877-747-0111

Customer Service: 9-5 EST
Sales: 9-8 EST open late!
You are here: Home

Table Top Ideas for Your Restaurant

by kenzie on September 22, 2014

Dining out is not just about the food. People go to restaurants with their dates, colleagues or families for the “dining out experience”.  The ambiance your restaurant provides is very much part of the package in a diner’s experience. One quick and cost-effective way to set the atmosphere is through an effective table-top design.

Some considerations in deciding which table top design to use:

  • Mind the details. For some diners, the details count. The small touches that make their table special can make a difference for couples who are going out on their first date or for couples having an intimate dinner to celebrate their anniversary.
  • Keep it fresh and interesting. You need to update your tabletop décor every so often just to keep things interesting, especially for your regular customers. Take pictures of your table top designs and ideas and keep these on file as your reference. Make sure that you have storage crates for your table top items so that you can reuse your décor from time to time.
  • Make wise use of lighting. For restaurants, soft and low lights work best to create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.  There is just something about candles and soft light that makes the atmosphere more romantic.
  • Match tabletops with your restaurant concept. The tabletops and the rest of your restaurant’s design elements should complement the overall motif of the restaurant. If your restaurant is a casual dining restaurant, candles and elegant tabletops will seem out of place. For instance, a French restaurant can have mini Eiffel Towers as table number holders. You can also feature tabletop decorations that match the seasons or holidays (i.e. Halloween or Valentines).
  • Keep functionality in mind. Yes, the tabletop décor should be attractive and interesting, but they should only take a small fraction of the table space. Your diners should be able to see each other over these decorations. Find a way to secure your décor so that they cannot be easily vandalized or taken. Also, check that these decorations comply with the local health department codes.

With all that said, here are some tabletop design elements to consider:

  • Dinnerware. Your restaurant dinnerware are your food’s “clothes”. Choose dinnerware or fine china that matches your color motif and theme. If you would like to play it safe, you can choose white or cream-colored plates as this goes well with any color motif. The white or cream of the plates will only highlight the entrees and garnishes you place in them. You can go for more colorful and playful patterns with other dinnerware such as side plates, bread and butter plates, appetizer plates and dessert plates.
  • Candles or LED candles. Go for soft and romantic lighting with candles. These can be placed in candelabras. You can also use tea lights to place under small lamps or inside a small bowl filled with colored water. If fire safety is a concern, you can also use LED candles, which can project the glow of real flames without the fire hazard.
  • Framed inspirational quote. Make a statement about food, romance or other themes through quotes from famous people. You can place these in small picture frames.
  • Nature displays. Aside from the usual “flower in a vase” display, you can also have other nature-themed décor such as bamboo, driftwood and items with wood or grassy textures.
  • Games. For casual dining restaurants, why not add a small tabletop game that diners can play with while waiting for their food? Some examples would be a mini tic-tac-toe game or small travel games.

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay

{ 0 comments }

For fine dining restaurants, elegant chinaware is, without question, the natural choice. However, for cafeterias, fast foods or high-volume casual restaurants, expensive chinaware is just not practical. The rigors that the plates go through in a high-volume operation will mean a shorter life span for traditional chinaware. However, restaurants are also concerned not just about the durability of the dinnerware but also of how presentable it is for their customers. The solution? Melamine dinnerware.

Melamine plates, glasses and bowls provide an excellent combination of design and functionality. This dinnerware is made by combining melamine resin with strengthening substances, resulting in a very durable and lightweight product.

Here are some reasons why melamine dinnerware is a tasteful yet cost-effective answer to your restaurant’s needs:

Melamine is light yet hardy. It is considerably lighter than chinaware, which will make your waiters and dishwashers happy. However, it is not flimsy and delicate, despite its light weight. It does not break or crack easily. It can be dropped, used with a knife and fork, bump into other dinnerware and stacked high and not scratch, chip, crack or break.

Good price. Compared even to low-end chinaware, melamine dinnerware will still come out cheaper. Considering its durability, melamine comes out to be a good investment.

Savings on storage space. Because melamine dinnerware can be stacked up without worrying about cracks and scratches, you can save on precious storage space in your kitchen area.

