As a hotelier, it’s important that the warm and welcoming atmosphere during the festive season is reflected in your interior design. Not only can this give your establishment a Christmas feel, but it’s also a great way to attract potential visitors over the colder months.
Hosting a Christmas meal is an excellent means of creating an additional revenue stream, however, it’s not only the food that customers look forward to. The lighting, decor and surroundings are all part of what makes a Christmas day meal so special for visitors, so it’s crucial to get it right first time.
To help you do just that, we’ve analysed the latest interior design trends to help you create a memorable experience for your guests.
1. Rustic Wreaths
Rustic and homegrown is the frontrunning theme for Christmas this year, as it helps to create a warm and cosy atmosphere with ease. If you’re looking to bring this theme into your restaurant, opt for a rustic wreath teething with pinecones and twigs for an on-trend look.
2. Festive Florals
Adding flowers to your restaurant tables is an excellent way to draw attention and ‘wow’ your guests. You can opt for a lavish bouquet as a centrepiece, or you can place individual flowers at each guest’s seat for a toned-down decoration.
We recommend opting for classic Christmas colours like red and white, in flowers that require little maintenance, for example white baby’s breath flowers and red roses.
3. Personalised Christmas Cards
Adding personalised Christmas cards to the table is an excellent way to add a personal touch to your service and give your guests a memorable experience.
4. Arts and Crafts
To keep children entertained, opt for easy arts and crafts that can be placed on the dinner table. These can keep children busy between courses, whilst giving adults time to unwind and talk.
5. Cocktails and Mocktails
Cocktails that reflect classic Christmas flavours, such as a pomegranate rosemary spritzer, is a great way to get the conversation flowing. Of course, it’s important to provide non-alcoholic alternatives for non-drinkers, which presents opportunities to create unique mocktails that drinkers will be envious of.
Health-conscious consumers may not want to indulge in sweet and savoury treats, therefore, it’s essential to provide an alternative that suits alternative lifestyles. Of course, there are many fruits that you can provide that fit in with the festive theme, including pomegranates, blood oranges and berries.
7. Lush Foliage
Similarly to a rustic wreath, foliage and greenery can make your establishment feel more welcoming and homely. Opt for deep green faux foliage such as ivy and eucalyptus to give your dining room a snug feel.
8. Mood Lighting
Getting the ambience right is essential for a Christmas meal. If you’re a luxury establishment, sultry mood lighting is likely to be more attractive to your customers, whereas, light airy spaces are more suitable for family-oriented hotels.
9. Christmas Sweets
One of the best things about the festive season is being able to indulge in all of the sweet treats that emerge around this time of year. Providing a selection of Christmas cookies, nibbles and cupcakes can help your guests unwind and indulge that little bit more whilst they’re away.
Candles are an excellent option for those who want to create soft, ambient lighting around the dinner table. These can be decorated with wreaths, holly berries and more to help your table setting feel more Christmassy.
It’s also important to steer away from scented candles as the smell can be too overpowering for some, and this can take away from the dining experience.
This article was written by Dorothy Edgar on behalf of Excelsior Wholesale. Excelsior Wholesale provide faux flowers and foliage and interior design accessories to hotels, businesses and restaurants across the UK.