'The Hills' star Lo Bosworth shares tips for hosting the chicest July Fourth party

Before Lo Bosworth became the ultimate lifestyle guru, she starred alongside Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and Kristin Cavallari in the groundbreaking MTV reality show "The Hills." The six-season show, that was the result of a spinoff of MTV's "Laguna Beach," paved the roads for how monumental reality TV can be. It was one of the first shows to transform average teenagers into celebrities and A-list entrepreneurs.

After the controversial series ended, Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port went on to become successful fashion designers, while Jenner continued down the reality TV path with the help of his famous step-sisters (Hint: it starts with a K and ends in ardashian), while Olivia Palermo has become a fixture at Fashion Week in every city. 

Bosworth took a slightly less high-profile route and went on to graduate from the International Culinary Center. Today, she has become a leading lifestyle influencer with her website The LoDown and is the CEO of Love Wellness. (Not to mention, she's amassed nearly one million followers on Instagram).

With the Fourth of July around the corner, AOL chatted with Lo on her best tips for creating the chicest backyard party.

Must-have entertaining items: "I always make sure to have lots of ice, candles to create the perfect lighting moment and a well-stocked bar so that all of my guests have options and enjoy themselves."

 

Favorite Fourth of July cocktail: "My go-to this summer is a Piña Colada that I make with Baileys Almande, which is an almond milk liqueur. Making drinks with Baileys Almande is perfect because it’s dairy free, gluten-free, and even vegan, so I know that anyone can enjoy! Here’s my recipe."

Tips for making your backyard look chic instead of cheesy: "I like to avoid disposable decorative items and instead choose things like pillows, blankets and serve ware that are appropriately colored and themed. Also, for a red, white and blue theme like the 4th of July, I would choose all white flowers instead of a mix to keep it simple and chic; I love gorgeous bouquets of white peonies mixed with white tulips and a touch of greenery."

 

Hosting item you cannot live without? "I always make sure to have 2-3 glass beverage dispensers so that I can make a signature cocktail and guests can help themselves. They also help to avoid any crowding at the bar so that people can get their drinks and get back to the party."

 

Go-to entertaining outfit in the summer? "I definitely choose comfort over style when I’m hosting a party because I know I’ll be running around and getting messy in the kitchen. My friends have come to expect that I’ll eventually end up barefoot at my parties! In the summer I like something simple, so my go-to is my white pair of Ayr jeans because they’re comfy and you can pretty much pair them with anything."

 

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Lo Bosworth and LensCrafters set sights on 2018 by celebrating eye-health in NYC at LensCrafters on December 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for LensCrafters)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Lo Bosworth stopped by an intimate dinner hosted by Barclaycard Arrival+ at The Knickerbocker Hotel on October 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Barclaycard)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Lo Bosworth, Jilly Hendrix and Greta Titelman attend the 10th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: (L-R) Nicole Dye Anderson, Lo Bosworth and Matt Fields stopped by an intimate dinner hosted by Barclaycard Arrival+ at The Knickerbocker Hotel on October 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Barclaycard)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Lo Bosworth (L) stopped by an intimate dinner hosted by Barclaycard Arrival+ at The Knickerbocker Hotel on October 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Barclaycard)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Leandra Medine, Lo Bosworth and Ellie Kemper attend the Leopard Leopard Leopard Pop-Up Shop hosted by Kate Spade New York & Man Repeller on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kate Spade New York)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Lo Bosworth stopped by an intimate dinner hosted by Barclaycard Arrival+ at The Knickerbocker Hotel on October 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Barclaycard)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Christin Siriano, Lo Bosworth and Brad Walsh attend the amfAR generationCURE Solstice 2017 at Mr. Purple on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Lo Bosworth attends ASPCA After Dark cocktail party at The Plaza Hotel on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: (L-R) June Ambrose and Lo Bosworth attend the Signature Kitchen Suite launch at Dwell on Design 2016 at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Signature Kitchen Suite)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Lo Bosworth is seen in Soho on March 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Lifestyle Blogger Lo Bosworth poses with an OFF! Clip-On Mosquito Repellant and an OFF! Mosquito Lamp at the It's Officially Summer event with OFF! and Guest of a Guest at Maritime Hotel on July 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Off!)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: TV personality and entrepreneur Lo Bosworth poses for photos during the Lord & Taylor Lo Bosworth For Dr. Scholls event held at Lord & Taylor on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - MAY 31: TV personality Lo Bosworth attends the seventh annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Liberty State Park on May 31, 2014 in Jersey City City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Lo Bosworth attends the 'Stop Sad Breakfast' Event at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on October 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: TV personality Lo Bosworth attends Peter Pilotto For Target Launch at Gotham Hall on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Lo Bosworth and guest attend the Moet & Chandon Suite at The 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 9: Actress Lauren Conrad (L) and actress Lo Bosworth (R) pose during the Dinosaur Ball at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
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