My Wonderful Life

Great Venues: Minneapolis Edition

posted on 10/25/11 by MyWonderfulLife.com Staff

Where's a great unique place to host your final party? Joan Nilsen, one of the best wedding and event planners in Minneapolis and owner of Ambiente LLC, shared some great venues with My Wonderful Life. Any of these locations would be a great place to host your last goodbye! We look forward to bringing you more features like this for cities across the United States (and hopefully beyond!).


The Walker:  

"Gather or Skyline Room" for reception.

For the art loving person who's funeral reception/memorial service you are planning - let your guests tour the Walker Art Center followed by a reception in Gather or the Skyline Room.
Contemporary spaces overlooking Hennepin Ave with sweeping views of downtown Mpls.  Gather is an intimate space, rich colors/textures for decor with leather banquettes and chandeliers...also a large outdoor balcony.

Catering: D'Amico Catering


Private Residence - Your Home:  

For a more intimate and private setting.

Catering: D'Amico Catering or (www.designcuisinecatering.com) are our top picks as both will cater any type meal service and bring in the dishware, flatware, glassware and table linens.

Their menus are extensive and presentation on each item is beautiful no matter what is being served. Their sales team can help in determining your needs and menu items during a time that is difficult for you to think about anything other than your loved one.

The Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom:

A venue with many rooms that can be intimate or open up to a large room.  Was the former Ruperts Night Club, "The Met's" chemistry is like someone's home with hardwood floors, oriental rugs, period chandeliers and hung painted tapestry.

If your loved one was a band/jazz/music lover of any kind, this would be the perfect venue to honor them by hiring a band/jazz combo that fits perfectly on the stage.

CateringD'Amico Catering


Calhoun Beach Club:

Overlooking Lake Calhoun, the Solarium and outdoor Terrace is an Ambiente favorite.  The elegant Calhoun Beach Club is D'Amico Catering's platinum venue. Built in the early 20th century, the restored club is located near the vibrant Uptown area and offers sweeping views of scenic Lake Calhoun from its spacious deck. Large arched windows flood the event spaces with sunlight, and provide dramatic scenery of Minneapolis' trendiest neighborhoods. Once an exclusive members-only club, this grand venue was built to entertain and impress even the most refined tastes.

Catering: D'Amico Catering


The Saint Paul Hotel:

If there is one piece of professional wisdom I could pass along to my clients and friends, it would be that when it comes to funerals, do whatever you can to take unnecessary stress out of the celebration. If you're going to have a post gathering event, choose a venue where customer service is an artform, not an afterthought. One of my favorites in this category is The Saint Paul Hotel in downtown St. Paul. They offer much more than elegance, a convenient location, easy parking, and excellent food. At The Saint Paul Hotel, you know that their staff will be respectful, courteous, and consistently ten steps ahead in terms of planning and service. I can't overstate how important that can be, especially during an event when your mind won't be, and shouldn't be, focused on the catering details. The Saint Paul Hotel has rooms for large and small gatherings, and a range of menu choices. It's a gift I would love to see everyone give themselves to ease the stress of a difficult time.

For more information: 651.228.3886


The Swedish Institute: 

The castle like mansion was the home to the Turnblad family turned into a museum for the community where education, arts and crafts are now part of the institute.   The historical mansion is ornate with hand carved wood paneling and furnished in original Swedish, Swedish-American and Nordic culture.     Catering is done onsite for fresh, quality and presentation, just like being at home.  The ASI also has exceptional staff in coordinating your reception/celebration with guided tours.  Their professional staff pairs cohesively with Design Cuisine professional staff to take care of all your needs.


Pinstripes -OR- Park Tavern Bowl:

An out of the box idea for a Celebration...if your loved one loved bowling...bringing friends and family together here is a fun, social atmosphere and two of our favorites.  Each has a great menu – burgers at Park Tavern & flat pizza’s at Pinstripes.

During your reception/celebration, there is something to keep the kids busy with, a plus.  Pinstripes has both bowling and bocce ball coupled with outdoor fire pits for socializing, gathering & remembering...


McNamara Memorial Hall:

For the "U of M" Alumni Graduate...

This architecturally-stunning event facility is located on the University of Minnesota campus. The A.I. Johnson Room hosts a fireplace and intimate room setting.  

The Hall is a popular space for it's size....the 150 foot water feature in the Hall is  unique and adds to the ambiance. Parking Lot is directly connected to venue.

Catering: D'Amico Catering


Three Rivers Parks:

Indoor & outdoor facilities. Include lawn bowling, croquet or bocce ball into the Celebration mix.

Catering: D'Amico Catering (damicocatering.com) or (www.designcuisinecatering.com) are our top picks as both will cater any type meal service and bring in the dishware, flatware, glassware and table linens. A casual feel with food right off the grill or picnic tables with a relaxed atmosphere for reconnecting with family/friends while Celebrating that loved ones life.


Chambers Rooftop:

Inspired by couture art and cuisine.  Beautiful rooftop views.    The rooftop lounge with floor to ceiling windows and wrap around balcony provides dramatic views of the historic Hennepin Theatre District.

The outdoor courtyard features a fantastic glass fire pit, video art wall, cozy cabanas, lush greenery, and pool table, weather permitting.

Catering: D'Amico Catering

Image Source: Walker, Metropolitan Ballroom, Calhoun Beach Club, Saint Paul Hotel, Swedish Institute, Pinstripes, Park Tavern, McNamara, Three River Parks, Chambers

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