Chrissy Teigen reveals the unexpected 'standard' she and John Legend like to set for hosting parties

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By Cristina Corvino

If you spent any time on social media this past weekend, you already know that Chrissy Teigen and baby Luna threw a gorgeous baby shower (with some of the Kardashians in attendance).

And with a second cookbook on the way following the success of her first, "Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat," it's no surprise that Teigen loves to host a fabulous event.

This season, the new mom and model is teaming up with Stella Artois to inspire hosts and hostesses to put their own personal touch on the holidays and reimagine what it means to "Host One to Remember."

She's even sharing her creative take on a classic Belgian mussels recipe in honor of the historic Belgian holiday, "The King's Feast," celebrated on November 15. And yes, we have the special recipe for you.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Teigen all about the partnership -- and so much more! Read on to find out the major star she'd love to see on Lip Sync Battle and if she plans on ever going public on Twitter again.

Talk to me a little bit about why you were eager to partner with Stella Artois -- and I'd love to know about a party you've hosted that's been the most memorable.

Well for us, we always have wanted to be the accessible, easy, fun parties, where people are really relaxed [and] they feel like they're in their element in our house. I think that a lot of people, when they come over to our house, they think they're going to have some kind of passed appetizer situation, and there's going to be a bar with a bartender -- but that's not how it works at our house.

We just line our entire table with self-serve alcohol. There is cold Stella Artois in ice buckets, there is food -- I'm literally sitting on the floor with a Crock-Pot. We do what we can to make people feel like they can be really relaxed and not have to feel stuffy in any way. Because frankly, being in L.A., you never know what you're getting into with a holiday party. We like to set the standard -- no matter when they come to our house, whether it's the holiday season or a birthday party or whatever -- they could still stay casual and really relaxed.

I got to see the complete, beautiful [Stella Artois] factory. They gave me the entire tour of this place. We went around eating mussels, and it was just such a beautiful, wonderful experience to go there for my first and only time. I would love to go back.

[The partnership] makes a lot of sense. I think if you've seen my mother's Instagram or my Instagram or my Snapchat, you would know the Stella Artois family. I was just looking through photos -- we hosted a baby shower for a good friend of ours, and my mom is the only one in the middle of this photo (nobody's holding a drink), and she is just "cheers-ing" with this bright green glass bottle in front of this beautiful sunset. She is never, ever without it.

I love that. I was going to ask you about the baby shower. Did it go well?

Oh, it went really well, yeah! It was actually the first we threw in our house -- for my stylist, Monica Rose. She just works so, so hard, and she is the most beautiful pregnant person on this entire planet. We just wanted to make a really special day for her. It just couldn't have been more perfect of a day, with a wonderful group of friends and family.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Model Chrissy Teigen, recording artist John Legend and hairstylist Jen Atkin attend The Hollywood Reporter's Beauty Dinner at The London West Hollywood on November 11, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Model Chrissy Teigen hosts the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: (L-R) Hillary Kerr, Louise Roe and Chrissy Teigen attend RAYE shoe launch event hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Hillary Kerr held At Ysabel on May 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Chrissy Teigen (L) and John Legend attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NATAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Model Chrissy Teigen attends The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and musician John Legend attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 01: John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen share sighting on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are seen in New York City on December 01, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA NOVEMBER 16 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): US R&B artist John Legend greets his wife Chrissy Teigen upon her arrival at Cape Town International Airport on November 16, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Legend kicked off the South African part of his All of Me Tour on Saturday with a concert at the Grandwest casino. (Photo by Esa Alexander/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Chrissy Teigen seen on the streets of Manhattan on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Chrissy Teigen hosts Shutterfly's Wine, Dine and D.I.Y. Design Holiday Event at Sopra on November 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Shutterfly)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Chrissy Teigen speaks onstage during Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Life Conference powered by WME Live at The David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on November 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan Magazine and WME Live)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Chrissy Teigen attends the 31st Annual FGI Night of Stars event at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Chrissy Teigen teams up with Visa and Chase to celebrate the launch of Apple Pay with free doughnuts for all New Yorkers from Dough on October 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Visa)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Actresses Jordana Brewster, Nataha Lyonne and model Chrissy Teigen attend UNIQLO's arrival in Los Angeles at The Beverly Center on October 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for UNIQLO)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Model Chrissy Teigen attends NBA 2K15 Launch Celebration at The Standard on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for 2K Games)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Chrissy Teigen attends XOXO & Chrissy Teigen Fall '14 Campaign Launch Party at The Brickwood on September 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for XOXO)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Christine Teigen attends XOXO & Chrissy Teigen Fall '14 Campaign Launch Party at The Brickwood on September 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for XOXO)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend seen at LAX on August 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the White Party Dinner Hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli Celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 at the Bocelli Residence in Forte dei Marme, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Chrissy Teigen attends the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli celebrating Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation And The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Actress, singer Rita Ora, chef Dominique 'Cronut King' Ansel and model Chrissy Teigen attend as DKNY celebrates the launch of the new DKNY MYNY fragrance with Rita Ora, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Bronfman, among other notables, at General Worth Square at Madison Square Park on August 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for DKNY)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Chrissy Teigen attends the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli celebrating Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation And The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
Model Chrissy Teigen arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Chrissy Teigen and fiancé John Legend attend Lexus Design Disrupted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at SIR Stage37 in New York City, NY. The event kicks off New York Fashion Week and supports the launch of the all new 2014 Lexus IS. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision for Lexus/AP Images)
Chrissy Teigen arrives at the Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Chrissy Teigen appears at The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Chrissy Teigen attends the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, June 2, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Chrissy Teigen attends the CASAMIGOS Tequila presents Tacos & Tequila: A Late Night Fiesta hosted by Bobby Flay during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Esurance Rooftop Pier 92 on October 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Model Chrissy Teigen poses at the Yoplait Greek station at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Esurance Rooftop Pier 92 on October 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 2014 Variety Power of Women presented by Lifetime at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Variety)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Model Chrissy Teigen attends UNIQLO's arrival in Los Angeles at The Beverly Center on October 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for UNIQLO)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Model Chrissy Teigen attends NBA 2K15 Launch Celebration at The Standard on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for 2K Games)
Chrissy Teigen arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Fashion model Chrissy Teigen attends the Flawsome Ball on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Chrissy Teigen attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York.
Yassir Lester and Chrissy Teigen speak onstage at the 2014 MTV Upfront, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Beacon Theater in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for MTV/AP Images)
Chrissy Teigen attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK - JULY 28: Chrissy Teigen attends DuJour Magazine and NYY Steak celebrating Chrissy Teigen with FENDI timepieces and Moet Ice on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for DuJour)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and musician John Legend attend the DuJour celebration of cover star Chrissy Teigen at NYY Steak Manhattan on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Chrissy Teigen attends the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R) Model Chrissy Teigen and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick backstage at The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Chrissy Teigen is seen on 'Extra' on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Chrissy Teigen attends the La Mer "Celebration of an Icon" Event at Siren Studios on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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Has your hosting style changed at all now that you're a mom?

