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The holidays are fast approaching and with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day all back-to-back you may be asking, "When is the right time to change out your decorations? How early can you start decorating? And how do you keep your space from looking drab after the holidays are over?"

Instead of waiting until the day before to find some festive decorations amidst the picked over options, make sure you've got all the important holidays marked in your calendar so you can ring in the New Year in style or properly celebrate moms. In this article, we're taking the guesswork out of your decorating schedule for every holiday so your restaurant can be festive year-round.

When Should I Buy Decorations?

Christmas Decor

Don't wait until the last minute to get your decorations. Depending on if you have storage space for decor items, you may want to buy all your decor at once, so you don't have to compete with other businesses during the busy times of buying decorations. And you'll want your restaurant to look different. There's a tendency for all businesses to start to look the same because everyone went to buy supplies at the same time.

What Decorating Schedule Should I Have?

Easter Decor

Hopefully, you already know some of the major holidays, but in case you forgot to put one on your decorating schedule, here is our master list of holidays you can't afford to miss. And as an added bonus, if you decorate for each of these holidays you will have a decorating idea for each month of the year! The dates listed here are when the actual holiday occurs, not when you should start decorating. Check out the next section for how far in advance you should decorate.

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Super Bowl (first Sunday in February)
  • Valentine's Day (February 14)
  • St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday (March)
  • First Day of Spring (March 19-21)
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • First Day of Summer (June 20-22)
  • Father's Day (third Sunday in June)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Back-to-School (August)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • First Day of Fall (September 22-23)
  • Halloween (October 31)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

You will also want to consider any local holidays your town observes or ones that your customers celebrate. Be sure to mark those down on your schedule and plan out some special decorations for that time.

When is a Good Rule of Thumb for When I Should Change Out My Decorations?

Fall Decor

You've probably heard some people have hard rules on when you can and can't put up certain decorations, especially around Christmas decorations! And if you decorate too late for Thanksgiving it may only get a week or two of decorations because it's scrunched between Halloween and Christmas.

So, when do you start decorating for Thanksgiving? Our rule of thumb is that you should decorate no earlier than the day after the holiday that preceded it or about three weeks before the holiday you are decorating for. In the case of Thanksgiving, you should put up decorations between November 1st and November 7th. But don't wait until you are ready to decorate to get your supplies! If you wait until a few weeks before the holiday you could have limited options for your restaurant holiday decorations.

How should I decorate for the seasons?

Christmas should have candy canes, elves, Santa, and snowmen. Most people know how to decorate for Christmas, but how should you decorate seasonally when there isn't a major holiday theme?

In the spring, consider using bright colors, flowers, plants, fake lemons or other fruit. Whereas in the summer you can use watermelons, shells, umbrellas, travel-themed decor, and of course don't forget about graduations! In the fall, focus on leaves, pumpkins, dried wheat, and back-to-school decor like books, pencils, and even flash cards.

Remember, decor can help celebrate special holidays and liven up the atmosphere for your customers, but to do it well takes a little bit of planning to be sure your restaurant has the supplies to be ready for every season.

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