Elopement Packages

Relish Photography by Lee

Our elopement package or micro-wedding package include everything to make your wedding special. Select your favorite spot in the front of the Inn or the Inn’s parlor for your intimate ceremony. These packages are perfect for those who wish to escape the stress and expense of a large wedding but still want their storybook ending.

These packages are offered based on availability; dates and times may be restricted during our peak seasons.  Call us today to schedule your special day at 804.382.0500 and ask for Samantha.

Choose from one of two elopement packages. Not included in the packages: Virginia Wedding License, wedding rings or family anxieties and stress.

 

The Virginia Lover’s Package

(This is only for the Nearlyweds and up to 2 guests.)

  • You get 2 hours on the grounds of the Virginia Cliffe Inn to include dressing room to get ready.
  • Private wedding ceremony with two witnesses in the Parlor or a selection of places in the front of the Inn.  One hour includes ceremony & photography session.
  • Wedding official and photographer is included.
  • Bridal bouquet of seasonal flowers and matching boutonniere.
  • Wi-Fi access if you would like to stream your event.
  • $50 gift certificate to our local Italian Restaurant, Little Angela’s Ristorante
  • A Virginia Cliffe Inn keepsake to remember your special day.

This package does NOT include a wedding license or rings.

Package Price: $1650 plus tax

 

 

The Romeo & Juliet Package (named after our swans)

(This is only for Nearlyweds and up to 2 guests. If you wish, you can have up to 25 guests at the ceremony and a special cocktail hour. Please add $65 per person. Guests are welcome to stay at the Virginia Cliffe Inn based on availability.)

  • A one-night stay for the newlyweds at the Virginia Cliffe Inn in the Glen Allen Suite, Margaret Aurelia Suite or Carriage House. Any additional guests receive 10% discount off one night room if they choose to stay at the Inn on the day of the ceremony.
  • Newlyweds receive a gift voucher for their anniversary date.
  • Private hour wedding ceremony (including time with photographer) with two witnesses in the Parlor or a selection of places in the front of the Inn.
  • Wedding official and photographer is included.
  • Small bouquet and matching boutonniere
  • Wi-Fi access if you would like to stream your event.
  • Wedding cake for two (if added guests, will do a special cocktail hour with cupcakes and sparkling wine in our dining room for up to two hours)
  • $100 gift certificate to our local Italian Restaurant, Little Angela’s Ristorante
  • Celebration tray with sparkling wine or non-alcoholic bubbly and small charcuterie box.
  • Breakfast delivered in the morning to the Newlyweds in their Suite.
  • A Virginia Cliffe Inn keepsake to remember your special day.

This package does NOT include a wedding license or rings.

Package Price: $2350 plus tax

 

 

Specials and Room Add-Ons

Romantic Getaway Package

You’re welcomed in your room with a bouquet of flowers, baked goodies or fresh fruit (depending on season) and a small charcuterie board topped off with some sparkling cider or wine.  Enjoy the night out at Glen Allen’s local, romantic Italian restaurant with a $50 gift certificate to Little Angela’s.  Finish off the evening with a self-care basket for two.  Enjoy sleeping in with breakfast served to your room or a homemade lunch. Additionally, you get a Virginia Cliffe Inn souvenir to take with you.  Want to make it extra special?  Order in room couples massage for an additional $240 (only offered only on Thursdays & Fridays).

Minimum 2-night stay (breakfasts included) for $279 plus room rate.  Call 804.688.5123 receive special pricing, and to book now. Payment is required at the time of booking.

 

Anniversary Package

Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated!  Enjoy a romantic night away from all the hustle and bustle.  Start the evening in your room with small bouquet of flowers, a small charcuterie box, baked treats, and sparkling cider or wine.  A $50.00 gift certificate to Little Angela’s, our local Italian Restaurant is included.  We will also send you off with a Virginia Cliffe Inn keepsake to take home.  $199 plus room rate.

 

Celebration Package

Fresh flowers, a small charcuterie box or baked treats and sparkling cider await you in your room upon arrival. A $50.00 gift certificate to Little Angela’s, our local Italian Restaurant is included.  We will also send you off with a Virginia Cliffe Inn keepsake to take home.  $175 plus room rate.

 

Honeymoon Package

End the long, awaited day with your bed turned down, a small charcuterie box and some champagne just for 2. Enjoy breakfast being served to your room and your gift of a Virginia Cliffe Inn keepsake.  $125 plus room rate.

