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A Summertime Lunch in Amagansett

By Christiane | Jun 26 2012

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?

This Driftwood Candelabra is one of my favorite pieces from our summer collection.

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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