Today, we want to touch base on prepping your guest bath for entertaining. Should you be hosting Thanksgiving dinner later this week, this is not a post to be missed! Readying a guest bath is almost as important as setting your table (if you’re in search of advice on this subject, may we suggest taking a peek at our Thanksgiving Guide?). Inevitably, the bathroom is a space in your home that your guests will visit at least once during a party. You want to be sure it’s equally as inviting as your living area.

2. It’s important to have a small candle burning to maintain a, how do we say, pleasant smell. Diptyque’s Mini Candles are both inexpensive and lovely. Their Oranger scent is sure to be a hit among your guests, as well.

3. We can’t stress enough the importance of having nice soap on the sink. It ensures that guests actually wash their hands! Savon de Marseille Hand Soap, sold at Anthropologie, smells as good as it looks.

4. Pretty hand towels (we prefer the monogrammed variety) are also a nice touch to a bath. They’re a bit of an investment, but are a statement piece you’re sure to have for a lifetime.

5. We like having a few beautiful books on display. Not that we want our guests hanging in the bathroom reading, but books are an easy and inexpensive way to make the space feel welcoming. Additionally, Sara Midda’s South of France: A Sketchbook is a piece decor in itself!

6. Have a decent wastebasket. We think Urban Outfitter’s York Trash Bucket is a nice alternative to the run-of-the-mill plastic version you might find in a restaurant.

7. Last but not least, arranging trinkets, books and soaps on a pretty tray instantly adds style to a less-than-stellar bath. Trust, would we ever leave you astray?

There you have it. 7 must haves for the perfect guest bath. But before we let you escape to the nearest homegoods and stock up on all things bathroom fab, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite spaces for you to devour. Quirky, sweet and entirely lovely, these little gems will have you itching to infuse a little gorg into that tiny room that all too often gets overlooked. And just in time for the holidays!

Following these tried-and-true tips, your bath will be more than ready to take on the Holidays. That being said, stay tuned for more Thanksgiving goodness later this afternoon! We can’t wait to show you what we have in store.

1. A petite bathroom with bold wallpaper | 2. Traditional bath with amazing shelves of candles | 3. Posh powder room | 4. Ocean blue washroom and statement nautical art | 5. Bath designed by Marianne Cotterill | 6. Kate Spade’s famous Manhattan guest bath