Entertaining friends should be an easy thing to do, and yet, many of us worry about every little item on our list. Lauren Conrad says it doesn’t have to be that way and that the best parties are presented with zero stress and a fun, welcoming attitude.

The former reality television star should know, because she’s become an expert in lifestyle and entertainment with most of her books becoming NY Times Best Sellers. Her newest is Celebrate, and will likely land on favorite lists.

Lauren sat down with Redbook magazine to share easy food and drink recipes that will wow guests and to talk party planning for friends.

Her best advice concerns the party’s overall image. Lauren suggests leaving the perfection concept and stress by the wayside. An at home party should be relaxing and simple. If the event looks too fussy, it will cause discomfort among your guests.

Lauren’s husband William is always urging her to keep it care-free for his friends, especially when it comes to theme parties. A hoedown birthday party is the ideal example of a simple theme says Lauren, because everybody owns a pair of cut-offs and plaid shirt.

Lauren offers party planners great shopping ideas with Little Market, her online fair-trade retailer.

When you’re planning an event that requires tons of detail, organization and the perfect venue, then you really need sophisticated experts like the party pros at TwentyThreeLayers.com. The New York City-based planning and design firm are party geniuses with exquisite flair and excellent taste.

CEO and founder Jessica Boskoff is considered one of the finest event planners on the planet. Whether it’s a bon voyage, wedding, charitable function or just a simple, classy party, Jessica and her staff go above and beyond to make it unique, personal and perfect for your occasion.

Twenty Three Layers is a company with great pride, and maybe that’s why their client list makes for impressive reading. Names like Hugo Boss, Jaguar and Prudential have all enjoyed a memorable event created by Twenty Three Layers.