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Giada De Laurentiis is decking the halls with a very special helper by her side.
"Beginning to look a lot like Christmas," De Laurentiis captioned the photo, adding a Christmas tree emoji.
She hashtagged the post, "mommy moments."
De Laurentiis' tree featured white lights, minimal branches, and oversized colorful ornaments in an array of gem tones. A charcoal grey tree skirt added a bit of bling to the tree's base.
Alongside the mother-daughter duo in the pic were a trio of the family's animals, cat Bella and dogs Bruno and Ollie.
Bloomingdales Giada De Laurentiis in her new kitchen
PEOPLE spoke with Giada De Laurentiis last month, where she revealed she would be hosting Christmas in her new California home after two years of renovations. She only moved into the home in October.
"The last couple of years, yes we've been in COVID, but also I've been sort of disoriented with half of my stuff in boxes, making it impossible to find things," De Laurentiis said. "And so finally, I feel unpacked and settled.
"I'm super thrilled to host everybody here," she added.
That doesn't mean her home is complete, especially when it comes to décor.
"For the most part, I'm just decorating, but I'm waiting for a few final pieces," De Laurentiis said. "Like everybody, stuff is on container ships in the port somewhere and hasn't come off yet. But for the most part, I have a dining room table and dining room chairs, so I have the main pieces that I need to function for the holidays."
"I will tell my family that the biggest gift they can give me is to not ruin my kitchen," she joked. "Yes, I think I like that one."
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The Italian-American chef already had everyone over for Thanksgiving, and came up with an ingenious way to ensure a stress-free holiday: assign other family members what to make for the meal.
"I tell people what to make in my family," explained De Laurtentiis. "I sort of know what their strengths are."
Even De Laurtentiis's boyfriend of six years, Shane Farley, was assigned a dish.
The strategy helps to "take some of the pressure off of me," De Laurentiis said, adding, "I also feel like it includes them more in Thanksgiving."
"When you bring something that you're proud of and make, it empowers everybody," she continued. "Otherwise, I just feel like I outshine everybody if I don't give them something to do. Because that way they feel like they're really part of the meal."