12 Ways to Welcome Your Summer Houseguest
Penhaligon"s Bath Products
"I love Penhaligon"s bath products -- they"re so typically English. I always get Bluebell for women and Blenheim Bouquet for men." -- William Yeoward, interior designer
Box of 3 soaps in Bluebell, Penhaligon"s, $45; penhaligons.com.
Monogrammed Mug with Flowers
"I buy a mug with their initial, put flowers in it, and set it on a tray. It"s sweet, unexpected, and says, 'Our house is your house.'" -- Celerie Kemble, interior designer
Monogrammed mug, Anthropologie, $6; anthropologie.com.
"Ginger and chocolate make an amazingly happy marriage. It"s so nice to walk into a room and have a culinary treat waiting for you." -- Sara Moulton, chef
Bittersweet chocolate tiles with sea salt and ginger, Poco Dolce Confections, from $18/8; pocodolce.com/tiles.
Piment d"Espelette Spice
"This spice creates a wonderful, welcoming aroma for dinner guests when they arrive. I add a little to paella for a beautiful color and a deep but not too spicy flavor." -- Jacques Torres, chef
Piment d"Espelette spice, La Boite, $16; 212-247-4407.
Beach Bag, Hat and Towels
"I keep a heap of fabulous beach towels, bags, and hats in straw bags near the door of our home in the Hamptons. Guests can help themselves." -- Nanette Lepore, designer
From left: Raffia hat, Helen Kaminski, $195; helenkaminski.com. Water reed and leather tote, Medina Inc., $44; medinabaskets.com. Cotton beach blanket, Steven Alan, $48; stevenalan.com.
Personalized Soy Wax Candle
"These candles are fantastic -- you can personalize the labels for your guests!" -- Amber Valletta, model and actress
Personalized soy wax candle in Calone 17, Le Labo, $70; lelabofragrances.com.
"Lavender is the perfect addition to a guest bedroom or bathroom. It"s a calming scent that"s evocative of my summer home in the French countryside." -- Kathryn Ireland, interior designer
Lavender and rosemary potpourri, Agraria, $55; agrariahome.com.
"A handcrafted Mexican hammock inspires visitors to completely relax during their stay." -- Nicolas Malleville, owner, Coqui Coqui Resort, Tulum, Mexico
Handwoven nylon hammock in Glowing Bronze, Novica, $74; novica.com.
"We want our friends to feel like they're in a luxurious hotel. Travel essentials are set up in advance so they have everything they need without having to ask -- including a delectable assortment of snacks." -- Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, founders of Beekman1802.com
Snacks on the Run, Dean & DeLuca, from $16/3; deandeluca.com. Toothbrush ($3), file ($3), and clippers (from $7), Muji; muji.us. Toothpaste, Marvis, from $6; bigelowchemists.com. Razor, Bic, $4/10; soap.com.
Powerlite Home Cinema
"In the evenings, we move the sofas outside with pillows and throws and show a film with a projector hooked up to a laptop. We serve cocktails and popcorn as guests settle in." -- Shaun Matthews, managing director, Amangiri Resort, Canyon Point, Utah
Powerlite Home Cinema 710HD projector, Epson, $649; epson.com.