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    Holiday Party Catering Ideas

    Holiday Party Catering Ideas:

    Holiday season is here and whether you have a large budget or small budget there are plenty of places to find great ideas.  Here’s one that is sure to make the party that much more memorable, stretch your budget that much farther, and make planning your party that much more convenient – Use Fine Disposables. 

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    Disposables Save Time, Money and Labor. 

     Rental costs for serve ware range from about $4 per person to upwards of $7.50 per person.  That’s just to rent the stuff.  Additional costs may include fuel surcharge, price per mile delivery and additional labor to deal with it during the event.  Now you can get all the aesthetical appeal of fine china with disposables that look like fine china for about ½ the price of what it costs to rent.  No fuel charge, no delivery charge, no broken backs or broken dishes to disrupt the event either.  If your per person budget for your party is small you can instantly improve the perception of it with high end disposables and redirect the savings toward a better menu.  People eat with their eyes before their stomach and the better looking the food is the better it will taste and the more memorable it will be.  High end disposables are not expensive when you compare the cost to renting plates, flatware, and glasses.

    Convenient Anywhere.

    Shatter Proof Stemless Wine Glass and Carafe

    The greatest benefit to using disposables is to the event planner.   There are many venues that do not allow glass so you have no choice but to use disposables.  Using disposables opens your venue options wide open and there are many outdoor venues that are less expensive than indoor venues helping to save even more money without having to sacrifice elegance and sophistication.  Plus one less company and rental contract to deal with can be a blessing especially when you’re one of the party planners scrambling to put together a corporate event where the stakes to impress are high.  Simply using disposable items like stemless wine glasses will create ambiance for your event that is over and above using a random plastic cup for beverages like fine wine.

    Disposables Are More Sanitary.

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    Sanitation is important at parties with a lot of guests.  Unfortunately, holiday party season coincides with flu season.  Studies show that single-use food service items are more sanitary than reusable dishes.  If you’re renting dishes you have no idea where they’ve been stored, the equipment and chemicals that were used to try and get them clean or who’s been handling them.  Sometimes chips on the edges of plates and glasses that seam harmless can be a breeding ground for bacteria that will give your guests the wrong memories of your event. Disposables have evolved so much in the last decade that they realistically could be used at a white glove service event.      

    Take Away.

    It’s time to rethink disposables.   Make any event spectacular regardless of what it’s for or where it is all while saving time and money without sacrificing elegance, sophistication, health and safety.  Check out a full line of options for any event at and request a catalog at our website. 

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    Make money catering to the masses:

    For the first time in history Americans spent more on restaurants and bars than they did on groceries.  This paradigm shift is creating huge opportunities within the restaurant industry that are up for grabs.  My initial thought on how companies can capitalize on the current restaurant trend was focused on making money catering.  However, when most people think of catering they think of food at a wedding, party or corporate event but in reading through this Morgan Stanley $210 Billion food delivery market forecast the real opportunity is going to be in catering to the masses. 

    One Click Ordering:

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    Innovations in the prepared food delivery space are creating a secular shift away from what was once predominately pizza and Chinese into a wider array of restaurant and food type choices.  With one order click technology a hot delicious meal is just minutes away and trackable by smart phone applications.  Broader food choices combined with home delivery trends create an environment ripe for grabbing market share in this young developing industry. 

    Packaging will make or break you:

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    Capitalizing on these emerging trends will require not only being at the top of your food game but also your food presentation game.  Your packaging choices will make or break your success based on how the quality and value of your food is perceived from the moment it shows up at you customers door.  Offering a range of single meal to family meal and large party options will help your restaurant establish itself as a “go to” option when mom doesn’t want to cook, the millennials want you just “one click” away, or dad is throwing the ultimate tailgate before the big game. Including items like tongs and serving utensils branded with your company information will offer convenience and perceived value as well as remain in your customers possession constantly reminding them that your great food is just “one click away.” Offering the option of "serving set ups" such as plates and rolled utensils with a per person surcharge is a strong strategy and will be an added convenience to your customers and cost nuetral to your establishment. 

    Maximize Menu Offerings While Minimizing Sku’s: 

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    Product lines such as REFORM by Fineline Settings have a consistent look; interchangeable lids; are microwave, warming drawer, and dishwasher safe; and will help maximize your menu offering while minimizing unnecessary SKUs.  Reusable single serve and home meal replacement food service packaging is another constant reminder of the restaurant your customers like to frequently order from.    Increases in take out and online delivery requests will not only increase your revenue and loyal customer base, it will also help you avoid idle labor and food costs with the shifting tide of dine in or take out trends. 

