Restaurant Promotion Ideas # 50- Giving Sweet Memories with a Photobooth

Giving your customers sweet photo memories to take home!!

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Before for special occasion like Valentine’s, Mother’s Day we used to hire a photographer to get photographs for the customers that dine in. But you could only do that on special occasions. As the price of hiring a photographer was expensive. Which was not recommended to do everyday. Which means you’re limited to only certain days. But nowadays its easier, with the introduction of the self service photo booth. Here a hassle free picture taking device. You need to set the photo booth at a specific location. Your customers only needs to pose and snap their picture. They can either print, download to their mobile phones, share it with their friends or even on social media.

There is numerous types of photo booth in the market to buy or rent. But if your restaurant is just starting up and you are afraid to invest in a photo booth. You can build one yourself. There are great sites on the web with instructions on how to make your own photo booth. Here is a few that I found interesting.


This is a very simple basic photo booth. You only need an Ipad, a tablet stand and a wireless printer. You don’t need to build a box. This is suitable for restaurants that only need a photo booth for special occasions like Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, Christmas and so on. To make it more fun, create different backdrops with props according to the theme. This photo booth build is for people that don’t want to spend to much time, building the booth.


1. Set up a photo booth in minutes




If you don’t have an Ipad then here is a tutorial how to set up a simple photobooth using an android tablet and camera tripod.

5-minute Photo Booth

Well if you like to build a proper photo booth. And have the skills needed to do it. Here’s a site that gives you step by step instructions on building your very own photo booth along with its printer. I got this website a few months ago. Haven’t got round to building it cause time was not in my favour. But will do it someday cause it looks so simple from this site.

How I Built a Custom DIY Photo Booth for Weddings and Events

How I Built a Custom DIY Photo Booth for Weddings and Events

Add more ummph to your photo booth by adding props that people could use. Here a few websites that have printable photo booth props

Free Printable Photobooth



As for the photo booth software, there are alot different photo booth apps at Google Playstore or Apple Store. You just need to look whats suitable for you. For different occasions or themes. Of course the free ones have limited features. Tried it photo booths are great and fuss free way of promoting your restaurant on the social especially after your customers have so much fun.

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Restaurant Promotion Idea #46 :- Christmas Cocktails Ideas

Some Christmas Cocktails that You could Sell in Your Restaurant

When most people think about Christmas cocktails they think about egg nog. But with people avoiding raw egg due to salmonella, its not the best choice. As always when I need creative cocktail or decoration ideas I turn to Pinterest. As Christmas is also for the kids, we created some Mocktails for the kids too. So here is a list of cocktails and mocktails that I havr found on the web that you could use in your restaurant or bar.

Christmas Mocktail for the Kids

Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Soda

Something fizzy and red for Christmas. This will sure be a hit with the kids. A concoction of strawberry or raspberry syrup, sprite and whipped cream. The website to go to know more is Mrs.Claus’s Christmas Soda

North Pole Strawberry Smoothie

A Christmas theme smoothie for the kids. To get the recipe please go here North Pole Strawberry Smoothie.

Christmas Cocktails for Adults

Melted Snowman Martini

A Christmas twist to the famous martini. With the snowman face, looks really like a melted snowman. I am going to use this idea for a Christmas Milkshake and will call it what else “Melted Snowman”

The website to go for the recipe is Melted Snowman Martini. 

Santa Shot

A shooter that is great as an after dinner drinks. Layers of grenadine, creme de menthe and peppermint snapps makes this beautiful drink taste like metled candy cane. The recipe can be found at Santa Shot Cocktail.

White Christmas

A little cocktail served in a martini glass. I like how its looks with the glass rim with white chocolate and sprinkles. This cocktails also look like melted snow, in am elegant way.

Get the recipe here White Christmas Cocktail.

The Candy Cane

As the website mentioned this is a simple, sweet fun cocktails. A mixture of vodka, peppermint snapps and creme de cacao.  With a splash of soda to give a little sparkle to the drink. Visit The Candy Cane to get the ingredients.

 Happy Elf

A cocktail that any elf would love. A cocktail with all the colours of Christmas. A mixture of cranberry juice, vodka and melon liqueur. Happy Elf Cocktail.

 Jack Frost

Our Christmas theme this year is Tropical Christmas. So this cocktail is best to suit the theme. With simple ingredients like Vodka, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, blue curacao and coconut. You will end up with sweet, tropical and Christmas-y. You can get this refreshing recipe from Jack Frost Cocktail.

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Restaurant Promotion Idea # 33 – Father’s Day Specials

Five Restaurant Promotion Ideas for Father’s Day

Darth & Son playing catch

Based on the research by the National Restaurant Association. Father’s Day is the third most celebrated holiday right after Valentine’s and Mother’s day. They estimate that more than 50 million Americans will dine out on Father’s Day in 2013.

My friend, a chef used to joke that fathers are the ATM machines of families. When the family needs money, they will go to dad to request money. Thus it’s a good idea to create promotional activities in your restaurant for the breadwinner in all of our lives.

1. Dad and Kids Discount

Offering special discounts to attract people is a normal practice for restaurants. This father’s day, offer discounts but with a difference. Create a table in which to highlight the percentage given out according to the number of children dining with dad. Below is an example that I found.

* Dad that comes in with one paying child gets 25% off from his meals.
* Dad that comes in with 2 paying kids gets a 50% off from his meal.
* Dad that comes in with 3 paying kids gets a 75% of on his meal.
* Dad that comes in with 4 or more paying child gets his meal for free.

This concept works well if you are having a buffet on Father’s Day.

2. Father’s Week

There are some fathers who don’t have the chance to celebrate Father’s Day on a Weekend. Those in the service industry or civil services have to work on Sundays. So to suit with this kind of Dads, hold a ”Father’s Week” leading to Father’s Day. It’s not necessary to do a buffet daily. Just have special menus intended for dad. This particular restaurant promotion idea will help to fill your restaurant during the slow weekdays.

3. Father’s Day contest

Most people love contest. To get more leverage for your restaurant create some exciting Father’s day contest. Use Instaqram in which people can upload their pictures. Come out with a theme. Perhaps father and kid look alike, sweetest as well as cutest father and kid picture. You can even have a “Best Dad” or “Why I adore My Dad ” essay writing contest.

4. Fathers Day Gift Baskets

As with my post Valentine’s day ideas ” Restaurant Promotion Ideas # 29 – Valentine Specials” to get incremental business, you could sell picnic baskets. Even for father’s day you sell picnic baskets. Do some research. If you are located in near to a golf course, create special picnic baskets for golfers that kids can buy for their golfer dad. Have a wine bottle or 6 pack of beer together with some snacks that dad could bring on the golf course . If you are located close to a fishing area create a picnic basket that will suit anglers.

beer5. Pre sell coupons

l discovered this particular idea on Pinterest. Exactly how this works is that the family can buy gift vouchers for their dad. They can pre buy drinks vouchers for their dad, that dad can redeem later on. Offer interesting gifts such as beers, wines, cocktails all at a special price. Give the vouchers a validity of 3 months.

All through this promotion, hire a photographer or get your staff to take out photos of families having a good time in your restaurant. Get their email address and inform them that you will send the pictures to them via email. This is a great way email addresses for future promotional activities.

Special occasions great opportunity to bring in both new as well as existing customers.




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