In The Mood For A Party?

Three beautiful new coffee-table books provide inspiration and ideas for simple summer entertaining, while top local retailers make it easy to get the look.

Get the Palm Beach Look

Treat your friends like VIP guests with an exquisite custom menu. To order from Epitome Papers, Galleria, 952-920-2978, epitomepapers.com.com

Get party ideas, menus, and recipes from local Palm Beach tastemakers. Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember ($45), by Annie Falk, from Barnes & Noble, Galleria, 952-920-0633, barnesandnoble.com

Indulge your guests with a decadent better-than-homemade dessert. Baker’s Man chocolate cake ($38), from yum! Kitchen and Bakery, 4000 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-922-4000, yumkitchen.com

Combine a beachy hurricane with seashells and tropical fruit for a striking tablescape. Coral hurricane ($124), from Gracious Home, 775 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-476-2406, gracioushomefurnishings.com

Add a frisson of Palm Beach–style luxury with French linens and custom coasters. Coasters also to order from Epitome Papers; napkin ($23), by Garnier Thiebaut, from My European Treasures, 287 Water St., Excelsior, 952-960-2908, myeuropeantreasures.com

No beach? No problem! Buy or rent real palm trees, right here in the Twin Cities. Mom’s Landscaping & Design, 12276 Johnson Memorial Dr., Shakopee, 952-277-6667, palmtreedirect.com

Mix peach liqueur with white wine, seltzer, and fresh fruit to make a refreshing sangria. Pallini peach liqueur ($28.59), from Surdyk’s, 303 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3232, surdyks.com

Mix tropical colors and patterns for an effortlessly elegant place setting. Placemat ($12), from Five Swans, 315 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-4685, fiveswans.com; dinner plate ($7.99), from Bachman’s, six metro locations including 6010 Lyndale Ave., Mpls., 612-861-7600, bachmans.com; napkin ($23), by Garnier Thiebaut, also from My European Treasures; shell ($19.95), from Williams-Sonoma, Galleria, 952-285-1338, williams-sonoma.com