Summer Entertainment Guide: Get the Party Started

Summer in the Hamptons means relaxing, dining, and partying outdoors because no one can resist the picture-perfect weather. Hosting a memorable get-together can be a handful, so we’ve rounded up the hautest essentials for prepping a stress-free outdoor fête in East End.


Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Hybrid Fire Freestanding Grill with Side Burner
Few things beat an outdoor barbecue in the summer, and when it comes to grills, Kalamazoo offers the crème de la crème. Count on this top-notch machine for a foolproof grilling experience and a chic touch to your laid-back cookout. Pick up some seasonal ingredients, like bell peppers and peaches, at your local market for a refreshing twist on classic barbecue recipes. ($21,195)


Nespresso Lattissima Pro
Start off a weekend brunch or end a dinner party right with the universal favorite: caffeine. Nespresso’s Lattissima Pro can turn any host into a barista with its high-quality and simple machine that even steams milk for perfect cappuccinos, all with the touch of a few buttons. For warmer days, opt for iced lattes. ($599)


Chinoiserie Bar Cart
Get organized (and creative) with this modern bar cart from Neiman Marcus that keeps everything in one stylish space. Take advantage of the cart’s open layout and use trays for wine glasses, bottles of bubbly, and festive coasters. Spruce up the minimalist design with flowers, like dahlias and daisies, for fresh summer scents. ($995)


GG Collection Twisted Three-Tier Server
Serve hors d’œuvres or petite desserts (like cupcakes and macarons) in this whimsical three-tier server that adds volume and creativity to any table. Stack cones and toppings for the perfect ice cream sundae station, or fruits and marshmallows for scrumptious fondue. ($370)


Park Hill Collections Six Mini Blackboards
For a playful and rustic take on traditional place cards, stock up on these mini blackboards from Park Hill. The best part: they are reusable and versatile, so after the soirée you can wipe off the names and save them for later. Guests will love the unique and personalized touch. ($25)


MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Beverage Dispenser
Gone are the days of punch bowls (and in are the days of dispensers). Avoid potential spills and floating ladles with MacKenzie-Childs’ festive and sleek beverage server, perfect for punches, sangrias, lemonades, and more. ($495)


Ercuis Transat Silver Plated Ice Bucket
Keep your drinks cold and close by with Ercuis’ stylish, silver-plated ice bucket that will definitely wow your guests. This spacious container can house plenty of bottles and cans, so storage space won’t be an issue. ($545)


Sonos Play:5 Wireless Speakers
No bash is complete without good tunes, so plug your iPhone into these Sonos speakers to achieve the perfect ambiance. For musical inspiration, log onto to create customized playlists that you can tailor to your mood. ($399)