Lauren Bush Lauren's Dinner Party Tips: How to Help FEED the World
There are many good reasons to throw a dinner party: an excuse to channel your inner Julia Child, a guest list all yours to choose, leftovers for days, the joy of seeing your friends' happy faces. Here's another damn good reason: hosting dinner is an easy way to help feed hungry families all over the world.
"I believe that food has the power to bring many together, and together we have the power to bring food to many," says Lauren Bush Lauren. "I hope even more people will join us in that empowering and impactful effort this year." Her effort, FEED Supper, raised money for over two million meals for families last year—and Lauren has high hopes for year two. From now through World Food Day (October 16th), here's what you can do to help Lauren pass her goal of more meals: host your own dinner party (Lauren makes it so easy for you to plan it here, you can even use one of her incredible hosting toolkits), and instead of asking your guests to bring a dessert, encourage them to share a meal with the world (doing good AND saving calories)—just $1.10 provides 10 meals. Host 10, provide 100! How wonderful?
So, now that you have an excuse to host, here are the top 5 entertaining tips from the CEO and Founder of FEED herself, Lauren Bush Lauren. Bon appetit, world!
Tip 1: Dress for Success "In the kitchen, that is. I'm a firm believer that a good meal begins in a messy kitchen, so before the first pot hits the stove, I reach for my favorite FEED + West Elm Apron. Each piece of the FEED + West Elm Collection provides meals to American families in need when purchased.
Tip 2: Perfect the menu “As I’ve learned from our FEED Supper activation, food has the power to bring people together. So when I’m planning the eats of the evening that are sure to be both veggie-friendly and delicious, I flip through the pages of one of my favorite cookbooks, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, by Deborah Madison.”
Tip 3: Incorporate natural elements Nothing pulls a table together like fresh-cut flowers. My latest hostess obsession is Petal by Pedal, sustainable and local blooms delivered sustainably and locally.
Tip 4: Share a meal "There's something so special about breaking bread with people I care about, especially when we are collectively focused on making the word a better place. My favorite dinner parties to host are FEED Suppers, where I ask guests to make a donation of meals to those in need, rather than bringing the typical bottle of wine. It gives new meaning to sharing a meal."
Tip 5: Let your Playlist do the talking "Every party has its own personality, depending on the guests in the room, and the music should reflect that. I make it a priority to curate playlists when I'm hosting friends, and a special point to include favorite songs of those present. It's all about the small details."
Listen to Lauren Bush Lauren talk in the video above about her experiences learning about women and the gender roles in impoverished countries. Watch her full MAKERS profile here to learn about her journey as a Global Nutritionist Advocate.
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