I organized a summer dinner for friends recently at ZZ’s Clam Bar in Greenwich Village. It’s a favorite spot of mine—tropical and cozy, an atmosphere that’s hard to find in the city. I wanted to keep the event casual and fun, so the food (Chicken Parmigiana, Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, Mario’s Meatballs) was served family style, and the drinks (Margaritas and ZZ’s Coconut cocktail, which includes rum and smoked cinnamon), were ideal for the balmy evening. Yellow peonies and candles in green glasses kept the table decoration fresh and summery. I love to include a gift in the table setting, and the AERIN Small Heart Raffia Pouch—perfect for a laidback beach vacation—looked just right.