Event Planning Guide

Your ultimate resource for planning and creating the perfect event in Springfield and southwest Missouri.

Aug 2021

Where Would You Like to Start the Planning Process?

IT'S PARTY TIME. Hosting an event to remember is no small potatoes, and finding the best venue, entertainment, food and decor for whatever kind of shindig you’re throwing is the key to making the whole thing work. But there are a lot of businesses out there who specialize in this kind of thing, and sorting through them all can be daunting. How do you find businesses you can trust to handle your special occasion? Well, we suggest you begin right here!


Indoor and outdoor locations for any event.

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Big Cedar Lodge

190 Top of The Rock Rd., Ridgedale, MO | 1-800-225-6343

Table Rock Lake, rolling hills and the Missouri sky set off the tapestry of cedars, oaks and sparkling sunsets at Big Cedar Lodge. Ideal for both celebrations and corporate meetings of up to 1,000 guests, the resort occupies a prime heartland location in southwest Missouri, an easy 10 miles south of Branson.

The Ozarks charm of the banquet rooms at Grandview Conference Center comes with breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and state-of-the-art technology, making it a one-of-a kind location for business meetings and corporate gatherings. In addition to meeting and event services, Big Cedar and its attractions offer on-site catering and numerous restaurants, each featuring rustic elegance and stunning views. Step outside of the boardroom, where guests can experience unbelievable activities including five legendary golf courses, a world-class spa, the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, sport shooting facilities, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and a 50,000 square-foot adventure center with an arcade, ropes course and an underwater-themed bowling alley.

An adventure-filled menu of corporate team-building activities promises to engage, energize and educate with challenges such as property-wide scavenger hunts and fishing tournaments. Just down the road is Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000 acre nature park offering horseback trail rides, wildlife tram tours and evening chuck wagon dinners letting groups connect to the great outdoors in the most beautiful setting possible. Since Big Cedar is within an hour’s drive from most of 417-land, these activities and much more are easily accessible for any gathering.

For more intimate affairs, Big Cedar is home to four stunning chapels in addition to multiple indoor and outdoor special event venues, all with captivating settings perched over Table Rock Lake. This premier destination offers everything you need for special celebrations, from engagement parties to reunions and more, including special event services and luxury accommodations in a secluded haven of natural beauty.

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Branson Dream Weddings

Branson, MO | 417-243-3419

Say “I do” at a one-of-a-kind venue with the finest accommodations. How? With Branson Dream Wed- dings, of course! Branson Dream Weddings is your one-stop location for the wedding or event of your dreams. They have the spectacular wedding venues you’re look- ing for. Tie the knot in front of the Branson Landing’s $7.5 million fountain show, as the fountains shoot 120 feet into the air to cele- brate your first kiss as a married couple. Or be whisked away by the breathtaking views at Branson Hills Golf Club, ranked the number one golf course in Missouri by Golfweek and Golf Advisor. Superb photo opportunities abound in both of these striking settings!

Book your block of rooms and luxurious suites at the Hiltons of Branson, located on the Branson Landing and attached to the Branson Convention Center in historic downtown. And enjoy the most delicious food from Level 2 Steakhouse at your rehearsal dinner. The options are truly endless, with everything you need from wedding venue and reception venues to lodging for your family and guests. In addition, Branson Dream Weddings has a dreamy list of preferred vendors to put the finishing touches on your special day.

Branson Dream Weddings has special package options for weddings of every size, including elopements. Call today to start planning yours!

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

An empty room can be anything you want it to be. At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, flexible space arrangements bestow upon hosts the power of personalization—one or several rooms may be utilized in the 21,588 square feet of total event space. Seating can be adjusted to the size of a group, whether inside the recently added Glendalough Convention Center or the hotel’s restaurants, in which world class, on-site staff and caterers will streamline each guest's experience.

The convention center holds up to 480 guests, and business receptions can take advantage of six multi- function rooms for anything from distinguished lectures to professional seminars. Mixers, galas and weddings are also supported, with a 10-story atrium for cocktail receptions and specialists who craft custom menus. No event is too big or small for the DoubleTree by Hilton.

