6 Swellegant Summer Entertaining Tips from Mad Men’s Bryan Batt

Mad Men’s Bryan Batt shares his best advice for entertaining this summer, be it a quiet supper, sit-down dinner party or all-out bash.
As Salvatore Romano on Mad Men, Bryan Batt’s artistic flair inspired Sterling Cooper clients. In real life, Batt is the owner of design store Hazelnut New Orleans, author of Big, Easy Style and a regular party host. And although most people go casual when the weather gets hot, Batt sticks to his signature “swellegant” style. Here, he shares his best advice for entertaining this summer, be it a quiet supper, sit-down dinner party or all-out bash. If you missed Batt on Mad Men (his character was unceremoniously fired in season three), you can catch him in the new MTV series Scream, premiering June 30.

1. Light with lanterns When Batt and his longtime partner Tom Cianfichi tied the knot last September after 25 years together, they opted for an outdoor ceremony and reception. They set a magical mood with battery-operated LED paper lanterns. They’ve continued the tradition when throwing outdoor parties at their home, lining their courtyard and porches with colorful lights. Their go-to source: paperlanternstore.com.

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