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As government restrictions continue to be lifted and the weather continues to heat up, this summer is expected to be a big one for the hospitality industry. Reservations for restaurants and pub gardens are becoming increasingly elusive, with no signs of demand slowing down as people get back into the habit of socialising with their friends and family.

But is your venue ready for such a busy summer? If you’re thinking about sprucing up your dining spaces, take a look at some of the top furniture trends below that will get people talking about your decor just as much as your food.

Outdoor Furniture Trends

Gone are the days of shabby chic and mismatched furniture, replaced instead by clean lines and shapes that provide a sleek and modern finish. While this trend has been gaining popularity in interior design for a while now, demand for these styles in gardens and outdoor dining spaces has been increasing recently too.

When it comes to tables, squares and rectangles provide these sought-after straight lines and edges without costing an arm and a leg. Our square Plaza restaurant table is ideal for outdoor use, made from rust-resistant aluminium with a hard-woven rattan outer layer that is water and UV resistant. What’s more, these tables are stackable, making it easy to store and rearrange furniture depending on day-to-day requirements.

Similarly, chairs with straight backs and angular arms offer a modern and stylish look. Or, for an even more minimal approach, armless chairs such as our Plaza chair complete the look perfectly. These contract-grade chairs are durable and hard-wearing, needing minimal maintenance and keeping their colour even when left outside.

Colour Trends

With the recent restrictions on indoor socialising, combined with a rise in popularity of bi-fold doors within interior design, the lines between the indoor and outdoor look are blurring as businesses look to create a versatile design suitable for all requirements. With this in mind, outdoor furniture that would look at home indoors is on trend this summer.

Neutrals such as whites and different shades of grey are a must this summer, providing a simple and sophisticated background that lets your food and drink take centre stage. Our white marble Vienna table makes the perfect Insta-worthy background for those cocktail snaps and is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use.

By creating a neutral and timeless base design with your furniture, you can incorporate pops of colour with soft furnishings like cushions and blankets as well as bright prints and plants. These cheaper items of décor can then be switched in and out depending on the season and the current design trends, meaning you can stay up to date with the latest styles without breaking the bank.

 

Trent Furniture are the experts in restaurant and pub furniture. With more than 60 years of experience supplying the hospitality industry, we can help you find the perfect furniture for your business, from tables to sofas. And, with a wide range of contract grade furniture available, you can rest assured that your customers are safe and your furniture is worth the investment for years to come. For more information about our products and capabilities, get in touch today.

Have you ever walked into a party in a village hall and been underwhelmed by dim yellow lighting, droopy banners and those plastic chairs you used back in school? Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday party, an annual work party or a charity event, the decorations you use for your banquet hall can make or break of it. And the good news is it really doesn’t take a lot to transform an uninspiring room into a masterpiece.

Step 1 - Choosing a theme

Deciding on a theme and colour scheme should be the first thing you do. It will give you a general idea to follow and make the rest of your decisions much simpler. Whether you go for a simple colour scheme or a more elaborate vintage-inspired look throughout the decorations and tablescaping, the way you decorate the hall should bring the theme to life in as vivid a way as possible.

Step 2- The venue

Selecting an appropriately sized venue for the number of guests expected to attend is vital. A hall which is too small will make the event feel crowded and stuffy, but equally, you don’t want a venue which is too big as it will feel empty and make communication more difficult. You also need to consider the purpose of the event. For a formal event, a larger space will be more suitable but if hosting an event with family and friends, a smaller space would be cosier and more personal.

Step 3 - Tables

Your choice of table should be based on what you want from the event. There are three main types of banqueting table to consider:

Round tables

Round tables are always a good idea; they not only seat more people than rectangular tables, they are also more inclusive and encourage group conversations. You should then select table covers to fit your colour scheme or theme. Depending on the size of the venue, you may prefer to opt for fitted tablecloths, which will create a more streamlined look.

Poseur tables

Poseur tables are a great option to consider, especially when it comes to business or networking events.  These smaller high tables can also be used without seating and provide a spot to place food and drinks whilst chatting. Whilst they don’t provide the surface for a sit-down meal, poseur tables encourage mingling and interaction throughout the room.

Rectangular tables

If you’re serving up a buffet during your event then rectangular tables are a must. They can also be used as a seating option, however they don’t allow for the same level of interaction as round or poseur tables. If you require a head table for your event, for example a wedding party table, rectangular tables are a popular and functional choice.

Whatever option is best for you, Trent Furniture’s selection of banqueting tables will make your selection simple.

