Let’s face it, we love her dearly for her better days, but Kween Mother Nature can be *extremely* unpredictable. When planning outdoor activities or events it’s the worst when a dark cloud actually rains on your parade!
Hosting an indoor event obviously eliminates the threat of Mother Nature and her changing ways, but if you were going for an outdoor vibe it can be challenging to mimic that concept inside a venue. At the Gladstone, our spaces have seen many events throughout the years and are extremely flexible in catering to our clients needs; we can take on just about any theme!
That means we have experience under our belts when it comes to bringing the sunshine inside our brick walls for those that want an event with an outdoorsy vibe! Check out some past examples below:
Pride Picnic at Harvest Wednesday
We had the pleasure of hosting Toronto’s ultimate foodie couple, Brandon Olsen and Sarah Keenlyside, owners of Chocolates X and restaurant La Banane, as guest chefs for a Pride Picnic event during our Harvest Wednesday dining series.
Turf floors, picnic benches, palm plants and pool toys were accompanied by Pride flags as tablecloths, creating a summery picnic vibe while guests joined together to sample a delicious dinner.
A little turf goes a long way in creating that outdoorsy look!
Chef in Residence Opening Party
Suzanne Barr, previous owner and executive chef at Leslieville’s once popular Saturday Dinette (now unfortunately closed!) was the Gladstone’s very first Chef in Residence. With menu and ingredient inspiration from her mother’s commonwealth journey from Jamaica to the UK, to Canada, the Ballroom was transformed into a diverse tropical scene for the opening party.
“The dishes, artwork and music will capture the vibrant colours, flavours and smells that represent the picturesque scenery of island living,” said Barr of the launch party.
An abundance of palm trees, banana leaves, large bamboo shoots and coconuts filled the venue space creating an island feel and accompanying the menu perfectly!
12 Beers of Summer
One of our most popular summer events at the hotel is 12 Beers of Summer— a one of a kind sampling event where local breweries are invited to pitch a table and beer lovers can sample as they please! Sud sippers are encouraged to wear a Hawaiian shirt, flip flops, and anything wild tropical style, embracing the familiar feel of an outdoor beer festival right inside the halls of the Gladstone.
Even our famous Gladstone Taco truck makes it out to this event, creating even more of an outdoorsy vibe and adding to the summery feel!
Thinking of an outside themed event but want the ease of having it indoors? Find out more about how you can book your summer corporate party here.