4 Restaurant Decorating Ideas for the Holiday Season

/ Foodservice Tips, Restaurant Tips / December 2

Holiday Table Setting-3 Restaurant Decorating Ideas for the Holiday Season

Holiday decorations help create a warm and inviting atmosphere. So why not bring that feeling to your restaurant? Aside from holiday promotions and events, customers love dining out at places that invoke plenty of cheer. There are many ways to make a space stand out during the holidays. That’s why it can be tricky to pin down the right décor and style for a restaurant. But we’re here to help! Below are themes to spark some restaurant decorating ideas for the holiday season.

Keep with Tradition

When we say traditional, think of the classic colors and decorations that are associated with the season. The standard red and green colors can work for a multitude of settings, and truly evoke the spirit of the holidays.

Traditional red and gold ornaments-Restaurant Decorating Ideas for the Holiday Season

Start by stringing up multi-color lights in places like on the ceiling, or wrapping them around poles and countertops with some green garland. Once those are up, accentuate your tabletops with festive centerpieces and place settings.

To truly capture the traditional feeling, a tree is a must. How you decorate it is your choice, but just make sure to keep it consistent. For an elegant touch, think about combining red and gold ornaments with white lights and gold ribbon. You could even add in some red poinsettia clips for an extra pop. If you’d rather do something more whimsical, adorn your tree with ornaments featuring Santa, snowmen, reindeer and other fun Christmas characters.

Make it Modern 

For new-age restaurants or urban gastro pubs, a contemporary theme might be the way to go. What do we mean by “contemporary”? Think of a style that is minimal and clean. Think art deco or mid-century modern for this theme.

Modern metallic Christmas orbs-Restaurant Decorating Ideas for the Holiday Season

To capture this vibe, try hanging metallic orbs or globe lights from the ceiling. For centerpieces, add simple yet festive figurines. This could include everything from crystal reindeer to metal Christmas trees.

Also, a modern palette normally encompasses black, white, silver, royal purple or blue tones. Consider sticking with one or two colors. For instance, if you choose a white frosted tree, adorn the rest of your space with similarly frosted-style wreaths, tinsel and white lights.

Rugged & Rustic

Whether you take inspiration from a converted farmhouse or a countryside lodge, a restaurant with a rustic atmosphere typically invokes a warm, charming feeling. Different holiday décor can complement that sensation beautifully.

Burlap ribbon and ornaments on a Christmas tree-Restaurant Decorating Ideas for the Holiday Season

While decorating, think simple and natural: for instance, hang up wreathes and garland that feature accents like cedar, pine cones, buffalo plaid and faux berries.

Another decorative piece that goes a long way is burlap. You can use it as ribbon in lieu of garland, tinsel on a tree or to wrap around countertops or beams. Burlap ribbons also come in a wide variety of colors; traditional tan or brown burlap helps accentuate wood planks common in a rustic setting, while red or green options help add a pop of festive color to your space.

Winter Wonderland

If you’re looking for a decoration theme that’s not only season-appropriate but also non-denominational, a clean and crisp winter motif is the perfect option. Transforming your dining area into a winter wonderland makes for a whimsical experience that’s sure to be a delight.

Winter Table Setting-4 Restaurant Decorating Ideas for the Holiday Season

Evoke a snowy landscape by using cotton batting to represent freshly fallen snow, and incorporate snowflakes and icicle lights for added sparkle. If you wish, you can go with a winter woods vibe and use cut birch tree branches as candle holders, along with wintertime creatures like deer and cardinals.

For your color scheme, choose from white, silver, ivory, tan, gold, grey and gunmetal. While this color palette may seem quite neutral, you can jazz it up with eye-catching centerpieces like lanterns, snow-covered pine trees, bells and, of course, snowflakes.

Whatever theme suits your place best, remember to take plenty of pictures and post them to your restaurant’s social media channels.  Holiday-inspired pictures and menu items can tie into different promotions you post throughout the season as well.

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