Planning a Holiday Party? Check out these tips!

Enjoy our Stress-Free Guide to Planning a Holiday Party.

Planning a Holiday Party

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! No matter the occasion, we all want to be the hostess or host of the year. Throw a party that your guests will be raving about through the New Year and enjoy our stress-free guide to planning a holiday party.

Here’s your holiday party planning guide:

While planning a stress-free holiday party, make sure to keep the food impressive yet simple. Think of adding finger foods and grab-and-go selections. These choices are ideal for large gatherings since they don’t require any utensil and your guests can mix and mingle while eating comfortably.

Don’t forget the music! Make a party playlist beforehand and have festive music playing in the background all night. You won’t be able to throw a stress-free party if you are constantly worried about managing the mood. Plan ahead and create a playlist that will feature enough songs to get you through the party. Then, just press play and enjoy your night.

Make your own coatrack: If planning a holiday party in NJ, you can almost guarantee that your guests will arrive in gloves, hats and oversized coats. Don’t stress over where to put the outerwear. Create your very own coat check by putting a coatrack by the door and purchasing a few hangers. 

Now you know a few easy tips for planning a holiday party but if you need more inspiration, take a look at the Holiday Survival Guide by Real Simple. Happy planning!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving from the Wilshire Grand!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with warm moments and cherished memories. Happy Thanksgiving from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ!

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

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If you are extending your Thanksgiving visit in NJ and looking for weekend events in our area, be sure to check out Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo. The holiday event is taking place throughout the holiday season and is one of our top events for families in NJ.

If you are hitting the road this Thanksgiving and looking for hotels in NJ, we welcome you and your family to spend your holiday with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. If you are staying home and hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, check out our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist.

Wherever you may be this holiday season, we hope your holiday is filled with laughter, love and joy. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here in West Orange, NJ!

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo - Returning for another memorable season!

Your family will love Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo!

Beginning November 28th, the 2014 Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo will transform the Essex County attraction into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the dazzling holiday light display with your family and plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


The 2014-15 Schedule includes:

Starting November 28th, Friday Saturdays and Sundays only.
December 12th through January 4th, open 7 days a week.
December 24th – Holiday Lights will be closed.
December 25th- The Zoo will be closed.
January 1st – The Zoo is closed for the day but will feature Holiday Lights at night.

Holiday Lights will take place 5pm to 9pm.

The holiday event in NJ is free and open to the public but in-kind donations of canned foods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the holiday attraction. Book your stay with us and enjoy our cozy accommodations and close proximity to the Essex County zoo.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time? Check out these tips!

Our easy to follow guide for hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time!

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time can be stressful. As a first-time host, you want to make sure that everything goes as planned. Check out our Thanksgiving Planning Checklist and get ready to impress your guests. Warning: You may be asked to host again next year!

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist includes:

Make sure you get a final head count of guests and start planning your menu. If you want your guests to bring something, make sure you discuss with each person. You’ll then want to decide if you will serve buffet-style or a sit-down dinner.

Reserve your bird two weeks in advance

Thaw your turkey three days before. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.

Clean the kitchen the weekend before and make the cranberry sauce.

If baking a pie from scratch, make your pie dough two days before and refrigerate it.

The day before Thanksgiving is when you’ll want to trim and peel your carrots, make cheese crackers and make your pie. Wrap your pies in plastic and keep at room temperature.

You will want to bring your turkey to room temperature and start roasting 3 ½ hours before your guests arrive.

Two hours before your dinner, you can bake your potatoes, cook your green beans and assemble your stuffing.

One hour before dinner starts, set out your cheese crackers and any appetizers that you may be offering. Then, 30 minutes before, put your stuffing in the oven, cook your carrots and make your gravy!

Now you can sit back and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner! For more helpful tips, check out Martha Stewart’s Foolproof Plan for your First Thanksgiving.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Gather your family! Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Prudential Center!

The heartwarming Disney classic is coming to our area! Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Prudential Center this November.

Don’t miss Disney on Ice Frozen at the Prudential Center! The Academy Award-winning tale that melts our hearts is coming to NJ this November. Sing a long to your favorite songs as Elsa and Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and more skate their way into your hearts beginning November 19-November 23, 2014.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and your favorite Disney characters, the family-friendly winter event in NJ is certain to be an unforgettable celebration.

All Dates & Times:

Wed Nov 19   7:00 pm
Thu Nov 20   10:30 am
Thu Nov 20    7:00 pm
Fri Nov 21      7:00 pm
 Sat Nov 22     11:00 am
Sat Nov 22     3:00 pm
Sat Nov 22      7:00 pm
Sun Nov 23     1:00 pm
Sun Nov 23     5:00 pm

Gather your family and purchase your tickets today! The Wilshire Grand Hotel is convenient for all guests traveling to and from any event at the Prudential Center. Browse our current hotel offers and book your visit with us today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Admire the Fall Foliage & Enjoy these Hiking Trails near Newark, NJ!

Looking for an adventure? Explore these hiking trails near Newark, NJ.

There’s no better way to celebrate the fall season here in NJ than going out and enjoying the crisp air. If looking for the top things to do this fall, how about checking out these hiking trails near Newark, NJ?

