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9 Awesome Reasons to Use Table Skirting for Your Events

December 10th, 2015

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In case you didn’t know, table skirting is a fine art. It is a way to express your themes and colors and portray a story line for your event. There are tons of benefits to using skirting and we are going to take you through the 9 most reasonable examples of why you NEED to use it. Prepare to get your mind blown!

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1.  Uses are limitless– You can use table skirting at virtually ANY event.  Registration tables, meetings, banquets, weddings, those delectable buffet lines… these are only some of the possibilities.  Does the wedding you’re catering have an awful theme??

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Table skirting can divert your attention for the awful sight of that cheesy superhero attire by giving you a pleasant visual on which to fixate, other than those horrible decisions for wedding themes.

2.  Easy pairing– Let’s face it, layers are in. Table skirts pair well with other linen products such as table toppers, linens, throw covers and runners.  You can’t just throw a table cloth on there and hope it looks classy.  Come on folks, you’ve got to take advantage of layering.  Your tables need to be dressed up and protected and skirting is the “table clothing” that you want.

3.  Boring table fix– Again, no throwing those one layer tablecloths on your table and expecting them to make your tables look elegant! You have to pair and stack your table linens to get the desired stylish look that you are seeking. Nothing screams elegance like a beautifully matched table linen combo.  This is not unlike Jenga, just be sure to have a steady hand when applying or deconstructing these items or you will have a mess to clean.

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4.  Hide those lanky legs– Who wants those awful table legs sticking out during their elegant event?  That’s right, no one!  Table skirting is a beautiful way to hide those stick legs and make everyone forget that they are even there, aside from the table still being up and holding things of course.

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5.  Diversity in colors. Have a catering business or a convention center?  Need color and style options for different events, but don’t want to buy new furniture every time?  Skirting has you covered for this dilemma.  With skirting, you can use endless colors and printed patterns to cover the same tables each time.   This will ensure that your event table colors are matching and appropriate to the type of shindig you are throwing.

6.  Durability.  Some skirting is made from 100% polyester and not cotton.  For the people that aren’t savvy in fashion design lingo, this means that the fabric will hold up in the wash by not shrinking, fading or snagging.  This is a HUGE deal to companies wanting the most “bang for their buck”.  You spend a reasonable amount on skirting and end up getting a quality product that is sustainable for many uses.

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7.  Green is better. Most skirting can be cleaned by the simple rag and water routine, so you won’t have to put it in the washing machine that often.  This conserves water for your company and the environment!

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8.  Easy Application.  Skirting attaches to your tables by either using clips or Velcro.  This makes for a super easy and quick set up/take down.  Conserving your time (and headache) is always important.

9.  No fanning the flame. Most types of skirting are flame retardant and can hold a lot of heat.  This is great news for things like buffet lines or any tables holding food.  We don’t want to burn down the house!

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Now that you are 100% informed on the fact that table skirting is the best option for your next event, the only decision left to make is…. What are you serving for dinner???Fun facts brought to you by SDi Brands.

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Appetite rises for Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant equipment

May 22nd, 2015

Read this article below from the Dallas Morning News May 20, 2010 issue featuring Snap Drape International

Carrollton-based Snap Drape International, which makes table linens for restaurants, hotels and country clubs. Orders are up after industry sales were down in 2008 and 2009.

Carrollton-based Snap Drape International, which makes table linens for restaurants, hotels and country clubs. Orders are up after industry sales were down in 2008 and 2009.

If the recession has been like a long cold winter blanketing the restaurant industry, think of table linens and meat grinders as tulips.

Green shoots are popping up across the $390 billion restaurant industry, often in the form of accessories and equipment that were more often catalog pictures than purchased goods during the downturn.

Orders are up at several North Texas companies that sell restaurant furniture, equipment and other nonfood items. That’s led to cautious optimism as they head to Chicago this weekend for the annual restaurant trade show sponsored by the National Restaurant Association.

