Saturday, September 23, 2023

Southlake Sites for Seasonal Socials: Holiday Event Planning Tips

Planning a holiday event? Whether you’re looking for a location for an intimate gathering with friends and family or a larger venue for a corporate party, Southlake is your merry and bright start to holiday event planning. Let one of these festive settings host your holiday happening so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party.

If you’re looking for a large venue, look no further than Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. The site features 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the spacious Traditions Ballroom with nearly 5,000 square feet—enough space to accommodate 300 guests. The Legacy Meeting Rooms total more than 1,400 square feet and are suitable for smaller events. Both the ballroom and meeting rooms can be divided to perfectly fit your event. Legends Hall also features nearly 2,800 square feet of pre- or post-function space, including the Club Lounge and 1,380 square feet of covered, usable outdoor patio space with lounge seating and fire features. For a finishing touch, The Marq also offers expert banquet specialists, flexible catering and alcohol policies, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

“Upscale but never uptight,” Cambria Southlake DFW North offers more than 5,000 square feet of functional and fully customizable event space, personalized catering options, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, and the freedom to deck the halls with holiday decor. The signature Southlake Ballroom features 3,900 square feet of space and can be divided into three smaller spaces averaging 1,300 square feet each. The Ballroom overlooks an expansive patio, which can also be utilized for private events. For small corporate events, the Carroll Boardroom and Tarrant Conference Room are options. All of the event space is built around a pre-function space that can be accessed through its own entrance, making guests feel like the VIPs they are.

For a setting with seasonal charm, Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square is conveniently located in the middle of holiday happenings in Southlake, including the Southlake Town Square Christmas tree, Santa’s Village and carriage rides. The boutique-style hotel boasts over 19,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including two ballrooms totaling over 10,000 square feet and six boardrooms. Hilton also offers on-site event planners, indoor and outdoor venues, pre- or post-function areas, audio-visual equipment and technicians and on-site catering.

Add some spice to your seasonal soiree at Copeland’s of New Orleans. Located inside Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square and home to some of the best Cajun cuisine outside of Louisiana, the restaurant also offers several special event spaces. The private dining room can seat up to 27 guests with u-shape family table.  Standing receptions and rectangular table layouts are also available options. Copeland’s Bar Lounge can also be reserved for a fun holiday happy hour, with maximum seating for 45 guests or standing room for 55 guests. Copeland’s semi-private dining option accommodates 25 seated guests or up to 50 seated guests with the private back patio. Audio-visual equipment is available for rental. With multiple private dining menus at various price points available for both lunch and dinner events, Copeland’s is sure to let the good times roll at your holiday party.

If you’re looking for an intimate fine dining experience with Texas flair, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake has a long history of perfecting steaks and recently renovated private dining spaces to offer guests one-of-a-kind surroundings. With a wine cellar backdrop, the Wine Room offers a completely private dining experience for up to 40 guests. With dark wood walls decorated with Kirby’s memorabilia dating back to the 1950’s and a drop-down LCD projector, the adjoining Back Room also offers private dining and can accommodate 30 guests. A collapsing soundproof wall can divide the rooms for two separate spaces. Kirby’s also offers a complete restaurant buyout for party planners seeking total privacy. With chef-crafted steaks and seafood, Sommelier-chosen wines and live music on Fridays and Saturdays, Kirby’s has all the makings for holiday cheer.

Del Frisco’s Grille can get your party started with private and semi-private dining rooms, not to mention the restaurant’s signature steaks, award-winning wine list, creative cocktails and dedicated group dining coordinators who will plan and personalize your event. Del Frisco’s private dining room accommodates up to 24 seated guests or 40 standing guests for a cocktail event, has a 50-inch flat screen television, and complete audio-visual capabilities. The patio seats up to 75 guests or 150 guests for a standing reception, plus is a fully-covered space with heaters to warm guests on chilly, festive evenings. The restaurant also has a prime view of Southlake Town Square decorated in seasonal splendor.

