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How to throw a hygge birthday party like Selena Gomez in 5 steps


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Selena Gomez turned 25 this weekend, and to celebrate a successful quarter-century—including chart-topping hits, an epic Instagram presence (she has more followers than anyone), and outspokenness on mental health that has us fan-girling—the singer and her friends toasted in the comfiest, most casual way possible.

In lieu of a bar crawl or night at a fancy club, Gomez’s super-chill at-home fiesta included a bevy of balloons, two cakes, and lots o’ leisurewear. Sounds pretty good—and decidedly un-Hollywood—right?

Here’s how to take a cue from Gomez and turn your next GNO into a hygge-esque, Selena-approved celebration.

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1. Stay in

Forget the brunch reservations or the bottle service booth. If staying in is good enough for Gomez, it’s good enough for us all. (And so on-trend.)

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2. Pick a happy color scheme and keep the decor simple

Aside from the teal and white balloons and a neon “Fetish” sign by artist Petra Collins, there wasn’t much else setting the scene for a festive fete. Remember, the people make the party, not the coordinated paper goods.

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3. Let someone else help with the planning

Gomez’s assistant, Theresa Mingus, started sharing party setup peeks on Instagram around 8 a.m. the day of. It can be tempting to plan a whole party yourself, but in the name of sanity—and true hygge vibes—why not enlist a right hand (wo)man?

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4. Keep the guest list minimal and the dress code casual

For Gomez, that meant a handful of sweatpants- and PJ-clad girlfriends (where was Taylor Swift?!), most of whom seemed happy to be sitting on the floor. While it’s very unlikely that Gomez (who donned an all-white outfit) actually asked for gifts, she did get some vinyl records (including the La La Land soundtrack!) and a dreamcatcher (very hygge). And though it looked like a femme-fest, a grinning, practically giddy Gomez assured her guests (and her 123 million Insta followers during a live session) that boyfriend The Weeknd was “on his way.”

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5. Have a retro camera on hand

Splashy party favors can be fun, but all you actually need is a flashy camera—as in a Polaroid—to keep guests happy. Have them snap photos of themselves throughout the night and hang them up, or let them take ’em home.

More (really good) advice from Gomez: Try her super healthy morning habit—and don’t forget to take plenty of rest days

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