Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Summer Soiree

Amp up your summer gatherings with floral arrangements, balloon arches, table settings, and more

Photo by michelle wirth

To plan a memorable Sunday brunch, pool party, or bridal shower with passion and panache, go all out with expertly designed floral arrangements, balloon arches, and table settings—all of which, when executed flawlessly with the help of local creatives, will ensure a stamp of approval from your get-together’s guests.

When your friends and family ask about the fragrant florals wafting through your kitchen, suggest the Twin Cities’ best in floral design, like Lake Harriet Florist or Apricot Floral Design. The former focuses on color-packed tabletop arrangements that act as gorgeous centerpieces and conversation starters, while the latter specializes in crafting bespoke, always-custom installations—using nothing but the freshest locally grown blooms to make moments that much more remarkable.

Meanwhile, Minne Merriments is blowing up the balloon arch business with its whimsical garlands, installs, and backdrop rentals. Balloons of various sizes and colors come together to create Instagram-worthy photo backdrops your partygoers (especially teens!) will stand in line for.

Let your table settings and decor be the finishing touches that take your event from fab to unforgettable. The Fond Collective and its talented crew of vendors, for instance, offer everything you need to make sure mealtime goes off without a hitch—whether you’re serving hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail-style party or setting up a luxury picnic to celebrate a bride-to-be. Re-create the dreamy occasion above with the help of Fond, plus vendors like Lush and Bloom (florals), Emily Grace Cakes (dessert), Coalesce Beverage Co. (mocktails), and Taylily Lettering (stationary).

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