Yeah, of course! Well, John and I -- I consider myself a bit of a night owl -- so by the time things really kick off, she's upstairs in bed. And we're lucky enough to have a very good sleeper. Our house -- it's been under construction for a long, long time -- it's really coming together right now. What's awesome about her is that she can literally hear a jackhammer or something, and she'll just kind of gently turn her head -- she's really unfazed by it. So, when there are people at our home and they're shouting -- cheering on John's favorite football team or something -- she's really pretty unfazed, and I'm pretty shocked and amazed by it all the time.

Of course, I don't spend my entire days working on one recipe anymore. I prefer quicker things. And what I had the energy a year ago for, I don't have the same energy for. That's what's been fun about the [second] cookbook for me. We're going to figure out this way to make everything taste like it has so much love and soul and heart, but not necessarily making you feel that your entire day has to be devoted to this recipe.

What's the biggest crowd-pleaser from your first book?

I go through my Instagram, and I'm constantly shocked by what is made on a Sunday versus [other days]. If it's a Sunday that's slightly cooler, my biscuits and gravy gets so much shine on Instagram. If it's a brunch, a lot of people are doing the Swedish pancakes, German pancakes. It's fun to see what people are making on certain days. I think that's one of the most fascinating things. People have all sorts of odd favorites. We're getting into fall, so the veggie tortilla stew is a really popular one. I have to say, it really depends on the day. It's interesting.

My dad's Swedish pancake/Dutch baby/German pancake #UNITEDCOLORSOFPANCAKE

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You got really festive with Luna for Halloween, which looked like so much fun. Do you have any exciting plans for the holidays?

Of course! With the Halloween costumes, we weren't going anywhere. For some reason, when it comes down to the actual holiday, like New Year's Eve or Halloween, [John and I] are very much at home. We're homebodies with that stuff. So that dress-up game with her was truly just that, it was playing dress-up, having fun. We never even end up going out anywhere. Everyone was like, "What was her official costume? What did she pick?" And we're like, "Oh no, nothing. Are you kidding?" We donated all of it.

I want to talk about "Lip Sync Battle" a little bit, which is such a hit -- I'm sure you're so proud of the show. Who has impressed you the most, or who has shocked you?

I mean, there's nothing like Jenna and Channing -- that was obviously an epic one. Just to see Beyoncé, because honestly we weren't sure what was going to happen, if she was really going to make it. I think they love keeping it a surprise from me now, because I have such a genuine, crazy reaction when people randomly come out -- whether it's TLC or whatever -- it's crazy to see. I mean, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is such a crazy talent -- he can sing, dance, do everything. This upcoming season, to see Lupita [Nyong'o] get real sexy was amazing to me. There are so many moments this season that I'm so excited for.

I can't wait. Is there anyone on your wish list who you haven't snagged yet?

I would obviously love a Britney [Spears] appearance. Britney, Ariana Grande -- these are people that if they could even just come out and wave, I would just die for.

I always say this. We always do the jokey feuds, but I would kind of love maybe two girls who might have dated the same guy -- I don't know, something like that would be cool. [Laughs]

Lastly, I just have to say, I admire you taking control over the online negativity, and it seems like you're enjoying private Twitter life. Has the negativity calmed down since making that change?

Oh, I am! Everything is puppies and unicorns, it's beautiful. It's changed everything for me.

I think this election year was a really tough year to be on social media in general -- a very heated year. And of course, it's going to be a very odd next four years, so I'm kind of happy I went private before any of that stuff started.

I don't know if I'll ever turn it public again, but I'm happy being able to interact with my fans. I don't want to necessarily only talk to people who I follow. I want to talk to people who love me that I love. That's always been really important to me.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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