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Hosting Well: Making Houseguests Feel at Home

October 1, 2019

With fall already upon us there is no time like the present to start preparing for holiday guests. It may seem overwhelming at first, but offering your guests a comfy, cozy, and beautiful place to rest is key to hosting a fun and easy holiday.

The Guestroom

A well-appointed guestroom can make you the hostess-with-the-mostest by offering guests a beautiful retreat when everyone needs a little space.

High-quality clean sheets are a must. Our best-selling cotton percale sheets are classic and just the right weight. If you know your guests like a silk-soft sheet, bamboo sheets are a great alternative.

Full and fluffy pillows can make all the difference. No one likes waking up with a kink in their neck! We recommend our down-alternative pillows for a cozy and affordable guest-room solution.

Layers, layers, layers! Who doesn’t love a layered bed? Our absolute favorite layered bed is cotton percale sheets, our award-winning Granny blanket, a down or down-alternative comforter, a percale duvet cover, and a herringbone throw tossed across the bottom. Perfection! Layers are the key to making sure your guests are never too hot or too cold.

When choosing a comforter, it’s best to think about where you live. In Maine with a foot of snow on the ground? Hungarian down is the best choice. If you’re enjoying a holiday by the ocean, our cool sleeping down alternative blanket offers guests the same comfy, cozy feeling without the heat.
Don’t forget the little finishing touches too; an alarm clock, water, and snacks beside the bed, and toss a few current magazines on the nightstand.

The Bathroom

You don’t want your guests using dingy or stained towels, so consider sprucing up your bath linens too. Our crafted cotton towels are a great choice, available in 17 colors and include one bath towel, a face towel, and a hand towel.

If you want guests to wrap up in something truly incredible, try the Bursa towels. They’re hand-loomed in Turkey by artisans using a technique that’s been passed down for generations. If you ask us, they’re just about the softest towel in the world.

It’s always a good idea to have a few extra necessities on hand for guests to borrow; shampoo, an extra toothbrush, and body wash.

The Couch

Dinner is done, your guests are stuffed, now it’s time for a nap. We all know a great blanket or throw makes the difference between waking up cranky and a refreshing nap.

If you’re in a warmer climate and want something lightweight and soft, the Adoyu is for you. It’s made from baby alpaca fleece and is so soft you’ll have to check your guest’s bags before they leave!

A cotton throw is perfect for an elevated everyday blanket. It’s machine washable, snuggly and great for year-round use.

Don’t forget; you set the tone! If you want your guests to kick off their shoes, and put their feet up on the couch, show them how it’s done. If you’re hosting a more formal affair, guests will follow your lead.

The Porch

Don’t forget about your outdoor space. Time outside gives your guests (and you!) an opportunity for some alone time and to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Our Oh So Soft Fleece Blankets and throws are well, oh so soft. They’re machine washable and incredibly durable, making them a great choice for kids, firepits or with your morning cup of coffee in a rocking chair.

If you’re fortunate enough to live at the beach, take a look at those beach towels. Are they still bright and vibrant after the summer? We’re guessing not! Our beach towels come in a set of two and are soft and incredibly absorbent.

Making sure you’re ready for guests this holiday season is easy with a little bit of preparation. Preparing the guest room, bath, couch, and porch can all be done two weeks in advance, leaving you plenty of time to cook and converse with your guests.


Softly Crisp Percale Sheets

Thomas Lee is famous for our 500 thread count signature percale cotton sheets, starting with the finest USA-grown cotton, responsibly woven, trimmed, and sewn in India through our partnership with a woman-owned company renowned for harnessing wind power, recycling rainwater, and maintaining Oeko-Tex(R) certification for a better world.
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Airily Soft Bamboo Sheets

Our bamboo sheets are light, airy, and smooth as natural silk. Your guests will thank you, if they ever get out of bed.
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Beautifully Lofty Down Comforters

Our down comforters and alternative down bedding is loved by hot sleepers and cold sleepers alike. Lofty and breathable, comfortable sleep comes easy.
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Granny Blankets

Our award winning Granny Blankets are the perfect layering piece.  We love lots of bedding so no one has to fight for the covers.
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Herringbone Blankets

Our Herringbone Blankets are the perfect pop of texture and color to toss across the bottom the bed for a designer-inspired look.
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Crafted Cotton Towels

Woven in soft, super-absorbent cotton and available in 17 beautiful colors, we have the right match for your bathroom
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Adoyu Throw Baby Alpaca Fleece

It’s made from 100% Baby Alpaca fleece which is renowned for being one of the most luxurious fibers in the world. Treat yourself by wrapping yourself in this unbelievably soft throw at the end of a stressful work day! The Adoyu Throw comes in lite grey natural and lite natural.
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Oh So Soft Fleece Blanket

Oh so soft 100% micro polyester fleece blankets are great for lighter weather as well perfect for layering in colder months. The knitted fabric is brushed and sheared on both sides to make it durable and soft with a lustrous, velvety sheen.Our anti-pill fleece is wrinkle and fade resistant, anti-static, colorfast, and machine washable. Perfect for the master bedroom, guest room, or kid’s room, on the couch or sofa, for your furry pets to cuddle and snuggle, or to use in the backyard, porch, or patio on chilly evenings and at family gatherings.
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