The Workshop at Finley Farms

Finley Farms

Located in the heart of Ozark, Finley Farms is a sprawling gathering spot immersed in nature and history. Just steps away from the Finley River, the property is home to some of the newest event venues in southwest Missouri. For your next gathering or celebration, book The Workshop and The Market Shed. Together, these minimalistic spaces create a charming indoor-outdoor atmosphere that is ideal for a variety of events for up to 200 guests.

The Workshop, a fully restored 1930s industrial garage, acts as a coffee shop and craft space during the day and an event space by night. Garage doors lead to a lush patio, offering outdoor seating and photo-worthy views of the urban farm. Right next to The Workshop sits The Market Shed, a rustic, seasonal venue that plays host to the Ozark Farmers Market. Large sliding doors open to create a breezy atmosphere and a blank canvas for any setup you have in mind.

Finley Farms offers a variety of catering options, audio setups for bands and DJs and a trusted list of preferred vendors to make your event effortless.

Call today to start planning!

Event Guide 2021 - Gallery at the Gillioz

The Gallery at The Gillioz

Nestled inside the nearly 100-year-old Gillioz Theatre is the Gallery at the Gillioz, a hidden gem among Springfield event destinations. The stunning venue features timeless Spanish-Morrocan architecture, including 90-year-old hardwood floors and a similarly styled bar, and sheer curtains decorate 10-foot windows that open up to a breathtaking view of Park Central.

The storied nature of the Gallery at the Gillioz is made even more impressive by its event capabilities. Fundraisers, corporate gatherings, birthdays, graduation parties and reunions are a fraction of the types of events the 230-person venue can hold. Want to remove the stress of planning? Hosts can employ their catering and rental packages, which accommodate for table and seating arrangements, glassware, dishware, flatware and LED lighting.

While it is a separate venue, the Gillioz Theatre lends its charm to its upstairs neighbor. The Theatre—which is listed on the United States Congress’s Registry of Historic Places—shares a lobby with the Gallery, and the retro marquee hovering above the entrance is entirely customizable. History is meant to be made at the Gallery at the Gillioz.

Hotel V exterior

Hotel Vandivort

Hotel Vandivort is the first-of-its-kind boutique hotel in Springfield, offering a 4-Diamond experience the moment you walk through the doors. A revitalized landmark, the hotel takes root in a 100-year-old historic building, centrally located in the heart of bustling downtown.

Fully renovated, the hotel embraces its past, accentuating historic elements paired with modern design for a vintage industrial vibe. Its 97 guest rooms sit alongside The Order restaurant, Vantage Rooftop Lounge and over 9,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed indoor and outdoor event space.

Whether you are planning a large celebration, rehearsal dinner or corporate conference, the multiple event spaces at Hotel Vandivort can flex perfectly to host any event with up to 200 guests. The Ballroom, known for its blend of historic elegance and modern design, features high ceilings, chevron hardwood floors, contemporary chandeliers and grand windows overlooking downtown Springfield, ideal for any celebration, while the new V2 Conference Room, with expansive windows, modern finishes and high-tech features is sure to impress.

Hotel Vandivort offers a truly turn-key experience with stunning backdrops, personalized event planning services, an array of on-site culinary offerings and a dedicated banquet team to ensure your event flows seamlessly.

Dogwood Canyon falls museum

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is an outdoor paradise located in Lampe, Missouri, featuring 10,000 acres of natural beauty and rugged scenery, your group will escape to serenity when you enter this Ozark Mountain location.

Dogwood Canyon can accommodate gatherings and celebrations of any size and has multiple stunning outdoor venues to choose from, including the rustic Chuckwagon Pavilion, the elegant Hope Wilderness Chapel and the breathtaking Thunder Falls. You and your guests can enjoy a delicious meal from Dogwood Canyon’s onsite restaurant. With hiking, biking, wildlife tours, horseback riding and trout fishing amongst towering bluffs, waterfalls, creek beds, handcrafted bridges and wildlife, there is something to do and see for all ages. During your visit, you can also visit the working gristmill, explore the treehouse built by Treehouse Masters and tour the Conservation Center. On your way out, make sure you stop by the general store for sweet treats and customized Dogwood Canyon apparel to remember your trip by.

Make your event an unforgettable one by booking it at Dogwood Canyon! Dogwood Canyon has experienced event specialists on staff that are ready to help put the perfect package together for your event or group adventure.

Email to start planning your event or group.

The Barley House at Moon Town Crossing

With a tastefully rustic exterior, it may surprise some that the Barley House at Moon Town Crossing was only constructed in 2018. You can thank the local Amish artisans who built the barn by hand with only locally sourced materials.

This fantasia of old-fashioned design and new construction makes the Barley House a prime landing spot for corporate events with character. Flexible seating arrangements and an adjoining patio give the space an “all-purpose” feel, further aided by the venue’s projector, screen and surround sound capabilities. The planning of social and professional gatherings can be simplified even further by utilizing the Barley House’s all-inclusive event packages.

Event space at 425 Downtown in Springfield MO

425 Downtown

Located in the historical heart of Springfield, 425 Downtown is the perfect venue for anyone who loves the restored beauty of the Queen City’s downtown. Customers can hold a flawless dream wedding reception, reunion or top-notch corporate event in a well known local location.

In addition to its beautiful, brick-interior atmosphere, 425 Downtown offers all-inclusive packages that include catering, bar service, tables, chairs and linens. Looking for a little extra? You al- ways have the option to add on services to make your life easier and your event extravagant, like valet, professional cake cutting, coat check and ceremony setup.

425 Downtown’s spacious banquet hall allows for the complete customization of your event. The team at 425 Downtown has thought of everything to make your downtown event experience as perfect as possible, including having their own dedicated parking lot for you and your guests.

Since its doors opened 12 years ago, 425 Downtown has sought to be the go-to location for 417-landers seeking the perfect venue. Own- er Matt Krupa and his well trained staff work to make every event, big or small, a success. Their goal is to give customers the experience of a lifetime with hassle-free planning and an end result that all guests will rave about.

Event space at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield MO
Photo courtesy Oasis Hotel & Convention Center

Oasis Hotel & Convention Center

Plan your next event with the Oasis Convention Center. They have over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, and their staff can customize the floor plan to fit virtually any layout or seating arrangements you can dream up... and even the ones you can’t!

Oasis Convention Center offers a full-service catering menu designed by their exceptional culinary team. Their menu will take your event to the next level, with a diverse selection that can fit any style event. Their space is equipped with a built-in stage, theatrical lighting, top-of-the-line audio-visual, drop down screens and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Everything you’re looking for in an event space is waiting for you at the Oasis Convention Center.

Sparrow Lane Wedding & Event Center in Willard MO
Photo courtesy Sparrow Lane Wedding & Event Center

Sparrow Lane Wedding & Event Center | Willard | 417-300-5063

Sparrow Lane Wedding and Event Center is set up like no other special event venue in 417-land. They provide four separate buildings, including a reception barn and a chapel, plus two cottages that serve as “get ready rooms” and can also provide overnight accommodations for you or your guests.

You can’t take a bad picture at Sparrow Lane! Their venue is quite literally a photographer’s dream, with Magnolia-inspired rustic elegance executed in all white. The refined atmosphere will give you an event experience that you and your guests love, with the backdrop for photos that will never go out of style.

Storybook Barn

Storybook Barn is a distinctive year-round destination, ideal for weddings and receptions, as well as gatherings and celebrations. Bookings are available for holiday parties, proms, family reunions, fundraisers, the arts, day retreats, and more.

Storybook Barn is located just 10 miles east of Springfield, at 9658 E. State Highway D. Rogersville, MO 65762. Everyone has a story to tell, and Storybook Barn is a wonderful place to tell it. Call today!

The Keeter Center Event Guide 2021

The Keeter Center

Located in the scenic Ozark Mountains on the tranquil campus of College of the Ozarks, The Keeter Center is home to award- winning event space. Well-appointed meeting rooms offer custom furnishings, state-of-the-art audio-visual services, and flexible event arrangements set in a rustic-elegant atmosphere.

Unparalleled catering selections feature farm-to-fork cuisine with offerings from the campus dairy, hog farm, mill, gardens and greenhouses. House-made desserts and premium home- made ice cream are just a few of the many enticing selections that you can experience at your next event.

Your guests will be delighted by the professional event staff and students from College of the Ozarks.

