Have you just moved to a new neighborhood that goes all out with Christmas decorations? How about a small business owner trying to spruce up your storefront around the holiday season? Whatever your reasoning, Holiday LEDs is here with some tips that can help you transform an area into a commercial-grade setting that offers a warm welcome to anyone passing by.
While we in the West are packing up our Christmas lights, people all over China are beginning to decorate for Chinese New Year. Among the many traditions of this important Confucian holiday is decorating with light—lanterns, candles, and holiday lights—creating a festive atmosphere on both large and small scales.
The origins of Valentine’s Day have always been shrouded in romantic mystery. Whether St. Valentine himself had any romance in his life or not, at the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as Saint Valentine’s Day, and a melding of Christian idealized love with pagan traditions and fertility rites led to some of the Valentine’s Day rituals we observe today. Two Valentine’s Day rituals that have remained constant since the Middle Ages are sending notes, and spending the day on romance.
While the greeting card industry gets a boon from the passing of notes, the restaurant industry is the recipient of much of the holiday’s action. Restaurateurs often experience a huge increase in traffic on that night, but making your restaurant stand out from among the many choices is still important. Making such a holiday a memorable success could mean not only big income for the night, but also many happy return customers. This Valentine’s Day is all about stepping up your game, and decorating for romance!
LED lights are a fun and unique way to decorate your restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Using a tasteful dose of red and white lights on the exterior and interior of your business will create an ambience your guests are sure to remember. White lights are a perennial classy look, and the reds create a soft glow that will transform your space.
Exterior Lighting: Draw Patrons In
Outside your business, red or white lights can create a striking curb appeal and draw in guests. The classic Christmas moves of decorating the landscaping, wrapping columns in spirals, and framing the doorway are still on the table for design ideas. But it may be a good idea to use red or white only to avoid a Christmas look. Make sure to step back from the façade and view your work from the street! Does it make you want to walk right in?
If you choose to use lights to make heart shapes in windows or on doors, make sure to do it just right. Plain lights may look better than a lopsided heart. You can also cut out a perfect cardboard heart and attach the lights to the edges, using the cardboard to give your heart shapes better form.
Interior Lighting: Keep the Magic Going!
Inside the restaurant, you want to deliver the magic that the outside invitation promised. Beyond the typical LED light applications such as framing the windows and doorframes, how about putting lights… in your lights? If you have chandeliers or pendant lights, stringing them up with red LED lights will change the hue of the light coming from the fixture, and also dramatically change the look for those who’ve dined with you previously.
Dangling icicle lights could create a beautiful backdrop behind booth seats that are situated against the wall. This also creates an attractive background for the couple’s Valentine’s Day photos. Another option at tables and booths is hanging light spheres as extra pendant lights, or in lieu of pendant lights, to create just the right lighting for the night.
You can even put lights right on the table! Use battery powered LED lights to create small centerpieces. They easily wrap around a candle or vase, or you can even create a “bouquet” of lights to display in a bowl or vase.
Finally, don’t forget any unique surfaces or backdrops that your particular establishment should highlight with LED lights. Got a grand piano? Light it up! A nice bar? Light that up too. Whatever pieces you think of as really giving your restaurant its “look” should be highlighted, to help your guests remember you.
While Valentine’s Day has come a long way since the 5th century, it is still a day of romance and ritual. Don’t hesitate to join in by decorating with LED lights for the perfect ambience, and give your guests a memorable experience.
New Things to Do on New Year’s
If New Year’s Eve celebrations have grown a bit dull, incorporate some (or all) of these ideas from around the world to give your party new life:
The American tradition of decorating evergreen trees, homes, and landscapes, with brightly lit Christmas lights is not as old as many people think. Most of us probably assume that Americans have always used Christmas lights, in one form or another, but this isn’t exactly true. As it turns out, this American tradition has only been around for about 60 years, but the development of the tradition has a story and history that began centuries ago.
“Diwali,” “Hanukkah,” “Pasko,” “Kwanzaa,” “Santa Lucia,” “Loi Krathong.” What do all of these unusual words have in common? They are Festivals of Light from cultures around the world—each one using light to celebrate. This is the perfect time of year for children of all ages to learn how different cultures celebrate the Festival of Lights.
Not many people study Christmas lights. Most people pull the lights out of the closet or attic sometime around Thanksgiving, hang them on the Christmas tree, or drape them over some bushes, and then take them down after New Years. If you are thinking about replacing those old incandescent lights this year with energy-efficient LED string lights you may be surprised at all the options available. There are differences between the options, and it is good to know a little about the choices available before you go shopping.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
If you are like me, selecting the best Christmas lights for your tree is the least of your concerns. I am generally more concerned with making sure the tree doesn’t fall out of the stand, and that it is reasonably straight. However, there are a lot of choices on the market now for Christmas tree lights, and there are a few things you should consider when making your selection.