West Hollywood-based textile designer and artist Lulu de Kwiatkowski shares her secrets to summer entertaining, from the best soundtrack to the perfect party favor.

This summer I’ll be escaping to...

Porto Ercole, where I do my best painting.

And packing...

As little as possible, but most certainly my new one-of-a-kind Lulu DK Indie silk sarongs.

When I entertain friends during the summer, my favorite dishes to serve are...

I like to pair the simple with a great wine — I am just such a fan of guacamole, salsa and chips, all freshly made.

My go-to cocktail is...

Minuty Rosé.

I always set the table with...

Hand-painted name tags, whether on a rack or shell — friends love to take them home.

My favorite flowers this time of year are...

Lilacs are my all-time favorite, but anything wild and straight from the garden or the side of the road will serve just fine for me!

When entertaining outdoors during the summer, I always...

Light lots of candles, play music by Caetano Veloso and have drinks readily available.

Tips for making any party fun and festive...

Make sure you stand up for every guest that arrives, make them feel loved and grab them a drink. There's nothing people hate more than an awkward arrival at a small gathering.

Songs on my dinner party playlist...

I love moody Brazilian songs. Maybe a little reggae, because it always makes everyone feel like they are falling in love on a beach in Jamaica.

If you're looking to update your home for summer, I'd suggest...

Lulu DK pillows — they're bright, cheerful and full of good energy.

Tips for making a summer rental chic...

Buy accessories that you can easily take home with you: pillows, fun-colored throws or blankets. Collect shells on the beach to make it a touch earthy and voilà!