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Plan the Ultimate Company Christmas Party

It’s almost that time. What time, you ask? The time for candy canes, hot chocolate, crowded malls, and planning your company party. In the past, your parties haven’t been bad, but this year you really want to rock it. You want the party that your employees will be talking about until the next one comes around.

Luckily for you, we have six steps that will take your party from mediocre to mind-blowing. So start planning today – you don’t want to have to rush things at the end!

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Step One: Pick a theme.

Every good party has a theme. Whether it’s as simple as Winter Wonderland or as intricate as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you should have some kind of focus around which you can craft the rest of the party! Here are some of our favorite suggestions:

  • A Christmas Story: Dress up as the characters from this iconic movie and decorate accordingly. Don’t forget the leg lamp!
  • Masquerade: This is a great option for a more formal, classy party. All the guests must wear a mask as they mingle and maybe even hit the dance floor.
  • Santa’s Workshop: If you love cute, kitschy decorations, this one is for you. Find corresponding games and make sure that Santa makes an appearance!
  • Candy Store: Here’s your excuse to have candy everywhere! Decorate cookies, get candy-cane striped table cloths, and eat all the sugar you want.
  • Ugly Sweater: This one is a classic, but your guests are sure to love it! Make sure you have an awesome prize for the person with the tackiest getup.

For the sake of this blog post, we’re going to be using the Ugly Sweater theme, but feel free to adapt any of these ideas to whatever theme you choose!

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Plan Your Christmas Dinner at Temple Square

JSMB Christmas Tree - Plan your Christmas dinner

Planning a dinner party for the family or the office is a lot of work, especially a party revolving around one of the biggest holidays of the year – Christmas! You probably already know the guest list, but what are you going to feed everyone? And where on earth are you going to host them? Well have no fear, Temple Square has two beautiful venues available for hosting private events for 12 to 430 people, and we just happen to have a NEW Christmas Menu that is hot out of the oven!


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    Joseph Smith Memorial Building                      Lion House

Whether you prefer the elegant grandeur of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, or the vintage, charming feel of the Lion House, the Christmas dinners available in both of these historic buildings will have your guests begging to come again next year. Let’s take a look at what’s NEW on the Christmas menu: Read more »

Hotel Utah Love Story

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The Doorman and the Elevator Operator – Hotel Utah 1936

1936 doorman and elevator operator story - Hotel Utah

The year was 1934 and the Great Depression was in full swing.   Two young people, brother and sister, left their hometown in Gunnison, Utah to come to the big city of Salt Lake City to attend L.D.S. Business College.   Their names were Ernest Uhlan ( known as Rudy), and Carol Swalberg.

Rudy was a dapper young man with big plans and Carol was a lovely young woman with high hopes.   As a child she had developed polio, which left her crippled, and she was given a scholarship from the State Vocation Rehabilitation Department to receive schooling.   Carol completed her schooling and went to work and in 1936, to his great joy, Rudy was able to find employment as a doorman at the famous Hotel Utah.

At the same time, a beautiful young woman by the name of Margaret Janet Stahr, a native of Salt Lake City, also came to work at the Hotel Utah.   Her father had passed away in 1935 and she quit her studies at East High School to help her mother support their large family.   To her great joy, she was hired as an elevator operator at the prestigious Hotel Utah.   It took a while to learn how to control the lever that brought the elevator to a stop on the desired floor, but she soon learned to do the job with perfection.

The rest is “family” history, as it wasn’t long before Rudy noticed the beautiful new elevator operator and a wonderful romance began.  Rudy made sure he took many an elevator trip on a certain elevator manned by the beautiful Margaret Stahr,

Rudy worked at the Hotel Utah until 1939 and Margaret worked there until October 4, 1940 when the happy couple was married in the Lion House in Salt Lake City.  Thus began their life together and the beginning of our family.

Hotel Utah has always been a very special place for our family. Without this beautiful hotel, we wouldn’t have had the happy couple as our parents.  I was born July 9, 1942 and my sister was born October 28, 1943.

Through the years we have enjoyed going there and enjoying the Christmas spirit and decorations there.  When my wife and I were courting, we went to a dance in the Grand Ballroom and have attended family events and wedding breakfasts in this beautiful building.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our story.

Sincerely……………….Ernest David Swalberg

The Hotel Utah was the name and function of the current Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Peregrine Falcons – 4 EGGS!!

As of Saturday, April 20th there are 4 Peregrine Falcon eggs atop the Joseph Smith Memorial Building!!

