Designer Jonathan Adler (with Simon Doonan at home on Fire Island, left) is the guru of happy occasions. Here’s what he recommends to get the party started.
Go glam. “Channel your favorite 1950s French movie with tableware that provides a chic, nautical nod.” Try Adler's Sorrento Melamine Dinner Plates.
Delight with dessert. “I always serve strawberry and blueberry shortcakes—everyone loves them.”
Cast flattering light. “Whether it’s by the fire pit or by lantern light, everyone seems younger and more beautiful in the glow of some flames.”