3 Tips to Better Hosting

The key to being a better host? According to stylist, Lauren Kelp, it’s to relax! She lends her expertise on stress-free entertaining with images from her latest spring brunch.

  1. Stick with at least one recipe you know is a sure thing. I am guilty of always trying out new recipes on friends at a dinner party, but I like to make sure I have at least one recipe in the mix that I know is a party favorite and that I can make in my sleep.
  2. Set the mood. Create the ambiance of a party you would want to go to! Before I start setting the stage for one of my parties, I always like to think, “Okay, what type of vibe are we going for?” Relaxed? Upbeat? Then I go from there. Finding the right music always helps.
  3. The best way to keep the stress of hosting a party low, is to be as prepared as possible. Go shopping a day or two in advance or set the table the night before. No one likes to be a stressed out hostess, so take it easy on yourself and have a good time. If the party isn’t perfect, who cares?! Everyone loves an excuse to get together and celebrate with friends!

Photography by Stancy Higley.


Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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