Sometimes anticipating a big fête is even more fun than the actual party. That might have been the case May 8 at International Market Square in Minneapolis given the merriment at the annual WAMSO luncheon, which supports the Minnesota Orchestra's Symphony Ball.

This year's "Settings of Note" theme alluded to the silent auction, which featured 20 tablescapes created by local designers.

One table was decorated with Limoges dishes donated by J.B. Hudson, appropriately named "Improvisation in a Modern Key."

"It's a mix of dishes, and that's a trend now," explained Renée LeJeune Hallberg, a WAMSO board member, who helped create the table with her company, Engler Skogmo Interior Design.

It's safe to say that neither the tables nor the informal modeling of formalwear from the Galleria store DUGO (Dress Up Go Out) nor the trio of miniature open-faced sandwiches was the event's highlight.

It wasn't even the elegant piano music provided by Lisa Roehl: "You can't hear it, because there's so much chatter," said executive director Eloise Breikjern (pictured).

Only time will tell if next month's "Dance With Me" Symphony Ball can generate as much buzz.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177