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“We’ve won every year that the Wedding Wire Network has recognized wedding venues. We’ve also had a wedding featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Hawthorne House will utilize those award-winning skills for your holiday party as well.”

While financial spirits grow on Wall Street after the unsettled economic worries of the last years, the holiday spirit is also returning for many businesses. The purse strings are loosening as the country enjoys better times, and companies return to the tradition of holiday parties.

“After the recession in 2008, corporate holiday parties were cut due to budget concerns. Now we’re seeing an upturn as corporations, businesses or groups book more holiday parties,” stated Irene Sparks, owner of Hawthorne House in Parkville, Missouri. “We can customize a holiday party to meet their needs and desires.”

Irene opened Hawthorne House, named for one of her favorite authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, in August 1997. The estate is located on 11 acres complete with the original house. Irene renovated the home, adding offices, dressing rooms and kitchen facilities, and built the attached Emerson Room, which seats 300 guests. She also had a chapel built on the grounds that can hold up to 250 guests, and a gazebo that can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Hawthorne House is already well established as one of the finest wedding reception facilities in the KC metro area. Now Irene and her staff are ready to put their award-winning business to work for companies or groups.

When asked about what Hawthorne House has to offer that other venues may not, Irene stated, “I believe the annual awards we receive, including the Hall of Fame award from The Knot magazine, speaks for the level of service we offer. We’ve won every year that the Wedding Wire Network has recognized wedding venues. We’ve also had a wedding featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Hawthorne House will utilize those award-winning skills for your holiday party as well.”

Whether you’re looking for a facility to host a holiday get-together for your company or business, or want to hold an employee recognition event or awards ceremony later in the year, Hawthorne House should be your destination. It’s a full-service facility, and all of the staff work for Hawthorne House, rather than being hired from a staffing agency. “Having all of our own staff really sets us apart from venues that have to hire staff that is not familiar with a facility,” noted Irene. “My office manager, Della, and head coordinator, Adona, have been with me for 16 of the 17 years I have been in business. We pride ourselves on having an experienced staff at Hawthorne House that will ensure your event special will go smoothly.”

Adding to that unique touch are the exquisite grounds that are constantly maintained. “We’re on eleven acres, and six are beautifully maintained, much like a country manor,” noted Irene. “As you drive up the driveway and enter the Hawthorne House estate, it’s an elegant sight, very warm and engaging. Clients love the fact that they have the privacy of the estate for their event.”

Whether you’re looking for minimal help or a complete plan, Hawthorne House will host a wonderful happening for your business or group, from a sit-down dinner to a buffet or perhaps an array of appetizers. “We’re noted for our extensive menu. Offerings can be grilled salmon with key lime butter sauce, carved beef tenderloin with horseradish or blue cheese sauce, garlic or wasabi mashed potatoes and more. We’ll have something to please the most discriminating palate,” enthused Irene. “In addition, if you have special dishes you’d like prepared, our chef will work with you to make that happen.”

Now is the time to book your holiday get-together or special event for your employees or coworkers. Get them out of their cubicle environment or off the manufacturing floor and treat them to an elegant, relaxing evening at Hawthorne House. Its reputation for bringing clients an extremely high level of service is second to none in the KC metro. The experienced staff is standing by to help you plan and coordinate your special event, offering you extensive guidance and knowledge from their 17 years of experience. Hawthorne Houses provides an impeccable level of service in a relaxed and positive manner, so you and your guests can enjoy your event.

“Hawthorne House will take them from their everyday corporate environment to a relaxing and engaging estate setting with individualized attention,” noted Irene. “You can have a party anywhere, but we get to know you and work with you to meet your needs. We want to work with you to plan the most memorable event, whether it is for a wedding and reception or your corporate holiday party. We want you to say, ‘I found the right place and the right staff for my special event, and it was here at Hawthorne House.’”

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