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Recently Engaged Over The Holidays?

December 28th, 2017

The Ballroom at Mckay

Recently engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! The Ballroom at McKay would like to host your special day in a BIG way. Think soaring twenty-six foot ceilings complete with twenty-four foot marble columns, original marble walls and detailing, and a state of the art lighting system that transcends the venue complete with bling thanks to chandeliers high above. Wood mahogany Venice chairs and linens in over 30 colors finish out the space, included with your rental.

Our staff prides itself on hosting receptions and ceremonies tailored to meeting the needs of each couple and their guests. From creating unique floor plans to creative bar options and everything in between, we help our clients dream big.

Don’t delay in scheduling a tour to view this amazing venue located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. We have prime 2019 dates including Friday and Saturdays in summer and fall!

Call 616-951-1078 or email

On-Hand Cocktails: Madras

June 26th, 2014


A drink that tastes as beautiful as it looks, the madras is a reminiscent of the cosmopolitan but contains more cranberry and less sour flavoring. Filled with a few servings of fruit, enjoy a madras when you need a little pick-me-up and sugar boost after a long day in the sun!

INGRED1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce orange juice

PREPPour the vodka and cranberry juice into a highball glass.
Stir well.
Top off with an orange juice.



On-Hand Cocktails: Citrus Wine Spritzer

June 19th, 2014


CITRUSLIMESPRITZERThis popular citrus wine spritzer is a light and delicate beverage that is extremely refreshing in the midst of the summer season. It’s a simple cocktail to make and a rewarding treat after a long summer day.

INGRED4 oz White Wine
2 oz club soda or sparkling water
Splash of lemon juice
Lemon and lime slices for garnish

PREPFill glass half-full with ice cubes.
Add lime and lemon juice.
Fill with 2 oz. of club soda or sparkling water.
Garnish with lemon and lime slices.


On-Hand Cocktails: Cosmopolitan

June 12th, 2014


If you’re looking for a refresher on a hot summer day, the cool, cosmopolitan will not fail. The cocktail is not too tart or overly sweet and is the perfect beverage to prepare for one or a party of people.

1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz triple sec
3/4 oz cranberry juice
1 oz fresh lime juice

Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.
Shake well.
Stain into a cocktail glass.


On-Hand Cocktails: White Lady

June 5th, 2014


WHITELADYThe White Lady may look like a delicate cocktail, but she is a strong little lady! Enjoy this simple yet classy beverage , even add a drop of lemon for a sour, summer flavor.

2 oz gin
1 egg white
1 oz light cream
1 tsp superfine sugar

Fill a shaker half-way with ice cubes.
Combine all of the ingredients in the shaker.
Shake well.
Strain into a cocktail glass.