Step 4 - Centrepieces

Although it may be tempting to opt for elaborate table centrepieces, it’s important to consider how they will blend in. Although large centrepieces may be attractive, they may end up impeding conversations through guests being unable to see each other and taking up space needed for food and drinks.

A banquet hall with furniture decorated for an event

Step 5 - Place settings

Ensure all of your place settings are the same; random glasses and plates dotted around will make the event feel messy and unorganised. You should select napkins to complement the table coverings to help tie everything together.

Step 6 - Seating

The seating for your event is one of the most important things to consider. It not only needs to fit your theme, but needs to be comfortable as this is where your guests will spend most of their time. How you space the chairs is also crucial. The last thing you want is your guests feeling uncomfortably cramped. Make sure that everyone has plenty of room to get up and move around without bumping into each other!

Trent Furniture’s cost-effective range of banquet furniture will make it easy to find the perfect seating for your event without breaking the budget. If you have any questions about furniture for your banquet hall, get in touch via the contact button below and our team will be happy to help.

From family lunches in the restaurant to evening drinks at the bar and live entertainment, a holiday park clubhouse will often need to cater for a range of activities and dining styles. We’ve put together our top tips and recommendations for furnishing your clubhouse and restaurant.

Defined zones

It’s important to create zones within such a multi-use space to ensure customers have the best experience and are given a clear idea of where to go. This will also create a natural flow of foot traffic, making it easier for staff to serve customers and provide a good experience.

Booth seating

Booths are a fantastic way to make the most of the space along walls whilst creating dedicated zones for groups. They are a great option for restaurant areas and create a fun diner style experience for families. Faux leather booths can also be wiped down quickly and easily – ideal when you are catering for families with little ones!

American Diner Bench for holiday park cafés and restaurants

Our American Diner Bench pictured above can add some fun retro flair to restaurants and clubhouses.

Bar stools and tall tables

You can use bar specific furniture like high stools and poseur tables to separate your bar area from a dining or entertainment space. This will ensure patrons are not queuing close to seated customers or disrupting the flow of guests and servers during busy periods.

The Verona Bar Stool is ideal for traditional and modern bar areas alike.

Plush chairs

If you’ve created an area in your clubhouse for guests to sit back and relax with a hot drink then plush, comfortable chairs are a must. Tub chairs are ideal, especially when paired with a coffee table.

Our Portobello Tub Chair for holiday parks

The Portobello Autumn Tub Chair (above) is our top pick, with its strong hardwood frame offering durability and a tartan fabric providing a cosy clubhouse vibe.

Outdoor options

If your clubhouse or restaurant has outdoor space, make the most of it with outdoor furniture. When it comes to selecting these pieces, you will need to ensure they are weather resistant and easy to store during colder periods when they are not in use. Aluminium and rattan style materials are great options as they can face up to the elements whilst still looking inviting.

The Monaco Natural Wicker Stacking Chair is an ever-popular choice.

Easy to move furniture

Having furniture that is easy to move and store is essential when furnishing a multi-use space such as a holiday park clubhouse. We recommend choosing contract quality furniture which can handle being moved and used daily.

Stacking chairs

Stacking chairs are a great option to have on hand for using as extra seating for performances and just for when larger groups require extra chairs.

Our Ascot Stacking Chair is an ideal option and it comes in a range of colours and finishes for both the frame and upholstery.

Folding tables

From kids’ club craft activities to games nights and brunches, having tables on hand which can be moved around and stored is a must. Opting for banquet style tables means you can seat larger groups – simply pair with an appropriate tablecloth and you’re all set.

Our Banqueting Folding Table is sturdy and durable, but also incredibly easy to fold up and store.
 

Looking to refurbish your holiday park restaurant and clubhouse? View our full range of holiday park furniture or get in touch with our team via the contact button below and will be very happy to help.

Starting as an aviation pioneer during World War 1, when it sold fifty Model C seaplanes to the U.S government, the name Boeing went on to become synonymous with the golden age of flying which began in the 1940s in the wake of huge advances in aviation during World War 2. However, Boeing’s success as a leader in the world of aviation did not come without some significant bumps in the road. Indeed, just as many companies have ensured survival by diversifying during COVID-19, when the demand for planes fell after the end of the First World War, Boeing pivoted to making furniture and boats to stay afloat.

A legacy of luxury

Of course, the effects of Covid-19 on the aviation industry, coupled with the delay until 2023 of the launch of Boeing’s 777X (a delay caused in part by the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max in 2019), means the company faces serious challenges in the present day too.

