Bathrooms…The Forgotten Space

Bathrooms always seem to be left off the list of spaces to decorate when planning events. Whether at home or in a venue, the bathroom is an important place to pay attention to. Think about the relaxing feeling you get when you step into a four star hotel restroom. Soft music playing, pleasant scent, luxurious soaps. That’s the feeling you should aim to give your guests.

Make sure it smells good. To keep a very consistent pleasant scent in the restroom, place a lit fragrant candle in a corner. Make sure to keep the candle away from any corners or spaces that might accidentally cause a fire. If you’re hosting in a venue, make sure to see if it is against their policies.

Bring in some life. Everyone loves a fresh bouquet of flowers. Place a nice fresh bouquet on the vanity for a pleasant surprise to guests. If you’re hosting in a venue, be sure to put them in the men and women’s bathroom. Men are special guests too.

Light the way. When entertaining at home, it’s always a good idea to keep your bathroom identifiable. If you don’t have multiple forms of lighting in your bathroom, consider getting a few of the battery operated tea lights to provide a soft light in the bathroom. Having the bathroom lit up with the door open will avoid lost guests wandering into random closets and private bedrooms.

White. The color of hospitality. People tend to associate the color white with hospitality. This is why you always find white fluffy robes and towels in hotels. Bring the feeling of hospitality to your guests with nice white towels in the bathroom. They don’t necessarily have to use them, but a nice basket of white hand towels along with nice paper napkins to dry their hands off will make a great difference. Again, this is a nice addition to venue restrooms, if they don’t already provide additional décor.

Go the extra mile. If you have a small iPod deck or radio, have some light music playing. It’s easy to hide it behind a basket or stick in the corner. This is sure to add a wow factor for your guests.

The Essentials. Everyone needs a little refresher. Create a basket with a few essentials they may need throughout your event. Include items such as, Shout Wipes, mints, feminine hygiene products, bobby pins, body spray, first aid kits, lint roller and anything else you can think of.

Also, when entertaining at home, keep additional supplies out in the open. Have a small basket with additional rolls of toilet paper, napkins and even soap and lotion, so that you aren’t stuck refilling them in the middle of your event.

The moral of the story? When planning an event remember to think about your guests entire experience. From the moment they, to the moment they leave and all the wonderful moments in between.

Never Underestimate the Glamour of White Christmas Lights

I once attended a bridal shower with a Winter Wonderland theme. The hosts had decorated the border of the room with white christmas lights and it looked absolutely gorgeous. This one event got me to thinking about all the other ways we could experience the glamour of white christmas lights for events outside of the month of December.

Here are a few ideas…

The idea of adding dainty doilies to white christmas lights is a perfect idea for a bridal shower, baby shower or any other girly event.

When planning large corporate or organizational events, consider asking your lighting vendor to get creative. Not only does a piping and draping system completely transform a budget friendly venue, using white christmas lights behind light and sheer colors will give your event a wow factor guests aren’t expecting.

Looking for a creative way to spruce up some of the plants and nature decor you have around the house for you’re in home gathering? Use those white christmas lights hiding in the basement or attic. String them along your faux (or real) plants and branches to make for some added decor and less abrasive lighting. (Photo: blueribbonstudio.com)

Yes, I know we all grumble at the people who keep their christmas lights up way into spring time. But, if you’re using them for added decor, it’s not a problem! White christmas lights, lining trees, patios and decks are a great way to keep the backyard event going. If the event starts in the daylight, the lighting of the christmas lights will be a wonderful decor surprise when turned on as the evening gets dim. (Photo: redcorralranch.com)

 So, the next time you’re in need of some glamour or creative lighting, run down the basement and pull out those white christmas lights. It will transform your entire event!