Author: Photographs by Eric Striffler

Host Mac Hoak toasted artist Sabrina Baron against a shipshape backdrop.

Summer in the Hamptons often means a calendar chock-full of events and parties from Westhampton to Montauk, but Richard Keith Langham rarely has to stray too far from home. Virtually every weekend, the designer kicks open the doors of his sprawling house in Water Mill to welcome friends and family from as near as New York City and as far as his native Alabama.

What do you get when you take seven gorgeous women, delectable hors d’oeuvres from the Hamptons Aristocrat, and a state-of-the-art Cocoon9 house, all poolside at Christopher Burch’s Southampton estate? A girls’ get-together like no other.

Summer in the Hamptons often means a calendar chock-full of events and parties from Westhampton to Montauk, but Richard Keith Langham rarely has to stray too far from home. Virtually every weekend, the designer kicks open the doors of his sprawling house in Water Mill to welcome friends and family from as near as New York City and as far as his native Alabama.

Summer entertaining doesn’t have to mean standing over a hot stove while everyone else is outside having a good time. As HC&G contributing editor and entertaining expert Victoria Amory proves here, it’s easy to pull off five summertime fêtes using fresh store-bought food and fun decorative items from local Hamptons vendors, all without breaking a sweat.

The designers set off on two Hinckley yachts, part of a fleet of vessels owned by Barton & Gray Mariners Club, a private yachting excursion club founded in 2006. “These boats are custom made in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and are top of the line,” says Wil Lockman, director of business development for Barton & Gray Mariners Club. The Down East–style lobster boats are powered by jet drives instead of standard propellers—almost like big Jet Skis—and don’t lie as low as traditional craft. Because of this design, it’s easier to pull into knee-deep water if passengers wish to board or disembark—or just take a quick swim on a hot summer day.

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Lucy Kazickas, of Lucy's Whey cheese shop in East Hampton, proffers five cheese plates that are perfect for entertaining-no matter what the occasion