Event space at Venue on Brick

Venue on Brick

Venue on Brick: 209 N. 2nd St., Ozark, MO | 417-824-2097
Venue on Brick II: 111 N. 2nd St., Ozark, MO

This noteworthy Ozark locale consists of two distinct spaces: Venue on Brick, composed of a ceremony room and two connecting reception areas which accommodate up to 200, and Venue on Brick II, a single space ideal for intimate gatherings of up to 50.

The larger Venue on Brick, a former Ford showroom and mechanic shop, has since taken on a second life as a woodland-inspired retreat capable of versatile event setups, even including an optional bridal suite and groom’s room. Venue on Brick II possesses a more modern charm, but retains the same first-rate amenities.


Experts in food, entertainment, photography, decor and more.

Elevate Entertainment

Springfield, MO | 417-893-0435

Elevate Entertainment firmly believes that every event is an opportunity to create memorable and extraordinary experiences. Entertainment is the single most important decision an event host can make, because a highly skilled entertainer does more than dictate the music playlist... they are the heartbeat of the event! By choosing Elevate Entertainment’s elite DJ services, you are assured that every announcement, game and song will be hand-chosen and fully customized by skilled DJs who specialize in turning moments into cherished memories.

Elevate Entertainment and their sister brand Selfie Mirror Photo Experiences were named Missouri’s Best DJ and Missouri’s Best Photo Booth by Missouri Magazine, respectively, and both of these brands focus on providing custom emcee, DJ, event hosting and photo booth options for corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, holiday parties and other special occasions. Elevate is also known for having unique add-ons, such as custom uplighting and DJ + Band hybrid experiences that blend live music with their personalized DJ performance.

Dreamy & Darling Creations

Dreamy & Darling Creations started as a way for owner Sydnie to express herself creatively. She has loved introducing 417- land to organic balloon garlands and the joy they bring people.

Dreamy & Darling Creations has always been built on a passion for creativity... and that thought isn't going anywhere! The company offers a variety of additional event services, such as backdrops and rental decor. Thanks to a strong support team and community, Sydnie Myers has been able to follow her passion and bring joy to others. She would love to help make your event dreams come true!

Farr Better Plumbing | 417-864-8703

A porta potty is probably the most dreaded item that you need for your upcoming event. But, what if you didn’t need it? Farr Better Plumbing is not only a far better option, it is your best option! The last place your guests should be is in a porta potty. Host your flawless event with Farr Better Plumbing’s Party Potties!

These luxury portable restroom trailers are the perfect solution for your next event, whether it’s a fundraiser, corporate party, festival or concert, social function and more. Farr Better Plumbing allows you to skip the dread of needing a porta potty and bring on the party!

417 Charcuterie Event Guide 2021

417 Charcuterie

2672 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO | 417-379-1555

In a perfect world, a simple snap of your fingers would bring everything from your Pinterest food board to life. Luckily for you, 417 Charcuterie creates that perfect world right here in 417-land. Small personal date night charcuterie boxes, girls night charcuterie platters and even full charcuterie tablescapes are offered with 417 Charcuterie!

Let’s be honest: at every noteworthy event, there is some sort of wow factor. But, nothing compares to an *edible* wow factor. 417 Charcuterie utilizes fresh, local ingredients and provides an enormous variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, dips, breads and crackers to excite the taste buds of guests in each special event setting.

Because no two customers are the same, 417 Charcuterie ensures that no two tablescapes are the same either. Each product and service offered is entirely unique to the company or family utilizing the special culinary experience.

Take a 417 Charcuterie personal box with you, or have 417 Charcuterie catering come to you! Instagram, Pinterest and every social media platform has never been truly hungry until your personal 417 Charcuterie masterpiece has been posted. Don’t miss out on making every occasion delicious. Call 417 Charcuterie today, or stop by their brand new location in the Brentwood Center to book your yummiest experience yet!

Aviary Cafe

2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield, MO | 417-881-9736

Aviary Cafe is pleased to assist with your upcoming special event. Their private event room is available for reservations and is a beautiful space, where antique-vintage meets modern. Aviary also provides mouth-watering and unique catering for every occasion. Options range from salads to savories, and sandwiches to sweets. They’ll even bring along their famous crepe bar for your guests to enjoy, with whipped mascarpone, nutella, creme anglaise, chocolate gnash and fresh fruit.

