Banquets & Meetings

Our banquet room can seat up to 130 people. For smaller meetings or parties, we are able to close off portions of the room to create a more intimate setting. You can view pictures of our banquet room, and our banquet menus/info below.

Call us at 218-286-3151 for event pricing and quotes.

Event/Wedding Packages

Basic Meeting (Table and chair set up only) – $100.00
Bronze Package (up to 25 people) – $200.00
Silver Package (25-50 people) – $300.00
Gold Package (50-90 people) – $450.00
Platinum Package (90-130 people) – $600.00

Our event packages include:

      • Banquet room rental (up to 130 people) 10:00 am – 12:30 am
      • Linen package (tablecloths, napkins, table skirting)
      • Dance floor
      • Table and chair set up
      • General cleanup of banquet room
      • Glassware, dishware, silverware
      • Cake cutting
      • General staffing
      • Indoor bar and bartender set up
      • Outdoor ceremony site
      • Fire pit for bonfire
      • Event coordinator to assist with planning



Event Décor Ala Carte Menu

Votive Candles and Tealights – $50.00
Candle Holders – $50.00
Fabric Draped Back Drop 1, 2 or 3 – 10 ft sections – $100.00 per section
Chair Covers (White or Ivory) – $2.00 (each)
Arbor with Greenery/Floral – $200.00
Centerpieces / Imitation Floral Arrangements – $250.00
White Chair Rental Onsite Event – $2.00 (each)
White Chair Rental Offsite Event – $4.00 (each)
Movie Screen – $25.00
Projector – $100.00
Outdoor Ceremony Set up (Chair rental not included) – $150.00
Champagne or Wine Service – $50.00
Corking Fee – $10.00 per bottle


Banquet Room Appetizer Menu

Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied.
Food prices may vary depending on market prices at the time of your event.

Hot Hors d’oEUvres
Stuffed Mushrooms100 pieces
200 pieces
Chicken Drummies100 pieces
200 pieces
Boneless Wings100 pieces
200 pieces
Meat Balls150 pieces
300 pieces
Chicken Sate100 pieces
Rumaki 100 pieces
Spinach & Artichoke DipSmall
Chilled Hors d’oEUvres
Spinach DipSmall
Taco SpreadSmall
Veggies & Dip100 pieces
200 pieces
Fruit & Dip (seasonal)100 pieces
200 pieces
Cheese & Fruit100 pieces
200 pieces
Cheese & Sausage100 pieces
200 pieces
Deviled Eggs100 pieces
200 pieces
Smoked Salmon3-4 pounds$200.00
Cold Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce$3.25 per shrimp

Sit Down Dinner Three Choice Menu for groups of 25 or more

Dinners include your choice of baked or gourmet potatoes (unless specified), and your choice of Tossed or Caesar salad.
Dinners come with rolls, butter, coffee and tea.
Assorted bars are available for an additional $2.00 per bar.
Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied to all meals.

Please select three of the following choices for your party.

Roast Prime Rib
Slow roasted Prime Rib of beef served with au jus.
Choose from a 10 oz. or 14oz. cut.
10 oz. $30.00 14 oz. $36.00

Six succulent deep-fried jumbo shrimp.

A parmesan crusted walleye fillet. Served deep fried.

Chicken Oscar
Sautéed breast of chicken with asparagus spears, crab flakes, and hollandaise sauce, served on a bed of wild rice. (No side choice)

Chicken Alfredo
Sautéed breast of chicken atop linguini and tossed in a creamy alfredo sauce with shaved parmesan. Served with fresh steamed vegetables. (No side choice)

Chicken Kiev
Butter stuffed chicken breast served over wild rice and a side of asparagus. (No side choice)

Goldshores Pasta
Chicken, Italian sausage, creamy sundried tomato sauce and asparagus tossed with pasta. Can be spicy or non spicy. (No side choice)

Sit Down Dinner Single Choice Menu for groups of 25 or more

Dinners include your choice of baked or gourmet potatoes (unless specified), and your choice of a Tossed or Caesar salad.
Dinners come with rolls, butter, coffee and tea.
Assorted bars are available for an additional $2.00 per bar.
Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied to all meals.

Please select one of the following choices for your party.

