5 Fun Party Traditions From Around the World, From Thai Flower Crowns to France's Healthy Edible Centerpieces

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Playing 5 Fun Party Traditions From Around the World With Camila Alves McConaughey (Including Flower Crowns)
5 Fun Party Traditions From Around the World With Camila Alves McConaughey (Including Flower Crowns) Aired July 13, 2018

No matter who you are or where you're from are, there's no doubt that there's one thing you know how to do —

PARTY!

And we've got model and designer Camila Alves McConaughey here, sharing party traditions from all over the world.

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After traveling all over the world with her husband, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, Camila says she noticed one thing time and again: "In a lot of different countries, they have this community with women where they share between each other, what they have learned, what got passed down to them through family."

That's why she launched her site, Women of Today, so she could share what she learned — and encourage other women to share what they've learned.

And now, she's teaching us!

BRAZIL: HARVEST-INSPIRED COCKTAILS

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In Camila's native Brazil, they celebrate Festa Junina — which marks the end of the summer and the beginning of the harvest season — with a very refreshing cocktail called the Quintao. It's made with honey, water, ginger, lemons, cachaça, cloves, cinnamon sticks, all popped into a pot and warmed over a hot plate. You can almost taste the invigoration, right?

THAILAND: FLOWER CROWNS

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Similar to Hawaiians, the people of Thailand love making floral accessories — and these are so easy to make, Camila says she makes them with her three kids! All you need is a needle, fishing line and flowers (Camila used orchids and roses), which get strung onto the line. Unlike leis, these flower crowns have dangling accents, which Camila made using tiny flower buds.

MAURITIUS: FLOATING FLOWER BOWLS

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Another examples of a place that uses nature in decor is Mauritius, where they take bowls of water and fill them with flowers, rocks and palm leaves.

But a fun fact: They don't make these just for parties! (Wouldn't you love having these all over your house, all the time?) Camila loves them as centerpieces.

SOUTH OF FRANCE: TRAYS FILLED WITH FRESH, FULL-SIZED VEGGIES

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Unlike here, where you'll find a crudité with chopped up veggies and dips aplenty, Camila says that in the South of France, they give you the whole vegetable to gnaw on. "And they don't discriminate any fruits and vegetables — they put everything," says Camila. They do adds dips, too, though — mustard and hummus, for instance. And don't forget the rosé!

ITALY: EDIBLE CENTERPIECES WITH MEAT, CHEESE AND MORE

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"If you're in small towns in Italy — you know how it is," says Camila to Rach. "You sit at a table for hours and hours drinking wine and eating, and eating." An easy solution? "Put the antipasto right down the center of the table," says Rach.

We wouldn't want to leave that table, that's for sure!

Plus, hear Camila talk more about the inspiration behind Women of Today in the video below!

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