Summer is my favorite season for entertaining. Whether I’m planning a laid-back outdoor tandoori barbecue or elegant dinner party, there’s something about the warm weather that makes everyone relax and have fun. Most of my summer entertaining takes place at our house in Little Compton, RI. It’s the perfect setting for a weekend of delicious meals, long walks on the beach, and sharing a bottle or two of rosé with family and friends. I always love the opportunity to cook with fresh local ingredients and fill the guest rooms with flowers from the garden. Here are my best hostessing tips for making the most of what the season has to offer.