Lauren Conrad knows her way around a party. Not surprising for someone who rose to fame on reality TV hits Laguna Beach and The Hills, and who has to maintain the CEO-level schmoozing skills necessary for running a veritable lifestyle empire that includes two clothing lines, a popular website and a stack of bestsellers. Conrad has enjoyed plenty of glam L.A. fêtes in her time, but still prefers intimate get-togethers at home. “Every time I go out now, I’m like, I can’t hear anybody! The music’s too loud,” she says. Yup—Lauren Conrad is officially 30. There has been much to celebrate lately, however: her wedding in fall 2014 to lawyer William Tell (inspired by his name, the theme was “apples and arrows”) pushed her to write her third book, party-planning tome Celebrate (HarperCollins, $34).
“I learned so much while I was planning my wedding that at the end, I was like, Oh my gosh, I have so much to tell you,” she says. The book covers prep and execution for a dozen different types of celebrations, from NYE blowouts to clambakes, interspersing her classic brand of dreamy, pastel-hued photographs (her Instagram boasts 4.8 million followers and about as many pictures of flowers) with practical advice and personal stories (like her memory of her mom’s 30th birthday surprise party, where the theme was “a funeral for her youth”).
Tips cover appetizer board anatomy (bread > crackers, because “there’s nothing worse than a cracker crumbling in your hand”) and confetti diameter (anything smaller than an inch is “totally banned”). And what wisdom would Conrad have shared with her pre-wedding self? “Try not to freak out over little things,” she says. “You can be like, ‘I spent hours choosing this exact shade of flower,’ and then completely different ones show up, but remember that most of your guests don’t know what your original plan was.” She means business about the confetti, though. “Otherwise, you will find it. For. Years.”