With fresh seafood and crab, Prime steaks and an award-winning wine list, Truluck’s is a catch for holiday celebrations. The Southlake location can accommodate private dining parties in the Capri Room for up to 45 seated guests and 50 for standing receptions. The Atrium Room can accommodate private parties up to 25 seated guests and 30 for standing receptions. The Lounge can be reserved for up to 100 guests, and the entire restaurant is available for up to 220 guests. With group lunch and dinner menus, as well as group reception and rehearsal menus featuring the restaurant’s signature seafood dishes, it’s easy to get hooked on the private dining at Truluck’s.

Brio Tuscan Grille offers Italian flavors and atmosphere, minus the passport requirement. With three private/semi-private dining options available and an expansive private events menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner events—in addition to regular menu items, Brio’s is all about options. The private dining room accommodates groups of up to 50 people. For an al fresco experience, Brio’s beautiful terrace accommodates up to 75 guests, and the semi-private cabanas seat 25 guests. All private spaces can be arranged to best suit guest needs, and the restaurant can even assist you with customized menu cards, audio-visual, and floral needs for your private holiday dining experience.

These are just a few of several sites for potential seasonal socials. For more information about planning your perfect party in Southlake, go to or call the Southlake Tourism Office at 817.748.8652. From unique settings to crowd-pleasing fare, it’s time to get your party started in Southlake!

Visit Southlake App is Here!

Planning the perfect day in Southlake just got much easier! We’re excited to unveil the Visit Southlake App on our website, an interactive way to map out everything you don’t want to miss in Southlake.

Designed with our partners at Visit Widget, this app provides a new way to explore what the city has to offer, including upcoming events, popular restaurants, downtown hot spots, shopping, and points of interest. View it all at once or search by categories such as Shopping, Dining, Parks & Rec, Cultural Events and many more. You can access the Visit Southlake App from the website or by visiting the app stores on iOS or Android smartphone devices and downloading the app.

See an upcoming Event you don’t want to miss? Click “Join” and the event will be added to your plan.  That restaurant everyone keeps telling you about? Click “Add to Plan” and you won’t forget to try it.

The Visit Southlake App has something for everyone so be sure to visit the site and plan your PERFECT day! 

Meet New and Longtime Merchants in the Local Business Report

Southlake’s business landscape continues to evolve, with new office buildings, retail centers and hotels appearing (or coming soon) along State Highway 114 and Southlake Boulevard. A look at the New Biz List, published each month by Southlake’s Economic Development and Tourism Department, also reveals recently opened businesses and upcoming commercial development in the city.

A tool the Department uses to help business owners introduce themselves to the community is the Local Business Report, a brief presentation scheduled during select City Council meetings. The presentations are made by business owners or their representatives, are posted to the Local Business Report blog and promoted via the City’s social media channels, as well as distributed via a RSS feed and sent to people who opt-in via the Notify Me system – click here to sign up. Steel City Pops, which opened March 11th in Park Village, was featured during the May 2nd City Council meeting; previous participants include Cinnaholic and Smashburger. Recently, the City changed the delivery format of the Local Business Report to a blog format so if you happened to miss the previous months Local Business Report, it can still be viewed. The opportunity to participate in the Local Business Report is open to any business located in Southlake.

Supporting new and existing businesses is a high priority for the Economic Development and Tourism Department. The Department also hosts the interactive Shopping & Dining Guide Story Map. This is an online tool that helps residents and visitors find all the great retailers and restaurants the City has to offer in a mobile-friendly map.

“Economic development is more than bringing new businesses into Southlake, but also helping them to succeed and grow – whether they’ve been here for a month or ten years. The Local Business Report is a great opportunity for business owners to engage with the City Council and the community to share information about their business,” said Deputy Director of Economic Development Daniel Cortez.

For more information about the Local Business Report, contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department at 817-748-8039.

Local Business Report: Southlake Montessori

Southlake Montessori, located on the campus of New Day Church at 101 E. Highland Street, was featured in the Local Business Report at the City Council Meeting on November 4, 2014. Southlake Montessori follows the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) standards and teaches children ages 3 to 12 years.

Watch the video below to learn more about Southlake Montessori. For more information, visit or call (817) 773-2137.

The Local Business Report is presented at the Southlake City Council Meetings. This report features Southlake businesses in the area and offers a platform for them to market to customers.

If you are interested in featuring your business in the Local Business Report, please contact the Department of Economic Development at 817-748-8039.