Simple Ways To Add Holiday Flair To Your Restaurant’s Food

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to gift your customers with a few seasonal menu items.

With just a few touches here and there, you can capture your customers’ holiday enthusiasm and add some seasonal flair to your standard fare.

Here are a few suggestions:

Jolly Drinks and Festive Desserts

From steamy, creamy beverages to sparkling holiday cocktails to decadent desserts, give your customers and excuse to indulge and celebrate.


  • Fa-la-la-la-lattes. Jazz up your coffee and blended chai teas with the seasonal spices and flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, praline, peppermint mocha, and gingerbread.
  • Hot cocoa creations. Add one or two holiday-inspired (non-caffeinated) hot drinks such as smores hot chocolate with toasted coconut, white chocolate eggnog latte, hot chocolate ice cream float, or candy cane cocoa.
  • Decorative Presentation. Accessorize with festive flourishes like colorful edible glitter, candy canes, gingerbread men, frosted cranberries, holiday stirrers, and some holiday latte foam art.
  • Holiday cheer. Help your customers make a toast in holiday style with colorful martinis, hot buttered rum, holiday punch, mulled wine, spiced hard ciders, and other festive drinks.


  • Creative Endings. Get inspired with red velvet and snow-white icing, peppermint cheesecake, or gingersnap brownies. Even a simple chocolate chip cookie can be made festive with a little green food coloring and red M&Ms.
  • Traditional sweets. Feature one or two cultural desserts on your menu such as Rugelach, Panettone, flaming Christmas Pudding, or German stolen.

Seasonal Produce

Using produce that’s in season is a great way work in variety without having to totally recreate dishes. Here are just a couple of ideas:

  • Pomegranates. Make a colorful holiday slaw with apples and pomegranates. Add pomegranate seeds to salads, bruschetta, and roasted or grilled meats.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries’ deep red color, tart taste and versatility make them a perfect to add a little holiday flair in many dishes. Add them to relishes, blend them for sandwich spreads, mix them in rice, and shop them salads. For a colorful side, pair them with green beans or sweet potatoes.

Family Heirloom Recipes

Everyone has a beloved family holiday dish. Try re-creating some of your staff’s favorites to share traditions with your customers and create some unique signature holiday fare.

  • Survey your staff. Pick a couple of dishes that are special. If they can’t get the actual recipe, have your kitchen get as close as possible.
  • Tell the story. Create a short narrative about the dish. Explain any cultural significance, and whose favorite recipe it is. (For example, “Our server Barbie’s cheddar and potato perogies, part of her traditional Slovak Christmas Eve family dinners”).  
  • Take a picture. Snap a pic of the dish with the staff member and create a special insert for your menu. Also, use the same content for social media posts to create a buzz and help your customers make a connection with your staff.

Get inspired by the colors and tastes of the season and you’ll create a little holiday magic for your customers.

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