Decorating your banquet venue for Christmas has many advantages other than getting you in the spirit of the holiday. When showing your banquet hall to potential clients, festive decor may lead them to see the natural beauty in the room and the architectural design, or bring new life to an otherwise anticlimactic showing. Many banquet rooms are decorated in a neutral tone and furnishings to allow clients to use any theme for their event without adapting to the existing colours. Spice them up with a few strategically-placed Christmas decorations for a spirited look.
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Three glass or modern-looking single candle holders in descending sizes can accent a banquet table in the spirit of Christmas. Adorn the candle holders with holly berry vines or blue beaded garland in winter colours. Use white and baby blue candles, or use electronic flameless candles for safety if there will be children in attendance.
Small Christmas tree centrepieces embellished with miniature ornaments and small empty boxes wrapped as presents can be a festive touch as a centrepiece, or use locally grown poinsettia flowers in a decorative pot.
Arrange for a live or faux Christmas tree adorned with hundreds of white twinkle lights and cascading ribbon accents. Decorate the tree with shiny blue and white bulbs or use a more Christmas-themed ornament scheme with red, green and silver ornaments. Arrange shiny paper-wrapped presents under the tree with enlarged wire-ribbon bows.
If you decide not to use a Christmas tree, wrap empty appliance boxes of varying sizes with festive paper and decorate with oversized gift tags displaying "to" various names and "from" Santa Claus. Stack the boxes in a decorative manner and use spray adhesive to keep them together and avoid having them topple over.
Embellish Your Mantle
If your banquet room has a fireplace or wall mantle, don't disregard the decor opportunity. Swags of fresh or pinelike garland with bows of red felt are a common mantle accent. Use candelabras with red, green and silver candles to adorn the mantle or hang sequinned Christmas stockings with modern or traditional stocking hangers to avoid nailing into the mantle. Place a plate of faux cookies and milk from a craft or costume store on the mantle with a sign that says "For Santa."
Banquet rooms can also decorate the walls by hanging lightweight wreaths over wall sconces or hooks in place of existing art pieces.
Tips and Warnings
Use caution and sensitivity when decorating with religious-affiliated Christmas decorations. Despite its religious origin, Christmas has become a secular holiday for many people, some of whom may be offended by a religious decor or find it inappropriate. Inspect electric decorations for functioning wiring and plugs to avoid a fire hazard. If the banquet room is relatively small, use your discretion as to how much is too much. Don't overcrowd a small space with holiday decorations but use them as accents.
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