    Take Away:

    With modern life styles and the necessity of dual income households, families are often faced with sacrificing prep time in the kitchen for spending time together over dinner around the table.  For savvy restaurateurs the formula of combining top quality ingredients with a versatile packaging system for multi-person table ready food is sure to be a winning equation.  For more information on performance food packaging to help you capitalize on these emerging trends connect with one of our regional sales manages with the button below. Catalog / Fineline Rep Request

    Enjoy Back To School Season A Little More With these Food Containers

    As a once and a lifetime eclipse passes, so do the last days of summer; and that means... School is in session!

    So it’s time for the grown-ups to take some time to get sassy and stylish with a nice dinner party or brunch; and what better way to celebrate than with the effortless elegance of Fineline Settings dinnerware?

    While the kids are learning away, it is time for you and your fellow parent friends to take some well-deserved leisure time. Have a drink (or two) in one of our Margarita or Hurricane Glasses!

    Whether your the Soccer or PTA parent, our line of disposable dinnerware  and food containers are perfect for school FUNctions and events! With serving bowls and trays, PET dessert cups, plates of all shapes and sizes, and more... you'll be perfectly equipped to entertain your academic audiences no matter the occasion! Bring on that post-celebratory football dinner buffet after a hard-won victory! Or bring pre-made healthy snacks and parfaits for after the baseball game in our super easy Super Sips PET Dessert Cups!

    Treat your little troopers to a frozen treat in one of PET Cups after their first tough day back at the grind! No matter you post summer plans are, our exceptional selection of Cutlery, Drinkware, and Dinnerware can fit into your family feasts!

    With the weather beginning to turn and the days growing shorter, get in all of your last minute outdoor festivities without having to worry about heavy, fragile glassware or hours of impending dishwashing! With all of the school supplies on your list, let us take a load off of your plate with our newest selection of:

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    We hope your summer has been amazing, as we have enjoyed spending it with you! Here is to many more and a fall that will be FABULOUS!

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    Where To Buy Cheap To Go Containers

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    Answer: Anywhere! However, the real question to ask is “Does my take-out packaging COST money or MAKE money?”  If you always default to the cheapest to go food containers then they are probably COSTING YOU A LOT OF MONEY.  I recently ordered a catering salad for 8-10 people and a bucket of wings from one of our local spots and my wife said, “Is that our catering order, I WILL NEVER ORDER THAT AGAIN!”  even before the first bite.  It wasn’t because the food was bad, it was because of how it was packaged.  So what’s the lesson here?  Not only did this take-out packaging cost money, it cost them repeat business… and that’s a lot of money.   The true cost of losing a customer is staggering so don't risk it with cheap togo containers. 

    Sell the Sizzle, not the steak. 

    Have you ever heard that term?  I hear it used in many industries but it especially applies to the food service industry.   Being in the industry I see a lot of take out and in my opinion 90% of it fails miserably.  It fails because you can’t see it if you're using regular clam shell to go containers. There might be something delicious inside but if no one can see the food then it isn’t doing what it should be doing – attracting attention. 

    WHAT did you get for lunch? vs. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT LUNCH?

    Put your take-out containers through this one simple test.  When food leaves your restaurant what will your customer’s colleges ask them?  If it’s “WHAT did you get for lunch?” – it fails.  Why?  Because the answer to that question might be – a salad, a sandwich or some basic noun that does your establishment no good.  Even if the answer is “a salad from Mendy’s” the most likely remembrance of that encounter is the answer - salad.  If your deliciousness can be seen and the question is “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT SALAD?” the answer and result is obvious.  Your take-out containers are working for you. 

     Foggy = Soggy

    Salad To Go Containers

    One innovation in food service packaging that truly helps is anti-fog technology.  This technology keeps the food from developing condensation on the inside of the package so food remains crisp and fresh looking.  People eat with their eyes before their taste buds.  It is particularly important in grab-n-go situations where a customer is looking to buy something premade and ready to eat.  You need it to look pristine – you need it to Attract, Entice, and Convert to a sale.   

    Other packaging features to consider.

    Is it table-ready?  

    Sturdy Catering Bowls

    If take-out food needs to be transferred to another plate to be enjoyed that plate should also be provided by your restaurant.  If the customer takes it home and has to “break out the dishes” your take-out program is losing a little bit of its convenience factor and your customer return rate is likely to decline. 

    Are your containers reusable? 

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    Reusable take-out containers have really reformed the take-out food industry.  If you’re already spending money on food packaging that people throw away after 1 use why wouldn’t you spend a little more on something that stays around your customers homes for long periods of time?  Every time that customer handles that reusable to go container for their kid’s lunch, storing left overs, or even for nuts and bolts in the garage they will be remembering where they got it.  That constant reminder is worth a lot of money.  It’s a restaurant customer retention technique and your loyal customers are responsible for driving 80% of your new business

    Want to improve your take out program? Request a catalog and local rep from Fineline.

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    Smart, Sassy... And Perfect For Summer Celebrations!

    It’s that time of year when the weather might be cloying but you can keep cool with some of these flavorful fun beverages! From slushes, to smoothies, sangria- and pints, we’ve got a stylish drink-ware option to fit your every need! Why struggle and stress about the potential disasters brought about by transporting and serving in traditional glassware, when there is an alternative that combines all the elegance and beauty of glass with the efficiency, durability, and convenience of disposable stemware?

    From cocktail-size, to a 35 oz Carafe, we’ve got the coolest collections for your summer get-together; and all with the modern convenience of completely recyclable Polystyrene, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and more!

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    Check out these enticing options, and check off one less task on your to-do list:

    Ice buckets

    Pitchers

    Shot glasses

    Champagne flutes

    Mini margarita glasses

    Cocktail shakers

    Tumblers

    … And more!

    With all these choices, it’s just another reason to look forward to a warm summer day! And because we know you’re already riding the waves of a fast-paced summer, we wanted to make your day a bit easier by introducing you to a few fantastic drink recipes to cool your hot summer daze! With kid-friendly and adults-only recipes, we’ve pined and pinned board of drink ideas perfect for every palette!

    Enjoy an extensive array of salivating summer spritzers to be used in our drinking cups on our…

    FLS 2017 FAVORITE SUMMER SIPPERS!

    With the sunshine bright and pool totally cool, add a bit of ease to the rest of your summer celebrations with any one of our Fineline selections! We hope the rest of your summer is sensational! And we’ll be here every step of the way!

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    Happy Independence Day from Fineline Settings!

     

    Have a star-spangled weekend with a suave selection of PET bowls, white and blue plates, and more!

    It is time to remember and revere the day when our country won its independence and freedom to love, live and enjoy life in each of our unique ways! What an awesome thing to celebrate, right? We, as always, wish to thank those who have served to preserve the freedoms we so cherish, and those who continue to do so at this very moment. You and your families are heroes!

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    As most of us will be enjoying some sun, sparklers and fireworks in the great outdoors, why bother with the hassle of lugging heavy, fragile serving bowls and dinnerware back and forth when you can enjoy the mess-free convenience of our disposable Super Bowl + Square Serving Bowls?

    Easy to stack-and-store, durably pliable, and on the cutting edge of style, your salads, side-dishes and snacks will look great for the day! And when you're done, just toss them away! In medium, large and XL sizes, now your can celebrate in every size!

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    Add a dash of white and blue to your holiday weekend with our elegant Signature Blu collection of plates and bowls! With cobalt foil and gold stamping intricately detailed along its rim, your courses will stay classy from Beef Bourguignon to barbecued ribs!

    Enjoy the fireworks with a cold brew of your choosing in our Pilsner or Hurricane Glasses from our Quenchers collection; which are as stunning in appearance as real glass! And with the durability and ease of disposable plastic, you can enjoy your sipping and sparklers without the frustration and inconvenience of traditional glassware! From pints to Piña colada, enjoy this special day of recognition and appreciation without needing to clutter your to-do list with 'clean-up'!

    We wish you all a very safe and happy Holiday weekend, and we’re always honored to be a part of your celebrations!

     

    Happy 4th of July, Friends!!!

     

    Help Fineline Settings Celebrate 25 Years of Catersource this 2017!

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    In less than a week, one of our favorite events will be taking place in good ole New Orleans! Not only is it Catersource 2017- but they are also celebrating 25 Years since Catersource’s inception! Wow! Obviously, we here at Fineline Settings are honored and excited to share in this special showcase with them from March 12th through 15th, along with over 400 other incredible exhibitors from all walks of catering and event planning life!

    Most of all, we hope to see YOU, so we can do our most favorite thing- and that’s share and celebrate all of Fineline’s newest 2017 endeavors and innovations at our Booth# 1501!

    Not only will you see our usual array of tried and trusted collections, but we’re bringing out a mind-blowing selection of products from our new…

    …and more!

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    This year, you’ll be able to get your Fineline fix over at Booth# 1501! Our expert sales team will be standing by, as always, to entertain, explain and amaze you with all of our newest products; and assist you in finding the perfect partner for your event or foodservice business!

     

    We hope to you see you there! Safe travels!

    Let Fineline Settings Make Your Super Bowl A She-Bang!

    While the Nation is settling into our usual routines and excitedly waiting for spring to come, there is one great American tradition that is nearly upon us; a tradition which unites us with a little friendly competition. We’re talking, of course, about SUPER BOWL 2017, everyone! In just a few days the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will take the field while families all over the country tune in to watch what promises to be a great game of Football!

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    With the onslaught of fans that will soon be crowded into your living room in a rancorous and lively hurricane, wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit of help that you can depend on in the prepping department?

