Lauren Conrad’s Guide to a Stress-Free Friend Gift

Dear E! readers,

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and the revelry is increasing. This is such a fun time of year, especially as my kids are getting older. I look forward to seeing loved ones, creating new traditions and all the goodies! I know I’m not the only one counting down to the holidays, which is why I’m excited to serve as E!’s Holiday Guest Editor for the entire season.

I’ve got gift suggestions to help you with your list and some helpful insights about organizing events. We all know that hosting can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. I used to invest a lot more in creating the “perfect” presentation with elaborate table settings and decor. In recent years, however, there have been many more children at our events. Admittedly, things have become a bit more chaotic for all of us. These days I am much less focused on presentation and more concerned with creating an atmosphere where everyone feels really comfortable so that we enjoy spending time together.

My friends and I have a Friendsgiving party every year. Instead of having one host take care of the entire meal, we invite people to bring their favorite dish. It takes a bit of organizing so you don’t end up with six different potato dishes, but it’s a nice way for everyone to share their own traditions and it takes the pressure off the host.

If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. Take a deep breath. You have this. I have plenty of ideas, tips, and shopping suggestions to make hosting as easy as possible. And that’s not all. After Friendsgiving, we’ll be diving into gift giving and other necessities for the rest of the holiday season.

Lauren

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