on celebrating life’s big (and small) moments. PLUS a few recipes from her lifestyle guide Pretty Fun
Kate Hudson is all about family – you only have to take a peek at her social media to know that her ‘big, crazy blended family’ love getting together and having fun. And it usually revolves around good food – which is why we’re sharing some recipes from her book, Pretty Fun.
Ilearned from a very early age about the importance of gathering, marking events big and small, and enjoying the company of people who matter to you most.’
Her parents, says Kate, both had demanding careers, but made a point of keeping the family close. ‘Despite [a lot of travel, busy schedules and many responsibilities], they were always present for us kids, and let us know that our time together was meaningful by making the most of it, which in our house meant lots of food, drink, conversation, and laughter. For our big, crazy blended family, they made it a priority to preserve what
you might consider traditional values in a very non-traditional life.’ All her friends gravitated to her house, and there were often 15 to 20 at the dinner table. ‘There was never anything forced or overly planned about it; it was just a way of life,’ she says. Everyone felt welcome, and Kate saw firsthand how an inviting atmosphere helped people to connect. ‘So when I started my own household in my twenties, I carried these traditions with me – and gave them my unique twist.’ Her book on entertaining, Pretty Fun ,is a reflection of that. ‘My philosophy toward hosting is “Pretty Fun” – nothing too perfect, nothing too fussy, just the right amount of attention to detail to look great, but not so stuffy you can’t enjoy yourself.’