Hiking Trails near Newark NJ

Pyramid Mountain – Tripod Rock

This trail in Northern NJ is ideal for beginners and experienced hikers. Enjoy 4.4 miles roundtrip of moderate trail surface, rocky footpaths and several streams near Boonton, New Jersey.

Watchung Reservation History Trail

Located in Union County, the Watching Reservation History Trail is a 6-mile loop that starts and ends at the Trailside Nature & Science Center.

Mountainside Park

Located in Pequannock, NJ, Mountainside Park is another excellent choice for hiking in our NJ area.

Pack your sneakers and head to our hotel in West Orange, NJ. Our cozy accommodations will be waiting for you before and after your hike!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

New Jersey Brides – Come take a tour of our Bridal Suite at the Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Planning a wedding in New Jersey? Brides, take a tour of our new spacious suites in West Orange.

Calling all New Jersey brides! Our new private bridal suites in West Orange, NJ are designed specifically with your bridal party in mind. We will provide all of the necessities for your special day. Come take a tour of our hotel with our new spacious bridal suites today.

New Jersey BridesOur bridal suites include:

  • Two Private rooms for Bride and Groom’s party
  • Both rooms equipped with chairs, mirrors, living room furniture and lighting
  • Separate reception area to relax before and during the wedding
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator filled with soft drinks, juices and water
  • Coffee maker
  • Private safe to keep your belongings during the wedding

If you are planning a wedding in NJ and looking for the perfect venue, we hope you will check out our event space at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. For more information regarding our bridal suites, please call Travis at 973-731-7007.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


** Suites are only available to wedding parties that are having their weddings on premises.

The 2014 Liberty Hockey Invitational – Four Teams, One Champion!

Cheer on your favorite college hockey team in the 2014 Liberty Hockey Invitational.

Four teams. One goal. One Champion. The 2014 Liberty Hockey Invitational is taking place this Halloween weekend at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Our hotel is conveniently located near the Prudential Center. We invite you to plan your stay with us!

UConn and Merrimack will kick off the weekend in the opening game on Friday, October 31st followed by a matchup between Princeton and Ivy League opponent Yale at 7:30pm. The champion will be decided on Sunday, November 2nd immediately following the third-place match at 1:00pm.

The 2014 Liberty Hockey InvitationalGame Dates & Times:

UConn vs. Merrimack
Friday, October 31 at 4:30pm

Princeton vs. Yale
Friday, October 31 at 7:30pm

Third Place Game, Sunday, November 2 at 1:00pm
Championship Game, Sunday, November 2 at 4:00pm

Ticket prices are $60 and $35 for all-session passes and $35 and $20 for individual games. Group tickets are also available through Prudential Center Group Sales.

If planning to attend the weekend event in NJ, browse our current hotel specials on our website and book your stay at the Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Not-so-Scary Halloween Events for Families at the Turtle Back Zoo in NJ!

Looking for spooktacular events for your little ones? Check out these Halloween events for families in NJ.

Halloween Events for Families in NJ

At the Wilshire Grand Hotel, we are conveniently located near many top attractions in the Northern NJ area. Which means, there is always something new to discover each time you visit our hotel. If planning to celebrate Halloween in our area and looking for events for families in NJ, check out the Turtle Back Zoo this October.

The Halloween events include:

Spooky Zoo at the Turtle Back Zoo
October 24th and 25th, 2014
6pm to 9pm
$5 for non-members, $3 for Zoo members

This spooktacular family-friendly Halloween event in NJ features a spooky animal presentation, hands-on activity stations and nighttime train rides.  The not-so-scary train rides will take place before 7:45pm and scary rides start at 8pm. The event is rain or shine. Click here for tickets.

Safe HOWL-O-Ween at the Turtle Back Zoo
Friday, October 31st, 2014
$5 for non-members, $3 for Zoo members

Gather your little ones and enjoy trick or treating at more than 25 candy stations at the Turtle Back Zoo.

If interested in attending these frighteningly fun Halloween events at the Turtle Back Zoo, we welcome you and your family to book your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Click here to view last year’s event and plan your stay today!

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Planning an Extended Stay? Take Advantage of our NJ Hotel Package with Breakfast included!

Our NJ Extended Stay Hotel Package with Complimentary Breakfast Daily is perfect for your stay in NJ.

If you are planning an extended stay in NJ, look no further than the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We are offering an exclusive NJ Hotel Package with breakfast included for you to enjoy during your visit. Learn more about our hotel deal below and plan your stay with us in West Orange, NJ.

NJ Hotel Packages with Breakfast

Our Extended Stay Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Basket with beverages & snacks upon arrival
  • Complimentary full breakfast buffet daily
  • Monday - Thursday manager's reception
  • Free WiFi and internet service
  • Free shuttle service within a 5 mile radius, based on availability

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit our special hotel offers page on our Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ website to learn more.

Whether visiting for business or leisure, we are committed to ensuring your stay is memorable from beginning to end. Come visit your home here in West Orange, NJ and enjoy our comfortable accommodations and unprecedented service.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel