The Grand Home

By / 6th November, 2014 / The Grand Home / No Comments

cmas tree1The Grand Home was lovingly restored by Mel and Pat Doughty beginning in 1974.  This grand Victorian home was truly a family affair.  Every inch of beautiful oak wood was stripped and restored to it’s glorious detailed luster by not only the home owners, but the grandparents also put in a great deal of work helping the family bring this home back to what it was originally intended.  With ceilings a minimum of 12 feet high, some areas well over 20 feet, you can imagine the scaffolding and care that was required.

During this renovation, the Doughty’s had two young girls who enjoyed almost every minute of it, except when their parents miscalculated a bit and decided to refinish the hall and parlor floors at the same time.  Why a big deal?  Well that meant that during the time the floors required to dry and cure, the girls had to be carried outside the front door of the house and around to the back door in order to get breakfast and then back again to get ready for school.  Lessons learned for sure, but more important than that, memories that endure for a lifetime.

As life does, it moves on quickly and now the home has been made available for everyone to cherish and enjoy.  Imagine waking up to a 12′ Christmas tree surrounded by gifts!  The Grand Home is a place for creating memories that last a lifetime!

Location, Location, Location

By / 4th March, 2017 / events / No Comments

Finding the perfect location for your event venue is just as important as the event itself.  Your setting should enhance your guests experience and memory of your special occasion.  So, the saying, “location, location, location,” isn’t just about real estate, it’s equally important when it comes to your celebration.

So, let’s look at seven important steps into finding the right location for your special event.  For best results, follow this checklist:

Center piece1. Who is your target audience and what is the guest list size?

Before creating a short-list of event venues to look at, know who will attend your event and how many people you’ll invite. You’ll want to make sure that your venue location can accommodate your expected guest list and is suitable for the audience.

If your event is by invite only, request that your attendees RSVP by clearly printing it on the invitation, but be aware that many people don’t respond so you may have to follow up with a phone call. RSVP is a French acronym that means ‘please respond’.

2. Know how to cater to your target audience

Knowing the demographics of your audience is vital to the selection of your event venue. For example, know the average income of your attendees, what their likes or dislikes are, what they are accustomed to, etc. If your audience is a group of CEOs then your venue should reflect their tastes and needs.

3. What is convenient for your guests?

Selecting an event venue location in proximity to where your guests’ live or work often reflects on the number of people that will attend. Something to consider is alcohol consumption and transportation. You don’t want attendees to drink and drive so have free transportation options available after the event so they can get home safely or ensure taxis are ready when people leave the venue.

4. Weather

Keep an eye on the weather and adjust your needs accordingly. For example, if you’re organizing an event and it’s supposed to rain then have umbrellas on-hand or tents available for outdoor events.  Most rental companies will have these available if you prepare them accordingly.

5. Venue knowledge and experience

Before you decide to hire a venue for your event, ask them for a list of events they’ve planned, ask to see pictures of those events so you can see the various layout options, and ask for references. You might want to speak to some of the staff as well so you know what expertise they have and how accommodating and friendly they are. Find out the ratio of servers to guests, what they’ll wear during your event, and whether or not they can or will work over-time if needed.  Not all venue locations will include all the details.  Some are simply location rental and the additional services come at an additional cost, so make sure you are clear on what all is included.

You’ll also want to know what the event venue will take care of and what you have to prepare for, i.e. decorating, set-up, tear-down. The more behind-the-scenes information you have, the better!

Walk around the outside of the venue, too, and check for possible noise issues, where neighbors are located, is decorating required outside the venue, possible hazards, where the fire exits are located, and parking or drop-off points for limousines, buses, or taxis.

6. What other services do the location provide?

Before hiring a venue get a list of other services they provide, like:

–       Parking. Do they have their own parking facility or is there space nearby that can be used? Can you negotiate a better rate for your event?

–       Security. Depending on the type and size of your event, you may need to hire security. For large scale festivals where the City/Township is involved in planning then you’re often required to have police, fire fighters and/or paramedics on-hand. Also make sure the venue has fire extinguishers, working fire alarms, first-aid kits, and power backup. Know where the emergency exits are and have an emergency plan in place. Don’t overlook cell phone reception because you may need to rent two-way radios to communicate with your staff.

–       Restrictions. Venues often have unstated restrictions that include, but not limited to, decorating (inquire about posting on walls), photography/videographer, alcohol sales, bringing in outside food like cakes, and bringing in outside caterers.

–       Additional Services to consider. Many venues provides additional services like catering, floral arrangements, audio-visual services, staging and lighting, decor for event production, ticketing, transportation, and sight seeing tours for the guests.  Again, these are usually at an additional cost or they may offer a package deal, so ask before you sign.

7. What are the venue fees?

Prior to choosing your location, ask for a list of items the fee covers, as mentioned previously. Based on this checklist, you’ll want to know:

–       What is the event venue fee and are taxes included?

–       What else is included in the venue fee? Dance floor, tables, chairs, linens, security, parking, and liability coverage, what is the corkage fee and is the liquor license available, if so, is it valid and up-to-date?

–       What is not included in the venue fee?

–       What is the price range for a served meal or buffet, and cost per person?

–       If rooms are required, what is the cost per night?

–       What are the bartending and bar set up fees?

–       What forms of payments are available and what is the payment schedule? What is the refund and cancellation policy?

 

This should give you basis to evaluate what venue location will suit you and your guests needs the best.  Besides the fun, good food and conversations, creating an experience that last well beyond the evening is something everyone treasures!  So choose your next event location with these tips in mind.  Have fun!!

Afternoon Tea is BACK!

By / 5th May, 2016 / events / No Comments

cake and tea, afternoon tea

TEA & TASTIES

Join Us Thursday, May 19th

2pm to 4pm

$8 – Includes Tea & Tasties

Reservations are suggested – Call or email us!

 

tea and tasties, afternoon teaTea & Tasties was a big success!! Thank you to all who came by and spent time with us.  We always enjoy your company!!

We received such great feedback and requests that we are going to host Tea & Tasties on a monthly basis.  Look for it the 3rd Thursday of each month (as a rule).

As usual, Mrs. Pat will pull together her best and most favorite recipes for these special occasions. We’ll be serving the organic teas from Numi, which are the perfect compliment to her yummy tasties. (see Menu here)

All are welcome to this Tea & Tasties and we encourage making reservations. It’s the perfect opportunity to treat so many people in your life. How about an Office Party – treat your staff for the afternoon, why not reserve the whole room for one day!! Not only are you giving back to your staff and creating a great experience for them, but you’ll be giving back to a great organization – #likeagirl movement, with 10% of the proceeds from Tea & Tasties going back to this cause sponsored by the Mayfield Graves Co. Tourism Commission. It’s the perfect chance to create a special memory for Mom’s and Daughter’s or Dad’s and their little girls. No matter what the reason or for no reason at all, it’s a good idea – we can all use a little more sweetness in the middle of the afternoon, right?!?!

 

CELEBRATING PURE TEA

Mrs. Pat picked the perfect teas for this afternoon gathering. At Numi, they let nature speak for itself, hand-picking premium organic teas and herbs and blending them with only real fruits, flowers and spices. Since they use real ingredients and high quality teas & herbs (not tea dust or fannings), there is no need to apply “natural” flavorings or fragrances to create flavor. This means you can pronounce the ingredients, know exactly what you’re sipping and savor true gifts of nature.

 

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James

THE HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

 

We look forward to seeing you and hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of Tea & Tasties!!

 

In case you were wondering: Here’s a few Etiquette Tips for Afternoon Tea . . .

Tea & Tasties

By / 8th April, 2016 / events, The Grand Home / No Comments

cake and tea

TEA & TASTIES

Join Us April 18th – 23rd from 2pm to 4pm for

$8 – Includes Tea & Tasties

10% of all proceeds go to #likeagirl Event sponsored by Mayfield Graves Co Tourism.

Want to reserve your day and time?  Call or email us! 

 

tea and tasties
Mrs. Pat has been busy pulling together her best and most favorite recipes for this special occasion.  She’s special ordered organic teas from Numi, which are the perfect compliment to her yummy tasties. (see Menu here)

All are welcome to this Tea & Tasties and we encourage making reservations.  It’s the perfect opportunity to treat so many people in your life.  How about an Office Party – treat your staff for the afternoon, why not reserve the whole room for one day!!  Not only are you giving back to your staff and creating a great experience for them, but you’ll be giving back to a great organization – #likeagirl movement, with 10% of the proceeds from Tea & Tasties going back to this cause sponsored by the Mayfield Graves Co. Tourism Commission.  It’s the perfect chance to create a special memory for Mom’s and Daughter’s or Dad’s and their little girls.  No matter what the reason or for no reason at all, it’s a good idea – we can all use a little more sweetness in the middle of the afternoon, right?!?!

 

CELEBRATING PURE TEA

Mrs. Pat picked the perfect teas for this afternoon gathering.  At Numi, they let nature speak for itself, hand-picking premium organic teas and herbs and blending them with only real fruits, flowers and spices.  Since they use real ingredients and high quality teas & herbs (not tea dust or fannings), there is no need to apply “natural” flavorings or fragrances to create flavor.  This means you can pronounce the ingredients, know exactly what you’re sipping and savor true gifts of nature.

 

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James

THE HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

 

We look forward to seeing you and hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of Tea & Tasties!!

 

In case you were wondering: Here’s a few Etiquette Tips for Afternoon Tea . . .

Sew Many Ways to Quilting

By / 14th March, 2015 / The Grand Home / No Comments

quiltingQuilting has such a rich and deep heritage.  Telling stories, sending messages, symbolizing love and depicting family lineage, are just a few ways that quilts have made and have a lasting impression on us today.  The Grand Home is filled with quilts passed down from other family members and ones hand made especially for the Doughty family.

According to their website,  The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For 30 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice through a broad suite of products: magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabric, and catalogs. At AQS, they believe that with inspiration and advice, creatively minded individuals can take quilting projects beyond anything they have previously imagined. That is why inspiration is central to everything they do. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS, the best in quilt artistry select AQS events to display their work, the newest quilters learn from the knowledge and inspiration of AQS members.

