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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Sophisticated Halloween events

Sophisticated Halloween events

Look at these little beauties.. Totally perfect for your sophisticated halloween events.

 

Halloween trays

Inspiration

Add a few autumnal leaves and you have a bowl food tray that will glide through this season until the dreaded Christmas season! After some research we found these sophisticated trays at Notre Monde

Halloween doesn’t have to be black and orange!

…And we don’t all have to be able to carve a face in a pumpkin. I’ve gone a different route this year.

Black skull pumpkin

Top tips for a sophisticated halloween event

Here’s 3 of my top style tips :

1) Matt black is an all time winner

2) Gold adds sophistication

3) Using just two colours keeps it slick

Add your ghoulish desserts on to one of these burnt dressers and you are literally laughing (in a witches cackle)

Halloween dessert bar

We have dressers to hire that can be adapted & painted to suit the perfect halloween party.

Jones hire stock this athena range, which is couldn’t be more suited for Halloween. But I did say sophisticated so you may want to loose Dracula’s teeth. Although we can have a little fun sometimes and I’m certainly not averse to that…

halloween dinner party

Food Styling credit  : Maggie Ruggiero & Prop Styling credit : Elizabeth MacLennan. Image saved from  Food Network .

Check out some more fab images from some creative people all saved to my Halloween Pinterest page.

Top picks added to my moodboard.

Black Halloween moodpboard

Done with Slate & Olive wood

I have been designing all manner of items for the food service industry for the past 7 years. It started off as canapé trays & food stations but I’ve realised how many other items people are looking for. These were three of my first designs when I worked full time at Alison Price.

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Since I started working on my own I’ve branched out to all sorts of things. People are hungry for something different with every event and (thank the lord) are moving away from the bane of my life – olive wood and slate !! Hurrah. Don’t get me wrong: I love slate and anything grey for that matter but it should be left on the bathroom floor …

That’s my opinion and it could be said I have an unhealthy obsession with acrylic – all colours ! Especially the neons. But so do caterers because it’s so easy to work with and dynamic. Perspex – which is the brand name don’t you know – are always bringing out yummy new textures and patterns. Just look at these sparkly and patterned ones. Mind you you’d need to do an event a week for a Russian Oligarch to have trays made in some of these.

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I do work with other mediums like wood. If it’s been designed nicely and not just a slab then I’m not averse to it.  Or my new fave Corian. Look at this little lot of samples. You can even get it in slate colour and my skilled fabricators can mould it with no seams just like those stunning kitchen work tops with the sink all in one. Again bring in an Oligarch though.

corian samples

 

So you see there’s no excuse for plain old chipped slate now.   Every caterer’s stores that I’ve ever been in (and I’ve been in a few since starting my own company 2 years ago) has a pile of it somewhere. All chipped naturally . Where did this all come from?  Slipped off a roof and onto a kitchen pass??

Ok if we have to use it because we’ve got it. Dress it up a bit like I’ve done here. Actually these are quite nice pieces as it goes.

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But a damn plain sheet usually chipped: nope not on my watch thank you. It’s washed up.

So it is my personal mission to get slate off the menu.