"I like to keep busy, you know, and I did kind of nine months of running the house totally on my own. I didn’t have anybody here for nine months, so that was a lot of work," Lisa shared during a recent interview with The Daily Dish. "But I wanted to kind of, you know, tried to keep the standard up for the house. So it was a lot of maintenance, and I did a lot of cooking."
So, when the opportunity came about to work on a new TV project, Lisa looked no further than her home sweet home. "[The production company] Evolution turned around to me and said, OK, what kind of show would you do if we gave you a camera? And I thought, well, I guess it would be a cooking and entertaining show. But I didn’t even think that we could have people here ‘cause I haven’t seen anybody for nine months," Lisa recalled. "And then they said, OK, with stringent COVID rules, we could do it. So then we thought, OK, who do we want to have? And then that was the fun part."
And so Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump was born. In the new series, which premieres Thursday, March 18 at 9/8c on E!, Lisa gives an unprecedented look at life in her beloved home as she invites celebrity guests over for an unforgettable night of delectable food, gorgeous decor, and jaw-dropping reveals at Villa Rosa.
Of course, with decades of experience as a restaurateur and designer, Lisa loves nothing more than to give her guests a unique experience that stimulates all the senses. "I just really love creating beautiful things. I’m a designer as well, which we forget. I mean, I’ve designed all of our restaurants and houses we’ve lived in, and I have a design company now, Vanderpump Alain," Lisa explained, adding that anyone can entertain at their home, even if it's "just something simple," like dining on a picnic blanket or decorating with flowers picked from the garden.
"I’m very passionate," Lisa continued. "I think it comes from having restaurants and understanding the joy that people get in congregating together, especially in your own house, and you can kick back and really enjoy yourself."
It's always a party at Villa Rosa, even when it's just Lisa and her family at home. "Certainly as a family, we play a lot of games, and we just have a lot of fun," she shared. "It’s croquet or it’s pool or it’s charades or it’s ping-pong or it’s, you know, so many different things that we played as a family."
Lisa's daughter, Pandora Vanderpump Sabo, has also picked up her mom's love of entertaining. "Pandy’s had her blog Very Vanderpump for a long time. You’ll see all the beautiful food and beautiful things that she’s created over the years," Lisa said. "You see we have a lot of entertaining. And so, with the cooking and the cocktails, yeah, it’s just something that we’re both really passionate about."
Lisa's husband, Ken Todd, is also a fan of having people over, although, let's just say his contribution to the event planning is at a different level. "Well, he doesn’t really have to do anything. He’ll just pour the wine. He probably loves it, because he literally shows up as the guest comes through the door, which, I would imagine, there’s not many husbands that’s like, 'Let me help you chop the onion.' No. That’s not gonna happen," Lisa said. "So, yeah, it’s kind of annoying when he arrives after the guest, comes downstairs after the guest, but, you know, I think every woman can identify with that. But he normally comes down with a puppy in his arms, you know?"
Of course, Lisa will get to have just as much fun — if not more — with all the guests stopping by Villa Rosa on Overserved this season, which includes Anna Camp, Cheryl Burke, Cheryl Hines, Gabriel Iglesias, Iggy Azalea, Jaleel White, James Kennedy, Jeannie Mai, Jeff Lewis, Jim Jeffries, Joel McHale, Kym Whitley, Lala Kent, Lance Bass, Loni Love, Margaret Cho, Mario Lopez, Meagan Good, Sheryl Underwood, Steve-O, Heather Dubrow and Terry Dubrow, Tori Spelling, Trixie Mattel, and Vivica A. Fox.
Lisa told The Daily Dish that her Overserved guests were "incredible," calling Vivica A. Fox "a goddess," and noting that Kym Whitley "was very, very funny." "We had some great people. Steve-O is hilarious. Jim Jeffries was everything. And Iggy Azalea and Trixie Mattel were, like, on fire. I mean, they were funny," Lisa said. "Cheryl Hines, Joel McHale, I mean, right, we just had great people and everybody was up for laughs, and I couldn’t have asked for better guests, really."
Overserved will be entertaining in every sense of the word, according to Lisa. "I think with Overserved, it’s gonna be the kind of show that you say, whoa, hold on a second, rewind, let me go and have a look at that table setting. Or let me look at that flower arrangement. Or let me look at that cocktail. Or let me look at what they’re making, you know, because it’s a very visual show," she said. "But of course, it’s very funny if you see it. You laugh all the way through it."
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