1 Sarasota’s go-to gal for spectacular tables is Eileen Hayes, whose library of sample books boasts paper goods by H.G. Caspari with plates, napkins, place cards and more (from $5.25) in stunning patterns like Lily’s Pad. Write On Sarasota, 1423 First St., Sarasota (941) 953-2800.
2 Carefree entertaining equates to Vera Bradley’s dishwasher-safe party cups ($14 for 6), coordinating cocktail plates ($6 for 8), and luncheon napkins ($6 for 20) in her Lemon Parfait design. Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets, 2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, (941) 744- 2442.
3 The divine Ms. P. knew how to throw the perfect summer soiree, and you can, too, with her iconic patterns in dessert plates ($4.95), paper lanterns ($8.95) and personalize-able ice buckets ($49). Lilly Pulitzer, 443A John Ringling Blvd., (941) 388-3091.
4 Movable feasts begin with the portable Frykat charcoal grill ($59.95) in sunny Florida colors. Heat-resistant handle and lid clips make it a snap to move the party quickly from back yard to beach. Order at Bodumusa.com.
5 Get creative with the 17-inch Lily Pad platter ($241). Artist Julia Knight decorates sand cast aluminum in enamel infused with crushed mother-of-pearl. Envie Home Decor, 1411 First St., Sarasota (941) 366-7027.