Category Archives: Holidays

Reservation for two! Valentine’s Day in Seattle

Love is in the air and what better way to treat your Valentine than with a romantic dinner tailored just for the occasion.  Many of our favorite neighborhood spots have created special menus for the holiday or are offering Valentine’s Day specials. Take your date on a festive stroll to share one of these featured meals and a truly lovely evening.

…and don’t forget to make reservations, the sooner the better!

Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge  

Source: OpenTable
Source: OpenTable

Seafood

Prix Fixe, $85/person  

Travolata 

Italian

Prix Fixe four-course menu, $80/person

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Source: OpenTable

RN74  

Contemporary French

Prix Fixe five-course menu, $135/person 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 

Steakhouse

Open early Valentine’s Day Weekend  

Source: OpenTable
Source: OpenTable

Spur Gastropub 

Gastro Pub

Prix Fixe menu and a romantic flick on the big screen 

Il Bistro

Italian

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Source: OpenTable

Prix Fixe four-course menu, $95/person  

Margaux

American

Five-course dinner for two with shared appetizer, soup or salad, intermezzo, entrée, desert and wine: $120, February 12-15

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Source: OpenTable

Urbane  

Contemporary American

Prix Fixe four-course dinner featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $75/person

‘Tis the Season at The Century

It’s the season of giving and as a long time Northwest company, Pillar Properties is committed to giving back to the community.  As part of our Pillar Passions program, we select a local organization to support each quarter.

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We just wrapped up our efforts for Toys for Tots and the results were spectacular.

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Each of our properties and the team at the Seattle office put together a huge effort to help ensure that children in need were supported this holiday season. We also received donations from outside companies since our properties were official drop off locations for Toys for Tots.

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Our total donation for Toys for Tots this year comes to $40,000 in toys and cash.  We think that is an incredible effort and a ridiculously large donation given the size of our company. Thank you to all of the residents and team members who helped make this effort successful!

DSC_2319[1] (2)To continue with the spirit of giving, we made sure to give our residents a time to come together and celebrate the holidays with friends and neighbors. The Century hosted a Holiday Cocktail Party to spread the holiday cheer. Residents enjoyed appetizers and craft cocktails in a festive poinsettia filled room. The featured drinks of the night were Cranberry Manhattans  and Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mules. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Helpful Hints for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be stressed out! The holidays need to be a time for family and a time for giving…not just for giving you a headache.

Here are a few helpful hints to get you through this holiday season, well…at least get you through the stressful parts, hopefully after reading this you will be able to sit back and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

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If you’re going to a Holiday Party

Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

3 Fresh Ideas for Host/Hostess Gifts

7 Ways to be the Perfect Party Guest

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If you’re hosting a Holiday Party… 

Holiday Hosting Short cuts

Holiday Hosting Hack: two-ingredient recipes

13 Holiday Punch Recipes

Crockpot Cocktails for Cold Weather

If you’re hosting guests…

How to Host Without a Guest Room

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Source: Domino

Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves

How to Prepare for Out-of-Town Guests

The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You

10 Pre-Holiday Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you’re drawing a gift giving blank…

Everyone on Your Holiday List

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Favorites for Seattle Food Lovers

If you’re not trying to  pack on the traditional holiday pounds…

50 Holiday Recipes You Won’t Regret in January

We asked Property Manager Matt what he does to prepare for the holidays:

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Matt said he thinks it’s important to take a break from all of your to-do lists and do something that makes you excited for the holiday season!

Matt suggests treating yourself to a festive showing of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker! He said it’s a specular evening for the whole family! For a more romantic evening, Matt suggests taking a stroll with your theater date to Palace Kitchen for a cozy pre-theater dinner.

A night to submerse yourself in holiday cheer!

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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities to Get your Green On

St. Patrick’s Day is always a very festive day around Puget Sound.  Everyone wants to get their green on with parades, bar crawls and of course, beer!

Looking for your best option for celebrating?  We’ve got ya covered!

  • Lucky 2015: The biggest Spring Festival is right next door! Filled with St. Patrick’s décor, visited by magical creatures and celebrated with a little luck of the Irish—it is the luckiest adventure of the year! Full details here.
    • When: Friday March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Over 20 artists including Zed Dead.
    • For tickets click here.

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  • Irish Festival and Parade: Don’t miss the best place to get your green on with non-stop Irish music, dancing, workshops and cultural displays. For more info, click here.
    • When: March 14 and 15; Saturday and Sunday
    • Cost: FREE, all ages.
    • Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    • Location: Starting on 4th Ave and Jefferson.
Photo by Paul Swortz
Photo by Paul Swortz
  • St. Patty’s Day at Seattle Children Museum: Get ready to explore this green-filled day with fun activities for kids. For full details click here.
    • When: Tuesday March 17.
    • Activities:
      • 11:30 a.m. – Exploration: Celtic Harp.
      • 12 p.m. St. – Patrick’s Day Story Time.
      • 1 p.m. – Art: Leprechaun Houses.
      • 2 p.m. – Math: Leprechaun Graphing.
Source: Seattle Children's Museum
Source: Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Leprechaun Pub Crawl: With a ‘Going Green’ theme, and over ten local bars to crawl to, it is sure to be a Saturday night to remember. For full details click here.
    • When: Saturday March 14 at 3 p.m.
    • Cost: $10 per person.
    • Location: Pub crawl begins at Kells Irish Pub.
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Source: Water Way Cruises
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Get ready for the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash filled with a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults! For full details, click here.
    • When: Sunday March 15.
    • Time: 8 a.m. Start times vary depending on the activity you chose.
    • Location: Seattle Center
    • Price: $35 individual registration. And $12 for ages 10 and under.
    • To register, click here.

Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan announced that 26 year old bubbly children's TV Presenter Emma O'Driscoll is to lead Limericks Saint Patricks Day. The theme of the Saint Patricks Day parade is Go Green and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick.  Picture Seán Curtin Press 22.

Know of any other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities in town? Share them with us on the comments below!

 

Giving Back with a Little Help!

The holidays are all about giving and this year our residents helped us to give in a big way! As a locally-owned private family company, we are committed to doing our part to make our community a better place. So, we partnered with Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help ensure every child has something to unwrap this holiday season.

The best part is, with all of your help, we were quite successful at it, too!

Thank you to all of our residents, we were able to collect ten bins full of toys to donate to Toys for Tots local chapter to distribute to children in the Puget Sound area.

We are so grateful for the wonderful people who call The Century home and we wish you all the happiest of holidays

DIY Holiday Decorating Tips

To be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

Time to break out the mistletoes, twinkle lights, and ribbon! It’s time to deck your halls with holiday cheer. Here are some easy and creative DIY projects to get you inspired.

For your tree: HGTV
If you’re celebrating Christmas, you’ll love these creative and quirky themes. Try something new this year by building your tree out of books or wooden logs.

Source: HGTV
Source: HGTV

For your wreath: Nesting Place
Explore this huge compilation of eclectic, homemade wreath ideas! The list is growing, so you’re sure to find a creative new way to dress your door.

Source: Nesting Place
Source: Nesting Place

For your kitchen: Camille Styles
Baking holiday cookies is not only a fun seasonal activity, but an easy way to spread cheer to your friends, co-workers, and family. From elegant sugar cookies to decadent meringues, classic gingerbread to cranberry bars, Camille Styles is sure to impress.

Source: Camille Styles
Source: Camille Styles

For your gifts: Martha Stewart
Martha is always a great go-to for holiday inspiration and easy DIY. No matter the gift you’re giving—whether it’s a bottle of wine or toy for a toddler—Martha has beautiful tags to help dress your presents.

Source: Martha Stewart
Source: Martha Stewart

For your hostess: Style Me Pretty
If your calendar is looking booked with holiday gatherings and soirees, you’ll be in need of some fun hostess gifts. Check out these adorable homemade boxes of goodies.

Source: Style Me Pretty
Source: Style Me Pretty

For quick ideas: Real Simple
If you’re short on time, but big on holiday cheer, Real Simple has you covered. Here are some quick and easy ideas to get your home in the season.

Source: Real Simple
Source: Real Simple

For your mantel: Southern Living
Your mantel is the centerpiece of your home, so be sure to give yours a festive makeover. Whether you prefer simple and elegant or colorful and bold, these ideas will make yours pop.

Source: Southern Living
Source: Southern Living

For everything else: Pinterest
Of course you can never go wrong browsing Pinterest. If the projects above were just getting you started, you’ll get lost for hours in the beautiful ideas and creative crafts on Pinterest. Search any idea you like—from snowflakes to twinkle lights to dreidels to candles!

Give Thanks to Restaurants Serving This Thanksgiving

Look, we’re not all culinary wizards. For some of us, the idea of trying to cook a perfect Thanksgiving turkey has as much appeal as bathing in a puddle. So if you are tasked with supplying the feast, this may be the year to grab your family and let a real chef do the cooking, leaving you plenty of energy to cheer on the Seahawks at night.

Here are some restaurants around downtown Seattle serving special Thanksgiving meals.

BOKA. Source: BOKA.
BOKA. Source: BOKA.

BOKA
1000 First Avenue, Seattle (Downtown)
Forego cooking a five-pound turkey and instead feast on BOKA’s five-course meal. Cost: $65 adults, $25 children.

Daily Grill
1400 6th Ave, Seattle (Downtown)
You can’t go wrong with their three-course prix fixe dinner, which includes delights for the entire family. Cost: $39.75 adults, $14.75 children.

Urbane
1639 8th Ave, Seattle (Downtown)
This traditional Thanksgiving menu offering will leave you thinking it was homemade in your kitchen. Cost: $40 per person.

Daniel’s Broiler
809 Fairview Place North, Seattle (South Lake Union)
Enjoy breath-taking views of the water while feasting on their four-course meal offerings. Cost: $55 adults, $12 children.

Bell + Whete
200 Bell St, Seattle (Belltown)
Enjoy the classic flavors of Thanksgiving with Bell + Whete’s special holiday menu. Cost: $28 per person.

3 Great Halloween Parties

It’s time to grab your spookiest or funniest costume and join in some Halloween frivolity. So if you have the costume but need a venue, here are some ideas for Friday.

1) A short Uber (or Lyft) away in Fremont is Seattle’s only Halloween Masquerade Costume Ball, the Bonza Bash. What is Masquerade? Think Black Tie + Venetian-style mask + fun, sexy, interesting costumes. This party is known for having Seattle’s most profitable costume contest, with $10,000 in prizes.

2) Are you up for more of the “alternative” type of Halloween party instead? Risqué Halloween 2014, the “sexier Halloween experience” may be more your speed. Risqué will take place at The Showbox in Seattle and promises to be “one of the most alluring events of the year with some of the sexiest costumes and guests.” 1,000 guests, great music and hours of fun.

3) For the true Halloween fans, “Seattle’s Premier Haunted Attraction,” KUBE 93FM’s Haunted House, runs until midnight on Halloween night. It’s a little trek to the Georgetown area of Seattle, so plan appropriately. (Note: It has been deemed too intense for children under 12.)

If you host a party here at The Century, or just have an awesome costume, be sure to send some pictures our way.