Bethenny Frankel’s Summer Entertaining Guide: S’mores, Cocktails and Leftovers!

07/20/2015 at 12:19 PM ET

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When the cameras are off, there’s no drama when Bethenny Frankel invites friends over to her new Bridgehampton, New York, home. “It’s makeshift, casual and fun – use what you have,” she says of her Hamptons entertaining style. “I’m not worried about people spilling stuff.”

Frankel’s amazing property, which she showcases in this week’s PEOPLE, plays host to both adult and kid-friendly gatherings with ease.

“I’ll have Andy Cohen, maybe a Housewife, some locals and then seven kids running around,” says the reality star. “I set up the $5 Dora the Explorer sprinkler and we eat out back. Sometimes I have dance parties with my daughter [Bryn, 5]. Or we’ll get out the Slip ‘N Slide. We do s’mores by the fire pit. Everything here lends itself to having fun.”

The menu is equally stress free.”People come out here and entertain so lavishly and get too stressed about it. Everybody knows I’m going to go in my fridge and clean out whatever’s there,” says the Skinnygirl mogul.

One recent party featured arugula and spinach salads with tomatoes and avocados topped with store-bought roast chicken. “Then we had quinoa salad and some slaws that I doctored up with my Skinnygirl dressing,” says The Real Housewives of New York City star. “And we had cupcakes for dessert. I’ll make the cocktails. I always have enough booze, obviously.”

And the laid-back lifestyle is a welcome change from her usual, hectic schedule.

“In New York, you feel like you constantly have to go somewhere or do an activity, but here you don’t have to go anywhere,” she says. “I can cook dinner for a bunch of adults and set up a table for the kids who are on the playground. It doesn’t make anyone feel uncomfortable what time they get here or what time they leave. It’s just easy.”

For more on Bethenny Frankel and her new Hamptons home, pick up a copy of this week’s PEOPLE.

–Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Katiana on

Love that she found a place of peace and happiness, she has worked so hard, she deserves this .

Lara on

So tired of Bethenny and wish she didn’t return to Housewives of New York. What drives me nuts about her is that she refuses to acknowledge anyone has helped her. Jason helped her build her business by providing her with the support she needed in a stressful time.

ariella on

I have watched housewives of New York City and Housewives of Beverly Hills since both shows started. At this point, New York City Housewives is becoming trashy, and with Heather’s and Kristen’s departure I don’t think I will watch anymore. I have no interest in watching a bunch of unstable, divorced, lunatics (Ramona, Bethenny, Luanne, Sonja). Rather, I enjoyed watching normal people who have their lives together and having fun (Carol, Heather, Kristen). I can’t believe Bravo not only brought Bethenny back but offered to pay her a ridiculous salary. She adds nothing to the show.

Lucinda on

Bethenny is such a joke!!!!

belindac on

Now that Heather and Kristen are off the show, I am no longer going to watch. I can’t waste my time watching a bunch of unstable lunatics such as Ramona, Bethenny and friends.

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