Frequently Asked Questions on Piper Banquets
Even though our web site is very
I still am asked certain questions when planning an event.
Besides being“AS SIMPLE AS IT
GETS” to plan, we
are “AS GOOD AS IT GETS.”
First of all - WE HAVE NO ROOM RENTAL
CHARGES. But we do have minimums on Friday and Saturday nights that need
to be met. If parties are booked within 30 days, the minimum number of guests is
Next let’s take a look at the number of guests you have
attending. We can seat up to
135 in our Pier Room
facility. Our Loft is adequate for
36 or less. For any group of 20 or more, we ask that you use our banquet menus when
planning. Groups under 20 may order directly off the restaurant menu, and reservations may be
made by calling 616-335-5866.
For both rooms, we do the set up and clean up for your event.
We provide the tablecloths and napkins. You have a choice of either white or black napkins in
the Pier Room and white or burgundy in the Loft. If you wish to have another color, we can
arrange that for a small additional cost.
Loft, you may have appetizers on arrival with
cocktails being served. We cannot do a buffet in the Loft, so you will make your selections
from the Plated Banquet Menu.
In the Pier
Room, we use all the menu options. Choose from our Plated, Buffet or Grazing
Menus. The Pier Room has it’s own bar facility, sliders to a patio, and a dance floor available
to rent. You are welcome to come in prior to your event and decorate in any fashion you choose.
The only limit we ask is that you don’t use tape or nails on the
All of our menu prices include salads and dessert.
A Buffet is a great option for events that want to offer a variety of food without
having to get meal choices from the attending guests. On the Plated
Menu, you have several meal options; and we ask
that you choose two to offer. More than two dinner options come with an additional charge per
person. If you are offering more than one dinner choice, you will need an RSVP list with meal
choices. You can give me the list of your guest's names, their meal choice, and their table
assignment; and we will then do a place card package for you at $25.00 per every 50 guests. The
package includes: personalized place cards with meal choices, table numbers and a master
seating list. We can customize these with your theme or color
Menu accommodates an “open house” feel; a
cocktail party atmosphere; and a socializing event to encourage people to mingle. There is not
a place setting for everyone attending. This menu is an appetizer or finger-food menu and is
not meant to replace a full meal.
The items on the Grazing
Menu are labor intense, and in turn, carry
a higher cost than some of the plated items. You can select several options from that menu
depending on how many guests you have coming, how long you want to have food available, and to
what extent you need to feed the guests. It’s a lovely ways to socialize, but it’s a fairly new
concept to Hollanders and has to be thought out well. Some questions to ask yourself when
considering the grazing options are: will my guests expect to be fed a full meal? Is the time
frame of this party when most people eat a large meal? Do the guests attending prefer to locate
a seat and stay put most of the night? These questions will help in deciding if a grazing is
right for your occasion.
charges are done on an individual
cocktail, beer, wine basis. We do not have a price per number of people. The Loft uses the
restaurant bar and bartender, so there is not a service charge for the Loft. Individuals order
drinks from the banquet staff. We can set up a wine/beer station so guests can help themselves
and/or have bottles on the tables with dinner,
The Pier Room has it’s own bar
facility which carries a $50 service
and setup charge. We set up the bar and provide a bartender. We are flexible in how you would
like to handle the bar charges. We can do a full cash bar, where your guests buy their own
drinks; a hosted bar, which is where you pick up the cost of all the drinks; or a combination
of the two.
Let’s say you want to provide (host) beer and wine, but allow
your guests to get a cocktail if they choose on their own (cash). We call this a combination
bar. You would be charged for the beer and the wines served, and guests pay for each
cocktail they purchase.
We are proactive on the issue of underage drinking and over
service, so we do card guests and hold the right to stop service of certain individuals if
needed. We keep in mind the drive most people have in leaving the Piper, and want to be
pro active on these issues.
We have champagne available for celebrations and also many
If you are bringing in a wedding cake or a birthday cake and
do not need the dessert included in your meal costs, we will go ahead and cut and plate
the cake for you at no charge. The Piper does not bake cakes for special occasions, so you
have to secure an outside vendor. I do have a list of great referrals I can give
Some of the pictures on our web site show long tablecloths
and chair covers for upscale banquets. These are not from the Piper, but can be rented from several rental
companies. I do have a list of those rental companies as
well. If you need assistance in locating photographers, florists, bakers,
musicians, DJ’s, bands, entertainment, etc., let me know, and I can provide these as