5 Baller Beaverton Venues for your Next Oregon Event

5 of the Best Beaverton Venues

Ponzi Vineyards in Beaverton, OR

 

Beaverton is the 5th largest city in Oregon, and home to over 80,000 residents. It’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Silicon Forrest’ a nod to it’s Silicon Valley similarities, even if it isn’t quite the same size as the California giant. With successful companies and cheerful residents comes bountiful celebration! Beaverton has some awesome venues, and we wanted to take the time just to highlight a few of them for your consideration if you are in the planning stages of your next Beaverton event.  If none of these options strike you as perfect, reach out to us or another event planner to get help with Event Venue Selection.

McMenamins Murray and Allen Pub – website – Capacity: 30

McMenamins is known for maintaining a variety of event venues that can be used to host parties, meetings, weddings, and more. We want to take a second to focus on one of their pubs, Murray and Allen. With rustic food and a local selection of craft and self-made beers and cocktails, you and your guests will have an absolute blast here. The venue features some very original decor, with an animated sun smiling down on you, surrounded by hanging plants.  This is one of the more tight knit venues in Beaverton, so keep your guest list to 30 or less. A perfect spot for a small corporate meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner, or just a fun night out with some good friends.

Ponzi Vineyards- website – Capacity: 50

If the Murray and Allen Pub was a venue appetizer for quainter events, Ponzi Veineyards is the main course. This incredibly elegant venue is perfect for setting a tone of elegance and class.  Everything from their decor, to their menu, to their outstanding staff highlights this feat of professionalism.  The four course menus and local wine tasting is sure to wow your attendees. Perfect for corporate meet and greets, fundraisers, and of course weddings, this Beaverton venue is one that deserves consideration.

The Reserve – website – Capacity: 350

The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Course is a much larger venue.  Complete with large indoor meeting spaces capable of accommodating up to 120 individuals, this venue is perfect for larger professional gatherings or weddings with massive guest lists.  Bonus activities include wine tasting and group tee times on their golf course.  With your venue reservation, you get free access to their tables, linens, chairs, and basic AV equipment. They offer catering for an additional fee if you plan on also feeding your event guests.

Hotshot Billiards – website – Capacity: 120

This venue and the next one come with built in entertainment! Hotshot Billiards is a massive pool hall that can support groups up to 120 persons in size. They maintain 22 active billiard tables, which means if you are playing partners, up to 88 of your event attendees can be playing simultaneously! The pool hall features other entertainment options as well such as an arcade room, dart boards, and a classic jukebox.  The kitchen offers classic bar food such as burgers, chicken strips, and french fries, but the venue is open to groups bringing in their own catering if you want to “class it up” a bit.

Sunset Lanes – website – Capacity: 400

Our final venue on our Beaverton Event Venue highlight reel is Sunset Lanes, a local bowling facility.  With such large capacity, Sunset Lanes is perfect for hosting large corporate events where the focus in fun. Prices are based around two hours of unlimited bowling, but the venue offers multiple packages and additional services. Bowling, might seem a little hokey for an event, but anywhere where there is food, beverage, and fun is an excellent candidate for an event location. If you plan on inviting whole families, the bowling can help keep the little ones entertained as well.

What other Beaverton Venues stand out to you? Leave your favorite Beaverton venue in the comments below so that others can benefit from your experience and knowledge!

 

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High School Graduation Celebrations

Celebrate High School Graduation with a Rockin' Grad Party

As Seattle embraces it’s wettest season, High School Seniors everywhere are bunkering down to complete their courses. High School graduation is less than four months away, and many of the Grad Night planning committees are well underway. Groups of thoughtful parents all over the state are carefully budgeting and planning for their student’s last Hoorah before college. One of the primary benefits of graduation parties is creating a safe, controlled environment for students to celebrate while preventing the use of drugs and alcohol.   Unless the parents have children that have previously graduated, chances are this is their first experience planning a Grad Party. Fortunately we have some tips to get you started.

Multiple Locations

Most graduation parties typically take place at three separate locations. The newly graduated students are whisked away in a bus following their celebratory ceremony.  Picking the right locations can be difficult depending on your groups size and personality. Some typical locations include bowling alleys, Go-Kart facilities, or large rental halls.  The groups will spend approximately three hours at each location, providing the graduates with fun throughout the entire night. Depending on how intricate your parent planning wants to be, each location can have it’s own theme, or an overall theme for the night. It is typically a good idea for two of your locations to have some sort of ‘built-in’ entertainment (i.e., bowling at the bowling alley).  When selecting your facilities, keep in mind that the location won’t be the only source of fun.

Filling the Space with Food, Fun, and Games

Almost more important than selecting venues, is making sure that each location is filled with fun activities, food, and music.  Every location should have some sort of food and beverage option. Check with your venues, some will require that you utilize their catering options. Others won’t have built in options, but even Safeway Sandwiches or Costco Pizza is an adequate option. You don’t have to have a full meal at every location, snacking options will often fit the bill.  For music, you can book a DJ, or just rent a sound system and pick your own playlist. When it comes to other filler entertainment there are a ton of options including laser tag, mechanical bulls, photo booths, bouncy boxing, and much more.

Quality Entertainment for Quality Kids

Keep in mind that this is your child’s special night. This sort of opportunity deservers a special performance. Typically reserved for the last location, it is recommended that you provide at least one high quality entertainer for the evening. The two typical choices are Magicians and Hypnotists.  Hypnotists are typically the better choice, but you run the risk of no one actually being hypnotized.  This is a rare occurrence, and successful shows are usually worth the risk. Magicians can be great, but unless they are very high quality, the kids can get easily bored and move onto other things. Other great options to fill an hour of your night could be a comedian or a stunt man.

These simple guidelines are sure to help you create a memorable experience for every Senior Grad. Remember to always make the event you own with creative decorations, and special activities that fit your group’s personality. If you need some assistance with planning you can always leave it to the event planning experts. Keep your event safe, and congratulations to all of the Seniors!

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