Color me disinterested, but only until I read this story did I remember that Kate Hudson put out a wellness and body image book, Pretty Happy, last year. Well she did and it looks like she’s branching out from her go-to topic, health and fitness, to party planning. Her new book, Pretty Fun, is about throwing parties for friends on the spur of the moment without stressing about it. In the crowded celebrity lifestyle field, Kate isn’t an unwelcome addition. Her subscription workout gear company may be scammy but she’s a chill live and let live person and she’s not trying to tell anyone how to run their lives. So this book may have some decent tips that don’t seem pushy. Here’s a preview from People:
“Anyone who knows me knows that there’s pretty much an open-door policy at my house,” Hudson, 38, tells PEOPLE exclusively for a first look at the cover of her new book below. “I love that my home is a place where people love to come together and it rarely requires too much planning….
“For me, family and friendship in general are a huge part of my overall well-being, because celebrating moments big and small—whether large holiday gatherings or taco night on a Monday just brings me joy,” she says.
As a “real food lover”, Hudson favors events throughout the year like Thanksgiving and the upcoming football season for their focus on family meals. During the holidays, the actress makes six or seven different kinds of pies (“homemade crust and all!” she says) and pairs them with ice cream flavors she churns herself.
Ideas for formal parties with themes and costumes are less likely to find their way into the book simply because “I don’t throw them very often,” says Hudson. “Usually my approach is a lot more casual, so I leave a lot of room for the reader’s personal interpretation. My goal is to spark ideas and inspiration for the reader to individualize.”
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But no matter the type of party she’s throwing, Hudson has one entertaining philosophy she always tries to stick to.
“The #1 most important rule is that the host should always be having the most fun,” she says. “It’s the only way to create a relaxed party atmosphere that puts all of your guests at ease and challenges them to try to have just as much fun as you’re having.”
Kaiser and I were talking about this, and we like the fact that Kate is neither preachy about her incredible figure, like Gwyneth “pay $500 for a branded colon cleanse” Paltrow, nor is she fake humble about it, like the “oh me, I only run after my kids and I eat pizza every day” type. Kate will tell you what she does to stay fit and she’s not saying her way is the only way. Surely her approach to having parties and small get togethers is similar. I need more of this type of advice because when I throw a party I clean every inch of my house, I plan the food, drinks and music and I make sure I know what’s happening ahead of time. This is generally my approach to life, hyper management, and it’s not particularly effective for social activities (or life in general) because you definitely don’t have as much fun when you’re concerned with specific details. I don’t think I’ll ever have an open door policy though. Make a damn date and time and stick to it or we’re not going to be close friends.
photos credit: Backgrid and Instagram/Kate Hudson