Clients look for glamour and sparkle in the winter months to lift the spirits at parties overflowing with festive good cheer. Clair Whitecross, Group Sales Director for Thorns Group, says: “There is a completely different atmosphere in the winter and everyone is out to enjoy themselves. Our busiest time is the lead-up to Christmas when seasonal parties are in full swing. But winter is also a time for awards ceremonies, dinners and staff recognition events where clients have different requirements.”
Thorns is the UK’s premier independent supplier of equipment, services and expertise to the events, exhibitions and conference sectors. Clair says: “Obviously this is a busy time for hiring out banqueting tables and chairs. It is the traditional big party market. Our canapé and bowl food ranges are also in demand along with dance floors, bars and chill out furniture. We have a range of illuminated bars perfect for creating an eye-catching focal point – with the option of mirroring the colour and theme of the occasion.”
“The style of banqueting chairs can add colour or mood to any gathering. Careful selection of seat pads can help create a mellow, laid back atmosphere through complementary colours or a fun, funky feel through bold, contrasting colours and textures.
“For networking events – or chill-out areas at formal dinners or awards ceremonies – we find our cube-inspired Vision range are a perennial favourite, as are our Vancouver settees and coffee tables for comfy areas. Poseur tables, with the option of coloured tops, and bar stools have been hot picks for drinks receptions along with a new colour range of Chesterfields for a modern and contemporary look.”
Other chairs that have proved popular with clients during the winter season include a stunning new shabby chic Louis chair in black with a silver leaf trim and the contemporary webb chair. Both deliver a totally different look for feature areas at events and exhibitions.
Clair says: “They have created a real buzz among Thorns’ clients and help turn any space into an elegant, chic setting, perfect for stylish feature areas and VIP zones.”
With operations in London, Birmingham and Manchester, Thorns Group acts as a single-source supplier through its Thorns Furniture and Catering Hire, Camden Exhibition Services and Classic Technical Services specialist divisions. It meets every furniture and catering equipment requirement, whether clients are seeking tables, chairs and bespoke furnishings or the finest china, cutlery, silverware, glassware and linen. www.thorns.co.uk