Variety. One big advantage of melamine is that it is highly adaptable in terms of its designs. For more formal occasions, you can have melamine dinnerware that mimics the glossy finish of elegant chinaware. At first glance, you can easily mistake it for the real chinaware! You can also have colorful patterns that can match a wide variety of motifs and themes. There are melamine dinnerware that bear oriental designs with its bright reds, blacks and golds. Your Mexican restaurant can use melamine designed with earthy orange, yellow and cobalt blue. There are melamine plates that have unique shapes (such as that of a leaf or a fish). With the wide range of colors, designs and themes that melamine dinnerware can have, there is surely one that will be a perfect fit for your restaurant or café.

Insulation. Melamine stays at the same temperature regardless of whether you serve warm or cold entrees. Its insulating properties also help to keep cold or frozen food cool. This makes melamine ideal for deli displays and salad bars.

Food safe and BPA free. As long as you use melamine properly, it meets NSF standards for food safety. Although it is believed that melamine substances may leach into the food, this only happens during instances where the food is heated at temperatures higher than 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that melamine is not safe for use in microwaves and ovens.

Quick-drying. Because of melamine’s insulating properties, it also has the added advantage of being quick to dry after washing. Thus, you can have more cycles per plate since you do not have to wait longer for the plate to “cool down” and dry after washing.

Recyclable. Melamine is very durable, but when it is at the end of its very long and very useful lifespan, melamine can also be recycled. This is done by grinding the melamine down. The resulting material is useful as fillers for wood or other plastics. Using melamine can be your restaurant’s contribution to helping the environment.

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay

{ 0 comments }

Going Green in A Restaurant’s Operations and the Bottom Line

September 8, 2014

Does being eco-friendly also mean more profits for a restaurant? We would like to stress that being kind to the environment is a profit in itself and is something that every one of us should be involved with. However, if you do it right, running a “green restaurant” can actually mean hefty savings. Plus, you […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

Adding a Smoothie Bar to Your Café or Restaurant

September 1, 2014

Smoothie bars provide an excellent opportunity for restaurants and cafes who are thinking of adding to their range of food offerings. In fact, as people are becoming more health-conscious, we can find standalone fresh juice and smoothie bars popping up and thriving. Smoothies provide a good mark-up which makes them an excellent profit center. This […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

Saving on Your Restaurant Equipment Purchases

August 25, 2014

Starting a restaurant business can be both exciting and scary. It is exciting as you see your ideas take shape and as you slowly accumulate the restaurant equipment and supplies you need. It can also be scary in that completing the required equipment will be no small feat. For one, buying equipment for a restaurant […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

Let’s Get Grilling: Essential Gear for Your Grilling Enthusiasts

August 18, 2014

Who can say no to food just off the grill? This starts with the “unhealthy” juicy steaks and burgers to more healthy fare – grilled lean meat, fish or vegetables. Grill restaurants can also grill ribs, pizzas or fish steaks. If you plan to get serve grilled food for your restaurant or simply want to […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

Displaying Your Bakery Items to Full Advantage

August 11, 2014

Get more sales for your baked goods by displaying your baked goods in all their mouth-watering splendor. You don’t simply put these baked items on the menu, display them where they can capture the customers’ attention and get them to buy on impulse.  (Never mind that they have already resolved to stay on their diet […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

Choosing Glassware For Your Restaurant

August 4, 2014

For restaurants, drinks are a great profit center. Beverages, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, provide restaurants with a big mark up.  Clever restaurateurs can even use marketing strategies to increase beverage sales. That is why the choice of glassware is very important. After all, the glassware is what your served beverages “wear to the party”. Here […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

What to Look for When Buying a Wok

July 22, 2014

Stir frying is a good cooking method. It keeps the vegetables crisp, with its nutrients still intact while ensuring that meat is succulent and tasty, with a slight smoky flavor. Stir fries are easy to prepare and make. All you need to do is slice the raw ingredients, put the pan in high heat and […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →

Beef Up Your Kitchen Equipment: What to Add to Your Kitchen Essentials

July 15, 2014

Perhaps you have already equipped your home kitchen with all the necessities. Now, the next step is to add kitchenware that can help cut down preparation time, save oven space and help you whip up dishes that have unique preparation requirements. Of course, you also have to bear in mind that you have limited space. […]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Blogplay
Read the full article →