on cel­e­brat­ing life’s big (and small) moments. PLUS a few recipes from her life­style guide Pretty Fun

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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.’

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