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Breaded chicken breast stiffed with ham and swiss, topped with hollandaise sauce served on a bed of wild rice and asparagus. (No side choice)

 Chicken Oscar
Sauteed breast of chicken served over a bed of wild rice and topped with crab flakes, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce. (No side choice)

Chicken Roulade
Bacon-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto ham, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Topped with lemon-cream sauce. Served over wild rice and with asparagus. (No side choice)

Sliced Roast Turkey
Served with sage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and baby carrots.

Seasoned Roast Beef
Served with glazed carrots and your choice of mashed potatoes and gravy or gourmet potatoes.

Roast Pork Loin
Served with sage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and bell pepper medley.

Buffet Meal for groups of 20 or more

Price per person: $21.95 + tax and gratuity
Children 12 and Under: $9.95 plus tax and gratuity

Entree (Choice of two):
Beef tenderloin Tips in wine sauce / served over wild rice (no potato)
Sliced Smoked Ham
Roast Round of Beef
Honey Touched Chicken
Sliced Roast Turkey
Roast Pork and Sage Dressing
Barbecue Ribs

Potato (Choice of one): Gourmet, Baked, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, or Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vegetable (Choice of one): Glazed Carrots, California Blend or Green Beans mixed with Baby Carrots

Salad (Choice of one): Caesar Salad or Tossed Salad with three dressing choices

Rolls, butter, coffee and tea will be served with buffet.

Additional Items

Dessert: Order assorted bars for an additional $2.00 per person or we can serve cake at an additional $2.00 per piece.

Punch: Small $30.00 plus tax and gratuity – Large $55.00 plus tax and gratuity

Fruit Basket: Watermelon basket filled and surrounded with seasonal fruit adds a very appetizing touch to any buffet. We charge an additional $3.00 per person.

Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied to all meals.


Banquet Room Conference/Group Menu

Meals come with Ice Water, Chilled Fruit Juices or Soft Drink, and Coffee or Hot Tea.


Continental Breakfast: $10.00 plus tax and gratuity.
An assortment of fresh baked goods such as Muffins, Donuts, Sweet Rolls or Cookies on a serving table.

Breakfast Buffets: $13.00 plus tax and gratuity.
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes or Hashbrowns
Western Scrambled Eggs (eggs with ham, onion, green peppers, and cheese) Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes or hashbrowns
Pancakes, Bacon, Ham, Scrambled Eggs
Biscuits and Gravy, Hash browns, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs

Note: Add seasonal fruit to your buffet for an additional $3.00 per person.

Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied
Add seasonal fruit to your buffet for an additional $3.00 per person.


You may select two of the following choices for your guests to choose from:

French Dip:  Thinly sliced prime rib on a bun, served with creamy horseradish, au jus and Fries.

1/2 Walleye Sandwich:  served with lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce and a cup of Wild Rice Soup.

Grilled Chicken:  served with Lettuce and Tomato and a cup of Wild Rice Soup.

½ Chicken Caesar Salad: grilled chicken fillet, crisp romaine lettuce, mushrooms, Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, real bacon and croutons. Served with a cup of Wild Rice Soup.

Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied.
Add seasonal fruit to your buffet for an additional $3.00 per person.


Sandwich Buffet$14.00 plus tax and gratuity.
Assorted Cold Cut Sandwiches served with a steamy Kettle of Soup, Crisp Pickles, Potato Chips and Cookies.

Salad Buffet$14.00 plus tax and gratuity
Assorted Cold Salads and Dressings, served with Fresh Bread, potato chips and Cookies.
Add chicken $5.00 per person

Tax and 20% gratuity will be applied.
Add seasonal fruit to your buffet for an additional $3.00 per person.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can you accommodate in the banquet room?

We can accommodate up to 130 people. Our round banquet tables seat up to 10 guests per table.

What is your deposit?

The initial deposit is 25%, (which includes all banquet fees and food ordered) due when the contract is signed and returned or as discussed with event planner. A credit card number is required when the contract is signed.

Your remaining balance is due the at the time of your event or as discussed with the event planner.

Any miscellaneous charges, if applicable, will be requested immediately following the event and upon receipt of final invoice. If necessary, the credit card on file will be charged.

Do you have decoration limitations?

