Is it easy to assemble?
You can put it up in 20 minutes. It’s so chic and special and feels like a little bit of Capri in Strathmere, New Jersey.
Can you leave it up all weekend?
Yes. It’s wind-resistant and waterproof. But when we go home, we put it away.
When does gazebo season start?
As soon as it starts to warm up. Nathan and I are big beach people. We met there — when we were 19. His parents owned a restaurant in Sea Isle; he was the cook and I was the waitress. So of course we got married there, too.
Are you using the wedding china?
Not in the gazebo, but since it’s white, we use bright linens, and bring out tons of pillows to scatter around the teak furniture. I set the table with lots of candles, and use fresh flowers from my husband’s cutting garden. We want it to feel like you can spend all night out there. And if the mosquitoes are out, we just roll down the netting.
And the cocktails?
My signature drink is the Bellini. It’s so easy to make, so you spend less time mixing and more with your guests. After much scouting, I found just the right peach nectar at Whole Foods in Wynnewood.
What else is on the summer menu?
Fruit and chocolate dipping sauces. Cantaloupe and prosciutto. Once a year, we do spaghetti and crabs.
Who are this summer’s guests?
I’m the first of my friends to have a beach house, so every weekend’s booked. I have lots of cousins, and my family gets together in Strathmere once a year for a reunion — we take over the town. So we’ll be hosting part of that this year … in the gazebo.
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