There’s no denying that Kate Hudson knows how to have a good time, so to celebrate the release of her inspirational lifestyle book Pretty Happy, ($16; amazon.com), the 36-year-old co-founder of stylish fitness brand Fabletics hosted an epic dinner for family and friends last week inside West Hollywood’s Gracias Madre restaurant.
The newly cemented author, who rocked a printed black-and-white slip dress to her event because she felt it was a “good mix of fancy but casual,” was beaming as she arrived at the soiree. “I’m just so excited… I haven’t really done a celebration for my book and my company together to celebrate everything that’s happening right now,” she gushed to InStyle. “It’s really fun. All the people that have been so supportive and a huge part of what allow me to be able to create these things, they’re all here.”
One of those people was her vivacious mom Goldie Hawn, who playfully posed for photos with her (and even kicked up her heels) in a coordinating blue slip dress before heading inside. “I’m extremely proud of my daughter,” she told us. “She’s done amazing work. She’s worked on herself, which I think is important. I think that’s probably the most important, and she’s passing on a beautiful message. I’m really excited about it.”
Hudson’s stepfather, Kurt Russell, also attended the bash, as did her pals Nicole Richie, Tobey Maguire’s jewelry designer wife Jennifer Meyer, and Molly Sims. Rachel Zoe even managed to make it there after someone spilled Champagne all over her dress at her store launch event earlier that evening.
Meanwhile, Hudson was focused on making sure everyone enjoyed the soiree. “Hopefully everybody’s going to have some margaritas… I just want everybody to have a good time,” she told us. And they did. As guests mingled on the intimate outdoor patio amidst the glow of white candles and exotic burgundy and white floral arrangements (inspired by the colors of Hudson’s book cover), they noshed on build-your-own mushroom and zucchini tacos, butternut squash quesadillas, and more at buffet-style wooden picnic tables.
Hudson and her bestie Meyer couldn’t get enough of the guacamole and chips at the bash, and while there were three signature cocktails—the Fabrita, the Pretty Happy, and the Love Always—the Mother's Day star stuck with Fabritas throughout the night. Sims was also a big fan of the Fabritas, while Richie and Zoe opted for glasses of Sauvignon Blanc instead.
Aside from the food and cocktails, guests were obsessed with the photo booth and couldn’t stop taking photos in it. Hudson had a full on photo booth shoot, rocking floral crowns and “pretty” and “happy” signs with Richie in one, and hugging Meyer in another. Sims also stepped into the photo booth, posing with a couple of girlfriends in her sheer black dress.
Before Hudson’s friends headed out, they took home some Fabletics swag. For Zoe and husband Rodger Berman, it was a pair of Bonded joggers for him, and a Diana bomber jacket and Neema top for her.
It was clear Hudson, and her guest, had a pretty happy night. Scroll through to see more fun photos from the celebratory evening.
1. PROUD MOM
Kate Hudson's mom, Goldie Hawn, couldn't help but gush over her daughter's success. "She’s inspiring people, which I think is really important. Because it’s one thing to be an actress, it’s another thing to be able to go out and be an inspiration to others," she told reporters. "Take off the code of actress and show who you really are. So I’m very proud of her for that, and that’s an important thing because it’s who you are, not what you do."
2. PRETTY PERFECT
Wooden picnic tables were topped with an assortment of floral arrangements inspired by the colors of the book cover—white, burgundy, red, and gold. There were white ranunculus flowers along with burgundy alstroemerias and dahlias. At the bar, there was a cute wooden sign that read, “You don’t have to be perfect…Pretty Happy is pretty great,” with a copy of Kate’s book sitting on top of it.
3. RACHEL ZOE AND RODGER BERMAN
Zoe revealed what keeps her smiling. "My children," she told InStyle, also explaining that taking it easy keeps her going. "Having a day where I can just let it down, just not get dressed and stay in my house with my babies. That makes me happy."
4. JENNIFER MEYER AND KATE HUDSON
"You know what, I think we’re all friends for so many years, and any excuse for us to all get together is a good night. I think our goal is just to all be together and celebrate our friend," Meyer told InStyle moments before heading over to the super popular photo booth.
5. SAY CHEESE!
Hudson and dear friends like Nicole Richie and Samantha Ronson packed into a larger-than-life photo booth where the beauties held up too-cute signs, rocked flower crowns, and, naturally, posed for the cameras like pros.
6. HOLLYWOOD BESTIES
While Hudson turned heads in her white, graphic slip dress, Nicole Richie also stunned with silk high-waisted palazzo-style pants and a white crop-top with a look-at-me gold neckline.
As if the photo booth didn't provide plenty a photo opp, Richie made sure to snap countless candid shots of Hudson on her phone.