 

 

Photo Credit: Kirstie Squier

Babymoon Package

Fresh flowers, homemade treats (or fresh fruit) and sparkling cider await you in your room upon arrival. Included is a self-care basket and we will send you off with a Virginia Cliffe Inn keepsake to take home.  $125 plus room rate.

 

Massage Therapy

60 minutes ($125) & 90 minutes ($150)

Therapy massages are offered in the comfort of your room by a high quality, licensed massage therapists.  Pre-natal massages available.  You can add aromatherapy ($20) and/or hot stones ($20).  Couples massages ($245) only offered on Thursdays and Fridays.

​*please request to book at least 5 days prior to your stay*

Things to remember for your massage:

  • Give honest feedback to the therapist.
  • You may talk or be quiet during the session, whichever you prefer
  • Put your cell phone in silent mode.
  • Remove jewelry.
  • Use the restroom prior to treatment.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after treatments.
  • Gratuity is appreciated.

 

 

Manor House Special

Book the Entire Inn (five suites) and get 10% off all rooms’ rates. Contact us by phone or email and we will be happy to accommodate the needs of your party. This Special is available January-March, July, and August.

 

Our Guest Loyalty Program

Stay 9 nights over any length of time, for any number of visits, we will issue a gift certificate to you for a free night stay!  Room size will be based on the average daily rate of your previous 9 nights.

 

Picnic on the Grounds

Let us put together that perfect picnic basket. This package will include all the regalia you need to experience a very memorable picnic for two (we can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee this amazing basket of goodies!). Sparkling Cider, along with a variety of appetizers are included. Choose between chicken salad on croissant or a deli sandwich and baked treats for dessert. We will include the blanket, the basket, and goodies… all you need to do is sit back and enjoy! $55 + price of room.

 

The Friends’ Getaway

Take some time to reacquaint with your friends and let the Virginia Cliffe Inn plan your escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. This package is designed for a group, and you will be the only ones here at the Virginia Cliffe Inn. Come with a few friends and take all 5 rooms. (This package works perfectly for reuniting with high school or college friends, a scrapbooking party, jewelry-making party, corporate getaways… the possibilities are endless!) $50-$200 per person based on the personalized experience you choose will be added to room cost. This can be adjusted for corporate retreats.

 

 

Join Us for a Murder Mystery Dinner Party

A murder mystery party can be a perfect way to bring your group together. Imagine your friends and family stepping back in time, working to solve the crime.

Guests will assume a persona, don the appropriate attire, discover clues, uncover motives, and finally crack the case. All that is required is a sense of humor and a willingness to take a lighthearted attitude toward blackmail, sex, larceny, deceit, and murder. The game is played over a five-course dinner. During a series of rounds your job is to solve the mystery, discover the murderer, and prove yourself innocent of the crime. Select from a wide range of plots and themes.

All the players come in character. Some of the most successful costumes emphasize the flavor of the character and the time period. Don’t worry your character description will come complete with costume suggestions. And we always have few extra props on hand to help.

We work the work to plan an event that is fun and hassle free. You just show up with your friends and we will take care of everything. The Virginia Cliffe Inn has 5 guest rooms all with private baths accommodating ten guests. Happy hour is from 4-6pm during your stay that include mocktails & baked goods. A full family style breakfast and a five-course gourmet dinner (during the Dinner Party) are all included in our two-night package. Additional dietary needs are available upon request.

Two Night Mystery Party Package:

  • Check in at 3pm for two nights of accommodations
  • Enjoy the team camaraderie around an outdoor firepit with s’mores and ghost stories.
  • Enjoy a bountiful family style breakfast with your friends and family.
  • The day is yours to enjoy the property, walk our grounds, relax in your room, venture into Richmond or head out to explore one of the many sites in the area.
  • Enjoy a five-course dinner starting at 5:00pm during a fun evening of murder and mayhem at private Murder Mystery Party.
  • After another delicious breakfast, you have the chance to explore the grounds.
  • Check out at 11:00am.
  • Cancellation policy: 14 days cancellation required to avoid charges. A $230 per couple non-refundable deposit is required to hold your date, based on availability.

$700 per couple – a minimum of 3 couples needed to reserve the Murder Mystery Dinner Party 

 

Individual Add-Ons

 

Small Treat Box

The perfect treat for late night arrivals or to snack on. Find your specially ordered treat box in the mini fridge nearest your room upon arrival. Choose from one of the following: small charcuterie box; fruit and cheese with crackers; baked goods (scones, muffins, cupcakes or cookies) $45 + price of room.

