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Drop your guests a note with a quaint blue-and-white china pattern (free/digital invitation; paperlesspost.com/instyle) and hint at the vintage details to come.

How to Throw an Impossibly Elegant French Dessert Party

Every Francophile spends their days dreaming about macarons, cr?me br?lees, and pain au chocolat--and we're no exception. That's why we tapped Manger blogger Mimi Thorisson, who details her mouthwatering culinary adventures at her scenic ch?teau in Medoc's wine country, to not only share a few classic confections from her upcoming cookbook French Country Cooking ($28; available for pre-order on amazon.com)--but show us how to decorate for a cozy-chic (read: French?) soiree. From the easy-to-prep, laid-back menu to a table setting that's full of antique appeal, read on for the full breakdown.