What is the least glamorous room at a party or event for your guests? It just may be the bathroom! But it does not have to be the case.
If you are planning a large party or event... particularly if there are libations or children - or both... you must think about the loo. Failure to plan here can reflect negatively on the event.
If it is not already included, make sure you have a restroom category in your event planning list. At the very least, plan to have extra supplies that can be easily located by your guests. You may want to increase personnel to cover maintaining your restrooms. Plan to treat men's and women's rooms with the same care and attention, even if you customize it to the sexes- men appreciate nice things in the restroom too!
Be sensitive to the fact that many guests may have fragrance sensitivities and that in a small space like a bathroom you may want to be careful with flower selection, room deodorizers and soaps that are strong.
If you have a strong theme going for your event, bring in decorative elements that are appropriate to the restroom – plan a seamless approach to decorating on into the restroom.
Predictable items for decorating restrooms are candles, flowers and guest towels. But why not try a few other ideas?
Dimmer Switches: Dimmers are a permanent improvement to your bathroom and an inexpensive way to dial in a bathroom's atmosphere for your parties. They are readily available and can be done by any moderately handy person.
Audio: Plug in a small boom box and give your guests a surprise and additional privacy of theme-appropriate music or a soundscape in the restroom. A recent A Midsummer Night's Dream themed event merely had dimmed lights and played a cricket recording in the restroom, and this was something guests talked about later!
Single-Use Soaps: consider providing single-use soaps for your guests. They are more sanitary for your guests. Large event? Have a basket by the sink with packets of soap leaves imprinted for your event. These use and take packets, available from trade-show give-away vendors, will be a useful memento of the evening. Minimum orders are usually 250 packets. Smaller event? Consider single-use rose petal soaps or beautiful soap leaves from wrapables.com to go with your guest hand towels.
Kid-Friendly: For a kid's party, make sure you have a safe, sturdy step-stool for the sink for the little folks. Use window crayons to write theme-related sentiments or do drawings on the bathroom mirror and/or windows. If you are not good at drawing, use stencils.
These touches may go unnoticed, but they probably won't. Likely, they will provide a strong impression that your guests are thought of and planned for in every way- including in the least glamorous places!