From balancing the roles of tour guide, hotelier, professional chef and friend, hosting is a true artform. Embrace a summer state of mind and host guests like a professional – all while still managing to have fun yourself – with our Summer Hosting Guide. We’re helping you ready your home to play host extraordinaire, thinking beyond the basics with a few thoughtful touches that go a long way. With Mother Nature on your side, now is the ideal time to wow your loved ones with a stay they’ll always remember.
Greet guests with a warm welcome
Nothing quite sets the tone for the weekend like a considerate, welcoming gesture to make your guests feel that your house is theirs. Greet them with a beverage that’s appropriate to the time of day—a coffee in the morning or a cocktail in the late afternoon, for example. Leave a token of your appreciation for their visit in the guest bedroom or bathroom, like a beautiful soap, or fresh flowers by the bed that will make anyone feel welcome.
For an extra special gesture, leave a Comphy Spa Robe alongside a fresh set of towels, folded and laid on a side chair or at the foot of the bed. Made from the same luxuriously soft Microfiber fabric as our linens, our bestselling robe will make their time at your home feel like a five-star spa weekend. The robe features a removable and adjustable waist belt to accommodate a range of sizes and guests comfortably. A fabulous drape that relaxes with wear makes it perfect for both layering and lounging after bathing or poolside during their stay.
Provide the essentials…elevated
For any water adjacent activity, summer hosts are responsible for providing the following: towels, sunscreen, and plenty of bottled water. Prepare for pool and beach days, and outdoor lounging with our beloved Bamboo Towels that elevate your standard waterfront fare. Our perfectly balanced towels combine the softness of cotton with the silky feel and absorbent benefits of bamboo. Designed with the pool and beach lover in mind, the Bamboo Towels are quick drying, durable and easy to care for. They are plush, lush and supremely soft, wrapping guests in sumptuous comfort after long days of sun, chlorine and the elements.
Dine al fresco with a high impact, low lift meal
It’s not a complete summer weekend without a meal enjoyed outdoors. While hosting guests, bring the dinner party to the backyard or balcony. The golden rule of effortless entertaining year-round is to prepare to make a non-effort intensive meal. This ensures you’re not sweltering over a hot stove and able to interact with and enjoy your guests – no one wants to be distracted with too many complicated dishes going at once while hosting.
Having a mix of homemade, make-ahead and store-bought items is essential. Fortunately, it’s simple enough to do in the summer when you can make the most of the bounty of fresh, seasonal produce. Think non-cooking required sides like plump, flavorsome tomatoes, paired with fresh basil leaves, a loaf of bread, sweet orange melons wrapped with prosciutto, and a bottle of your favorite wine.
For an always cozy experience, make sure to have a few outdoor throws on hand for when temperatures drop as night falls. The best summer blankets include cooling, breathable fabrics that are also waterproof. Look no further than our Bubble Cable Knit Throw that adds comfort and texture to your space. Lightweight and gentle, the blanket is stain resistant, UV resistant, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and mold resistant, as well as quick drying – with no need for ironing. The fabric does not pill and does not absorb water, making it ideal for high moisture areas and indoors or outdoor use.
Create the perfect (and east-to-clean) guest bed
During weekends filled with sun, activity and exercise, the importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. This is especially true when trying to fall asleep when it is hot and humid outside. Delight your loved ones and even help improve their sleep with the right bedding choice.
You may have heard of winter whites, but we recommend emulating a hotel with white bedding in the guest room all summer long as well. Not only is white versatile, it makes any stains immediately easy to spot and address to always ensure your bedding remains pristine. You can quickly turnover a guest room in a single load of laundry, as an all white color theme is easy to carry over with towels and robes as well, without concern of colors bleeding when washed together. Guests also sleep peacefully knowing they are nestled in a fresh, crisp bed.
Start with our famously soft Sheet Sets that are lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable for comfortable summer sleeps. Not only are they wrinkle-free, quick-drying, allergen-safe and specifically designed to survive frequent laundering (ideal for those who host and need to reset the rooms frequently), they’re also scientifically proven to lead to more deep and restful sleep. Our only warning is that giving your guests the experience of a luxurious hotel may mean they never leave!