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I love entertaining in the summer—family and friends drop by for spontaneous gatherings, and for whatever reason—the sun, fresh air, little ones out of school—the pace is a bit slower. I recently had an intimate lunchtime gathering with a few of our friends while staying in Amagansett. I'd love to show you how I used a few of my favorite pieces from our summer collection.
I served ice cold cucumber water in our chic little fish glasses. One of the entertaining tips I’ve picked up over the years is to add a few cucumber slices to a pitcher with a lid, store it in the fridge upside-down for a few hours before guests arrive—et voila! You’ll have water with a refreshing spa-like taste. It really adds a layer of luxury to a casual party.
Our beach-side lunch table was set with these sea creature plates—made by Laura Zindel—a very cool artist from Vermont.
They provided the perfect complement to our ocean-side setting.
I’m obsessed with our Napeague serving platters—inspired by my favorite beach town retreat, Amagansett. I kept the mood casual by placing silverware on a platter.
Allowing guests to grab utensils at their leisure while keeping the styling of the luncheon chic and organized.
I served one of my favorite summertime dishes—grilled asparagus—on a matching Napeague serving platter. This dish is so easy to make, and it’s a true crowd pleaser.
Don’t you love the summery palette of the green and blue and yellow?
Each one is so unique because it’s made from reclaimed grapevine. I used it as a centerpiece, and it was an instant conversation piece.
And my son had a great time playing with it too!
What are your favorite ways to entertain in the summer? I’d love to know!
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