In The Mood For A Party?

Three beautiful new coffee-table books provide inspiration and ideas for simple summer entertaining, while top local retailers make it easy to get the look.

Get the Hamptons Look

Set a nautical mood. Cards ($12.50), from Paper Source, 4954 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-259-1000, paper-source.com; custom coasters also from Epitome Papers

Ricky Lauren, wife of Ralph Lauren, shares favorite family recipes, memories, and anecdotes. Ricky Lauren: The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History ($40), also from barnesandnoble.com

Celebrate summer with sparkling Spanish wine. Marques Gelida ($16.49), also from Surdyk’s

Show your colors with a festive centerpiece. Vase ($31.99) and flags ($2.49 each), also from Bachman’s

Mix the colors of sun and sky for a summery table. Dinnerware ($7.99–$12.99), also from Bachman’s; placemat ($5), also from Five Swans

Pick up a batch of fresh muffins, scones, and kuchen. Pastries ($2.50–$3.95), also from yum! Kitchen and Bakery; napkin ($7), also from Five Swans; basket ($12.99), also from Bachman’s

Anchors aweigh with custom invitations. Also to order from Epitomepapers