As the founder and CEO of Parachute Home, the bedding and home brand known for its crisp, lightweight sheets, Ariel Kaye knows a thing or two about hosting overnight guests—and making sure they sleep soundly. Because we can always count on Thanksgiving to throw us unexpected curveballs in the form of last-minute guests, plus ones, and a barrage of family drama, it's always a good idea to make sure your house is prepared for anything the day has in store.
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Herewith, Kaye's concise guide to being a hostess with the mostest.
1. FILL YOUR HOME WITH FLOWERS.
2. MAKE SURE THE BEDS ARE WELL-MADE.
"A well-made bed is the most important thing you can offer your houseguests. Freshly laundered sheets and an extra quilt will ensure a comfortable night's sleep. I also like to add three to four pillows of varying firmness—guests love to have options!"
Available at Parachute Home | From $109
5. INVEST IN BEAUTIFUL DINNERWARE.
"Instead of a formal, sit-down dinner with visitors, my best gatherings have been the ones where we serve food buffet-style. I set out my Heath Ceramics dinnerware and allow everyone to serve themselves. People are rarely able to arrive at the same time—especially during the holidays—so this creates a laid-back vibe."
Available at Heath Ceramics | $140
6. HAVE COFFEE AT THE READY.
"Have fresh beans and a coffee maker for your guests to help themselves in the morning. I recommend a local roaster so your visitors can discover a new brand. Canyon Coffee is a small L.A. business, and they source the best certified organic beans. I set it alongside a coffee brewer with a tip sheet on how to operate, just in case."
Available at Canyon Coffee | $17
7. OFFER ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION.
"Bike riding is one of my favorite ways to get around my Venice neighborhood. I keep two Linus bikes available at the house so that guests can explore at their leisure. A sunset cruise along the boardwalk is the perfect way to end the day—just don’t forget to leave them a trusty bike lock, too."
Available at Linus Bike | $599