Selecting the right furniture is an important part of planning any event, as it contributes to the atmosphere and enhances the experience for your guests. When choosing event furniture, it's essential to align your choice with the theme and atmosphere you wish to create.
Here at Caterhire.ie, we stock a wide range of furniture for all events, and we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to help you during your planning journey!
Choosing a Theme
First, begin by choosing a theme or style to base your furniture choice on. Here are some popular themes you may wish to consider:
A rustic theme exudes charm, and is a popular choice for weddings. You can create a rustic aesthetic by using wooden furniture and natural textures. We recommend our Rustic Oak Table (6.6ft x 33in), paired with the Rustic Wooden Bench with Foldable legs or Bentwood Rustic Oak Chair for the perfect match!
This theme is ideal if you’re looking to create a sleek, minimal space. You can create a contemporary atmosphere by mixing monochromatic tones, different shapes and pops of colour. We recommend our Capri range, available in four fabulous colours: mink, dark blue, dark green and mustard! You can mix and match shades in our armchairs and sofas, such as the Capri Armchair Dark Blue, Capri Armchair Dark Green, Capri 2 Seater Sofa Mustard and more!
If you want to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere, a colourful theme is an ideal choice. Simply mix bold and bright hues and patterns to add a splash of colour (and fun) to any event. Check out our Wow Benches, Pop Benches and Smartie Benches (5 seater) for some inspiration!
Event Seating Choices:
A key consideration when choosing event seating is whether your guests will be seated at a table, or if they’ll be seated on lounge furniture (soft seating) or standing/sitting at cocktail tables. Perhaps your event will consist of both types of seating. Let’s take a closer look at some of our recommendations for both:
- a. Lounge/Cocktail Furniture and Soft Seating:
Lounge and cocktail areas are an ideal choice if you’re looking to create a relaxing, social-friendly space. Soft seating is ideal for corporate events, trade shows (so you can sit with clients), parties and more. The key is to create an inviting space for mingling and networking. Think items such as sofas, ottomans and footstools like the Club 3 Seater Sofa White, Club Footstool White Leather and Avocado Ottoman White Leather. For cocktail receptions, you may wish to view the Jet Pod Table - Milky White and Jet Stool - Milky White, amongst so much more!
- b. Tables & Chairs:
Tables and chairs are fundamental for any event, whether you’re hosting a networking event, wedding, corporate function or anything in between. For more formal events, you may wish to consider elegant banquet tables with matching chairs, such as the 5ft Round Table (Folding) or Table Rectangular 6ft x 30in paired with the Chiavari Chair Limewash. Less less formal functions or bar settings may call for contemporary options such as the Grande Flow Network Table, Volt Barstool White, Cube Black Bar Stool and Cube Black High Bar Table (Bamboo Top).
Hosting an outdoor event? Our premium outdoor furniture pieces are not only stylish and functional, but are also built to withstand the elements.
Whether it’s a barbecue, Communion or an outdoor wedding, we offer outdoor furniture that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, including our Garden Table and Chairs Set (Wooden) which pairs perfectly with a rustic or natural-themed outdoor event. The earthy tones offer a relaxed setting for attendees.
Or check out the Rattan Outdoor Table & Chair Set,a classic choice for outdoor events which includes a 2 seater sofa, 2 x armchairs, glass topped coffee table and cushions. This set provides a stylish, modern look for outdoor events and is complete with beige coloured cushions for comfort.