Planning a major event is a lot of work and a lot of stress, especially if you want your venue to be as unique and fun as your party is going to be! Conference rooms can be stuffy and hotel ballrooms are often overpriced, plus they limit your catering options. If you’re on the lookout for  truly unexpected party locations, check out these suggestions:

A Yoga Studio

Have friends who love to live in the moment and practice meditative breathing as much as you do? Book your favorite yoga studio for a private lesson, followed by healthy smoothies at a nearby cafe. Your friends will love the comfy attire and the great workout, and you’ll love how easy it is to plan. While this works best for small groups, talk to your yoga instructor about bulk rates.

Art and Wine Night

These fun venues have been popping up everywhere and offer a night of art instruction and wine. All of your supplies and alcohol are provided, so you’ll walk away with a beautiful, handmade piece of art to take home to commemorate the event. These party locations often offer private party events for groups of up to 30, so your next birthday party or bridal shower can really shine.

A Local Charity

Does your group of friends love to help the community? Organize a giving party at a soup kitchen or thrift store. You and your friends can get together, socialize, and feel great about giving back. Local charities are always looking for new volunteers and you may wind up with a few buddies who sign up for weekly shifts. You can also ask that guests give donations, in lieu of gits.

A Retro Arcade

We’ve all seen trends throwing back to the 80s, with the reemergence of scrunchies, velour, and the male ponytail. Why not kick it up a notch and hit a retro arcade for a fierce game of Pac Man or Centipede? Though the graphics aren’t great and the soundtracks are subpar, your friends will love that #flashbackfriday will be extremely relevant

Stella’s Fish Cafe, in the heart of uptown Minneapolis, has something a little more classic to offer. Our event spaces and catering specials are for those who love to keep it classy, while still having fun.