Our Day at the Wadsworth Mansion 2017 Wedding Show


Categories: Beverages Venues Weddings

By: Fiona, Event Coordinator


In the New England wedding industry, it’s no secret that summer is our busy season. We are creating memories every weekend from May to October and are constantly on the go. Winter is when we take time to relax, refresh, and regroup! (I think it’s safe to say we have things we love and hate about both summer and winter)

Here at A Thyme To Cook we’ve been spending our winter revising our menu ideas, exploring new wedding trends, and chatting with our future brides about their hopes and dreams for their big days this year!

Now that spring is in the air  (Can you believe it’s March? I still can’t believe it myself!) we get to experience that wonderful feeling of waking up to 55 degree weather, walking outside to see the little green bulbs peeping out of the ground, and hearing the birds sing good morning.

This Sunday was no exception as everyone who made it to the Wadsworth Wedding Show got to experience a beautiful sunny drive to the Middletown mansion.


We spent the afternoon meeting close to 200 couples who are planning their 2017/2018 and even some 2019 weddings! We were joined by several other vendors who frequent the venue and got to see all the cool trends each one decided to showcase this year.

There was a string trio serenading guests as they walked in, a fun and compact photobooth to capture the moment, lush floral displays in every room, and wedding gowns with just enough sparkle to catch your eye.


Anyone who hasn’t been to the Wadsworth mansion should definitely mark their calendars for the show next February. It’s a beautifully maintained property that opens up to a large patio, an enormous lawn, and a seasonal rose garden. The wedding show is the perfect opportunity to see it in use.

We figured several people were skipping a boozy brunch to come to the show, so we decided to fill our table with two cocktail “shots” and a little treat to go with each. These drinks were created by our own Krystie Norris, event coordinator by day and cocktail extraordinaire by night. Find the recipe for each drink below and enjoy!


“Red Snapper Shot” Bloody Mary:

¼ cup fresh tomato juice

3 tablespoons vodka

1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

½ -¾ tsp freshly grated horseradish

3 dashes hot sauce

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 pinch sea salt

1 dash freshly ground cracked black pepper

In a highball glass, stir together all ingredients, fill glass with ice, then pour into a second glass. Pour back and forth a few times until well incorporated, garnish with a celery stalk and a slab of hickory smoked bacon.


The French Bride:

4 oz pinot grigio

2 oz gin

1 oz sage infused simple syrup

2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice

Pour all into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake for 10-15 seconds, strain over a martini glass or serve ‘on the rocks’ in a tumbler with ice, garnish with a sage leaf.


About The Author…

Our Events Team will be posting blogs throughout the year – so, let’s meet our first blog poster – Fiona!


Fiona arrived at A Thyme To Cook with a diverse background. Having grown up in the hospitality business via a small family-run Inn/restaurant/pub/shop/post-office in Ireland, dabbling in marketing and PR at various small firms, and working as an Event Manager in Manhattan, Fiona has worked with all types of people, cuisine, and events.

After a year in France followed by four years of studying business, economics, sociology, and political science at Trinity College Dublin, she realized that the highlight of those years was planning social events and exploring new foods. Hence, the perfect marriage of those two passions at ATTC.

Fiona is constantly on the go and can be found in Mystic doing anything from sneaking vegetables into dessert recipes on her blog, trying a crazy yoga position, reading on the beach, or exploring new places, all while drinking copious amounts of tea.

Her favorite guilty pleasure would have to be ice cream – any.

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