Centerpiece and Menu Ideas from the Mayflower

Marrying in a grand ballroom? Check out the florals and cuisine from one of DC’s most historic hotels.

The Mayflower Renaissance’s Grand Ballroom can hold up to 800 guests. Photograph courtesy of the Mayflower Renaissance

Last week, we paid a visit to the Mayflower Renaissance hotel to view some of their newest décor and menu ideas. The Mayflower’s ballroom (pictured above) is a huge, luxurious space with high ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and balconies that have a vintage-theatre feel.

To fill the space, the floral team at the hotel suggested several tall centerpieces, including a favorite for fall—an arrangement of branches with hanging votives, surrounded by a ring of auburn roses. We like the idea of adorning some tables with these high centerpieces, with the others featuring low arrangements to provide visual interest.

The menu featured both items with local appeal (goat-cheese-and-sour-cherry puff pastry hors d’oeuvres in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival), and international flair (a Mediterranean dip display). Also, some fun ideas for desserts—gingerbread cookies and eggnog eclairs for holiday weddings, and pumpkin cream puffs for fall events. Visit the Mayflower Renaissance’s Web site for more information.

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