It’s about that time of year again, time to break out the break out the decorations, start doing some shopping, and mentally prepare for the holiday season ahead! With all the coordinating and traveling you may have planned, wouldn’t you like some help with the hosting of your next holiday party?
If so, then look no further! The event spaces at Bentley’s Grill and The Grand Hotel Salem are perfect for any activity you may plan, from holiday parties to wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners to reunions; we can even accommodate meetings for small, medium and large groups. Our talented event planning specialists are here to assist you with everything from seating to menu planning so you can have some peace of mind (quite important in the holidays).
The question you’ll have to ask yourself is what kind of space do you want for your event. Here is a brief overview of some of the spaces we have available to guests looking to hold an event.
The Liberty Room
- Newest Private Dining Area inside Bentley’s Grill
- Versatile seating arrangements
- Can accommodate up to 30 people in a banquet setting
- Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties
- Semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill
- Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant
- Perfect for smaller groups up to 15 people, birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more.
The Board Room
- 1,204 square foot meeting room inside The Grand Hotel in Salem
- Catering Available from Bentley’s Grill
- Flexible, elegant, meeting space
- Can accommodate up to 60 people
- Ideal for corporate events, trainings, special events, and cocktail receptions.
The Marion Room
- Spacious room inside the Grand Hotel in Salem
- Can can accommodate up to 100 people
- Available after 12pm each day
- Ideal for corporate breakout space, luncheons, receptions, hosted dinners, hosted dinners, and more!!
In addition to our beautiful space and professional service, your holiday guests will enjoy the convenience of our downtown Salem location, complimentary underground parking, complimentary WiFi, seasonal decorations inside The Grand Hotel in Salem lobby, and the unique cozy ambiance you’ll only find inside our restaurant.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without food, and the Bentley’s Grill catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember. Read about some of our favorites dishes here!
Holiday Party Planning Tips
Bentley’s Grill will take care of the hard part of the party so you can focus on socializing and having a good time. To that end, here are some tips that’ll make your life even easier and guarantee your party be a hit.
Set The Date
The holiday season’s a busy time, you’ll want to set the date as soon as you can. You can even send out a communication to get an idea of a preferred date from your guests (such as lunch versus dinner, weekday versus weekend) and from there go with the majority.
Finalize Your Guest List
4-6 weeks before your party, you should make a list of who is coming to the event. Not only will this help come time to book the event space but it will help you determine if any guests have special dietary needs.
Send out invitations early
People’s calendars start filling up quickly in the holidays. Aim to send your invitations at least a month in advance to guarantee you’ll have guests. Include an RSVP element to your invitations to accurately track your guest numbers.
Pick Your Music
Unless you’re planning to have a DJ, consider making a playlist ahead of time. With Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and iTunes, this is easier than ever before.
This could depend on the type of gathering you’re planning, but some holiday parties are known for having humorous/fun activities such as white elephant gift exchanges, secret santa, ugly sweater contests, and so on. Of course, there’s nothing worse than a party forcing an activity on a group that is content to be socializing with one another, so you must consider your audience before planning mandatory activities.
Hire A Photographer
Sure, everybody will have their smartphones out and be taking pictures, but you still can’t beat the quality of a professional photographer with professional equipment (sorry Instagram).
Make Goody Bags
It’s the holidays! Treat your guests with goodie bags to take home. It can be anything from chocolate to wine to any other treats that are appropriate for the group.
Even though we’re located in the heart of downtown Salem, you and your guests may be coming from a greater distance. By hiring a van for the evening you can ensure your guests get to and from the party to a convenient drop off point without dealing with long wait times or uber surcharges.
With all those tips in mind, you’re bound to have the best holiday party your guests have attended. But don’t wait too long, the holiday season is busy and we fill up fast! For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email email@example.com