Category: Christmas

Add Michelin star quality to your Christmas

The majority of our clients have endured a large amount stress during 2020. At SILKS, we are supporting our principles in a number of ways in order to celebrate the holiday season as best we can this year. T0 enjoy a stress free day, we are recommending hiring a private chef at Christmas. This will allow you to spend as much time as possible enjoying your day with loved ones.

If you have private domestic staff such as a housekeeper/cook who normally takes on this role, then this is an opportunity to provide them with extra support. A private chef will take care of all of the food shopping, meal preparation and cooking. They will also leave the kitchen in an immaculate condition, giving your existing staff time to carry out their routine duties. Or, perhaps your current household staff will require time off over the bank holidays to spend time with their families.

We know that some principles won’t want to deviate from the traditional Christmas menu, while other families will look to create new memories and experiences. For some this will include hiring not just a private chef, but one with Michelin star credentials to add an extra layer of luxury to their day. We have a vast network of private chefs and industry professionals that we work with. So no matter what your requirements, we can provide the necessary staffing solutions to make sure that you have a holiday season to remember!

Contact SILKS today to discuss hiring a private chef at Christmas.

Reasons to hire a Private Chef this Christmas

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus has disrupted and spoilt many plans in 2020. However, here at SILKS we won’t let it dampen our festive season. A lot of our clients can’t celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in their traditional ways, so many are now turning to the team here at SILKS to help them design a new way of celebrating. Whether it is new and unique experiences, entertainment, personal shopping, home decorating, or private chefs, we can take the stress out of Christmas which will allow you more precious time this season.

First of all, we ask our clients if they have considered hiring a private chef. After all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a sumptuous feast. The thought of hiring a private chef this Christmas may seem like a luxury in the past, but this year we consider it to be a necessity! Many of our clients may have existing household cooks, or chefs that they use throughout the year, but hiring a private chef will take Christmas day to a whole new level.

Stress free

Hiring a private chef this Christmas will allow our clients to relax and enjoy a stress free day. The private chef will be in touch with the Butler or household member in advance to discuss menu options. At this stage, it is important to advise them of any dietary restrictions of family members or guests so they can adapt their menu if necessary.  The duties of the chef will also include food shopping, cooking and all of the additional cleaning of the kitchen. This will alleviate any extra pressure on the existing staff.

Making the right choices

Christmas is usually a time when we all over indulge. 2020 has proved been especially hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle for our clients. Hiring a private chef at Christmas is one way in which our clients can take some control over their diet. A private chef will be able to develop menus which will take all nutritional needs on board.

Great relationships

At SILKS, we have developed relationships with distinguished private chefs. Over the years, we have placed numerous individuals who have worked at executive levels within the hotel and catering industry. As experienced professionals, they have relationships with leading luxury food suppliers which will give you access to the best and finest ingredients this Christmas.

 

Please contact us to discuss how SILKS can make your Christmas even more magical this year.

Running your home this Christmas

The festive season can be an incredibly stressful time, but with the support of private household staff at Christmas, it really can be the most magical time to spend with family and loved ones.

Can I recruit private staff during lockdown?

Although we are in lockdown, the government has advised that the restrictions will expire on the 2nd December 2020. However, many of our clients are asking us to source additional domestic staff to help support their teams to prepare for Christmas. At SILKS, we are following all safety procedures in order to safeguard the health of our clients and staff. We ensure that staff members are proven to test negative for Covid, and they have isolated before being placed in a new role.

Scheduling time off

Many Housekeepers and private staff will look to take a break over the Christmas holidays. If a principle calls upon their staff to work on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, many will offer a bonus for doing so. Alternatively, some principles may offer time off when the festivities are over.

We recommend talking to all household staff well in advance to manage expectations. Planning the staff rota system will ensure that you have enough staff to enable the household to run smoothly.

Do I have to buy my staff gifts at Christmas?

Domestic staff do like to feel a part of the family and Christmas is a perfect time to demonstrate this. So a small gift or performance related bonus will be gratefully received.

Please contact SILKS if you would like to secure additional private household staff this Christmas.

Preparing for Christmas

Halloween and Bonfire night have been and gone, so there is nothing standing in the way of preparing for Christmas! November would traditionally be a time where we would be planning and preparing for Christmas in meticulous detail. However, having recently entered into our second lockdown this year, many are wondering what Christmas 2020 will look like. And more importantly, how we can celebrate.

Take control

It has been a tremendously stressful and eventful year for us all. However, at SILKS we are determined to end 2020 on a positive. At the moment, we don’t know what the government guidelines will be in terms of hosting large gatherings with family and loved ones, but there are many aspects of planning for Christmas that we can enjoy which will give us all a sense of control.

Decorations

Preparing for ChristmasWhether you’re looking for a designer Christmas tree, or a unique lighting display, we can help you become the talk of the town this Christmas. We have partnered with luxury professional decorators who can help put the sparkle back into your home this year. Our teams can effortlessly set up and dismantle all decorations when required and will comply to the government guidelines to ensure they are Covid secure at all times.

 

 

 

 

Amie Bone Christmas Decorations

Festive flowers

Making a statement in your hallway or reception rooms with festive flowers with give all of your senses a lift. Our luxury floral designer can help to create glorious festive pieces across your fireplaces, staircases and anywhere that you would like to create a huge impact.

 

 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss how SILKS can help you prepare for this festive season.