Preparing a Restaurant for the Holidays: From Set Menus to Table Linen Hire
Preparing for Christmas can be daunting, so here are some tips from South West Laundry, your leading table linen hire company in Devon & Cornwall.
The festive season is fast approaching, and it's time to start gearing up to prepare for it! With the holiday season comes a lot of excesses. There is plenty of food, plenty of presents and plenty of celebration to be had. This makes it the perfect time for your restaurant to make some extra money and become a festive haven for the holidays
But where to start? There are so many choices to pick from, ranging from the aesthetic to elements such as the menu. Luckily South West Laundry has put together this helpful guide to preparing your restaurant for the holidays.
Read on to find out festive tips for your restaurant!
One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is to bring some decorations into your restaurant space. There are plenty of styles and aesthetics to choose from, so here are just a few suggestions.
First off you can start classic, with just a simple Christmas tree adorned with some decorations. We recommend putting it somewhere near the front of the venue, so passersby can see you get into the Christmas spirit and might feel inclined to come in. Sometimes simplicity is best, especially if you don’t have much extra space to put a ton of Christmas decorations.
Another idea is to make a glittery wonderland. Sparkling tinsel, lights and sequins can really transform a space into a Christmas wonderland. We recommend going with red, green, silver and gold as these are the classic Christmas colours! Make sure you use every inch of space, as tinsel and lights can easily hang high above the restaurant floor.
However, you might want to go with decorations that fit your restaurant’s aesthetic and vibe more closely rather than just going with a simple Christmas. We recommend isolating 1 or 2 prominent colours in your restaurant and going with these as the basis. Christmas is such a booming industry that you can literally find decorations to fit any mood and theme you want!
Still stumped on what to include, here’s a (massive but still not exhaustive) list to get you started:
- Christmas tree
- Present boxes
- Scented candles
- The Nativity
- Santa, elves and reindeer-themed decorations
- Paper chains
- Candy canes
- Gingerbread men
- Arts and craft pieces
- Inflatable objects
Restaurant Linen Hire & Commercial Laundry Services
The festive season is always an incredibly busy time for businesses, with people out and about a lot more to celebrate and revel. This means most restaurants will probably be dealing with an uptake in business. And with this, you need to keep on top of your restaurant linen.
A linen hire and laundry service company, such as the team here at South West Laundry, is a great choice for linen hire all year round and especially during the Christmas period. Linen hire will allow you to get the exact amount of products you need, at the times you need it. Then you simply return the linen to be laundered and receive new sets!
Linen hire is perfect for the festive season when you might need more linen than at other times of the year. Flexible packages from South West Laundry can adapt to seasonal changes, providing you with linen when you need it at the required amounts.
Leading on from the decorations, another great way to reflect the festive season in your restaurant is through your linen. You could go with fun colours such as green and red to bring in that Christmas vibe. Here at South West Laundry, we’re proud of our exceptional black table linen. While this is not a traditional Christmas colour, pairing it with gold and silver elements can create a classy feel for the festive period - perfect for fancy Christmas parties or New Year celebrations.
Apart from black, we have high-quality white table linen with a satin band, as well as a variety of napkins including a stunning medrite grey version.
A great way to bring the festive season to your restaurant is through the use of brand-new menus. It is a time to be eating out, with everything from Christmas parties to reconnecting with friends driving people to restaurants. And having a special menu can truly matter when it comes to making a booking.
Firstly you can offer seasonal favourites to go along your original menu, adding festive ingredients like cranberry, turkey, and cinnamon to already existing dishes to rebrand. Secondly, a big Christmas money maker is Christmas dinners. Businesses, families and more will want to head out and celebrate.
So offer festive menus to bring in business. This could insist of more classic Christmas dishes, like a traditional Christmas dinner, or dishes that reflect your restaurant’s current offering. A great way to do this is to offer a deal on them, such as 2 or 3 dishes for a certain price, or a free bottle of prosecco for a booking of more than six people.
At Christmas, you must work on your inventory to prepare you for the increased demand of the holiday season. Keeping stock levels at the same level as the rest of the year simply will not work, as this will probably end up with you running out of food and drink on a night, which can seem unprofessional and disappoint your customers, potentially preventing a return visit.
If you have been open a while, compare stock orders with past years to see the levels you might need. Non-perishable items like alcohol are alright to buy in bulk quantities, as even if you don’t use it, it can carry on into the new year.
Perishable items such as food are a bit more tricky to get right, as you don’t want to buy too much food and have to end up throwing things away. Think carefully about how many bookings you have on specific days, and how many walk-in tables you will be taking.
Also carefully monitor the popularity of dishes. This might mean you need to adjust stock levels throughout the month to order in less of unpopular ingredients but more of your best sellers to prevent them from running out.
As it is a busy period, you need to think carefully about your staffing. First of all, your current staff will probably be wanting some holiday time, so you need to think carefully about the schedule. We suggest asking staff to put in holiday requests with plenty of notice, so you can easily plan a schedule whereas many people are as happy as possible.
You also might want to consider hiring extra staff for the festive period. This could be more front-of-house staff to serve people, or additional hands in the kitchen to prepare food faster. Many people look for temporary jobs during Christmas, especially students and other young people looking to supplement their income with a few shifts a week.
Temporary staff is great as they typically require minimal training depending on the tasks you want them to accomplish. You don’t have to train them as extensively as your more permanent staff, so they will be able to accomplish the task at hand and leave your more senior staff to perform more complicated jobs.
Support Your Community
A great way to get in the holiday spirit is to support the local community. Christmas is all about bringing people together, and what better way to do that than to open your doors to the local area? You could volunteer to host events at your restaurant, perhaps catering as well so they have a chance to sample your offerings.
You could also host an exclusive evening for those in the local postcode. This is a great opportunity to see more of the businesses that are around you, as well as the residents that you might see day to day but never get the chance to interact with.
Table Linen Hire For The Holidays From South West Laundry
If you’re looking to get prepped for the festive season, trust in South West Laundry. We provide our customers in the hospitality industry with high-quality linen hire and laundry services across Devon and Cornwall.
This includes restaurant table linen, as well as items for hotels and kitchens, so you can get a complete range of linen if you’re a business owner with all three to consider! We have been working to provide our services for over 25 years, and in this time have developed a stellar reputation for reliability and exceptional standards of service.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you and your restaurant this festive season, get in touch today.