Public Washroom

Let’s talk Washrooms, or to some, bathrooms, toilets, restrooms… – Yes Really?! It seems like an odd thing to talk about but we all use them – especially during events! The first thing a great event planner should do is find out where the closest ones are in your event space – there is nothing worse then having a VIP come up and ask you where the washroom is and you have no clue or point them towards a storage closet.

I once worked with a brilliant and very detail-oriented client and she taught me about bathrooms. Every time we did a site inspection at a restaurant or unique venue we always had to look at the washrooms. Why you might ask? Well it was for two reasons: first the cleaniness of a washroom can reflect on the venue and second (the reason for my post) is that there is something you can do to make it better!

You are organizing a VIP dinner for your top clients or company holiday party and have thought of every detail from beautifully branded centerpieces, customized menus and table name cards – wouldn’t it be a nice and thoughtful touch to make their washroom experience memorable?

How do you ask? Why not order a few extra centerpieces (in a smaller version) to put a little colour in a sparse washroom? Put together simple, inexpensive washroom amenity baskets with items you just know your guests could use, such as bobby pins, a mini can of hairspray, mints or mouth wash with disposable cups, band-aids (because you know those high heels can hurt), feminine products (I can’t tell you how many times as an event planner I’ve had to run to the drug store for a guest), disposable combs, Tums, hand cream, Tide stick, mini lint roller, you get the picture.

Just be wary of putting anything in the baskets such as Tylenol or a pain reliever because you really aren’t a pharmacist and shouldn’t be handing this out. One last idea is wrapping a Kleenex box in your corporate colours, you can’t go wrong with too much branding!

This small, relatively inexpensive detail will make a big impression and make you look like a star!

Next time, lets talk about what you should always bring on-site!

Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly Rohachuk

Over my career I've had the honor of working on some major events, including the World AIDS Conference in Vancouver, G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid delegation to Prague. I’ve also worked with a number of corporate clients all over the world delivering hundreds of events for groups ranging from 50 to 1,500 people.

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