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It's clear that Aerin Lauder (granddaughter of beauty pioneer Estée) has a taste for refined design, from the gorgeous colors and patterns that adorn her beauty products to her sophisticated, coastal-inspired home decor line. But her aesthetic ethos extends to entertaining in the home as well.
Her eponymous new homewares and tabletop collection for Williams-Sonoma is inspired by her family home in Palm Beach, with many pieces embodying laid-back luxury — displaying subtle scalloped patterns, swirling florals, and flecks of blue, lending a cool pop to a summer soiree. We caught up with the designer to get a few of her tried-and-true favorite tips for throwing a dinner party.
AERIN White Link Pitcher, $90, williams-sonoma.com
"I always start with flowers when thinking about entertaining. The smell of fresh-cut flowers is something guests remember, and it helps to bring life to any space. I love to display them in beautiful gold or white vases and place them on a side table near the entrance to make a great first impression. Zezé and Raul Avila are my florists in the city."
Paper Source Navy Marble A6 Stationery, $29 for set of 20, papersource.com
"Handwritten notes are so special and timeless; I love to invite friends over with a beautiful note."
"I always create a great playlist and use it as my go-to when entertaining. I worked with Cameron Music on one for our AERIN showroom, and I love it for background at cocktail parties. You can listen on Spotify."
(Clockwise, from top left:) AERIN Sea Blue Floral Salad Plates, $52 for set of four, williams-sonoma.com; AERIN Woven Charger, $30 each, williams-sonoma.com; AERIN Sea Blue Floral Dinner Plates, $60 for set of four, williams-sonoma.com; AERIN Scalloped Rim Dinner Plates, $60 for set of four, williams-sonoma.com
"For the table setting, I always keep it simple and casually elegant. There's nothing more classic than a blue and white table, which was my intention in developing the tabletop collection for the AERIN Collection by Williams-Sonoma. The different tones of blue in this collection offer a casual, yet luxurious, feel, which is always what I aim for when entertaining, indoor or outdoor."
AERIN Caffarella Vine Candle, $80, aerin.com
"Candles create the perfect ambiance for dinner. I always prefer unscented for a table setting, but love to incorporate one of our AERIN fragrance candles in other areas of my home. I always change them depending on my mood and season."
AERIN Classic Shagreen Butler Tray, $595, aerin.com
"I use the AERIN Shagreen tray as a moveable bar for entertaining. It's the perfect size, and it can follow you and your guests from room to room."
"I always want my guests to feel comfortable, and I like to keep an element of surprise. Serving gourmet potato chips or candy from Dean and Deluca in beautiful decorative bowls — it's an elegant, unexpected touch that I picked up from my grandmother."
AERIN Danton Bottle Stopper, $95, aerin.com
"Surprise your guest with a little gift at their seat. I love to incorporate a wine stopper into a table setting as a little surprise that each guest can take home."