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Spend Memorial Day Weekend in NJ!

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and the Garden State is always the ideal destination for any age. Whether visiting family or searching for the best Memorial Day events in our area, we hope you’ll to begin your weekend getaway with us in NJ.

While here, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of a few parades happening around us, as well as attend many Memorial Day ceremonies taking place throughout our NJ area. With our convenient location, day trips are always a convenient possibility. Hop on the train and visit the sites and events in NYC.

After a long afternoon filled with barbecues, celebrations and activities, you’ll love cozying up in our luxurious accommodations at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Visit our website to learn more about our rates and availability and begin planning your Memorial Day weekend getaway in NJ today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Our Top Party Themes for your Sweet 16!

First: Take a deep breath and relax because your upcoming Sweet 16 party is going to be great. It’ll be one that your friends will talk about for years to come. Although it might seem overwhelming now, all of the endless planning and effort will be all worth it!

If you’ve just begun planning your ultimate sweet 16 party you may not have picked a theme yet. And when it comes to any party or momentous occasion, establishing a theme should be at the top, if not the first thing, of your list. Which is why we’ve decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to “Our Top Party Themes for your Sweet 16.”

When it comes to our top party themes for your Sweet 16, you may be familiar with none or all of them. But it is our hope that our list will inspire you to get your creative juices flowing and put the fun back into party planning! So, let’s take a look at some of the unique, party ideas that you can have for your Sweet 16.

  • Single Color Party Theme: Imagine a room decorated in all white or maybe, your favorite color. From the invitations to your guests’ attire to the centerpieces to the lighting, you can really make a party stand out by only using one color. You may already be familiar with an all-white themed party but have you thought about how different an all-pink or an all-blue party could be?
  • Winter Luau: Just because your birthday is in the winter, doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate like its summer! Use tropical-themed décor, palm trees and beach umbrellas to help warm up your guests from the chill outside.
  • Masquerade Ball: Hand out masks at the door for your friends to put on and have a ball with this unique party idea for your Sweet 16.
  • 60s, 70s or 80s Era Party: Travel back in time with your friends. You’ll be surprised to learn of how many great dance songs came from these eras!
  • Tiffany’s Theme: Are you familiar with the popular jewelry store Tiffany’s? The colors are Teal and White. Incorporating these signature colors, and breaking out your best pearls, can really make any party look sophisticated and elegant.

Of course, there are plenty of other themes out there such as Hollywood, Sports, Vintage, etc. The most important thing to ask yourself is what best suits your personality? After you figure this out, you’ll realize that establishing the best party theme for your Sweet 16 is a lot easier than you think!

You’re next step may be to find the perfect event venue to host your Sweet 16. If you’re in the NJ area, we welcome you to visit our Weddings & Events page on The Wilshire Grand Hotel website to learn about the event spaces we have available. We’re conveniently located in West Orange, NJ.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Essex County Mini Golf Safari - Now Open for the Spring Season!

Searching for the best activities in the NJ area? How about enjoying a fun and light-hearted activity that you and your kids will love! The Essex County Mini Golf Safari is now open for the spring season. Put your best miniature golf skills to the test at this award-winning 19-hole course, right here in West Orange, NJ.

The Essex County Mini Golf Safari is located right down the road from us on the corner of Cherry Lane and Northfield Ave in West Orange. The unique attraction in NJ gives visitors the opportunity to experience a taste of Africa, without leaving NJ.

Treat the children to a memorable spring afternoon, as you putt around a life-size gorilla, hippo and other African creatures. Keep in mind that this NJ spring attraction has special spring break hours. Click here to learn more about the Essex County Mini Golf Safari.

Turn your day trip into a mini vacation with the family and plan your overnight stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to learn more.

Celebrate Mother's Day in NJ!

Plan the perfect Mother’s Day weekend getaway in NJ. Let our latest blog post be the guide to your trip and spoil Mom to a memorable experience right here in NJ.

Dining: Our Zagat-Rated Primavera Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner to satisfy any palate. If looking for dining outside our hotel, our area is home to a few of the most desirable and eclectic restaurants in NJ. Our staff would be more than willing to help direct you to the best places to go during your Mother’s Day visit in NJ.

Events: During your Mother’s Day trip, how about surprising Mom to a Mother’s Day Lunch and Dinner Cruises. For this event in NJ, Spirit of New Jersey departs from Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ.

Cozy Accommodations: After exploring the area, come back to our cozy accommodations in West Orange, NJ and rest your feet. We offer spacious rooms in an elegant setting.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day in NJ, begin your adventure with us. Visit our website to learn more and begin planning the ultimate Mother’s Day getaway with us in North Jersey.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Spring Wedding Trends for 2013!

Are you planning on getting married this spring? Check out the top spring wedding trends for 2013!

Let’s start with the wedding color scheme. It looks like 2013 is all about the neutral color palettes: shades of grey, blush and taupe. It gives a vintage feel to any wedding and makes our list as one of the top spring wedding trends for 2013.

For décor, candles, chandeliers and garlands, oh my! These small touches are having a big presence at weddings. Creative wedding ideas range from garlands with ribbon to garlands hung from chandeliers. Our Regency Room at The Wilshire Grand Hotel sparkles with crystal chandeliers and luxurious décor.

Did you know that the peony is the most-requested wedding flower for the second year in a row? The romantic flower is the perfect touch to any spring wedding in NJ and beyond.

Planning your wedding should be a piece of cake with these cake styles for 2013:

  • Clean and modern with a bow, flower or monogram.
  • Eye-popping color and designs on every layer.
  • Cakes that mimic the bride’s wedding-dress and detail.

What are your favorite spring wedding trends for 2013? Did they make our list? We hope you’ve been inspired with this week’s blog post. If planning your wedding in NJ, our catering and event specialist can handle every detail of your special day with genuine care and personal detail. Visit our website today and create your dream wedding at our venue in NJ.

Until next week,

The Wilshire Grand Hotel