There’s an art to setting a pretty summer party table—and with help from a few simple hostess tricks, it can be a festive undertaking that’s both fun and effortless. For Gucci, who loves to host casual outdoor dinners with friends and family at her Hamptons beach house, it starts with one easy rule of thumb: Let your linens do the work. “I’m obsessed with La DoubleJ tablecloths,” she says of surfing the Milanese brand’s colorful textiles regularly on sites like Moda Operandi. Fabric napkins in a slightly mismatched print mean you don’t have to overthink things and add to a feeling of eclectic charm. As for the world’s most versatile placemats, Tory Burch has it covered with her new home collection: The designer’s easy raffia discs lend bohemian style while promising to go with everything—ditto for Burch’s flower-etched wine glasses and salad plates with subtle personality.
Mismatched candles and bistro glasses from Sag Harbor’s nearby Goop MRKT, a vase picked up on an anniversary trip to Positano and filled with fresh peonies, and silverware foraged from who-knows-where make the finishing touches. Because the best hostess isn’t stressing about the table, she’s enjoying herself and her guests! And just like that, it’s time for fish tacos—a summer table setting in six minutes or less.