The Whittemore House offers its clients three styles of package events from which to choose. Packages are offered for four hours. Please review these style options and think carefully about what type of menu best suits your event.

Seated

Seated events are for those who desire a more structured, traditional and formal event where servers bring all food and wine to the table. Each guest will have a seat and assigned to a particular table. Typically 3 courses are served: first course, entrée, and dessert. Wine is generally served with the meal. Cocktail hour precedes the dinner with optional passed or placed food items.

Buffet Seated

Buffet Seated events are for those who desire a somewhat less formal but still traditional and structured event. The first course is served at the table and the next course is served from a buffet. Your dessert is plated.  Wine is generally served with the meal. Each guest will have a seat and assigned to a particular table. Cocktail hour precedes the dinner with optional passed or placed food items.

Buffet Cocktail

Buffet Cocktail events are for those that desire a less structured, less formal and less traditional event. It is a wonderful way to entertain for those who want a more “party” atmosphere. This reception provides a variety of foods and generally consists of two heavier items such as cocktail sandwiches with a balance of hot and cold heavy hors d’oeuvres.   The meal is substantial enough to be dinner but all items are of the finger food variety, with no utensils needed.  The buffet is ready and available to your guests upon arrival and allows your guests to mix and mingle freely and eat when ready. This style of event does not provide seating for all of your guests (generally 1/2 - 2/3 seating).

Final Counts

A final guest count is a very important part of your planning process. The guest count is the number of confirmed guests you will be having at your event. It is the number by which the Executive Chef orders the food for your event; the number your planner hires staff from and the number that the warehouse bases all of the necessary equipment to order for your event. It is imperative that we have an accurate guest count seven (7) business days prior to your event. It is at this point that final decisions and orders are placed. You may not subtract from this number. You may add guests within the next 24 hours without penalty, however, anything closer than that will incur extra service charges to accommodate the change. This is due to several factors: the quality of product may no longer be available from the supplier and other arrangements will have to be made, extra staff will need to be hired, and extra rental equipment may need to be procured - usually from an outside source. So please be diligent regarding your final guest count. Make sure you allow enough time for your guests to respond.