Hiring Canapé trays V buying canapé trays

 Hiring canape trays

We are seeing a shift from purchasing to hiring canapé trays with our event industry clients. Everyone wants the new latest thing and to stand out & be different so it’s hire all the way now!

 

Benefits of hiring for the client are

-Exciting & interesting pieces that move with the times.

-No need to find storage space for the stock.

-No need to invest in stock that will go become yesterdays news.

 

 

"Perspex buffet risers for hire" pink cake pop tray Bowl food tray hire "Clear canapé box"

 

 

Where it began

I started out designing pieces for sale. However in an ever changing world when everyone is trying to keep up with the times & keep inovating. Clients are no longer investing in these very expensive trays.

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And I have had to keep up and adapt to what people want. So much so that I have removed sales from the website altogether, which leaves me time to concentrate my time elsewhere.

Who hires

So along came hiring. Caterers, hotels, restaurants, members clubs & wedding planners are coming to Tina Nisson Design looking for trays, often for large creative events & they charge the hire fees straight onto their client. It’s a winning formula all round. Our part of the bargain – making it as user friendly for clients to have what they need as easily as possible.

I read an article in the ES Magazine and a wise person said ‘The assets people care about have shifted — we’re renting far more and experiences matter more than ownership. It’s the same with the events industry.

See for yourself

Head to the hire page and take a look.  at the range. It’s not only acrylic trays now either, with an increasing stock from wedding & event design. There’s lots of unusual items that add something special to events.

 

Large bottle for hire "Rose Gold storm lantern" Glitter Champagne bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is something that you would love to hire on a regular basis get in touch & I will consider designing something new for hire.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for styling events

Styling an event 

I was asked by my web developer where I get my inspiration for styling events from when we were trawling through a million photo’s of – & I admit  some whacky events.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that people will be curious on how it all comes together because for the last 10+ years when people ask what I do for a living and I say event designer, it’s met with ooh’s & ahh’s & how cool is that. And I think it is to be fair.

Let’s start with this one..

Where is all starts 

This started off with a cream dresser and I wanted to fit a small story into this. First place I went & where I go with every styling enquiry is Pinterest. I spend a good hour there trawling through compiling the right look for the project.

building the theme 

When you read my last post (pardon – go read it now please!) you’ll know I’m into greenery so this design had to have lush large green leaves incorporated into the design. This year I got quite into dusky pink when mixed with a smidgen of peach. The blog post before.. Yes correct!

Stick with what you want to do

I didn’t want to go tropical here (even though everyone was telling me to use the word tropical as a title for the key words YAWN!)  but instead wanted to keep it a bit different a bit newer. After all I can’t do what has been done before me so other than the pineapples  because I like them I was sticking with the simplicity of matt powdery pink & shiny green leaves. So plants on pink is my favourite title and if it’s not a key word then I’m sorry.

Inspiration

So here’s a few images that got me going..

plants on pink

You just cannot beat a cheese plant for impact. This is why I have cupcakes, Macarons & cookies in it.

plants on pink

I want to paint all my walls this colour with a garden full of bird of paradise but this also means I need to live somewhere hotter than South West London! Ho hum

 

bold plants

I did paint a few of the leaves but the tones here are bang on.

pink plants

This plant actually grows with pink shades going through it. Natural beauty.

 

Rounding the design up

So once I have my colour and my hero feature it’s now about adding the right props. Don’t add to many so it looks cluttered but enough to keep the interest. I don’t like to use too many colours in any one design when I’m styling events.

Finished design

This piece, now designed, is fully hireable as one piece for weddings & events. Clients can carry the design straight into their home. A bit like pouring a ready meal into your own ikea dishes and putting it into the oven for your guests to marvel at your handy work. You’re welcome. Have a look here for other designs. At some point in the near future, when I’ve leant the skill of adding a few more hours to the week. There will be a collection of these one stop shop designs.

When the piece is finished I’m always wishing I had ‘just done that’ . In this case I wish I had shoehorned a few more Monstera leaves around the balloons. There’s always next time.

