Planning a party this summer? Who better than Lela Rose, the ultimate hostess, to share tips to creating the perfect fete. As warm as she is chic, step inside Lela’s home as she preps for one of her fabulous parties.
Video by Ernest Martin
TIP #1: Entertain in Color
I don’t use flowers, pick one hue and let it influence everything that evening.
Tableware: Collected over time.
TIP #2: The Specialty Cocktail
Create a twist on a classic to fit the color theme, and name it something fun.
Like: Lela’s Blueberry Basil Margarita
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces lime juice
2 1/2 ounces blueberry basil simple syrup
sliced lime + fresh blueberries and basil leaves for garnish
salt + sugar for the rim
Combine tequila, Grand Marnier, blueberry simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze.
Basil and fizz make for a refreshing summer cocktail.
TIP #3: The Delightful Detail
Make your guests smile with an unexpected place cards in twine.
Difficulty level: Simple.
Seating assignments: Mix it up: you’re at a dinner to meet new people, so separate couples and groups of friends! I love the stories that come out of it.
TIP #4: What to Wear
I have a love for polka dots and this blue is such a fun color for summer. This dress can be worn with flats for day or throw on a heel for your dinner or night out!