 

Bouquet of Seasonal Flowers

A fresh arrangement of seasonal flowers + vase. Starting at $35 + price of room.

 

Pamper Basket

Pamper yourself with a basket filled with relaxing or romancing bath/shower items to include lotion, specially scented bubble bath, body wash and more. $50 + price of room.

 

Gift Certificate to Little Angela’s Ristorante

Take that special one to our local Italian Restaurant only 5 minutes from the Inn. Starting at $25 + price of room

 

For all packages Call 804.688.5123 or email innkeeper@vacliffeinn.com to receive special pricing and to book now.  Payment required at time of booking.  If you have already booked with us, no worries, we will take care of adding it on.  Just give a us a call and we will be happy to help you get the trip of your dreams planned and ready to enjoy.

Looking Back

Wow! 2022 has ended. It is that time of year to reflect and make resolutions (if that is your thing). For me, I am closing a chapter and starting a new one (chapter). The blank pages waiting to be filled.

I look back at 2022 and it has been quite a Wow year. My husband, Matt, and I moved to Virginia in April. I started being the Innkeeper at the Virginia Cliffe Inn on May 1st. We came from New Mexico, looking for a place to call home. We have lived out west for approximately 15 years. It was so nice to come back to the east. This is by far our favorite place to live. We finally found a place we can call home.

I have met so many wonderful people since then. Some travelers pass through and some just to get away from it all. I have the pleasure of hosting friends that have been getting together every year for the last 30 years. Some of our visitors were not here on happy terms but I was able to make their stay a little less stressful and that makes getting up a few minutes earlier worth it. I got to know a young man that was in college traveling to see old historic battlefields.

I look out the window from the kitchen, overlooking the grounds and feel truly blessed to be in a place of beauty and where I am loved. It’s not always perfect but there is always joy. I have seen people get married and bury loved ones. I have had my own son who got married and broke some family ties. I have seen friends come and go.

I did not make resolutions for the new year but decided to make a lifestyle change. This year my daughter created a vision board and I feel inspired to do the same. Life is too short to worry about the has been(s), what if(s) and what could have been and start living life by making slight changes. It is a new chapter to write and then at the end of this year we can reflect yet again. Happy New Year to everyone!

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A Day In the Life of an Innkeeper

It takes a special person to run an inn. I give kudos to Janice, the owner of the Virginia Cliffe Inn. She has moxie. She has the determination, nerve and force of character. She is a small business owner and I get the privilege of working for her. I can learn so much from her. She is genuinely a wonderful woman. She is appreciative and knowledgeable.

I wake up early and figure out what I need to do for the day. I am at the inn and excited to prepare the day for our guests. I have my menu laid out and fix what is on the menu for that day. It is either some type of egg dish or pancake type dish. Savory or sweet. Some type of scone and fruit.

I love getting to know the guests. I will grab my coffee and chat away the breakfast time with our guests. Get to know them and they get to know me. I love the interaction and stories. You meet many people from all over. A family from Norway, a couple from England and a college student from Texas touring historic battlefields. I have been all over the states and even to Germany. We discuss food to adventures to life happenings. I enjoy every moment.

After breakfast, it’s time to clean up and get ready for guests to check out. I clean and sanitize rooms ready for the next guests. I look over the guest list that will be checking in that day and preparing their rooms. I look for anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions. I do sometimes miss important dates, if I am not made aware of them ahead of time. That makes me sad. I want our guests to feel relaxed, appreciated and welcomed.

After all is cleaned and ready for the incoming guests, it is time for a small break. I live next door to the inn, so it’s a “hop & a skip” commute. When the weather is nice, it is a short walk. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the beautiful grounds. It’s fall, so all the leaves are changing colors and baring their branches in preparation for winter. The air is crisps in the mornings and warm in the afternoons.

I return to the inn to prepare the table for the next morning and any prep work for the next breakfast. This time of year, I am working on preparing homemade apple butter for our annual craft fair – Christmas at the Inn. This is my first year in participating and the excitement is brewing. I love winter and Christmas time. I get to bake and make things for others to enjoy. We have a slew of local crafters come to the inn to sell their crafts. Food, homemade goods and activities. What isn’t there to love?

During my slower days, I am busy playing with flower arrangements from leftover flowers from weddings or buying a variety of flowers and arranging them to put on display. I will write correspondence with previous guests (which I am 2 months behind) or plan the following weeks menu and order the groceries. Every week I get a delivery from local farmers and try something new for what’s in season. Sometimes I flop and have to rethink how to do something better or I hit on the first try. It’s a great creative outlet.

