Entertaining Basics: The Bathroom (And Other Unspoken Amenities For Your Guests)

Ah. The bathroom.

A bit of a sensitive subject. One that not a lot of people like to talk about. 

The sensitive to the subject is valid, and is based on who you talk to. I know that most people aren’t comfortable talking about their bathrooms, or at least would never bring it up in conversation.

Yet, this is a point of importance to a lot of people. Because nobody will ever bring it up to you, it is essential that you nail down having a comfortable and polite bathroom setting for your guests. 

Here are the things you need to be aware of for the comfort and peace of mind of your guests 

1. TOILET PAPER

Make sure you have the roll changed (bonus points if you fold the end over into triangles) and also have extra rolls handy. I prefer at least three extra rolls on hand to be prepared, but it’s up to you.

And for the love of all that is holy, please don’t buy the cheapest toilet paper, okay? Your guests will hate you if you do. Remember: amazing experiences, not chafed skin. 

2. PLUNGER AVAILABLE

Remember that scene in “Along Came Polly” when Ben Stiller was stuck in the bathroom? Yeah, my worst nightmare. See rule above for the toilet paper.

In addition, should your guest have an unfortunate situation arise, the last thing they would want to do would be to ask you where the plunger is. Keep it by your toilet. I don’t care if it’s pretty or not, just keep it there.  Your guests will thank you for your thoughtfulness while hoping they never have to use it.

3. AIR FRESHENER

The last thing you want to do when at a party is to cause a stink. But sometimes it happens. Don’t let your guests be embarrassed - especially if someone needs to follow them right after. 

You can keep a bottle of aerosolized air freshener, a bottle of Poo-pourri, a little bottle of essential oil to spritz, or even a candle or diffuser. Just something to mask any potentially embarrassing incidents. 

4. PROVIDE HAND TOWELS

I get grossed out when I go to someone’s home and there’s are no hand towels. 

If I have to, I’ll resort to wiping them on the regular towels, but the idea that they’ve been on somebody else’s body (even though they were most likely clean when toweling off) still grosses me out.

We like to have a couple hand towels available in case the first one gets wet, usually keeping them folded on a shelf in a conspicuous spot as guests need them. 

5. ENSURE YOUR HAND SOAP IS FULL

Like, all the way full. If I’m helping you move around planters and my hands are dirty, I don’t want to wash them in the kitchen in front of everyone.  

Just stock it - soap is cheap. And you want to encourage your guests to be clean and hygienic, right?

 

6. STOCK UP FOR MINOR EMERGENCIES

This isn’t going to happen at every party, but every once in a while you will run into a little emergency. 

Maybe someone cuts themself on a knife when helping you cut crudites. Or they are getting really itchy eyes while dining al fresco and need a Benadryl. Or have the time of the month occurring a bit earlier than expected, and are out of a certain product.

It’s great to have a little emergency kit handy for such situations. Stocked with bandaids, athletic tape, Tylenol and ibuprofen, it’s a nice litttle kit for taking care of any minor emergencies that come your way. 

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