“We’ve seen our bookings begin to climb back up,” said Darrin Garlish, president and chief executive of Carrollton-based Snap Drape International, which makes table linens for restaurants, hotels and country clubs. “I’m going to stay very optimistic that there will be more decision makers [at the show]. I’m hoping they’ll be back to peek under the hood.”

The recession saw consumers’ torrid love affair with restaurants cool considerably, pushing industry sales down an inflation-adjusted 1.2 percent in 2008 and 2.9 percent in 2009.

That in turn forced restaurateurs to put nearly all discretionary spending on hold, including what’s known in the trade as FFE: furniture, fixtures and equipment.

“There is definitely pent-up demand among restaurant operators for FFE purchases,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the restaurant association, the industry’s largest trade group.

Nearly half of 500 restaurant operators surveyed in April said they plan to spend money on equipment, expansion or remodeling in the next six months – up from 43 percent in March and “the strongest level in two years,” Riehle said.

The Irving-based operator of Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants is planning to spend $67 million this year on capital improvements, with a “significant portion” on furniture, fixtures and equipment, said Brenda Holloway, a spokeswoman for CEC Entertainment Inc.

Restaurateurs are reacting in part to signs that consumers are ready to come out of the bunker.

Same-store sales at 47 restaurant chains tracked by the NPD Group Inc. have improved in seven of the last nine weeks.

“This is one of the recovery signs we’re beginning to see in the restaurant industry,” said spokeswoman Kim McLynn.

In anticipation that the worst is over, suppliers are cranking up production.

At Garlish’s shop, colorful napkins, skirts for banquet tables and other linens are sewn on demand – only when orders come in.

So far this year, increased orders have pushed sales up by 15 percent as independent restaurateurs and hotels boosted spending.

“Companies are loosening up the purse strings,” Garlish said.

Compare that to July 2008. “It was like a light switch went off,” he said. “Business dropped 25 percent.”

Garlish, who has been with the company for 25 years, said revenue at the privately held company was more than $12 million last year, compared with more than $15 million in 2008.

With the steep drop in orders, the company laid off 20 workers, or 25 percent of the staff. Other workers faced pay cuts.

In November, “we started seeing things looking better,” he said. “In January, it really started to sink in.”

Nick Ades is director of hospitality sales for Coppell-based Woodard Furniture, a subsidiary of Craftmade International. Woodard also is among 31 North Texas companies planning to exhibit at the restaurant show.

Ades, whose company supplies outdoor furniture used in hotels, country clubs and common areas of assisted living facilities, is expecting to see increased foot traffic at the show to match what he sees as growing demand.

“There’s an overall sense that we’re breaking through this thing,” said Ades, adding that in the past six months hospitality sales have been more consistent.

During the downturn, “we’d go three weeks with a flurry of orders, and then it would get quiet,” he said.

He speculated that sales would pick up even more if bankers would boost the flow of cash.

“It’s financing that’s inhibiting us from coming out of it,” Ades said. “For the people that have money, they’re in a good position now because the cost of materials and labor is low.”

Mike McNeer, director of sales and marketing for Dallas-based Thunderbird Food Machinery Inc., said sales at his company dropped only slightly during the downturn. And he attributes at least part of that to a cutback in advertising and marketing.

McNeer, whose company sells items such as meat grinders, gear-driven food mixers, bone saws and bread slicers, said 2008 “was a really good year for us. 2009 was slower.”

In 2008, the company shipped at least three to five high-end machines a week, with some costing up to $30,000. “In 2009, it slowed down to maybe one or two” a week, he said.

So far this year, the company’s been selling more meat grinders, a stainless steel machine that can cost less than $1,000. And there’s more demand for parts, as restaurant operators try to shore up equipment they already have.

Though McNeer’s company was not among the hardest hit by the economic implosion, he thinks the bounce back will bring his firm additional sales.

As restaurateurs are “looking at ads for any other kind of equipment, they’re going to see ads for Thunderbird, and that’s going to increase our sales,” he said