Time to move to dusting and cleaning the downstairs, mopping, vacuuming or laundry. It’s a never ending process and I love every minute of it. I find doing laundry and vacuuming very therapeutic. I love having some type of spa or meditation music playing softly in the background. I try new things, some times they work and some times they do not. I will never stop trying or give up in making the best I can do for a guest.

I love hosting people and making great food. I hope to see you at the Inn in the future.

Safe Travels!

Help we have to postpone due to COVID19! What do we do next?

By now many of you who planned weddings or other events in the next 8 -12 weeks are now faced with a decision. Postponement does not equal cancelling, so first things first stay calm.

Pause for a moment of gratitude that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Relish that you are engaged and have a committed partner that you will be spending the rest of your life with.

Lets look at some positives about postponing your wedding or event, before we move onto the steps to take.

  • More time to plan and save money towards the event itself, and a honeymoon.

  • More time to look at ideas for personalizing your day and for incorporating special touches.

  • Some guests who previously were not able to attend due to other commitments may now be able to be there – revise that guest list!

Even though, as a nation, we are currently facing a crisis, the love you share with your partner is not going to change, regardless of what is going on in the world.

We suggest postponing your celebration and not cancelling it! When couples postpone, most if not all, wedding vendors are helping couples switch dates without any charges.

Here is a checklist of steps to take:

  • Re-read your contract. Most contracts include a non-refundable deposit, you will not be able to get it back if you cancel.

  • Focus on contract language about penalties for rescheduling and time-frame in which the rescheduling might be required (within same calendar year, 12-months or just based on vendors availability) so that you know what to expect before you speak with your vendors.

  • Check your contracts for clauses regarding force majeure, cancellations and postponements and if you still aren’t sure, contact the vendor for further clarification.

  • If possible, schedule a phone call or face-time meeting with each of your vendors, starting with your venue rather than emailing your vendors. We suggest that both you and your partner join the meeting vs. just one of you. This is a critical time for everyone, and you want to avoid any potential miscommunication that might occur via email so phone discussion will be the most productive.

  • Lean on your coordinator/planner during a time like this! They are knowledgeable in handling the unexpected and will be your best asset.

  • If you are seeking to reschedule in 2020, include all weekdays and Sundays in your date option list. Your venue and your other vendors will have some of these dates open. We fully understand that selecting a weekday or Sunday might impact who can attend your wedding, but that is OK, because if that really makes a difference to your guest, you can lessen your load on the catering bill!

  • If you are rescheduling in 2021, include Friday and Sunday in your date option list. Your venue and your other vendors will still have some of these dates open and moving to either of these days might result in a cost saving because most vendors offer discounts on Friday and Sunday weddings.

  • Contact all vendors to ensure that deposits made are not lost and to confirm that vendors are available for the new date.

  • If vendors are not available for your new date, try to look for a replacement vendor.

  • Contact all guests, new invitations may not be necessary, consider a “change the date” message as that can be done online to save money. Maybe order a few new invitations for close family and for a scrapbook.

  • Think about the need to alter color schemes or themes and decor if the postponed date falls at a different time of the year.

  • Consider the time of day you are getting married or hosting your event – if postponed to later in the year, the sun will set earlier, so you may need to adjust the timeline of the day and this will need to be communicated to guests.

Before you conduct phone discussions, remember you are in this together with all your vendors and they really want to make this happen for you. Whether you start with your planner or venue, be prepared to give them a few days to respond. They will need to review your new date options and they will also want to review their contract requirements. They are also dealing with the Coronavirus both personally and professionally and may be fearing the potential financial crisis facing them.

Once you are provided with open dates, work quickly to schedule your phone discussions with your most critical vendors (the ones that you have paid the most money to book). Again, expect each vendor to take a couple of days to confirm their availability. Leave the discussion with expectations of each other and a timeline for responses.

Once you have open dates from you key vendors, be prepared to select a date that works for everyone and immediately request amendments to your contracts. Do not drag your feet because your vendors will have lots of other couples making rescheduling requests.

We believe given some flexibility on wedding dates and creativity, rescheduling your wedding can still end in the wedding of your dreams.

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With thanks and credit to the following for their input:

Debra and Lee Shepperson – Relish Photography

Jen Clifton – The Virginia Cliffe Inn

Katie Van Schooneveld- The Next Age LLC

Fall Weddings at Virginia Cliffe Inn!

