Audrey Hepburn Powder Room The Salonniere

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.

Potty talk can sometimes be more treacherous at a party than political talk, but we need to go there, especially since prepping a bathroom for a party can be an often-overlooked detail. Pour yourself a Lipstick Cocktail, and join us as we list our ten tips for getting a powder room party-ready.

Make it “Scent-sational”

Add fragrance, but skip the sprays. Instead, choose a fragrant and beautiful candle that adds to the visual atmosphere. Any of these will create a lovely focal point.

Hit the Right (Floral) Notes 

Bring your powder room to life with a vase of beautiful fresh flowers. Keep the arrangement simple and elegant, but choose a color that communicates your party theme. Hosting an Independence Day party? Place a spray of red garden roses, white freesia, greenery, and all-American strawberries in your powder room for a festive touch.

Be Ready for Their Close-Up

In addition to making guests feel welcome, one of the most important jobs of a party host is to make them feel gorgeous. A great way to do that is with flattering party lighting. In the powder room, that means soft lighting so guests can head back into your soirée feeling their best.

A Good Lock is Key

Make sure the lock on the powder room door works, even if someone on the other side gives it a forceful tug. You want your guests to feel confident that their privacy is ensured once they’ve pressed the button, slid the latch, or turned the dial.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

While we don’t want to think our guests might be peeking in our medicine cabinets, our research reveals that quite a few may. Given that reality, it’s best to move anything too personal to a private area, like your bedroom. If your guest bath has a shower, check the shelves in there as well.

Get Pumped

When entertaining, small, single-use soaps or a pump soap in a beautiful glass container will always be the best-looking and most hygienic option. If you’re having both male and female guests, choose a fragrance that will appeal to everyone. Those with herbal or citrusy notes rather than floral work best. Make sure there is enough soap in the bottle to accommodate your guests, but give a new bottle a few pumps before the party starts to give it a “lived-in” look.

Don’t Dampen the Mood

Linen guest towels like these, that are embroidered with a monogram or a design that communicates your party theme, are always pretty at a party, but opt for a collection of them so each guest will have a dry towel to use. When hosting a large number of guests, design-your-own towels in linen-like paper, may be the most convenient option. For the used towels, add a pretty wastebasket, like this stylish shagreen one, this solid teak version, or this beautiful amber onyx one.

Garnish your Powder Room

Borrow a tip from the world’s best hotel bathrooms and offer your powder-room visitors a variety of toiletries, such as lotion, Advil, small tissue packets, safety pins, hair spray, feminine hygiene products, and packs of Tic-Tacs or individually wrapped breath mints. Place them in a pretty box or on a tray on a shelf or under the sink, and be sure to stock some extra rolls of toilet paper under the sink as well.

Take the Plunge

Nothing kills the vibe of a great party more than word that the toilet is stopped up. Of all the items you put out for a party, a plunger will be the least attractive, but it may turn out to be one of the most important. Buy the most attractive one you can find (here‘s a discreet one that we like) and place it an inconspicuous but accessible spot.


Be sure to check your powder room throughout the night to make sure it’s clean, all is in working order, there are enough fresh guest towels, and the wastebasket doesn’t need to be emptied. If you’re having your party catered, you can ask your wait staff to do these tasks.

A final note: preparing your powder room for a party also means prepping your master bath. Inevitably, guests will find their way there when the powder room is occupied. You don’t need to go the same lengths—flowers and a candle aren’t necessary—but you will want to make it snoop-proof and stock it with fresh hand soap, clean towels, and a full roll of toilet paper.

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How to Prep Your Powder Room for a Party

Welcome Photo and Quote Mashup

Welcome photo: Audrey Hepburn
Welcome quote: Dorothy Parker

Photos: Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful