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How To Throw A Chic Riviera Style Soiree

On the heels of The Cannes Film Festival, everyone is still talking about the red carpets, the gossip and all those fabulous parties! Just because you didn't make it to Cannes or any of it's celebrity soirees, doesn't mean you can't throw a fabulous one yourself. French Riviera style is about oceanside glamour and having lots of fun. Really, that's it. The French are known for their ability to evoke elegant glamour into everything they do, and throwing a Cannes style party is no different.

1.BON APPETIT
Keep it simple. Serve easy to eat and serve food like charcuterie, seafood hors d'oeuvres, cut up cheeses, fruits and veggies. Set them up in shot glasses or mini cups, too. Riviera Style parties are about friends and having fun, no slaving in a kitchen here.

2. DÉCOR
Cannes and surrounding cities are effortlessly chic and nautical but always with a touch of glamour. Just take a basic nautical style and then add a little extra like fancy glasses, linen napkins, pretty dishes. No paper or plastic today, preferably ever.

3. COCKTAILS
Any French style party needs a fabulous cocktail. Keep it simple with beer, wine and one signature vodka cocktail in pretty glassware. Use your imagination and personal taste here, but try and keep with the French theme. A margarita or sangria might feel a little odd in this setting.

4. MUSIC
All parties in the French Riviera are known for fun, high energy music. There are tons of fabulous playlists on Spotify, Pandora easily programmable on any smartphone. Set it up and forget about it so you can enjoy your soirée!

5.A CUTE FAVORThe French are known for their little touches of chic. Before your guests say “au revoir”, give them each a printout of the Cannes winners rolled up and tied with a red ribbon, like a piece of the red carpet. You download and print them from your home computer, so it's practically free and very cute. Plus, you’ll encourage them to see some of the latest acclaimed films to hit the theaters worldwide. A parting gift that's thoughtful and fabulous.

Theme parties are fun and easy to do if you just use your imagination and a little of your DIY skills. The summer months are the perfect setting for these kind of gatherings, so take advantage and bring some of your friends and some chic style into your life right now!