Fall Wedding at Virginia Cliffe Inn in Richmond, VA

Virginia Cliffe Inn is a bed & breakfast located just outside of Richmond in Glen Allen. The southern-style property boasts a beautiful large home setting with large white columns and brick accented staircase. The property also has an indoor pavilion, an outdoor covered tent space, a bridal suite and a cabin perfect for the groom/groomsmen to prepare for the wedding. The inside of the bed & breakfast is beautiful and does not lack amazing vintage chic decor and detail…

You are cordially invited to our Christmas at Granny’s Craft Show!

We have some great news for you in a year that has been so sad and fearful for many, CHRISTMAS IS NOT CANCELLED THIS YEAR! Even better than that CHRISTMAS AT GRANNYS IS NOT CANCELLED EITHER!

However, we cannot do it without you, so we want to share our news with you, and tell you all about what we have planned.

Support Local Crafters and Vendors!

Bring your friends and family and support the dozens of local and regional crafters and vendors who have been using this lockdown to design, paint, build, bake, knit, crochet, sew, write, make and create beautiful and unique items for sale. You will find an array of goods for everyone on your gift list, plus Thanksgiving treats and Granny’s Specialty Spiced Tea.

New for 2020

1. More dates have been added Take time to visit on the day that suits you. The show is open to the public from Wednesday November 18, 2020 – Sunday November 22, 2020. 2. Grannies and Seniors special times Honoring our own Grannies is so important to us, that we have added a special date and time for Grannies and seniors where we can offer you more personal attention and a slower pace. The “Grannies Shopping at Granny’s” date is November 18, 2020 from 10 am to 2 pm. Click here for details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-at-grannys-2020-grannies-shop-for-grannies-tickets-124724758109 3. This is now a ticketed event Select your own timeslot and we will take care of monitoring crowds for social distancing. This will make for a much more comfortable shopping experience than going to a mall. Here is the link for booking tickets: https://linktr.ee/christmasatgrannys?fbclid=IwAR1Ct86aMvAlurTdhF-t9iXucJCuJE5iHuvCXk8AW9kqwkqrA2fYHE2a7oc

  • Visitors will receive their own shopping bag to keep for ease of gathering up purchases.

  • Our crafters will be on hand throughout the event to help you find just the right gift and to tell you about their creative process.

  • This is a family event, open to the general public, with something special for everyone.

  • Food trucks will be on site, so you won’t go hungry!

4. COVID conscious event

We have created ticketed timeslots in order to maintain optimum visitor numbers, without exceeding guidelines. The venue is continually sanitized for your comfort, staff will be masked, and we ask that visitors bring a mask to wear.

5.Your $5 ticket purchase supports the program for autistic children at St Joseph’s Villa.

The Virginia Cliffe Inn continues this time-honored tradition of opening the house to our community, and supporting our selected non-profit St Joseph’s Villa with proceeds from the event.

The latest and greatest in 2021 wedding trends

I recently had the opportunity to attend a webinar with WeddingPro experts to hear what they have observed as the hottest trends of 2021. Some things were obvious, but all are worth sharing with upcoming brides.

Wedding fashion

The dress will never go out of style, but brides are veering away from traditional white and there are more colored dresses being worn. Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration if you are thinking along these lines.

“Break away” dresses are hot right now. Meaning that part of the dress can be unclipped or unbuttoned to remove the train or skirt and reveal pants or a shorter skirt, great for dancing or creating a different look for the reception.

Bridesmaids matching dresses are less well-liked, brides are choosing to mix and match colors in the same color family. Cobalt and teal for example.

Grooms and groomsmen are adopting velvet jackets, this seems like a great plan for Fall or Winter, but less practical for Summer.

Food trends

Food trucks are in! We welcome them at the Virginia Cliffe Inn and one reason they’ve grown in popularity is the immediacy of vendor to guest service, eliminating the number of hands touching a plate, which during the pandemic has been helpful.

A second trend is covered plates, much like what you receive when ordering room service. Mini charcuterie plates and individualized servings pre-plated are also very popular.

Traditional cake toppers are OUT! Cakes are being decorated with fresh and 3D edible flowers, and couples are offering mixtures for dessert such as cake and macaroons.

Cakes are smaller, and are often offered as individual servings wrapped up, and thus doubling up as a wedding favor. Parfait style desserts and to go brownies or cookies are also sent home as favors.

