The banqueting hall sits on the top floor of the medieval tower. The Gothic architecture fulfills its purpose of filtering light into the space. The soaring ceiling and pointed arches also reflect this dramatic style.
More than a century after the first Christmas tree was raised in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore House, very little has changed. Relying on newspaper descriptions and estate records, the design team accurately recreates the look of the Gilded Age Christmas that George and Edith Vanderbilt enjoyed when they welcomed their first guests in 1895.
As you might imagine, decorating Biltmore House's 35-foot-tall tree requires a lot of ornaments: 500 wrapped gift boxes, 500 traditional glass ornaments and 500 electric lights, in the Edison bulb style, to be exact.
One of the main reasons why professional caterers using folding banquet tables for their buffets is the ability to use the area below the tables to house additional supplies. Once you've got your collapsible banquet table, pick up a tablecloth long enough to touch the floor on the front and the two sides. Leave the back uncovered for easy access below.
A cozy breakfast nook wrapped in wainscoting sits just off the kitchen in this Westlake, Texas, home. A whimsical chandelier adorned with birds and a banquet-style seating bench maintain a casual look in the space.
A large fresh wreath and illuminated evergreen garlands top the Banquet Hall's stone overmantel carved by famed sculptor Karl Bitter. Biltmore House's floral team replaces greenery weekly to maintain a fresh look and scent for holiday visitors.
One of the most anticipated holiday traditions at Biltmore House is the annual tree raising. Hundreds of visitors gather to watch as a 40-person team carefully maneuvers the massive Christmas tree past priceless antiques and into position in the Banquet Hall.
Due to the irreplaceable nature of Biltmore House's architecture and antiques, no heavy equipment is used to transport or position the massive 35-foot Fraser fir. Instead, the crew carefully raises it using ropes and pulleys, carefully avoiding the Banquet Hall's chandelier.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation: This kitchen was a little small for the home owner's needs so they knocked down the adjoining wall to the living room and combined the spaces. The remodel included replacing the range hood with a downdraft vent, adding a wall banquet seating space, replacing the countertop with a smaller and more user friendly countertop, resurfacing the cabinets, and adding in a new tile backsplash.