Even while living in a city condo in Chicago, Lauren Petit and her husband, Bud, were always the go-to couple for hosting and events. “I've always been an entertainer,” she says. “When I lived in Chicago a lot of my friends didn't have family there, so I was always the one hosting.” But her entertaining roots run much deeper. “I was raised on it because of my mom,” she says.
“My mom's always been a big entertainer and hostess making everything from scratch. Keeping it simple but making everybody feel welcome.” Now back in southwest Missouri, Lauren, Bud and their two children, Olivia and James, regularly welcome friends and family out to their spacious farm compound.
From Halloween Boo Brunches to spring crawfish boils, Petit is an expert in turning possibility into perfection. For this classic Americana summer barbecue, friends gathered for a laid back, shoes off, come-as-you-are summer soirée.