Anniversary in the Woods


Tablescape for an anniversary celebration in the woods
Photo: Becca Sabot/Illustration: Randall Nelson

Your union is one of a kind, but there is something timeless about celebrating your history in Minnesota’s natural beauty. So bring out those classics—homemade jams, Granny Smith apples, and that old photo of you two in love, just like you are now.


Serious Jam in blood orange whiskey marmalade and blueberry bourbon sage ($10 each), from Serious Jam.

Pincushion and banksia protea with ranunculus, anemones, thistle, lace fern, jasmine, olive leaf, and spring reii in a simple wooden box (price on request), from Munster Rose.

Anna Weatherly meadow green with gold edge bowl ($88), and plate ($98), from Ampersand.

Anna Weatherly amethyst tumblers ($52 each), from Ampersand.

White fruit bowl, champagne-colored tablecloth, linen/burlap runner (prices on request), from Linen Effects.

Gold-plated stemware (price on request), from Linen Effects.

Custom menu (price on request), from Paperista.

Copper mugs ($19.95 each), from Sur La Table.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, with catering by Lancer Catering
There are five gardens in which to renew vows and three picnic shelters for celebrating afterward. Or go both indoor and outdoor with the Tea Room and Terrace. 952-443-1425,

Menu Pictured From Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, catered by University Dining Services: Crostini with apple and herbed goat cheese; parsnip soup with truffle oil, smoked white fish, and chives; blue corn–crusted shrimp with sweet corn coulis and cilantro puree; apple tartlet with vanilla crème anglaise.

Other Timeless Locales:

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
An event here points to the timeless art of your marriage. And it’s kid-friendly. 612-870-3000,

WA Frost
F. Scott may have drank here, and the patio is considered one of the best, merging storied Cathedral Hill history with gardens groomed for food. 651-224-5715,

Tablescape for a birthday on the rooftop

Birthday on the Rooftop

"The big one"—or not. Any summer birthday is reason to raise the roof.

Picnic in the Park

Throw in sparklers and a chocolate cake and even the kids are happy (if not covered in frosting). Casually yummy.