Visit to make your room reservation and explore their full menu, or call to begin planning your custom event. You’ll also find local Lavender Falls Farm products at Aviary Cafe and for sale on their website. These aromatic delights make delightful corporate gifts, a little something for your team, your clients or yourself.

Aviary Cafe serves traditional French-inspired entrees with stellar wines, beer and cocktails. All of their dishes utilize premium ingredients, seasonal vegetables and their very own baked goods.

Enjoy a signature cocktail, an order of delicious hand-cut Pommes Frites, and be sure to pair it with one of their incredible dessert crepes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, at Aviary Cafe you’ll encounter a unique dining experience that will leave your tastebuds dancing with joy.

Tray salad at Big Whiskey's

Big Whiskey’s

Springfield | Republic | Branson | Nixa | Ozark

Big Whiskey’s is serving up your favorites and then some with their all-new catering menu! Whatever your event, Big Whiskey’s has you covered.

Hosting a brunch or an early meeting? Take a look at their brunch bars and brunch box options. Hosting a cocktail event? Their appetizer bars are a crowd favorite and can’t be beat. Is it a fundraiser or large event you’re planning for? Big Whiskey's has twelve dinner buffet options to choose from. Casual come and go event? Their "build your own bars" or tray options are perfect. The best part is that you can mix and match any of these options to create your perfect custom catering! It's understandable that you have high expectations for your event, and you can rest assured that Big Whiskey's does too. They can deliver, set up and staff your catering. They make it easy—just be sure to let your catering coordinator know what your needs are!

You can get more information by giving any of their 417-land locations a call, or visit to download their catering menu and ordering guide.

Knotty Catering Co. Event Guide 2021

Knotty Catering Co.

2845 W. Highway 76, Branson, MO | 417-559-2450

Knotty Catering Co. ties together two of the Ozarks' most esteemed restaurants—Gettin' Basted and Downing Street Pour House—to create the catering experience of your dreams.

Gettin' Basted is a nationally revered, competition barbecue team, turned temporary food truck, turned full service restaurant, turned multi-franchise operation based in Southwest Missouri. Their claim to fame is coining “Ozarks Style BBQ,” a revolutionary hot and fast cooking style over direct Missouri hardwood coals for all their meats.

After establishing Gettin’ Basted, the owners then seized an opportunity to form Downing Street Pour House, a matchless pub offering an American spin on classic English favorites.

Knotty Catering Co. ties the best of both worlds together.

No matter the size, budget or vibe of the event you are curating, Knotty Catering Co. is the perfect tie in. Their extensive and unique menu includes items like Wagyu beef burger bars, house-made pimento cheese starters, Ozarks Style barbecue party packs, shepherd’s pie platters, ooey gooey butter cake desserts and more. Oh, and let’s not forget about their full service bar option.

These are "knot" your average eats. Just don’t blame them if the food seems to be the only thing your guests can remember! Get Knotty. Call to plan now!

Appetizer platters by Hy-Vee in Springfield, MO
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Planning an event that will create lasting memories from the second it begins to years later might seem like an impossible feat. But, have no fear, Hy-Vee is here! Do you need a catering service that checks all of the perfect event plan boxes? Hy-Vee has it!

As you gather together with friends, family or colleagues, Hy-Vee understands the importance of taking care of your guests with safety and professionalism being their top priorities. Hy-Vee pro- vides a professional catering service, a bakery filled with delicious treats and wheats, flowers for delivery or pickup, wine and spirits. Because Hy-Vee is known as the local grocery store that you can count on for the freshest products, you can rest easy knowing that your event is in good hands.

Hy-Vee will exceed your expectations in food and service qual- ity for every event including luncheons, corporate events, charity events, open houses, on-site grilling, birthdays and even daily meet- ings. Everything that will go into creating your perfectly planned event, Hy-Vee has it! Whether you need an event to be catered or groceries to be delivered or picked up, Hy-Vee has incredible deals you do not want to miss out on. Call Hy-Vee and plan your amazing event today!

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