A Busy November for Celebration! Banquets & Catering
By April Butler
Celebration! Banquets & Catering Sales & Event Manager
We have had a wonderfully busy month at Celebration! Banquets & Catering! Here are some highlights:
We catered an offsite breakfast for 80 people from Superior Asphalt that “can’t wait to use us again.” This doesn’t seem all that exciting, but it really is when you consider that they booked on October 29 (for perspective, that is Friday afternoon to Monday morning – a minor miracle!).
You may or may not have noticed a little boat taking over the lobby at Celebration! North. The Young Presidents’ Organization was here for their event, “Unsinkable.” They brought in ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ and special guest Dr. Bob Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic (Several of us got to meet him!). Check out pictures from this event on our Facebook page!
We were able to support a newer organization, The Prima Donna Project, a “connection company focused on providing upscale events for a diverse group of fashion focused/nightlife/entertainment movers, shakers & tastemakers in a growing community.” PDP brought in some of these fashionistas for an evening of red carpets, networking, snacks and a screening of ‘For Colored Girls.’ They had a modest turnout for their first event, and are looking forward to many more with us.
The Wave Room was the venue for a fundraiser for Guitars for Vets. The organization raised over $500 to outfit veterans with new guitars and help them bring their talents to the community. Celebration! Banquets also got to try out some different ways of doing food. For this event we offered food on a cash sale purchase, similar to the concession stand. This worked really well for the group and is a great idea for future fundraisers.
These two days were a little estrogen heavy and Brad, our Catering Manager, took it like a champ. On Monday, 11/15 we hosted Girls’ Lunch in the Wave Room. This is a networking organization that meets monthly at different venues. They have met here before and love coming back. On Tuesday, 11/16 we hosted the premiere of ‘Hot Flash Havoc’ which was put on by the Grand Rapids Women’s Health Center. Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries followed a screening of the movie. If you see a red feather in the building it probably came from one of the hundreds of boas worn that evening as well.
You might have heard of this little thing called the Harry Potter Wizard’s Ball. What more is there to say? The Wizard’s Ball was magical, amazing and inspiring – another success and a privilege to be a part of.
I should note that Sundays really were the day of rest this entire month. From November 1-21 the only days Celebration! Banquets did NOT have an event were November 7, 14 and 21. We’re looking forward to a great holiday party season starting next week!