How to Throw the Ultimate Hamptons Dinner Party
More rosé cocktails and crudo, please
After relying on Seamless pad thai all winter, it’s time to get your dinner party hosting skills back on point. These six genius ideas will help you host a Hamptons party that’s just as fun IRL as it looks on Instagram.
Send Gorgeous Digital Invites
Facebook invites are so 2012. Opt for a stylish digital invitation from Paperless Post instead. There are hundreds of options to choose from, including some freebies. Oooh, and there’s bonus RSVP tracking.
Serve a Signature Cocktail
Instead of crowding the kitchen counter with mixers and liquor, keep things simple. Make a summery signature cocktail in pitchers so your guests can help themselves. We love the Rosé Royal, made with grapefruit juice, egg whites, Champagne and, of course, a bottle of rosé.
Leave the Grilling to the Pros
Trust us, you’ll be a lot less stressed if you let Townline BBQ come to your house with their awesome mobile smoker and cook for you. No smoke alarms, no burned fingers and all the pulled pork we can eat? We’re in.
Get Bread and Blooms on Demand
Why make a last-minute run to the store when you can enlist the help of Bread & Flower? They’ll drive a vintage '61 CitroŽn van to your house to hook you up with bread from Carissa’s Breads and bouquets of fresh flowers. The amazing smells alone will impress your guests the second they walk through the door.
Inspire Your Guests to Get Creative
While the barbecue masters are outside working on the main course, entertain your guests by setting up a crudo bar. Carmine Di Giovanni, chef of the Greenwich in Water Mill, suggests slicing sushi-grade fluke into thin, even slices and putting out a variety of toppings for your guests to add, like avocado, lime juice, olive oil, ginger, herbs and sliced jalapeños.
Rent a Food Truck
A hot, stuffy kitchen is no place for a party hostess. Sit back, relax and hang out in the backyard with your guests instead. Rent this adorable food truck from Hamptons Aristocrat, grab a Rosé Royal and enjoy the sunset. You’ve earned it.