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August 27, 2013

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The end of summer always summons a mix of emotions – including a yearning to soak up each and every last sun-filled moment with friends. It’s a time to recognize and honor the beautiful friendships and creative collaborations that have been born in this beach-y environment. And more than anything, these languid days are about sipping wine, nibbling on Mediterranean bites and seeking inspiration from friends at my favorite Montauk location…The Crow’s Nest.

I really consider The Crow’s Nest to be perfection; it captures the ease of summer entertaining with a truly magical atmosphere. From the stunning property – where the sunsets over Lake Montauk are always incredible and the tall grasses are always dreamy – to the worldly décor of vintage Kuba cloth interspersed with whale bones – it’s easy to feel transported to a far away place, while still being able to dip your toes in a thriving social atmosphere. The perfect balance!

In fact…. I have a standing 7 PM reservation every Friday night with my family and it’s over these nights that I’ve gotten to know and connect with owner Sean MacPherson, his awe-inspiring wife Rachelle Hruska and their son Maxwell. Rachelle (who is expecting baby #2) is the beauty behind the brilliant site Guest of a Guest and we have so much in common – from motherhood to blogging, to a love of entertaining in a low-key way, that I had to ask to her share some tips for hosting guests with simplicity and ease.

She’s a truly inspiring woman, smart, savvy and incredibly capable at balancing work, parenthood and the push and pull of social engagements with grace. While we feasted on our favorite summer-y Crow’s Nest snacks, Rachelle shared Chef Jeremy Blustein’s perfect, easy-to-create-at-home recipes, for long August lunches with friends.

All Photography by Winnie Au

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Acacia Wood Plates

Acacia Wood Plates

Kuba Cresent Bench

Kuba Cresent Bench

Illesteva Milan Sunglasses

Illesteva Milan Sunglasses

DANNIJO Sura Necklace

DANNIJO Sura Necklace

Karina Grimaldi Nassau Long Caftan Dress

Karina Grimaldi Nassau Long Caftan Dress

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