Dr. Mark Kot and Kelli Delaney


Kelli Delaney Kot and Lily Kot at our home, Maple Shade, in LoveShackFancy dresses.

This summer, hosting family and close friends at home is more meaningful to me than ever.  An intimate sunset dinner in our gardens at Maple Shade made for a beautiful evening to welcome my sister Kim to town.

As Kim was visiting from Charleston, we kept the list of guests to only family and close friends whom I’ve basically been quarantined with all summer. With girls in flowing dresses sipping cocktails by the pool, and beautiful flowers, linens, and votives adorning the table, the scene was set for private chef Elena Apostolides to work her magic.

I planned the intimate dinner to welcome my sister Kim Hopkins, whom I have not seen in eight months!

Below is my party diary recap featured in my new Hamptons magazine column, Delaney’s Dossier, as well as lots of menu and design details you might like to incorporate into your next dinner party. Just because we are all living in the new normal doesn’t mean you should not make things super special. It actually inspired me more to create an unforgettable midsummer night dreamscape…

Chef Elena crafted a delicious surf and turf menu pairing my favorite hearty salads, side dishes, and entrees all sourced from our favorite local farms. For just one night, the world around us disappeared, and we were grateful for the mellifluous sounds of friendly voices and Mother Nature surrounding us…

My Balinese bench was lined with my gorgeous new Schumacher Printed Trellis Pillows. The legendary American design house launched a fantastic Schumacher X Williams Sonoma Home Collection this summer featuring many of their famous prints on fabrics, tabletop decor, linens, pillows and more. See the full line HERE.

My husband, Dr. Mark Kot

I recently acquired a beautiful vintage Lowestoft set of Adams Calyx Ware at an estate sale by Lilee Fell in Bridgehampton. The color play included a minty green, soft pink, and coral hues. For flatware, I choses my vintage natural bamboo set to keep the look natural. Next step was finding the right linens to marry the whole table design together, which I found at Amanda Lindroth. Her Island-Inspired Indian Block Print table cloth and napkins were the perfect pairing, along with her charming Pink Raffia Wrapped Glasses which are a beautiful collaboration with Julia Berolzheimer.

My friend Michael Gianelli of East Hampton Gardens designed breathtaking arrangements with Delphinium, Veronica, Hydrangea, and Clematis paired with Juliette roses and peonies from Millstone Flowers.

My gorgeous friend Francoise Parker whose dress matched our gardens.

Guests were welcomed with Whispering Angel Rosé, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne,and Casamigos new signature cocktails.

The casual cocktail hour at sunset featured a Grazing Board cheeses from Mecox Bay Dairy, Catapano Dairy Farm, and Cavaniola’s.  A basket of fresh baked breads. Balsam Farms Crudite and homemade dips: Whipped Ricotta, Smoky Eggplant, and Hummus.

Another beautiful Amanda Lindroth tablecloth with my favorite lanterns from East Hampton Gardens.
I LOVE a giant charcuterie board!
Gorgeous galette!
The Street Corn did not last long…

The dinner menu included a savory squash and zucchini galette (a big hit!), Lobster Rolls filled with Gosman’s fresh catch, Rainbow Beet Salad, Caprese Salad, Crispy Roasted Potatoes, and Mexican Street Corn (above) all sourced by Chef Elena from Balsam Farms. Grilled Filet + Ribeye from Mark’s Quality Meats.

With my cool neighbor, Louis Caiola
Caprese…always a must on a Hamptons menu.
Chef Elena Apostolides
Mexican Street Corn
I only use Mark’s Quality Meats for the freshest cut meats & seafood delivered right to my Hamptons doorstep.
The Rainbow Beet Salad was almost too pretty to eat..
Lily Kot and her beautiful childhood friend, Chloe Collette-Schindler.

Dessert was as decadent as it should be: Jeanne Purpurra of Sugar Rush Bake Shop blew us away with this Swedish Princess Cake (above) with Marzipan. I have never seen one before have you?  She also baked a Vanilla sponge cake with pastry cream, and homemade strawberry jam (strawberries sourced locally from Golden Earthworm Farm in Riverhead). I can’t wait for her to open a bakery in Southampton next summer.

Flower Girls!

Kelli Delaney Kot, Kim Hopkins, Francoise Parker and photographer Eric Striffler who always gets the shot :)
Melanie Brandman
Guests had a cozy cocktail in my parterre garden sinking into more of my new Schumacher Shanghai and Samarkand Ikat Pillows.

Dining underneath a pink pastel sky….

*All photos by Eric Striffler Photography