Designer Rebecca Taylor’s Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Summer Party

Rebecca Taylor in her Shelter Island home

Rebecca Taylor in her Shelter Island home; Image: courtesy

Every Fourth of July, designer Rebecca Taylor leaves New York City and heads to her family home on Shelter Island, NY. With a relaxed, eclectic decor, the easygoing atmosphere is the perfect place to unwind with family and friends for the weekend. Entertaining comes naturally to Taylor and her methods are as stylishly laid-back as the clothing for which she’s known. Her key to throwing the perfect backyard party? “Don’t overthink it, spontaneity is part of the fun,” she tells us. “Don’t worry too much about the decorations. It’s important to surround yourself with great people, good food and wine.”

Read on for more of Taylor’s favorite tips for the perfect outdoor summer celebration, including the ultimate playlist, what she’s wearing and more.