gramercy Mansion’s Winter Bridal Open House

Saturday, January 11, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153

*Our Winter Bridal Open House is absolutely free to attend but we do ask that you RSVP to amanda@gramercymansion.com or 410-486-2405 by January 4 , 2014.

Sample some tasty tidbits from Linwoods, Chef’s Expressions and Sascha’s Catering.

Music by Dance Masters Entertainment

Meet Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography.

Try tasty treats from Flavor Cupcakery .

View the beautiful creations by Radebaugh Florist.

Beautiful table linen by Gala Cloths.

Espresso, Cappuccino and Coffee Bar by Travelling Bean.

Bridal Hair and Airbrush Makeup by Ariel.

Live music by Antares Musicians.

Have fun with Your Moment Photo Booth.

Designer Bridal gowns by Francesca’s Bridal Salon.

Check back for a complete list of participating vendors.

Holiday Party Planning Checklist

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Holidays at Gramercy

If planning the perfect office holiday bash has you scratching your head and wondering where to begin, start with our handy check list.  Planning now eliminates stress come December when you’d much rather be wrapping gifts, guzzling egg nog and humming along to holiday tunes.

  • Choose a venue and book a date. Be it the office lunch room, a local restaurant or private event venue, find a location that suits your budget and comfortably accommodates your guest list.  Most importantly, reserve it as soon as possible before the best dates are taken.
  • Plan the menu. If you’re using a venue, you may have to separately contract a caterer.  Make sure you know the details (onsite caterer, approved list or open to outside caterers) before you book.  If you’re planning at a restaurant, discuss menu options based on the time of day – cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, buffet luncheon.  Or research restaurants and caterers who will deliver to the office.  Keep your office’s general food preferences in mind and include vegetarian options when possible.  Decide if you’ll offer alcohol as well.  And don’t forget about non-alcoholic beverages, too.
  • Send out a save the date. It’s the busiest time of the year so be sure to e-mail a save the date to all employees once the when and where are finalized (preferably at least a month before the party to ensure a good turn out).  As party time approaches, you can send updates including any details for a gift exchange or charity donation, special entertainment to look forward to (a great band, photo booth, casino games, etc.), or a preview of what’s on the menu.
  • Set the scene. If your venue won’t be decked out for the holidays, start thinking about some festive decor to put party goers in the mood for fun.  Twinkle lights, evergreen wreaths and garlands, candles in hurricane glasses, wooden nutcracker centerpieces, poinsettias… pick up items at craft stores now before the mad rush.  Give centerpieces away as door prizes to minimize clean up.  Pick up plastic bins with lids to store items that can be reused for next year’s party – be sure to clearly label.
  • Crank up the holiday tunes. Whether downloading a playlist to your iPod, hiring a d.j. to get the party started on the dance floor or a jazz band for fun and classy entertainment, nothing creates a celebratory vibe like music.
  • Give a perfect gift. Recognize stand out employees with something special.  Gift certificates for lunch at a favorite restaurant, fruit and snack gift baskets, gourmet chocolates, local wines.  Consider reaching out to businesses your company partners with throughout the year to see if they would be willing to donate a door prize for your holiday event.  If your group enjoys exchanging gifts, arrange a “Secret Santa” ahead of time.  Or set up a table to collect donations for a local charity or food drive.
  • Enjoy! You did a great job so relax, chat with colleagues, indulge in an extra dessert, boogie on the dance floor, pose for group photos and enjoy yourself.

Baltimore County Events This Weekend

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As the summer days come to an end, we celebrate the beginning of September as the kick off to Fall. Baltimore County has an abundant number of events taking place through September. Here are a few taking place this weekend, September 6- 8th.

  • Defenders Day: Battle of North Point Reenactment, September 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fort Howard Park. Come commemorate the Battle of North Point in 1812 with war reenactments, history, children’s games, theatrical productions, refreshments and more. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit http://www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.
  • Feet on Street on Allegheny Ave in Towson tonight, Friday September 6th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Enjoy live music, children’s moon bounces, activities and vendors. Food and wine available for purchase. Remember your beach chair for your evening under the stars!
  • The Reisterstown Festival is ready to celebrate their last week of summer with another year of family fun. September 7th and 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. take joy in live music, car  and motorcycle show, a parade, local vendors, children’s area and fireworks. http://www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.

Introducing Wedding Workshops

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Save the date for our upcoming fall wedding workshop at Gramercy Mansion!

