Shop Rachel Zoe’s Summer Entertaining Essentials

Aside from having impeccable taste in fashion, Rachel Zoe is also known for throwing a killer party. Fortunately, her tips for successfully pulling off fetes on the beach in Malibu, poolside in Beverly Hills and at home in the Hamptons can easily be applied to any fiestas you’re planning this summer. The best part? You don’t need to spend a fortune to create an atmosphere that feels totally luxurious and relaxing. Here, RZ’s guide to being a fantastic hostess.

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Rachel Zoe's Guide To Summer Entertaining

Day At The Beach

"If you're throwing a party on the beach, it's so important to create lots of shade so you can stay out of the sun and also keep drinks and snacks cold. I always bring a chic tent, stacks of colorful Turkish beach blankets and a portable speaker for music."

Pool Party

"I love to cover the lawn by the pool with giant blankets so guests have plenty of places to lounge around. I also make sure to have festive pool toys and an arts and crafts project so kids of all ages have something fun to do."

Backyard BBQ

"You don't need much to make an outdoor space feel inviting, but there are a few key components. A graphic outdoor rug, party lights and large floor cushions are fail-safe ways to make simple spaces feel luxe. Also, I always set up a fully stocked bar with gorgeous glassware so guests can make drinks outside instead of trekking into the kitchen."