All the gifts are bought and wrapped and now it’s time to think about Christmas dinner, (unfortunately, not eating it just yet, just a few more weeks to go). After deciding where we are purchasing the turkey, getting the vegetables and the rest of the trimmings, the final touch is how are we going to dress the dining table? Considering we spend a large amount of time around the dining table on Christmas day, it’s important that the table looks stylish and wonderfully festive. Here are some ideas on how to do so:
Add Magic and Sparkle
Everyone’s Christmas needs a hint of magic and sparkle, there are a number of ways you can do this, including: adding a sequined table runner across your table, adding tea lights in small candle holders or running fairy lights through the centre of your table. Try to avoid cluttering your table, as you need enough room to fit your tableware. Choose a colour theme to make the table look elegant and sophisticated.
Create a Centre Piece
A centrepiece can really make the table come alive and it doesn’t need to come in a frilly, fussy package. Simple can sometimes be more effective. Why not try creating a colourful centrepiece by filling an embellished bowl with an assortment of brightly coloured baubles and ornaments. You could place the bowl on a cake stand to give it height and cover the extra space with evergreens and holly, then add a glass bell jar over it to keep it in place.
Personalised Christmas Crackers
What’s Christmas dinner without pulling a cracker before you begin the meal? Instead of giving your guests supermarket Christmas crackers that contain boring, pointless gifts that you will end up throwing away at the end of the meal, make your own and add in something that you know they will love, such as their favourite chocolates or a memorable old photograph. It will start the Christmas meal off with a bang (no pun intended)! Follow this guide on how to make your own, if you don’t have the right materials you can simply buy your art supplies online at Artifolk. You could even get the kids to help you make them.
Simple place settings
As the runner, crackers, and other decorations will already be making the table look busy, keep the place setting simple and minimalistic. Why not use white plates, with a napkin on top with a simple napkin ring embellishment. It will complement perfectly with the contemporary theme you have created.
Name cards are another personal touch you can add to your table (whilst avoiding family arguments on where people want to sit). You can be extra creative this one; why not try gluing three candy sticks together to create an upright holder. Simply glue two together facing towards you so that it creates the perfect curve for you to place the name card and then glue the third on the back in the centre to act as the stand.
For employees who cook in a restaurant kitchen or work in the dining room waiting tables, wearing an apron is often a uniform requirement. While they serve the purpose of preventing grease or coffee spills from soiling work uniform pants and shirts, aprons are also a handy attachment to tote customer needs.
For a waiter or waitress, who usually wear just a half apron that wraps around their waists, it’s important that the frock contain several accessible pocket compartments in which to carry necessities for the job. Not only is this convenient for the time-pressed server, but it will also impress a dine-in customer when the item needed is right at the finger tips of their attendant.
Items which should be carried by a waiter in their apron should include an ordering tablet, two or three pens, straws and matches. If feasible, extra condiments should also be allowed for as part of the supply load, like catsup bottles or packets and creamer and butter samplers. But be sure to protect liquid products from creating a mess within the apron this happens to even the best of servers! Sometimes, in the rush to fill a demanding customer’s coffee cup, leaning up against the counter or dining table causes a juicy explosion. It is best to keep those types of additives in a side pocket where they are safer.
Yet another issue that accompanies server aprons is the attached adjustable ties that are supposed to be secured on the back side of the waiter. As people come in all shapes and sizes, fastening these strings can be a side-show all in itself. Larger waisted people may have a difficult time tying a bow where the two ends meet because there simply is not enough material. Thinner servers may have to wrap the ties around two or three times before accomplishing a bow to secure the apron. A possible solution would be for management to purchase aprons which will accommodate any shape or size or server to allow for a more uniformed appearance of their staff.
Color choices for restaurant cook aprons usually aren’t that significant. The full cover aprons of the dishwashers, fry cooks and salad makers are rarely seen by the dining public. That is probably a good thing; chances are those hard-working employees in the back are wearing everything from sauces to sautés! Choosing a shade for the waitresses, waiters, hostesses and bus boy’s aprons is a bit more unrestricted and allows for a creative presentation which compliments the décor of the restaurant dining room or color scheme of the table cloths and furniture.
Lastly, when choosing aprons for restaurant employees, select material that can easily be washed and sanitized and does not require too much effort for stain removal. Although employees are hard working and dependable, they also have lives outside of the restaurant that may restrict time for uniform upkeep. If possible, provide at least two aprons to each server or cook.