Decor

Hot right now is the idea of a wall scape, allowing the couple to create a backdrop onto a wall or plain surface that evokes images that are meaningful to them. For example, a seascape or beach or mountain scene.

In terms of the reception, there is a big move away from the matchy matchy look, by using different sized tables, with a big push for color and specifically jewel tones.

Lights, lights and more lights are in everyone’s budget and allow decorators to create areas of focus.

Communication

When sending out invitations include specific details about the dress code for guests. If your wedding has one, tell the guests. This could carry over to your mood boards and website, “ladies dress in white, men in black” for example. Give examples on your wedding website via a look book for guests to refer to.

Entertainment

Many couples are opting for a mix of live music and a DJ, rather than relying solely on the services of a DJ.

Other types of entertainment seen include professional dancers, or dance lessons for the guests, magicians, jean jacket making with personalization and even a lipologist. What’s a lipologist you ask? Its like someone who reads palms, but with lips!

Streaming the ceremony has been a must for many couples during the pandemic, and is a trend that we are likely to see continuing for some time to come, where overseas and distant relatives and friends cannot travel. Don’t rely on using your trusty cellphone for this purpose however, dropped signals and poor coverage do not make for a great experience and it is worth working with a professional technician to ensure camera and sound quality are good. Often these technicians can also provide drone services, another trend that has been seen with video footage taken from above the proceedings to be shared later with family and friends who couldn’t make it.

Size and expenditure

The restrictions on social gathering sizes over the past 14 months have meant smaller more intimate weddings with a higher per head budget being allocated. Wedding couples have pushed the boat out in providing a very personalized experience and some elaborate menus and special entertainment for their guests, putting their own stamp on décor and environment. There seems little doubt that we will continue to see smaller weddings going into 2022 and 2023, and even more creativity and customization.

If you are planning a wedding with up to 50 guests, check out our K.I.S.S. Package below!

Looking for a theme for your 2021 holiday party?

We’ve got some suggestions for you

It’s that time again, that agenda item that appears at the Monday morning meeting and elicits groans, and responses from colleagues like “I’ll be out of town” “I’ve got a thing” “I’m wrapping up a HUGE project I can’t possibly help”.

Item 1 – Organize the holiday party!! Just to make you smile here is a little something from The Office Party Planning Committee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4NtSOz8BxI

If your heart drops and you experience a sharp intake of breath at the mere thought, we’ve got a list of themes for you to try. Some are family friendly, some appeal to adults only, casual or sophisticated.

  1. Food tour – dishes from around the world, possibly holiday themed from different countries. Think yule log, baked ham, Christmas pudding, coquilles St Jacques, sachertorte, kulkuls, akoho sy voania, poi – Ok so you get the idea. Ask your colleagues about traditional ethnic dishes that they love to eat and then try to include those on the menu.

  2. Christmas detox brunch – healthy brunch for anyone who is suffering the effects from the night before. Think green smoothies, and guided meditation. Chair massage and gentle music. Sounds like the perfect low key celebration.

  3. Fill Santa’s Sleigh – invite every guest to bring an unwrapped toy, book or non-perishable food item to donate to local toy or food drives. Have Santa make an appearance for photo opportunities. Perfect for family parties.

  4. A wine Winter- play blind wine tasting games, with wine prizes for accurate answers. Invite every guest to bring a bottle that is wrapped in brown paper, so the label is not visible. Take it a step further and include fortified wines such as port, sherry or madeira.

  5. Craftstravaganza – offer craft tables with everything needed to make ornaments or decorations, with instructions as a way of entertaining younger guests, include an empty tree for people to decorate with their creations if they wish.

  6. White Elephant – popular with all ages. Set a dollar limit on the value of each gift. As guests arrive, they place a wrapped present under the tree and pick a number out of the hat. Numbers are drawn randomly to allow guests to select a gift. The fun part comes when they start to steal gifts chosen before their own turn, rather than selecting a new gift from the pile that is left.

  7. Winter Luau – this theme combines the dressing up and decorating portion with hula skirts and leis and lends itself to music and food as well. Luaus are colorful and popular events at all times of year, and very enjoyable.

  8. Then there is always Nights in Morocco …. Not your grandmothers Christmas party!

Whatever you decide on keep it classy! Naturally you want to be the one who tells the Planning Committee that you’ve found the perfect (classy) venue and the perfect theme for said party! Talk to us today and host your party at The Virginia Cliffe Inn. Email us events@vacliffeinn.com or call 804 382 0500