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AQS celebrates the art of quilting by hosting a QuiltWeek in many different locations.  We’re lucky enough to be near one coming up very soon in Paducah, KY – April 22 to 25th.  The world of quilting is bursting at the seams with masters in the quilting arts at QuiltWeek.  You can experience firsthand the techniques, the color, the heart, and the infinitely creative minds of some of the world’s finest quilting mentors.  For more information about the Paducah QuiltWeek, click here.  And of course, The Grand Home is the perfect place to stay!!  Book your room soon though . . . click here!

But before we get too far ahead, let’s take a look back at the history of quilting.  The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. People in nearly every part of the world had used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, and even armor. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished.quilting

The term “quilt” comes from the Latin <i>culcita</i>, meaning a stuffed sack.  The word has come to have 2 meanings. It is used as noun, meaning the 3-layer stitched bed-covering. It is also used as a verb, meaning the act of stitching through the 3 layers to hold them together.

A quilt is a cloth sandwich, with a top, which is usually the decorated part, a back, and a filler in the middle. Under the general term of patchwork are of 3 different types of quilts: (1) the plain or whole cloth quilt, (2) applique quilts, and (3) pieced or patchwork quilts.circles, quilting

The quilt, as we know it in America, was originally a strictly utilitarian article, born of the necessity of providing warm covers for beds. Quilts were also used as hangings for doors and windows that were not sealed well enough to keep out the cold. The earliest American quilts, made by English and Dutch settlers, were so intimately connected to everyday life of the early colonists that no record of them exists.  For more details and info on the history of quilting, click here.cross stich, quilting

Quilts being typically woven in block patterns have a history and meaning as well, including hidden meaning for aiding slaves in finding passage through the underground railroad.  The Blocks have names and here’s a source for seeing what they mean – click here.  For the amazing history of the quilt code patterns for the Underground Railroad Quilt Code, click here.

The history of America can be seen in the history of quilts: in the rich heritage left us by those thrifty, self-sufficient women who helped settle this land, in the families whose history is sewn into quilts one patch at a time, and in the legacy of the quilting arts passed on to children and grandchildren so they may carry them forward to the future.

All the photos here are pictures of quilts at The Grand Home.  Feel free to stop by for your tour!

quiltingbasket, quilting  girl, quilting

The Beauty of Stained Glass

By / 5th March, 2015 / The Grand Home / No Comments
library window, stained glass

Library Window at The Grand Home

The Grand Home is adorned with a few stained glass windows.  No matter what the weather is outside, these works of art are the literal definition of looking through rose colored glass.  They offer the most amazing patterns of reflection when the light comes through, constantly changing shape and color – a continual creation of art.  Besides being stained glass, the artisans who created these windows incorporated the use of beveled glass making these stained glass windows even more unique.

The term stained glass can refer to colored glass as a material or to works created from it. Throughout its thousand-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches and other significant buildings. Although traditionally made in flat panels and used as windows, the creations of modern stained glass artists also include three-dimensional structures and sculpture.

The earliest known man-made glass is in the form of Egyptian beads from between 2750 and 2625 BC. Artisans made these beads by winding a thin string of molten glass around a removable clay core. This glass is opaque and very precious.

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Grand Dining Room window at The Grand Home

Glass making was the first industry set up in America in Jamestown, settled in 1607. The English were running out of wood to fuel their furnaces. The endless forests and sand in the New World dictated the choice. To reassure his English investors, Captain John Smith wrote that the glass-making venture was a success, but the operation was very short lived. Bottles and window glass were the primary glass products of this venture.

In the nineteenth century, William Gibson began the earliest known glass business in America around 1834 in New York City. This venture did not last, but he tried again several decades later and would promote himself as the “father of glass painting” in the United States.  For a detailed history or stained glass, click here.

Besides the traditional church stained glass, there’s vast array of design and architectural stained glass represented globally.  Here are the 10 greatest stained glass windows in the world – click here.

The stained glass windows of The Grand Home are not only inviting to passers by, but truly a treat when you walk through and are able to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship of over 100 years ago.   Oh, and if you’re wondering who still does this type of art or where you can get your own stained glass, Jack Wallace is actually a local artisan who has been crafting these windows since 1971 an is one of a few nationwide can repair them.  (FYI – he’s also the genius behind the hand carved bed in The Grand Home’s Master Bedroom, but we’ll leave that story to another day.)  So, come by The Grand Home and see for yourself!!

master bath window, stained glass

Master Bath window at The Grand Home

 

 

 

Ready for the Holidays?

By / 13th November, 2014 / Holiday Events / No Comments

stairway lit1The Grand Home is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays.  Whether it’s for a small company dinner or large holiday celebration, The Grand Home has everything you need.  Cozy fires, festive decorations and much more make sure your guest leave with an experience they will remember for years to come.

At The Grand Home, we’re grateful for the opportunity to share our home with you and create memories that last a lifetime!

Book your Holiday Event today!