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However, for cafe, bar, and restaurant owners, the Christmas period includes more than decorating the tree. It’s the busiest time of the year! We’ve come up with a few tips to ensure you’re prepared for the upcoming festivities.
Keep your furniture looking its best
This first tip is pretty obvious, but making sure your furniture and your establishment is pristinely clean goes a long way to impressing customers, especially where food is concerned. Caring for your furniture, whether it is wooden, metal, plastic, or rattan also helps it last longer. Oiling wood tables slows down the absorption of any liquids which, in turn, helps to keep your tables cleaner for longer. Plastic furniture, on the other hand, can be cleaned with a damp cloth and an anti-bacterial spray.
Keep it tidy
It’s all well and good keeping your furniture clean, but you need to make sure that the surroundings are clean and tidy too. Not only does a good first impression keep customers happy but it’s more likely that they will return a second time.
Mopping or vacuuming your floors as well as keeping everywhere clean is expected throughout the year but with Christmas being your busiest period, it’s important not to let standards slip.
Be sure to remove any broken or unused furniture, too, to give a more presentable appearance and help save on some floor space.
Prepare for groups
With larger groups of people more likely to grace your venue at this time be prepared so that you have enough chairs to seat everyone. Stacking chairs are a great idea as these can be tucked away out of sight and brought into use at your busiest times.
Keep your decorations tasteful
Remember, less is more and changing things up slightly is better than full blown in your face decorations hung everywhere. Candles are great for creating a welcoming ambience and can be placed on tables in small lanterns and in sconces on the walls.
Ensure your floor plan is the best it can be to accommodate as many tables as possible without people feeling hemmed in, as well as there being room for any waiting staff to move between tables.
Your outdoor space
Make your outdoor space look as colourful and inviting as possible, again making sure your furniture is clean and the floor is swept and free from rubbish. You might want to string up some outdoor lights to twinkle when the sun goes down and give a more festive appearance.
Christmas is all about bringing people together so just make sure your cafe is clean and sparkling, you’ve laid on some Christmas specials, and a warm welcome is awaiting everyone.
From all of us at Cafe Furniture Melbourne, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.