10 East Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341 – Call (616) 951-1336

For small to mid-size groups, Thought Design in Rockford, Michigan is the ideal space to host your event.

Our experts can help you create a one-of-a-kind experience that has your guests RSVPing with an enthusiastic “YES!”

Facility Rental

The best holiday party for your group starts with the right location. Our unique space in downtown Rockford, MI will be decked out in holiday decor, providing the perfect backdrop for your event. A Thought Design team member will greet you upon arrival and return when your event is complete to follow up and lock the doors.

Your rental can include access to all three spaces (accommodates 12-75 guests) and all equipment and amenities available, as well as outdoor access to the promenade. We also provide optional cleaning services to make your party maintenance free. Click here to learn more about our facility and amenities.

Facility Rental starts at $350

Rental + Catering with Elevated Holiday Menus

Whether you are looking for a beautiful spread of hors d’oeuvres or a festive holiday meal, Thought Design can cater your party or gathering. Chef Justin will make a delicious and nutritious meal from scratch in our Culinary Studio as your guests mingle inside and out of our beautiful riverfront space. We’ve got everything covered – the serving staff, the cleanup crew, and we can accommodate any allergy or dietary restriction.

Ask us about our completely customizable elevated holiday menus!

Starts at $45/per person

Rental + Catering + EXPERIENCE

Looking for something that goes beyond the typical dinner out at a nice restaurant, but want to keep it easy for guests to engage? We’ve got you covered. Host your party in our beautiful space with our elevated holiday menu to choose from, PLUS an interactive “cool-factor” element that your team will be sure to remember.

Chef Demonstration
Enhance your party with some cooking demonstrations by our in-house chef, Justin Piper. Your guests can watch Chef Justin prepare a dessert like creme brulee or an appetizer like Spanish stuffed mushrooms or tostones with mango salsa. This experience also gives your guests a little extra something to partake in, and maybe even learn something new.

Mini Culinary Competition
Got a group of employees with a competitive edge? We’ve got the perfect way to liven up your night. Your group breaks out into teams that participate in a 30-45 minute cooking competition, making anything from sweet or savory crepes to hand-rolled sushi. The idea is to get people interacting, brains engaged and the fun flowing. And the best part is everyone gets to enjoy their creation – win-win for all!

Starts at $65/per person

Team-Building Culinary Experience

Here at Thought Design, we specialize in creating team-building culinary learning opportunities for groups looking for a fully immersive experience. Your guests will work together to prepare a delicious meal that they then sit down to enjoy, and possibly learn something new about each other along the way. Looking for something creative? Your group can learn pasta-making from scratch, how to make homemade cheese or participate in a collaborative cooking activity where each mini-team creates one dish of the meal. Is your group up for some friendly competition? Check out our culinary challenges for ideas and inspiration. It’s fun, hands-on, and energy-filled and we promise your guests will leave raving about having the best holiday party ever!

Starts at $85/per person

Custom Curated Holiday Experience

Festive ambiance? Check. Delicious meal? Check. But what about that “extra something” that makes the party something to remember? That’s where we shine. Every group has a unique culture dynamic, and we believe you deserve more than a cookie-cutter holiday party. Whether you are looking to add a food-inspired activity or unique entertainment idea, we specialize in curating an experience that will “wow” even your toughest critics.

Below are some inspirational ideas to get started, but we suggest scheduling a call with our experts so we can learn more about your group, the budget you are working with, and the type of customized experience you’re looking to create.


  • Live Chef Demonstrations
  • Dessert Making
  • Chocolate Making
  • Dark or Blind Dining (blindfolds)
  • Mocktail Workshop
  • Secret Ingredient Taste Testing – Unique Ingredients (blindfold)
  • Lunch/Brunch Party
  • Food Stylist Class
  • Cooking Competitions (click HERE for some ideas)
  • Garden/Herb inspired meal – Farm-to-Table theme


  • Music (DJ, live band)
  • Decade-Themed
  • Murder Mystery
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Party
  • Making Holiday Cards with Mini-lesson about the science of Gratitude
  • Wine Label Making
  • Casino Games
  • Silent Auction to support a charity
  • Vision Board Creation for the coming year
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness Workshop

It’s not too late! Book your party today.

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