The I Want to Be a Hilton host (and Paris's mom) gives her best-behavior tips

By Serena Kappes
June 17, 2005 03:00 PM

With NBC’s I Want to Be a Hilton (premiering June 21), Kathy Hilton becomes the second member of her family to have her own reality show (daughter Paris, of course, stars in FOX’s The Simple Life). The premise: Fourteen wannabe socialites compete in tests of etiquette and style; each week, the Hilton matriarch eliminates the one who didn’t “make the list.” The winner gets a $200,000 trust fund, a posh New York City apartment and, Hilton says, “a wealth of knowledge.”

PEOPLE asked the 46-year-old society maven (who’s been married to hotel heir Rick Hilton, 49, since she was 19 and is mom to Paris, 24; Nicky, 21; Barron, 15; and Conrad, 11) to give her do’s and don’ts of living like a Hilton. And she politely obliged:

DON’T invite just anyone to your home: “I do have big parties a couple of times a year. But you want to make sure that you have nice people around who have good values. You don’t want to have people around where the boyfriend’s flirting with someone else.”

DO realize that presentation is everything: “I set a really pretty table – I take a lot of pride in that. So I get mad if the girls come in with Coke cans. I’m like, ‘Paris, I have a pretty tablecloth and placemats and flowers and you’ve got the Diet Coke on the table. Pour it into the glass in the kitchen and then bring it in.’ She’s like, ‘Oh, whatever, okay.’ ” [IMAGE “1” “left” “std” ]DON’T buy pets as gifts: “(The recipient’s) mother might not approve! When Paris was 14, a friend of hers gave her two cats, Cupcake and Tiger, and they drove me crazy. They were jumping all over the place and knocking my collections over.” Today, the Hiltons deal with their many pets, including Paris’s Chihuahua Tinkerbell, with a strict cleanup policy: “If there’s a pee-pee, whoever sees it, gets it.”

DO look your best for your spouse: “I always run in early in the morning and brush my teeth, put on a little cream and then get back in bed. (My husband) is like, ‘Honey, that smells so refreshing.’ I have this cream that smells like baby powder and it’s very fresh and clean.”

DON’T believe everything you read: “We read something funny on the airplane that said my husband and Paris’s new fiancé (Paris Latsis) had a fight over a bill at a restaurant and that the bill was $5,000. Of course my husband would pay for his daughter and her fiancé. They had invited us, but my husband made sure the bill wasn’t even presented at the table – and it certainly wasn’t $5,000.”