Actually the next one I want to work on involves more cacti & plants in a cool Mexican vibe..

I mean just look at these. If anyone wants to help me fulfil this desire to design something around this gorgeous look do step forward &

get in touch  tropical plants tropical vibes

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Case study -Sheraton Grand relaunch

We were given a brief a couple of months ago as part of the re launch of the iconic Sheraton Park Lane, now beautifully upgraded to Sheraton Grand. This project was especially close to my heart as it was the first London venue I worked in as a chef fifteen years ago!

The hotel is just WOW now. The Palm Court and Ballroom especially. The 1920s theme chosen for the launch recalled the original hey day of the hotel.

The brief was to match the service with the party theme. Canapé trays needed to:

1) Highlight the new Sheraton Grand branding;

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2) Be memorable and spectacular;

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3) Compliment the colour scheme of the new event spaces;

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4) Pair the canapés with specific drinks on the same tray, giving the guests a bite & drink the minute that they arrive.

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After a visit to the hotel and discussions with the Executive Chef we set to work on the tray designs, building in each of the key style requirements. An extra consideration was that the trays needed to work with an on-theme vintage Champagne coupe. We asked them to send us a glass so that the coupes fitted perfectly before coming up with initial drawings.

Canape tray design

As part of a high profile rebranding the hotel’s logo had to be just right.

Canapé tray design

“Tina provided the Sheraton Grand with some specifically design canapé trays that held Coupe champagne glasses with pairing canapés on the same tray and all branded with the Sheraton Grand logo. This was planned and designed by Tina herself and these products made a huge impact with the guests and certainly raised the bar in terms of our presentations going forward.

Tina also designed canapé trays in conjunction with some perspex drinks trays light boxes doughnut holders and Mini Milk Bottle holders.

I can highly recommend Tina for her patience and her ability to match the theme and design of the Hotel spaces and at realistic prices. We also held the Grand opening of the Hotel after renovation and she themed one of the venues in tandem with an Italian market concept which was amazing.”

Executive chef Andrew Bennett MBE

 

What do I look out for when buying canapé trays ?

We are very often called by people in the hospitality industry with questions before buying their trays.

 

So to help you along a bit here’s a few words of advice.

There are many companies out there that mass produce trays made from acrylic and they sell them nice and cheaply.

The downside is they will be made from an inferior acrylic that could be prone to a crackle effect when subjected to heat or just over time.

They are usually made from a very thin acrylic and they don’t have the surface area to stick together which is ok for home use but no good for how many multiple outings they get on your events.

Hotels, event caterers & restaurants are like the crash test for acrylic trays and they are put through the mill. The washing process, sending out on events and getting packed (thrown) into boxes at the end of a long night quickly takes it’s toll.

So ask questions and stick to these rules to avoid buying the same trays a second time a few months later :-

 

1) Don’t get your trays made from an acrylic of less than 5 mm thickness if they have parts that will need gluing.

2) Insist they are bonded together and not just stuck together with a solvent.

3) Inspect for air bubbles.

 

Have a look at the below this is made from 5mm clear. Perspex is the best acrylic but there are other brands that are fine.

Canape trays
It’s so pleasing to see a lovely clear join like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is what you are looking for. No air bubbles, perfect joins & even all edges have been diamond polished to give that smooth look !!
This is what you are looking for. No air bubbles, perfect joins & even all edges have been diamond polished to give that smooth look !!

Tis the season to be Neon

It started off on the catwalk  like it always does – and next filtered through to the home in the way of scatter cushions a couple of years later. And now the events industry have grabbed hold of it making this year the NEON season.

 

For me it starts with a mood board to get the vision.

Neon mood board

It’s no secret that my favourite medium is acrylic, and Perspex make the most incredible neon range.

Who wouldn’t get excited about these badboys..

Neon swatches

Here’s a few of the TND neon creations of late …

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Don’t forget your neon sign…

Neon sign

 

 

 

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