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

Get the Hamptons Look

Set a nautical mood. Cards ($12.50), from Paper Source, 4954 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-259-1000, paper-source.com; custom coasters also from Epitome Papers

Ricky Lauren, wife of Ralph Lauren, shares favorite family recipes, memories, and anecdotes. Ricky Lauren: The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History ($40), also from barnesandnoble.com

Celebrate summer with sparkling Spanish wine. Marques Gelida ($16.49), also from Surdyk’s

Show your colors with a festive centerpiece. Vase ($31.99) and flags ($2.49 each), also from Bachman’s

Mix the colors of sun and sky for a summery table. Dinnerware ($7.99–$12.99), also from Bachman’s; placemat ($5), also from Five Swans

Pick up a batch of fresh muffins, scones, and kuchen. Pastries ($2.50–$3.95), also from yum! Kitchen and Bakery; napkin ($7), also from Five Swans; basket ($12.99), also from Bachman’s

Anchors aweigh with custom invitations. Also to order from Epitomepapers

Get the Soirée Look

Delight your guests with a delicious pink-inspired menu. Cards ($13.50), also from Paper Source

Discover 15 fabulous parties from Danielle Rollins, top Atlanta tastemaker. Soirée: Entertaining with Style ($50), from Victory Home & Interiors, 3505 W. 44th St., Mpls., 612-926-8200, shopvictory.com

Rollins loves hanging paper lanterns from the trees in her sumptuous garden. Lantern ($5.99), also from Bachman’s

Greet your guests with a glass of lime and raspberry-flavored Coming Up Roses. Bacardi Black Razz ($17.49) and Chandon Brut Rose ($20.99), also from Surdyk’s

Set a luscious luncheon table with a riot of bright colors and patterns. Plate ($3.99), also from Bachman’s; napkin ($23), by Garnier Thiebaut, also from My European Treasuresm

Showcase Mother Nature with a breathtaking bouquet of summer flowers. To order from Bachman’s

Add some chinoiserie chic to the party with a fabulous fuchsia birdcage. Birdcage ($182), from Cococozy, cococozy.com

Ready to get in the party mood?
Let these Top Local experts make it easy!


PAPERISTA 5023 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-886-3470, paperista.com
PAPER SOURCE 4954 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-259-1000, paper-source.com

Linens, China & More

APRÈS PARTY AND TENT RENTAL 7625 Cahill Rd., Edina, 952-942-3399, apresparty.com
FESTIVITIES 3969 Co. Rd. 116, Medina, 763-682-4846, festivitiesmn.com
LINEN EFFECTS 1801 West River Rd. N., Mpls., 612-355-2500, lineneffects.com
SAVVI FORMALWEAR Ten metro locations including Southdale, 952-925-2010, savviformalwear.com
ULTIMATE EVENTS 13405 15th Ave. N., Plymouth, 763-559-8368, ue-mn.com


AMORE VICTORIA 1601 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-823-0250, amorevictoria.com
CATERING BY KOWALSKI’S Nine metro locations including 5327 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 888-972-7890, kowalskis.com
CRAVE CATERING 8500 Normandale Lake Blvd., Ste. 720, Bloomington, 952-562-5620, cravecatering.com
D’AMICO CATERING 275 Market St., Ste. C25, Mpls., 612-238-4444, damicocatering.com
FAMOUS DAVE’S CATERING Multiple metro locations including 4264 Upton Ave. S., Mpls., 612-929-1200, famousdaves.com/catering
GREEN MILL CATERING 1342 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 612-718-0529, greenmillcatering.com
LAKE ELMO INN RESTAURANT CATERING AND EVENT CENTER 3712 Layton Ave. N., Lake Elmo, 651-779-5994, lakeelmoinn.com
LUNDS & BYERLY’S CATERING 3777 Park Center Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-897-9800, catering.lundsandbyerlys.com
MINTÁHOE CATERING 2117 West River Rd., Mpls., 612-253-0255, mintahoe.com
PROM CATERING 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale, 651-501-8191, promcatering.com
SEVEN CATERING 700 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-7770, 7mpls.com
ST. LOUIS PARK WOODFIRE GRILL 6501 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-345-0505, slpwoodfiregrill.com
SURDYK’S 303 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3232, surdyks.com
THREE SONS SIGNATURE CUISINE 2322 Blaisdell Ave., Mpls., 612-874-0880, threesonssignature.com
WHOLE FOODS MARKET Four metro locations including 3060 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 612-927-8141, wholefoodsmarket.com


BACHMAN’S Six metro locations including 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-861-7600, bachmans.com
DEBRUYN DESIGNS 763-494-8339, debruyndesigns.com
WAGNERS 6024 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-922-6901, wagners.biz


ADAGIO DJAY ENTERTAINMENT 213 E. 4th St., 4th floor, St. Paul, 612-787-3501, adagiodj.com
DAVE EVANS AND THE EXPANSION 250 Water St., Excelsior, 952-239-8595, daveevansmusic.com
GEORGE FABER Mpls., 612-927-4265, georgefaber.com
INSTANT REQUEST DJ ENTERTAINMENT 5001 American Blvd. W., Ste. 995, Bloomington, 952-934-6110, instantrequest.com
SYNERGY 6128 Brookview Ave., Edina, 952-926-9927, synergy-dwmusic.com


ATLAS GRILL 200 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-332-4200, atatlasgrill.com
BAYVIEW EVENT CENTER & CHARTER CRUISES 687 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, 952-470-8439, bayviewevent.com
BLUEFIN BAY ON LAKE SUPERIOR 7192 Minnesota 61, Tofte, 218-663-7296, bluefinbay.com
CHIANG MAI THAI 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-1606, chiangmaithai.com
COMMONS HOTEL 615 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-8888, commonshotel.com
EARLE BROWN HERITAGE CENTER 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, 763-569-6300, earlebrown.com
THE GALE MANSION 2115 Stevens Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-1662, galemansion.com
GOLDEN VALLEY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 7001 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, 763-732-4105, gvgcc.com
THE GRAND HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS 615 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-288-8888, grandhotelminneapolis.com
GRAVES 601 HOTEL 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-677-1100, graves601hotel.com
JIMMY’S FOOD AND COCKTAILS 11000 Red Circle Dr., Minnetonka, 952-224-5858, jimmysfoodandcocktails.com
LAKE ELMO INN 3442 Lake Elmo Ave. N., Lake Elmo, 651-777-8495, lakeelmoinn.com
MILLENNIUM HOTEL 1313 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-6000, millenniumhotels.com
RADISSON BLU HOTEL BLOOMINGTON 2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, 952-881-5258, radissonblumoa.com
RADISSON PLAZA 35 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-339-4900, radisson.com
SOLERA 900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-0062, solera-restaurant.com
UNION DEP0T PLACE 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-224-6000, christos.com
THE WESTIN EDINA GALLERIA 3201 Galleria, 952-567-5000, westinedinagalleria.com