Packaging Tips

Navigating the Holiday Season in the Restaurant Industry


As the holiday season fast approaches, restaurants are presented with the opportunity to flourish and create memorable experiences for their patrons. The team at Sunshine Supply, your proactive partners, have several tips to ensure your restaurant rises to the occasion of the festive season’s demands.

Five Essential Holiday Prep Tips for Restaurants

From decking the halls with boughs of holly to stocking up on essential supplies, the holiday season calls for meticulous planning and execution. Whether it’s creating an ambiance with festive décor, gearing up for the surge in takeout orders, or managing inventory to cater to the holiday crowds, each aspect demands attention. In short, restaurant holiday preparations come with challenges, but they can be turned into opportunities for delighting your holiday dining guests.

The Art of Holiday Decorating

Creating a holiday-themed environment is crucial in attracting and retaining customers who seek a festive dining environment:

  • Thematic Consistency: Carefully select a holiday theme that resonates with your brand. Whether it’s an elegant, white-Christmas theme or a vibrant, festive-color scheme, make sure it aligns with your restaurant’s personality.
  • Involvement and Interaction: Engage your customers by involving them in decoration activities. Consider a “decorate-your-table” night or allow customers to contribute to a community holiday mural. This interaction not only enhances the festive spirit but also fosters a sense of community and belonging.

Stocking Up for the Season

The holidays bring a significant uptick in customer volume, making inventory management a top priority:

  • Detailed Inventory Analysis: Conduct a thorough review of your current inventory. Predict the demand for popular items and ensure you have a surplus to avoid shortages.
  • Partnership with Suppliers: Collaborate closely with suppliers like Sunshine Supply to secure timely and adequate supplies of necessary items, especially high-quality plastic containers to accommodate any surges of takeaway and delivery orders.

Managing the Takeout and Delivery Surge

The convenience of takeout becomes even more appealing during the holidays, making the following essential for managing any influx:

  • Efficient Ordering Systems: Ensure your online ordering system is streamlined and capable of handling increased holiday traffic. Consider implementing features like scheduled ordering or holiday specials.
  • High-Quality Packaging: Invest in top-notch packaging to avoid disappointing customers with cold food, or worse, leaks and spills. Sunshine Supply containers are not only aesthetically pleasing but also feature micro-hole ventilation and patented four-corner locks, making them perfect for takeout and delivery during tough winter months.

Navigating Vendor Deals and Promotions

The holiday season is ripe with opportunities for cost savings and special deals:

  • Strategic Purchasing: Look for holiday discounts and bulk-purchase deals from your vendors. Take advantage of Sunshine Supply’s holiday promotions to stock up on high-quality containers at competitive prices.
  • Leveraging Relationships: Use your long-standing vendor relationships to negotiate better prices or exclusive holiday deals, ensuring you get the best value for your purchases.

Fostering Community Spirit Through Charity

Embody the spirit of the season by engaging in local charity efforts:

  • Charitable Events and Drives: Organize events where a part of your revenue is donated to a local charity. Set up food drives or collaborate with local initiatives to strengthen your ties and contribute positively to the community.
  • Highlighting Efforts: Publicize your charitable activities through social media and in-house promotions. This not only raises awareness for the causes you support but also positively reinforces your restaurant’s community-focused brand image.

Your Holiday Partner: Sunshine Supply

The holiday season is undoubtedly a busy and difficult time for restaurants, but you can always rely on the team at Sunshine Supply for unparalleled support in all your packaging needs. Our extensive selection of containers, designed for functionality, aesthetic appeal, and sustainability, ensures that your takeout and delivery services are well equipped to handle the festive rush.

Contact us to explore our range and take advantage of our holiday promotions.