    Wouldn’t it be a blast to have an all-star line-up that, without fail, will make you the champion to your friends and family? Well, day-dream no longer, because there’s one other guest you can invite to your Super Bowl Party so that you can forget about breakage and dirty dishes. We’re talking about us, your friendly Fineline Settings serving ware!

    Sure, our name might be Fineline Settings, but that doesn’t mean that our products won’t play hard for you! From our ever-expanding Super Bowls, Super Sips, Platter Pleasers and Savvi Serve collections, your game plan will go off without a hitch!

    With our durable, dependable serve ware, you’ll never have to worry about a Field Goal resulting in a Fumble of broken glass all over the carpet! With so many sizes and styles to choose from, you’ll be a winner no matter what snacks and treats you choose to serve!

    Thanks to tight-fitting lids, even if the party isn’t in your living room, you’ll have a transport-ready arsenal of reliable and fashionable disposables that will keep cool and collected, even if your Falcon-Clad brother and your Patriot-Partying uncle can’t keep from butting heads!

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    When the game is over, no matter which team comes out with the trophy, you can help everyone toast with our new Quencher’s Barware, and celebrate the wonderful people you’ve got on your team- without having to worry about broken glass or annoying after-party cleanup.

    We hope that your 2017 is treating you well so far. We here at Fineline are excited to serve your every need this year, and continue to expand and elevate your standards in Disposable Dinnerware!

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    Have A Happier Holiday With A Few Drinks And Fineline Settings!

    A Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you all, as our Fineline Family & Friends were also happily celebrating our belt-buckle-loosening holiday! We hope your food was comfy, your drinks merry, and the new memories you made with your families this year bright and indellible.

    Now that we’ve all (hopefully) recovered from our food comas, it’s time for the biggest holiday month of the year! No matter which wonderful holiday you celebrate, we wanted to share a few fun drink recipes we found on Pinterest to help make this season sensational and fun!

    From belly-warming ciders and cocoas, to sangrias and mixed drink so irresistable that they'll have your loved ones spending the night safe and cozy by the fireplace, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also got some Fineline drinkware that we think would look great paired with these drinks… because we’re always in the holiday spirit of giving! Take a look!

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    The Peppermint Eggnog Milkshake is a cool concoction with a holiday flair that will look fantastic in our new Quenchers Pilsner Glass! Let your loved ones know how much you love them with this sweet treet that looks fabulous!

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    For some pretty thirst-parchers to fill your holiday-ready Renaissance Stemless and Stemware, try the Apple Cinnamon Mimosa and Cranberry Apple Sangria! Both sweet, tangy and spicy, these drinks will be a hit in both style and flavor!

     

    Check out this tasty Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake that will have you feeling merry and will look adorable in one of our Flairware ware Margarita or Martini Glasses! Another sweet treat that is perfect for guests of all ages, chocolate and peppermint has never looked so fine!

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    Those are just a few of the delicious drinks we found, and even fewer of the amazingly wide and stylish selection of our drinkware. From shotglasses, to Pilsners, Champagne Flutes, Ttumblers, and more, your festivities will be fantastic with Fineline Settings!

    The holiday season already has us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, and we can’t wait to share in your family celebrations, and share our top of the line disposables that are pretty enough to decorate a holiday mantle! 

    For the rest of the recipes we found, check out our...

    2016 Holiday Drink Recipes Pinterest Board!

     

     

     

     Have a Happy Holiday Season, Friends!

    Make A Signature Statement That Will Mark Your Holiday Celebrations!

    As always, it seems as though the holidays creep up on us ever more quickly each year! With Halloween out the door and in-laws practically ringing our doorbells for Thanksgiving, needless to say, this year’s holidays are going to be a bit hectic! Hey, but that’s okay, because just like last year, and the year before that, Fineline is here to help make this season sophisticated and effortless!

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    We’ve released quite a few new and intriguing products this 2016, all in preparation for now: for your biggest event season of the year, so that your holiday hosting is enjoyable and stress-free. Now, to help give your holiday table a stunning statement that will leave your guests breathless, we introduce…

     

    The Signature Blu Collection

    An elegant and illustrious new addition to your holiday party that embodies old-world grandeur, stunning detail, and modern convenience for your busy life-style! Take a look at just some of the holly jolly highlights of this classically couture collection!

    • Three Perfectly Portioned Sizes for every Holiday Dish!
    • Cobalt and Gold trim heightens an intimate dinner with family; or a holiday bash of 100!
    • With its Unique Color scheme and design, this collection will match both modern and classic stemware and flatware!
    • Our crisp white base married with foil blue trim and gold stamping creates a signature style reminiscent of fine Victorian dining!
    • Polystyrene durability is disguised with delicate fine details that look prestigious enough for your china cabinet!

    Fineline is here so that you never have to settle for less, and to assure that your signature standards are never compromised! We hope your holiday season is a spectacular one!

     

    -Let The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Begin!

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