Event planner Marcy Blum shares her favorite Hamptons spaces for more intimate celebrations.
Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant is owned by Anna Pump and her daughter, Sybille Van Kempen, of Loaves & Fishes fame.
The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn
A quaint, homey setting with New American cuisine that works for a wide variety of guests (an important facet of planning a party), The 1770 House allows hosts to privatize the tavern or dining room. I particularly like the venue for parties in the fall or wintertime when the fireplaces are in use. This is a cozy spot for a rehearsal dinner or aprés-wedding dessert and drinks. 143 Main St., East Hampton, 324-1770
Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant
Anna Pump and her daughter, Sybille Van Kempen, owners of the addictive Loaves & Fishes, have opened a restaurant in their Bridgehampton Inn where Arie Pavlou presides as the talented chef de cuisine. The small private dining room is in the elegant original building and seats 50; the patio is also available for private events. 2266 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-3660
Owned and managed by the charming and well-connected hospitality pro Richie Notar, Harlow is a bastion of hipness on the waterfront. The décor is reminiscent of an airy yacht; signature dishes include a good filet mignon and frito misto. The private room, “the Den,” seats 25 and is perfect for a 40th birthday dinner or a chic marketing event, such as the one Net-a-Porter recently hosted. 1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 725-5858
The Barn at Topping Rose House.
Topping Rose House
With wonderful local food created by Chef Tom Colicchio, Topping Rose House has so many possible spaces for private or semi-private events. The Barn is a natural choice for an intimate wedding or birthday party while the clean lines of The Studio are ideal for a corporate retreat. The restaurant seats 75 in the main dining room and bar area. Other pluses of this location include the fitness center and heated outdoor pool. 1 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton, 537-0870
Tutto Il Giorno
Tutto Il Giorno is a personal favorite for its fresh, light (yes, even its pasta) food, and breezy aura. The restaurant, which seats 36 inside, can be rented out for private occasions from October through April. The crispy, thin flatbread drizzled with olive oil and served with drinks might be the best hors d’oeuvre ever, perfect for serving at a celebratory wedding or baby shower. 6 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 725-7009;
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
One long table under the pergola,with simple flowers running down the middle and a view of the vineyards at dusk, is a perfect setting for myriad celebrations. The wonderful wines are not only great accompaniments for good food, but also make for fabulous party favors that serve as a reminder of the evening. 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 537-5106