French Riviera Party

Salade Niçoise is one of the great summer dishes of southern France. It’s the centerpiece of a party that’s all about sunny Mediterranean style, from the wine to the plates to the tea towels.

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French Style

Jars “Plume” Plate.

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Jars “Plume” Plate

A pale blue glaze and a wavy edge conjure the Côte d’Azur waters. $46;

Fog Linen Work Tea Towel.

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Fog Linen Work Tea Towel

These sturdy linen hand towels get softer with every wash. $16;

Collioure Roy Espadrilles.

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“Collioure Roy” Espadrilles

Durable, brightly striped slip-ons are handmade in France. $58;

To Complete the Meal

A Chilled Bottle of Rosé

The French Riviera is famous for fragrant, light-bodied, dry rosés made from Carignane, Cinsaut, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes. Look for the 2008 L’Estandon, which has crisp acidity and fresh berry flavors.

Olives, Anchovies and More

A niçoise salad isn’t complete without the traditional accompaniments: mixed olives, anchovies, hard-boiled eggs and steamed potatoes tossed with olive oil and fresh herbs.

More Summer Entertaining Ideas:

10 Summer Parties

  1. Bubble Party
  2. French Riviera Party
  3. Folk Festival Picnic
  4. We Heart Julia Child Party
  5. Bikini Party
  6. Fireworks Feast
  7. Camp Care Packages
  8. Street-Fair Party
  9. Ice Cream Sundae Potluck
  10. Garden Swap Party
PUBLISHED August 2009