“RSVP: Simple Sophistication. Effortless Entertaining,” published by Thames & Hudson in October 2012 is Marie France Van Damme first book with photographs by Herbert Ypma of the Hip Hotel series.

Fusing understated elegance and relaxed chic, fashion designer Marie France reveals the secrets of successful, sophisticated, and stress-free entertainment. Five chapters—Flowers, Candles, The Table, Food, and Art—explore how to create a sense of occasion, a relaxed mood, simple pleasures, and food without worry. Each chapter finishes with actual events: a winter birthday at home, with plain black plates, flowers in a single color, and sushi from a local Japanese restaurant; a Belgian celebration in a greenhouse with a wood-burning stove, transformed in two hours at minimal cost into what looks like an event at Versailles and other unique takes on everyday entertaining. 

Pick up a copy at any major bookstores worldwide, or online here.