Birthday on the Rooftop


Tablescape for a birthday on the rooftop
Photo: Becca Sabot/Illustration: Randall Nelson

Mix black and white with a pink palette, polka dots with peacock feathers, sushi and Chantilly, and Mary Richards might just show up. You’ve made it, after all!


Jacquard tablecloth with champagne dots, gold-rimmed plates of hammered glass, fleur-de-lis table number stand, and beaded cake plate (prices on request), from Linen Effects.

Arrangement of Barbados roses, camellia branches, gold-painted sea holly, and peacock feathers (price on request), from Bastian+Skoog.

Custom embossed invitation (price on request); Kate Spade place cards ($10 for 12) from Paperista.

Kate Spade straws ($13.50 for six), from Paperista.

Chevron ribbon ($7.95), from Paper Source.

Champagne flutes with amber accents ($12.95), from Anthropologie.

Frilloons”—frilly, extra-large helium-filled balloons (price on request), from White Peacock Styled Events.

Assorted wrapping paper, some handmade ($10–$12), matchboxes with colored sticks and match heads ($12 each), from Epitome Papers.

Polka dot taper and tea candleholders ($1.99–$4.99), from IKEA.

Anna Weatherly white polka dot plates with gold edge ($58–$68 for what’s shown above), from Ampersand.

Wine: Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blanc—it comes with the bag! ($19.99, widely available).

Where to Hit The Roof:

The Skybar, as the rooftop is called, boasts panoramic views from the prime real estate that is Hennepin Avenue. It’s stunning at any time, but dusk is especially dramatic—the Minneapolis skyline becomes a sparkling wall of light. 612-238-7777,

Menu Pictured From Seven: A chef’s choice assortment of sashimi and nigiri, including the signature Seven roll—shrimp tempura with cucumber wrapped in bigeye tuna, with unagi sauce and Japanese mayo. Plus, strawberry Chantilly with light whipped cream and, of course, fresh strawberries.

For roof reveling:
“Reserve one of the cabanas. They can accommodate 10 to 15 comfortably.And the view is priceless.”
              —Sherwin Resurreccion, executive sushi chef, Seven

Other Rooftops:

Also on Hennepin, it has stellar city views. Match your bash with a night when Solera is showing films and serving themed cocktails. 612-338-0062,

Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group
Uptown’s newest roof includes a lounge for up to 85 guests with that queen-of-Uptown feel. 612-877-7263,

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