french inspired outdoor party

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Bonjour, friends! We are partying French-style at my house! I love the French style of entertaining. It’s about ease, enjoying the company of friends and having a certain je ne sais quoi! Not much fuss is involved – just great drinks, French ingredients and a relaxing environment!

Pinnacle Vodka and French inspired food for French style entertaining.

To make party planning easy for you, here are easy tips to throw your own French inspired party. Get these simple French ingredients together for a beautiful party.

French Vodka cocktail. Outdoor party idea with French theme.

Create a signature cocktail for your party. I paired Pinnacle® Original Vodka with some beautiful French lemonade for a light and refreshing cocktail. Pinnacle® Original Vodka is made in the Cognac region and is the most awarded French Vodka so it’s perfection. It’s made of only French ingredients distilled five times. It’s very smooth and affordable which will allow you to greet each guest a beautiful cocktail!

Review of Pinnacle Vodka. French Vodka and party tips for garden party.

Plus, the bottles are so beautiful they are décor in themselves!

French cocktails and French inspired appetizers.

Pour two parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka and six parts French lemonade over ice. Add a simple lemon garnish – it’s delicious!

Outdoor entertaining tips from lifestyle blogger, bluegraygal. Gardenia bush and blue bar cart with Pinnacle Vodka.


Lighting! Aroma! Put candles or café string lights wherever you can. I set up my French bistro style bar cart by a blooming gardenia bush to let that sweet fragrance melt in the air. It makes you want to sit, sip your French vodka, nibble and enjoy the romance of the summer!

Dress for the occasion as well – you can’t go wrong with a beautiful stripe, Parisian red pop of color or gorgeous scarf.

Stripe ruffle skirt and red pumps. Blue bar cart and braid updo.


I love the idea of French cocktails and munchies. It makes conversations linger. Your guests will love these three easy side dishes.

How to make a Charcuterie Plate. Easy appetizer for large group.

Charcuterie Plate – pair your favorite cheese and meats on a board for easy grabbing. If you go to any of my husband and I’s favorite restaurants they’ll tell you we sit and immediately order raw oysters and a charcuterie plate. It’s a must! Add some mini gherkins, plum sauce, mustard and beautiful fresh meats for a gorgeous display. Add a few pomegranates and pistachios for color. This pairs beautifully with the Pinnacle® Vodka cocktail I made!

Easy Summer salad recipes. Brightly colored caprese salad and watermelon side dish.
Caprese Salad and recipe. Easy to make recipes for summer entertaining.

Few things are as easy or as beautiful as an heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. I added fresh basil from my garden and sprinkled it on top for color and flavor. Don’t forget to season the tomatoes with salt and pepper to bring out their summer flavor! Olive oil and vinegar add the finishing touch. My family devours this!

Watermelon and feta side dish. Cold side dish for outdoor entertaining.

Watermelon, feta and cucumber salad. Add a touch of balsamic glaze to jump start it. I also added some fresh spearmint from my herb garden. It paired so well with the Pinnacle® Original Vodka and French lemonade cocktail!

bluegraygal and Pinnacle Vodka. How to host a French inspired party. A beautiful outdoor garden setting for easy get together with friends!

I hope this inspires you to entertain French style this summer!

Easy summer cocktail. Vodka cocktails with lemonade.

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