The Key to Christian Siriano's Summer Parties? Pool Floats, Playlists and Pinot Grigio

Christian Siriano
Photo: Ecco Domani
The fashion designer shares his must-haves.

The Project Runway winner, judge and fashion designer knows clothes, but he also can throw one heck of a party. This summer he designed a limited-edition Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio that's sure to be the star of any get-together you have this season. Below, he dishes on what else he needs to throw an unforgettable bash.

What's your absolute must-have for summer entertaining?

“We've had friends and family out to our country house in Connecticut almost every weekend so we've upgraded our pool float collection—swans, fruits, ice pops, you name it. With some Instagram-worthy floats and a refreshing wine spritzer your guests will never want to leave!"

Your go-to meal + drink combo?

“In the summertime, I love a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to work with Ecco Domani to design a limited edition label for the season. I like to pair it with a light salad with vegetables and maybe some fresh fruit like watermelon, or pasta—my husband, Brad, is the chef out of the two of us and makes a mean homemade Orecchiette."

How do you make your parties stand out?

“I think our friends know that if they're coming to one of our parties, they know they're going to have a good time. We're always looking for ways to surprise our guests with something fun or unexpected. For the 4th of July, we had a giant blow-up bounce house and slide—it was an absolute hit! Now, we have all those great memories and have really set the bar for us to top next year!"

Do you and your husband divide and conquer, or work together?

“I like to think we make a good pair to make sure all the pre-party prep is covered. Brad definitely handles all of the kitchen work. Once he comes up with the menu of what we'll be serving we'll bounce around ideas for a fun cocktail to serve with it (below is the Palm Spring Spritz currently in rotation!). I definitely take charge of the presentation—everything from how the pool area is set up to setting the table—a great tablecloth can go a long way. My label design for Ecco Domani has this bright floral pattern that can easily add a touch of elegance to the table and get your guests talking."

Palm Springs Spritz

pinot grigot cocktial

  • 3 oz Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
  • 1 oz Cappelletti
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Finish with sparkling water and garnish with a dendrobium orchid or another edible flower for an elegant touch!

In your opinion, what's the one thing hosts most often overlook?

“Music is one of those elements that could be commonly overlooked and become an entertaining mishap. I would say that is one thing you definitely should spend a bit of time planning before your event. Think about what mood you're going for and test out some playlists while you're prepping. Then, on the day-of, you can hit “play" and relax. My go-tos? The Mambo Italiano playlist and my own Pride playlist on Spotify."