Missing Summer? Relive It With Oysters

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    It's a fact: Athena Calderone is a curator of all things gorgeous. Her breathtaking home decor, delicious recipes, and eye for style inspired her to create EyeSwoon, a hub for home and food inspiration. Now, It Girl Calderone will be taking us to New York's need-to-know spots and introducing us to the coolest people around.

    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!

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    In fact, I have a standing 7 p.m. 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.

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