For those of you who may not know, there are Peregrine Falcons that nest on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building here on Temple Square. Peregrine Falcons are an endangered species and are highly protected by the State. We are lucky to have some nesting right on our window seal! This picture is a screen shot from the webcam located in the Falcon’s nesting area. Salt Lake Peregrine Falcon’s Facebook page posted this picture on Saturday. You can follow the webcam feed by visiting

FREE Chinese Art Exhibition – NOV. 2

Temple Square Hospitality Helps VOAUT

Volunteers of America, Utah (VOAUT) held their first annual Silver Spurs Gala at Gardner Village in West Jordan this September and we had the amazing opportunity to provide all the beautiful decorations.

Some of our wonderful staff members here at Temple Square Hospitality Corporation (TSHC), located in The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, donated linens, chargers, containers for centerpieces and of course, their time and wonderful talents.

We were excited to be a part of such a wonderful event and we’re completely honored to be featured in VOAUT’s newsletter, “The Spirit Within” (featured below).

We feel very strongly that companies should support community events which make a positive difference in people’s lives. This is how we can give a little something back. This is how we can stay united.

The Big Event…and more history!

More pictures from the 100 year anniversary of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

All of the hosts and hostesses were dressed up in 1900′s type clothing.

The hosts and hostesses are still dressing in this fashion for the entire month of June. So fun to see. :)

President Monson cutting the ribbon.

The big screens featured stories of several individuals whose lives were very much a part of Hotel Utah and/or The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

The following pictures are done by Andee McDonald Photography

And all floral arrangement for the event were done by Flowers Squared.

More history about Hotel Utah:

Construction on the hotel began June 9, 1909, and the hotel was completed on June 11, 1911. Horse-drawn wagons helped dig the basement of the Hotel Utah. When construction began, it was estimated that it would cost 1.6 million dollars to build; however, the actual cost was closer to 2 million dollars.

The Crossroads Grill, which was located on the lower level of Hotel Utah, featured a live trout pond that ran down the middle of the table. It was always well taken care of, and lilies added another natural element to the trout habitat. Children were especially fond of the pond feature. In later years, the trout were replaced with goldfish. This photograph is from May, 1912.

The front, top half of the Hotel Utah, lit up at night. July 10, 1911. Until the 1940′s, the dome of the building was lit by 6,400 tungsten lights. It is now spotlighted at night. The trademark beehive which sits atop the building is the Utah state symbol and was chosen to represent the qualities of industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance of the early Utah settlers.

100 year anniversary!

June 9, 2011

The old Hotel Utah, now know as The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB), is turning 100 years old TODAY!

Come join us today for a grandiose celebration. Starting at 6:30pm, the Mormon Tabernacle choir will be singing in the lobby and a ribbon cutting will be held.

Wonderful displays are set up all around the lobby.

Everything here takes you on a journey throughout the years!

There will also be large screens projecting videos of memories past! So come join in on the fun!

We hope to see you all there!

A little history and current information:

In 1911, this building was called The Hotel Utah. Such a beautiful place! It was later converted into the JSMB and is now used for several offices for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also three restaurants located in the building and many banquet rooms are available for all sorts of events and gatherings, such as: weddings, receptions, luncheons, business meetings and award ceremonies.

Dinner for Two at The Roof Restaurant!

On your next visit to Temple Square you could be dining at The Roof Restaurant for FREE!  Located on the 10th floor of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, this exquisite restaurant provides one of the best views of the Salt Lake Temple.  This is a unique fine dining experience with delicious buffet options and a bounty of delectable desserts!   So how do you win this dinner for two experience?  The Roof Restaurant is giving this amazing gift to one of their lucky Facebook fans!  As if the dinner wasn’t enough, the dinner for two gift card comes all wrapped up in a beautiful gift basket which also includes the NEW Lion House Pies cookbook, a box of chocolate truffles, and sparkling grape juice for two!  What a fun holiday gift!  You can enter the Facebook drawing by becoming a fan of The Roof Restaurant and checking out the ‘Double the Fans’ giveaway located in the giveaway tab at the top of the page.  The lucky winner will be chosen on January 1, 2011, so hurry and enter the drawing!

This is a fun chance to make your next Temple Square visit that much more memorable! Happy New Year! We hope to see you soon!

Nauvoo Cafe Picture Contest

The Nauvoo Cafe is giving away three gift cards to lucky Facebook fans! Want to win? You’ll have to go on a scavenger hunt!

Take a picture of you, your family or friends at each of the following locations: inside the Nauvoo Cafe, with a statue on Temple Square and with the flowers on Temple Square. Once you have the pictures, post them to the wall of the Nauvoo Cafe’s Facebook page .

Three prize winners will be chosen to receive a $25 or $50 gift card. Winners will be announced every two weeks until June 14th. Happy Hunting!