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Summer Menus and Mood Setters for Hosting at Home

In partnership with our friends at The Wonderful Wine Co.

Three goop staffers and seasoned hosts share cookware, recipes, wine, cozy elements, and more (safe) entertaining tips for spending the summer at home.

Caitlin O’Malley

Caitlin O’Malley

food director

“Having people over for dinner is kind of my favorite thing. As we head into this summer, I’ve been determined to figure out some ways to still have (safe) fun in very small groups. My backyard setup isn’t fancy—it’s a grill, a big picnic table, and some bistro lights. But with a few key items and recipes to go with, it gets the job done.”

  1. The Wonderful Wine Collection
    The Wonderful Wine Co. The Wonderful Wine Collection The Wonderful Wine Co., 3-bottle pack for $60
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    “The psychedelic labels on this line of wines really captures the summer vibe I’m chasing. Plus: They all taste delicious. I like to have a few of the varieties on hand in case I’ve got someone like my husband who will drink only reds or my bestie who prefers a crisp rosé. Lucky for me, I like them all!”

  2. Bloom and Plume Coffee
    Bloom & Plume Coffee
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    “Having fresh flowers around the house is a small thing, but it’s brought me lots of joy during the last few months. Support your local florists and buy a beautiful arrangement to bring some joy to your gathering. My favorite spot right now is the florist–coffee shop hybrid Bloom & Plume in Echo Park. In addition to the stunning florals, I get to treat myself to one of the amazing matcha lattes.”

  3. Falcon Enamelware Bake Set
    Falcon Enamelware Bake Set goop, $115
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    “For safety reasons (and summer reasons), any gatherings we’re hosting will happen outdoors, in the backyard. I don’t want to deal with fussy breakable dishware when we’re dining alfresco, so I use this enamelware. It kind of feels like camping.”

  4. Merna Maita French Terry Jumpsuit

    “My Merna Maita jumpsuit is my favorite uniform. It feels utilitarian enough for me to wear while I’m at the grill, but it’s still cozy, so I can easily transition from hostess mode to really unwinding with friends.”

    Merna Maita French Terry Jumpsuit Merna Maita, $215
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    “My Merna Maita jumpsuit is my favorite uniform. It feels utilitarian enough for me to wear while I’m at the grill, but it’s still cozy, so I can easily transition from hostess mode to really unwinding with friends.”

  5. Clutch Marinades
    Clutch Marinades
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    “My strategy is to let the mains shine by using a super flavorful marinade. Just pick your favorite protein, douse it in the sauce, and grill. Then serve simple, unfussy sides. The tamari marinade is my favorite—delicious on salmon or tofu, and all it needs is some rice, quick-pickled cucumbers, and avocado.”

  6. Morrow Emerson Throw Blanket
    Morrow Throw goop, $299
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    “LA evenings can get chilly, even in the summer. I love having a light, soft throw for friends to bundle up in so we can keep hanging outside.”

Heaven Schydlowsky

Heaven Schydlowsky

product manager

“Because we can’t go all out entertaining this summer, I’m embracing hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh) vibes. The Danish art of coziness has always been important to my (Danish) husband, and though I’d previously thought about it only in the context of winter—comforting meals, warm throws, a woodburning stove, etc.—I’m learning that summertime cozy can definitely be a thing.”

  1. Harriet’s Cheesecake Unlimited Cheesecake
    Harriet’s Cheesecake Unlimited Cheesecake
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    “I usually spend all my menu-building energy on the savory stuff, so dessert tends to be an afterthought. My new summer move is to outsource it to a local bakery. I was recently introduced to Harriet’s Cheesecake Unlimited—a Black-owned shop in Inglewood that’s been around for more than thirty years. Harriet’s offers over sixty flavors, and I’ve got my heart set on the peaches-and-cream.”

  2. Natalie Martin Jasmine Dress
    Natalie Martin Dress goop, $198
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    “After a few weeks in comfy pants and crewnecks while working from home, I needed to dial it up a bit for the warm weather. There is nothing like a one-and-done dress—just slip it on! For Zoom calls, quick runs to our wine shop, walks along the beach, and date-night dinners, breezy dresses—like this Natalie Martin one—are the MVPs right now.”

  3. Cinnamon Projects Series 01 Incense Box
    Cinnamon Projects Series 01 Incense Box goop, $55
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    “Fragrance and soft lighting create amazing ambiance. Once the sun starts to go down, break out some cool tapered candles and musky incense. It gives our patio dinners instant warmth and coziness.”

  4. Emile Henry Charcoal Smooth Pizza Stone
    Emile Henry Charcoal
    Smooth
    Pizza Stone
    goop, $50
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    “Pizza is the perfect party food, and it happens to be my husband’s all-time favorite meal. I finally got him excited to make his own when I upgraded our pizza game with this legit pizza stone. The charcoal can take the heat, giving us the crispy crust we love. You can’t go wrong with a traditional margherita, but sometimes I’ll add caramelized onions, dollops of burrata, or even lightly fried squash blossoms.”

Monina Gaerlan

Monina Gaerlan

VP of business development

“I’m a big fan of hosting friends and family at home, so we’re planning a few socially distant gatherings this summer. My ideal is pretty casual and mostly involves long daytime hangs lounging by the pool.”

  1. Thai-style chicken burgers
    CHICKEN BURGERS, THAI-STYLE
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    “My go-to summer recipe is Thai-style chicken burgers served with sweet potato fries and a side of sweet chili sauce—super easy and packs so much flavor. Guests can opt for brioche buns or crisp butter lettuce for wraps.”

  2. Anne Black Contain Drop Vase, Tall

    “Our gardenias are in full bloom this summer, so we’ll line up a few vases for centerpieces and fill them with fresh and fragrant florals.”

    Anne Black Contain Drop Vase, Tall goop, $32
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    “Our gardenias are in full bloom this summer, so we’ll line up a few vases for centerpieces and fill them with fresh and fragrant florals.”

  3. G. Label x Tabitha Simmons Amagansett Maxidress
    G. Label x Tabitha Simmons Amagansett Maxidress goop, $525
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    “I love the Amagansett dress from our Tabitha Simmons collaboration. It’s light and doubles as a chic cover-up. Plus, the subtle side slit gives it a little something extra.”

  4. Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist
    Spotify Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist
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    “Okay, so, this is from 2019, but I just can’t quit this playlist. I can’t imagine my summer soundtrack without it. Although let’s be real: I stream it year-round.”

  5. Jono Pandolfi Ceramics Blue Banded Dinnerware
    Jono Pandolfi Ceramics Blue Banded Dinnerware Jono Pandolfi Ceramics, from $38
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    “To brighten up our outdoor setting, I’m eyeing these fun plates from East Coast–based Jono Pandolfi—ceramicist to celebrity chefs. The simple design makes anything you plate look casual but pulled together.”

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