There can be no candles or glass hanging from the ceiling. We do not allow glitter or confetti to be used outside or in the banquet room. We do not allow smoke or fog machines of any sort. We do not allow anything to be adhered to our walls, nor allow you to cover or remove our artwork. You may certainly throw organic items such as bubbles, real petals, birdseed, etc. outside. Candles are permitted indoors however, we do not supply candle holders*, candles*, nor do we allow the candle wick to be outside of its container. We do not supply ladders or other equipment. We authorize only licensed vendors to decorate the ceiling. Any damages associated with decorating or not adhering to these policies are the sole responsibility of the event holder and damage fees may be added.

* Candles, candle holders, chair covers, back drop, arbor, arranging flowers, centerpieces or other decorations are ala carte items that can be added to your event package. Please see event décor ala carte menu.

Do we block rooms?

We do not hold/block rooms. We ask that your guests call to check availability and make reservations with our reservation’s office. Monday-Sunday 1-218-286-3151

Can we get an early check-in/late check-out?

With over 15 rooms on property, and 11 cabins, we cannot guarantee check–in any earlier that 3:00pm. If your room is clean and vacant upon arrival, we will check you in as early as possible. We appreciate your understanding that we try to stay as firm as we can to the 11:00 am check-out.

How long do we have the banquet room?

You will have access to the banquet room on the day of your event starting at 10:00 am until 12:30 am. We do a last call at 12:15 am.

When can we start decorating?

You will have access to the banquet room at 10:00 am on the day of your event. (Unless discussed with coordinator.) *Decorating is the sole responsibility of the event/wedding party, or the licensed vendor they are working with unless previously discussed with event coordinator. It is the event/wedding party’s responsibility to hold the vendor responsible to uphold all of Thunderbird Lodge’s policies regarding decorating and property. Please see Event Coordinator if you do not know these policies, or with any questionable actions on behalf of your vendor. Please note all your belongings must be out of the banquet room by 10:00 am the day following your event.

Do you have a wedding planner?

We have an Events Planner that will work with you on setting the date, the contract, and will also assist in planning in terms of menu selection, room set details, timeline, organizing the set- up of the room, staffing, bar, etc., as well as provide basic contact information for local vendors, etc.

Can we bring in our own caterer?

Thunderbird Lodge does all the catering for food and beverage; the exception is a wedding cake. Due to MN Health Code laws, any wedding cakes brought in must be purchased from a licensed vendor or a non-licensed cake would need to be pre-approved. Please note any unauthorized food brought into our banquet room will be subject to removal.

Can we have a bar?

We can provide a host bar, cash bar, or a combination of the two. You will not be charged a Bartending Service unless you have less than $250.00 in liquor sales. Thunderbird Lodge provides all beverage selections; you or any of your guests may not bring in any outside alcohol to any Thunderbird Lodge function held in our banquet room. All beer, liquor and/or wine must be ordered through and served by Thunderbird Lodge. Please note any unauthorized beverage brought into our banquet room will be subject to removal. We do not serve or allow keg beer. Banquet cash bars are cash bars only; credit cards and room charges are not allowed. We do have an ATM on-site.

When can we ‘lock-in’ our food prices?

Because of ever-changing food prices, all price points on the banquet menu are subject to change, without notice, the guaranteed price point is not locked in until the food and beverage contract is signed and 25% deposit is received. Final number of guests is due 10 days prior to your event. If you do not meet your guaranteed number, you will still be charged for your guaranteed amount regardless of actual number. However, if you exceed your guaranteed number, you will be charged for each additional guest.

What if we delay serving time?

If you delay your dinner more than 30 minutes a late fee of $100.00 will be added to your bill. If a buffet is set out over 2 hours a $40.00 charge per hour is added to your bill.

What is the back-up plan if it rains?

If inclement weather is the case, the ceremony will be held in our banquet room.

Can we have a bonfire?

Our fire pit is open to all guests staying at our resort. Enough wood is provided to replenish the fire until 12:00 am. We ask that you remove any empty plastic bottles, cans, or other garbage. Guests are welcome to take bar drinks from the lounge to the fire pit but should request a plastic cup. Anything not picked up by morning will result in a $100 cleanup fee.


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