Although the days of boat and furniture manufacturing are over (Boeing’s non-aviation projects now include being a prime contractor on the International Space Station!), it’s still possible to pick up a piece of retro Boeing glamour if your pockets are deep enough.

At https://www.boeingstore.com/collections/boeing-luxury-aviation-furniture, discerning collectors can choose from a unique selection of tables, chairs and even wine bars, handcrafted from original Boeing engine cowlings (the covering used to streamline the airflow outside an aeroplane). The finished products are the height of American retro luxury with a price tag to match – an upholstered chair costs $8,500 and the cheapest wine bar is $9,500.

Clearly, these are luxury items destined to take pride of place in the homes of the most well-heeled of aviation enthusiasts.  However, the retro look of this bespoke furniture encapsulates a style that will never go out of fashion.

Creating an atmosphere of retro cool

Interior design trends come and go but looking to mid-20th century America for inspiration for a bar, café or restaurant is always a good way to create a style statement and attract customers. Fifties-style diners with jukeboxes, black and white checked tiled floors and booth seating are always a hit with young and old, but unless you are serving the burgers, fries and milkshakes to match, sometimes less is more when it comes to retro appeal.

Retro Dining Chair

Trent Furniture supply a great range of retro furniture designed for the demands of contract use at budget-friendly prices. The Retro Diner Chair (above), available in standard, tall and two-seated versions, is perfect for creating a 1950s Americana vibe, and comes in red and white or black and white options which look great paired with the American Diner Table Top. Alternatively, you can opt for the chair in frame and board form for you to upholster to your exact specifications. For a European retro look, the cool lines of the Munich Retro Chair take their inspiration from the Bauhaus design movement in Germany.

Find retro furniture

Get in touch today via the contact button below to find out more about our great value retro furniture for bars, cafes and restaurants.

Outdoor cinemas have risen in popularity over recent years and it looks like the trend is here to stay. From enjoying kids’ movies in the park to catching a classic horror under the stars, these events are not only great fun for patrons but can also present a great business opportunity.

We’ve put together some of the main considerations you should make when setting up an outdoor cinema.

What makes a good outdoor cinema venue?

Parks, fields, beaches, rooftops… there are plenty of outdoor venue options available for your outdoor cinema. Just remember that unless you own this land or venue, then you will likely need to seek permission and rent the space and should factor this into your budget.

If you already have business premises, like a pub or party venue, these events can be a great extra to add to your roster to bring in new customers and delight existing ones. 

Consider your target audience when selecting a venue and the dates and times you will be showing your movies. For example, if you are trying to attract families with young children, an early showing in a park or field may be a logical choice.

Safety requirements for outdoor cinema events

As an event organiser, you will have a duty to plan, manage and monitor your outdoor cinema event to make sure that workers and the visiting public are not exposed to health and safety risks. We recommend visiting HSE.gov for more information on this.

Movies and licenses

Picking the movie for your outdoor cinema event may come down to three main questions:

Is it the right movie for my target audience?

Are you aiming to target children and families? Want to draw in an older crowd with a horror night? Considering the audience and what they will want to watch is the best way to ensure you sell tickets to your event.

Can I obtain a license to show it?

You will likely need both film copyright licensing and premises licensing.

For more information about obtaining licenses for showing a movie in public, visit gov.co.uk or the ICO (the Independent Cinema Office).

How much does it cost to show a film?

Depending on how you source your license the cost may change based on factors like the number of audience members and how many screenings you intend to have, so it’s worth considering this against your budget.

What equipment do you need for an outdoor cinema?

There are a few items of equipment that you will need to show your movie including:

  • Projector
  • Outdoor screen
  • Sound system
  • DVD / Blu-ray player

You have two options for these items; rent or buy. If you are planning on testing the waters or simply holding a one-off outdoor cinema event, then renting will prove a much more cost-effective option.

There are also additional items to think about including cables, lighting, and even a portable toilet if there are no facilities on-site.

Seating for outdoor cinemas

Seating is another item to consider when it comes to planning and budgeting. If you plan to invest in seating for guests as opposed to asking them to bring their own, choosing a water-resistant option that is designed for outdoor use is a must!

Being able to stack and transport chairs should also be a top priority as you will need to keep them protected when not in use and perhaps even move them between event venues.

Finally, comfort is key! If guests will be enjoying a long movie then having a supportive and comfortable seat is essential.

Outdoor stacking chair

Trent Furniture’s Paris Outdoor Armchair and Monaco Red Wicker Stacking Chair (above) are great options as they cover these needs whilst being very cost-effective. If you have any questions about furniture for outdoor cinema events, get in touch and our team will be happy to help.

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