(Closed) Reception bathroom baskets – what should I include?!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1009 posts
Bumble bee

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iscnrr1331 :  So this might be over the top, but I’ve been to two weddings (one black tie, one barn) where they included really cheap flip flops. It was basically the most amazing thing ever, and every single woman who wore heals at the weddings took a pair to wear. 

Also, hair ties! 

Post # 3
9581 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

The things that I have used and really appreciated: bobby pins, hair ties, spray deoderant, translucent powder.

Post # 4
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Aside from the mints, my bathroom baskets were mostly untouched.

The following items were included, purchased from the Dollar Tree where everything was $1:

Aspirin (Individual packages)
Tums (Individual packages)
Manicure kit
Safety pins
Sewing kit
Cough drops 
Lifesavers mints
Makeup wipes
Bobby pins
Hair ties
Mouth wash poured into an olive oil cruet with small dixie cups

Post # 5
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The things I’ve used are hair spray, mints, tums, and aspirin.  I know my mom likes when there is clear nail polish for runs in nylons.

Post # 6
4229 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Mints, hair spray, bobby pins, antacids, pain killers, body wipes (for *ahem* body odor issues), Tide-to-Go pen, moisturizer.

Post # 8
2702 posts
Sugar bee

How about bandaids (especially the ones designed specifically for blisters)? 

Neosporin (torn blister, etc) 

clear nail polish for runs in stockings

nail glue 

little packs of Kleenex (the purse/pocket size ones)


Post # 9
1149 posts
Bumble bee

Not for any parties particularly, but I really like it when bathrooms offer fresh wet wipes, proper handwash and cream, disposable combs and hair ties. Instead of sewing kits, I think those stain removing pens might be more useful if your menu has colored foods like pasta. I doubt someone’s going to bother spending 10-20 minutes to sew something in the bathroom. Drugstore stuff such as eyelash glue, disposable make-up powders or oil blotting paper are some things I wished I had at a few parties I went to.

Post # 10
481 posts
Helper bee

At  my bridal shower, my friend, who got married a few months before, gave me her ’emergency baskets’ as a gift with a few extras thrown in!

  • feminine products
  • deodorant (which I needed–forgot mine!)
  • hair spray
  • bobby pins
  • aspirin
  • one-time-use toothbrushes
  • hair ties
  • tums
  • mints
  • eye drops
  • mouth wash
  • needle, thread, and buttons
  • mint gum
  • bleach pen
  • nail files & clippers
  • tweezers
  • safety pins

These were VERY useful while we were getting ready, too! The men had a similar one. 
I’d say a sewing kit in the ladies’ room at least would be very useful. One bridesmaid had the button fall off her dress before the wedding and didn’t even notice it. We also had to make a few stitches on my dress. This kit doesn’t have to be just for the guests at the reception. It may end up having things YOU need too! 🙂

Post # 11
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016


Post # 12
8757 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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iscnrr1331 :  most of my baskets were untouched. The things that were used were hairspray, spray deodorant, bobby pins, safety pins, floss, and tampons. Everything else I brought home and used for us so if you do go overboard make sure you buy brands you like! 

Post # 13
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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mishybear :  YESSS lol


The only thing I can think of that hasn’t already been mentioned would be those little floss sticks, and maybe an info sheet with taxi services/uber or lyft info/some sort of reminder of “if you need to go home, here’s a way to do so safely” or something like that.

Post # 14
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

For the mens room, we had the individually wrapped floss picks, spray deodorant, tums, Tylenol, hand sanitizer, and safety pins.  Ladies room had all of that, as well as hairspray, hair elastics, bobby pins, nail files, clear nail polish, a handful of feminine hygine products, and I put a nice smelling hand wash/lotion pair in there. I also planned on putting a tide pen in each and a mini sewing kit, but I forgot the sewing kits at home, and tide pens I couldn’t find the week leading up to the wedding, it’s like my city was out.

We brought a lot of it home, but I had more than one person (including a guy who I was surprised noticed!) mention to me how nice it was to have it all there, and a couple people told me they had never seen someone do that before!

Post # 15
2702 posts
Sugar bee

You can also save the ‘leftover’ bits from the reception bathroom basket to have on hand in your guest bedroom or guest bathroom (if you have one.)  We keep a bunch trial/travel size toiletries and single-use items on hand in the guest bedroom/bath.  Useful for when a houseguest forgets to pack a toiletry, needs a sudafed/aspirin, or when you have an expected overnight guest (ie, a friend drank too much) so they can brush their teeth and shower in the morning. 

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