Host How I Host: Lauren Galaz
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Head of Partnerships at Homecourt
"My favorite get-the-party-started move: On-theme cocktail"
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What's your process for planning a gathering in your home?
I always start with a theme and build from there!
What are your go-to party activities or games to break the ice?
I always have an elaborate & on-theme cocktail ready to greet guests when they arrive. It's a great get-the-party-started move!
If you had a limited budget to put together a small dinner party, what would you focus on for the tablescape?
Trader Joe's flowers, all the way. Playing with seasonal florals is such an easy and affordable way to elevate a tablescape.
"Trader Joe's flowers, all the way."
What makes a great gathering memorable?
My most memorable gatherings are the ones where I didn't bite off more than I could chew. When I'm not feeling stressed and I'm fully prepped, I can really live in the moment.
If someone is feeling overwhelmed by hosting their friends in their home, what tips would you give them?
Start small & don't feel obligated to invite everyone!
"When I'm not feeling stressed and I'm fully prepped, I can really live in the moment."
Favorite recipe or food to serve when hosting?
During the summertime, a peach caprese salad is a total show-stopper.
What is the soundtrack to a dinner party in your home? Have any favorite playlists?
I usually put on FJK radio from Spotify for exceptionally good vibes!
What is your favorite partytrick?
Light your favorite candle to make it a full sensory experience for your guests. My favorite for a moody low-lit dinner party is Cece by Homecourt!
About our host
Lauren Galaz is a dinner party enthusiast who thrives on hosting unforgettable soirees for her friends. Beyond her party prowess, Lauren is also the Head of Partnerships at Homecourt, a disruptive beauty brand for the home founded by Courteney Cox.
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