A Gracious Guest

pink and white hostess apron

         As a once, and hopefully future, resident of Hawaii, I have a special affinity for the pineapple. Colonial dame decor aside, I know how beautifully it symbolizes hospitality. It was a staple of my everyday…  the chunks of , fresh, slightly tart bites I cut up for my children each morning, the outlandish cocktails I served my mainlander visitors, the unexpected ingredient for a savory dish.

        Summer is in full swing and these days I am more often a guest of friends and family in beach-y locations.  Whether host or guest, to be gracious is  always welcome.  And my favorite hostess gift? Well… the pineapple I find at my grocers in Maryland leaves much to be desired, so I bring along a little something in our popular pattern that features a pineapple, which (not coincidentally) is called Gracious.

Here are some gracious gift ideas for your next trip:

green and white potholders and oven mitts

  • potholders or oven mitts for your foodie friend
  • cocktail napkins for the consummate entertainer
  • cocktail apron for the girl’s weekend get-a-way
  • guest towels to spruce up your brother’s dream place on the sand (That’s where I’ll be!  Thanks Brother.)


brown green and pink cocktail napkins brown and green patterned guest towels three series cocktail party napkins in green and blue copy

An introduction to Spring 14: Bargello Citron

Lime Green Guest towel

Bargello Citron: This is our take on the quatrefoil.  It's a boldly modern pattern with a retro vibe that continues to have staying power in home decor.  We love it in zesty citron.  Just enough kick to brighten any room.

colorful cotton napkins                      Color cotton runner green


Green Dinner napkins cotton cloth                       Mother duaghter aprons cotton citron

Citron washable oven mitt and potholders                        cotton yellow green casual dinner napkin

Cotton washable cloth runner


Add a Little Fancy to Your Everyday


Forget everything you thought you knew about napkins, guest towels and pillows. Hen House Linens is here to show you a few of the infinite possibilities when it comes to using your everyday household essentials as chic and creative home décor.

Napkins Think a napkin's only good for wiping away that milk mustache at breakfast? Think again. Nestle stacks of cocktail or dinner napkins on an elegant serving piece, laying multiple colors one on top of the other, and you've got yourself a one-of-a-kind, eye-catching centerpiece. You can also line a cake platter or tray with festive napkins (or a placemat) to add a pop of color to your something sweet.

Dinner Napkins


Guest Towels Don't keep your guest towel hidden away as a best kept secret – show it off as the versatile linen essential that it is. Then, make a real statement by hanging coordinating colors side by side. Or, set a new standard for fancy napkins by using the guest towels with your very favorite design as stylish napkins for your next dinner party (Devine Scarlet and Tapestry Licorice are timelessly elegant choices).