Looking for stylish canape trays?
Why is it so hard to find stylish canapé trays. I know it is because I have the same problem. I’ve been looking for canapé trays for various clients and my previous employers for over a decade. This is why I started designing my own.
Where it started for me.
Working for Alison Price caterers I was able to jump straight in and start designing what really worked. As a Chef before event designer this helps get what people really want without knowing it themselves. These were some of my most successful first designs in around 2006
What came next
I set up on my own and carried on what I did in my last job – Event design & canapé tray design. A blend that still worked. These were a few sale items from my last website.
The modular tray below is one tray with multi uses. By having template you can remove to allow for different pots on top.
The below were one of my favourite designs for large events. A hidden drawer or two which allows movement to the other side of the room revealing more canapés to hungry guests.
Clients are always looking for something else though. Like the trays based on St Paul’s window below or something to hold mini pint glasses.
Then comes branding. This can be done by cutting out the acrylic so you can see through or having vinyl printed on.
What came next was hiring out some of my top designs. Found here. This helps makes the products more affordable and rather than a design going to the back of a store cupboard, hiring it means you can try something different next time, keeping clients & guests interested & keeping waste down.
The next stage
As you can see my go to medium for making canapé trays is acrylic as that’s what I started out using. One of my fabricators do build pieces from other materials like wood, metal & Corian however they are more expensive than acrylic and that unfortunately is expensive enough. However my next line needs to be made from sustainable products right!?!?
Watch this space…