Bring your fiance, maid of honor, mom, future in-law or special guest and join us for a jump start on your wedding plans.  Meet the pros, learn about the latest wedding trends, and soak up tips from the experts to make the planning process fun and your big day a true reflection of you.  What better way to spend an autumn evening than wrapped in the warmth of our historic home, cocktail in hand, planning your I-Do’s!  We’re excited to feature presentations by Drew Vandlandingham, owner of Vanlandingham Design Studios, Event Design Consultant Bonny Opper of Chef’s Expressions Catering and Kaitlin Radebaugh of Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses.

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6- 8 p.m.

Call 410-486-2405 to register.

Join us for a Fall Bridal Open House

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Planning an upcoming wedding ceremony, reception or special event?  Join us to tour the Mansion, Carriage House, bed & breakfast rooms and gorgeous fall gardens.  Sample some tasty tidbits from our preferred caterers and mingle with a variety of experienced wedding and event professionals.

Gramercy Mansion’s Fall Bridal Open House

Saturday, November 2, 2013

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153

*Our Fall Bridal Open House is absolutely free to attend but we do ask that you rsvp to amanda@gramercymansion.com or 410-486-2405 by October 26, 2013.


Participating wedding professionals include

Chef’s Expressions Catering, Zeffert & Gold Catering,

Innovative Gourmet, Sascha’s Catering, Blue Sage Florist, Shutterbooth, John Zito Photography,

Kathy Freundel Photography, La Cakerie,

Antares Musicians, Dance Masters, Bayside Limo… and more!

Join us at 2:30 in the Carriage House for a special dance lesson with Sue and Don from Dance Masters Entertainment!


True Love Stories

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Elopements at Gramercy Mansion

It’s our pleasure to welcome many couples to celebrate their wedding day at Gramercy Mansion – some extravagant affairs and some intimate ceremonies.  Each duo has a unique story to tell and we’re happy to share the following real life love stories with you!  Thank you Alycia & Alan and Emily & Jason for sharing with us!

Alycia & Alan

Alycia & Alan

My husband Alan and I met in high school. Alan had his heart set on me from day one, but I just wanted to be friends at first. We stayed friends for three years before we made it official. After five years of dating, we found out we were expecting a baby girl.  Alan proposed to me under the moonlit sky on a bench in a local park.

We began to plan a big elaborate wedding but started to get side tracked in all the overwhelming details! After finding the Gramercy Mansion online there was no question we wanted to elope there! It was perfect to be able to invite just our immediate family to share in our day! We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our eternal love and commitment, not about guest favors or the DJ. Don’t get me wrong those weddings are a lot of fun but we wanted a more intimate feeling. And Gramercy sure delivered that!

Our favorite part of the day was the moment we saw each other! We were standing right beside one another but large bushes were separating us and keeping us out of sight. The anticipation gave me butterflies in my stomach and my husband said he felt the same. We surprised our guests by letting them see when we finally saw one another for the first time. We had originally planned on meeting inside the mansion and walking down the isle together. To everyone’s pleasant surprise we let them in on the best moment of finally locking eyes and arms! We were married under the gazebo and we stayed two nights in the Camelot room! It was the most amazing and relaxing experience! The last night, we got back from dinner and our room was filled with candles and rose petals, it was a beautiful way to end our honeymoon.

Emily & Jason

Emily & Jason

Jason and I are excited to share our love story….

How did you first meet?

Jason and I first met in Mr. Hardison’s 1987 French class at Franklin Middle School in Reisterstown.  We were both in the 7th grade and met on the very first day.  I was seated next to Jason and  we spent the next 4 years taking French together and funny enough, sitting next to each other each year.  We were instant best friends for the next 5 years.  Our love story didnt pick up until several years later….

What made you decide to elope?

We have known each other for 25 years and although we ‘needed’ to be married to start a family, we had been reunited over 3 years earlier and quickly fell in love.  We are both in our upper 30s and wanted to invite only family and friends to our ceremony.  We eventually plan on having a 1 year anniversary where we plan on inviting friends and family to a larger celebration.

What is your favorite memory of your wedding day?

This sounds so cheesy but seeing Jason as I rounded the corner.  He was the first person I saw and as our eyes met everything else just disappeared.  It was just like magic!!  The venue was absolutely perfect with the white lights against the dark sky.  It was like a fairy tale.

Did you surprise your guests and, if so, how did they react?

We actually didn’t do anything grandiose but simply telephoned a few friends and family and told them ‘enough is enough, we are getting married in 2 weeks!!’  Everyone was as excited as we were!! Perfect!  Just Perfect!!