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Listed alphabetically, our glossary will help you understand about the different products that we offer, and will guide you to them on the site if you wish to hire them. We also explain the various terms used across the hire industry. If you need any clarification on any products or terms, please speak to one of our sales team members.


Aluminium Chair – All metal patio chairs, which usually form part of an outdoor furniture patio set.

Ammon TablePoseur tables which are nightclub-style with simple metal base and posts but with circular glass table tops.

Arcade Machine – A freestanding electronic machine which offers entertainment by way of video games.

Availability – The term used to describe when a product is in stock or not. If a product is in stock, or we know it is coming back into stock, then it is available.

Awards Ceremony – An event which commonly uses equipment hire from Event Hire UK such as furniture hire, catering equipment hire, posts and rope hire, retractable barrier hire and so on.


Bain Marie – A type of catering equipment hire product which contains water to slowly and gently heat food., also known as a water bath.

Balustrade – A type of upright decorative furniture support, often found in wedding venues.

Banqueting Chair – A type of chair that is used for functions, combined with banqueting tables. Examples of this are wedding chairs such as Napoleon chairs and Chiavari chairs.

Banqueting Table – Comes in many different shapes and sizes, usually determined by length in feet. The larger the table, the larger the number of people it can accommodate.

Banquo Chair – Also known as ghost chairs, these hire chairs are transparent and see-through. Often used for modern and contemporary style events such as weddings, fashion shows and so on.

Barbeque – For outdoor events cooking, Event Hire UK has barbeques to hire in the form of LPG gas barbeques to hire.

Bar Furniture – The furniture that you find in bar areas to accommodate guests. This can be anything from bar stools to bar poseur nightclub tables and poseur tables covers for example.

Bar Hire – Portable bars for hire are hugely popular for events such as weddings and corporate hospitality events . Bars range in type from traditional bar units through to more contemporary LED bars, to suit your type of event.

Barrier – Specialist crowd management, queue management or decor for VIP events equipment. Example of barriers to hire include retractable barriers and chrome posts and ropes.

Bar stools – Available in many different styles and colours, bar stools for hire are generally higher than normal chairs with some form of foot-plate so that guests can sit at the right height at a bar. Examples of bar stools include Z bar stools and Oro bar stools.

Bar Tables – Perfect for use in bar areas, usually made in metal or glass. Examples are Oro bar tables, lattice bar tables and Jem round tables.

Beanbag – A canvas bag full of polystyrene balls, often available in different colours, that can be used for very informal seating.

Beer Glass – Glassware that is used to serve beer, with standards of half pint glasses and pint glasses.

Bento Box – A type of oriental style food presentation box for individual serving, most typically used to serve sushi, but actually can be used for both hot or cold finger foods.

Bistro Chair – Simple chairs that are often used for outdoor purposes, usually made in green or white plastic.

Black And White Dance Floor – A type of dance floor that uses black and white interlocking panels to create a chessboard effect, and usually temporary in nature. Ideal for hotels and wedding marquees, black and white dance floor hire from Event Hire UK is extremely popular.

Boston Shot Glass – A type of shot glass distinguished by its sloping sides. Normal capacity is 6cl.

Bottle Skip – A refuse collection container for bottles, ideal for wedding venues and large scale catering events.

Bottoms Up – In this context, a beer dispense method which fills cups from the bottom upwards, rather than top down, usually providing a faster dispense.

Bread Basket – Often made of wicker material, a type of basket that bread is presented in at fine dining events, restaurants and wedding breakfasts.

Buffet Mirror – A type of platter on which buffet food can be served on, with a reflective mirror surface.

Buffet Plate – Buffet lunches are usually of the finger food variety, in which case you will need to hire buffet plates on which your guests can put their chosen buffet food.

Butter Dish – A type of white china container used for the storage and serving of butter at formal occasions and events, such as weddings, for example.


Cabernet Stemware – An elegant design of glassware which is characterised by its long stem and beautiful rounded edges. Classic examples are wine glasses and champagne flutes hire.

Café Chair – A style of chair which has rounded arm rests and slatted base, usually made in a combination of aluminium and hardwood but can also be all metal.

Café High Stool – Similar to a café chair but both taller and slimmer in design, and usually made of the all metal variety.

Cafetiére – A type of coffee maker which is made in glass with a metal outer and perfect for coffee making.

Cake Stand – A method of serving cakes at fine dining events and wedding breakfasts. Cake stands often have 2 or 3 tiers, so your guests can make a selection, and are usually available in different designs.

Calcutta High Back Chair – A classical type of chair which is popular at weddings which, as its name would suggest, has a high back, higher than normal wedding chairs.

Canapé – A type of small-bite food which are usually offered around guests at corporate and black tie events, also known as canapé reception events.

Caterers – Professional and commercial catering companies who hire out their services to various events, providing all the catering staff and expertise to cater for these events such as black tie corporate events and weddings.

Catering Equipment – The term used to encompass many different types of equipment but which are all used in the preparation, serving, storage or disposal of food stuffs.

Chafing Dish – Metal, rectangular containers used for the serving of hot foods for hot buffet style events, for example. The food is kept warm due to the fact that there are small burners under the dish, for which you will also need to buy chafing dish fuel.

Chair Cover – Often used at weddings, chair covers come in many different colours to match existing colour schemes and are often made in stretch Lycra to fit over the majority of banqueting chair types.

Chair Hire – One of the most popular types of hire from Event Hire UK is that of chair hire which encompasses everything from Chiavari wedding chair rental through to conference chairs hire, banqueting chairs hire and ghost chairs rental for example.

Champagne Flute – A tall, slender glass with long stem which are traditionally used for the drinking of champagne. It is often best to tilt the glass when pouring champagne into the champagne flute.

Champagne Saucer – A type of glass from which people drink champagne, with a long stem and wide, shallow glass. Perfect for James Bond 007 events or 1920s Great Gatsby events, for example.

Charity Event – A type of fundraising event, such as a ball or fun run, designed to raise money from contributions and charitable donations for one or more charities. These events are often indoor events which need furniture hire and catering equipment hire.

Cheese Board – A platter, often made of wood, designed to present a variety of cheese, often used at weddings and fine dining events.

Chesterfield Sofa – A classic and well-known lounge furniture style.

Chest Freezer – A type of freezer which is different to an upright freezer in that it is rectangular and sits lower on the floor, with the handle at waist height.

Cheval Mirror – A type of mirror that are popular at events such as fashion shows and award ceremonies, for example.

Chiavari Chair – Incredibly popular chairs, often used as wedding chairs, for example, characterised by their classical horizontal bar backs with vertical batons running across in a single row across the top of the back section. From Event Hire UK, these are available in different colours and with a variety of interchangeable seat pads, meaning that they are hugely versatile and, due to their popularity, available in large quantities.

China Hire – The generic phrase, also known as crockery hire, which encompasses all different forms of white china rental such as dinner plates, soup dishes, side plates, butter dishes and many more.

Chinaware – Another generic term used for ranges of china and porcelain.

Chrome Post – Often used on red carpets and other VIP events, chrome posts and ropes are used a crowd management or crowd directional pieces of event equipment hire at large scale events.

Clearing Trolley – Normally a stainless steel two-level trolley with castors, providing a portable trolley to aid the clearing of cooking utensils or crockery.

Club Chair – A type of chair, often found in offices or reception area with padded seat and rounded padded back, usually made in leather.

Cocktail – A type of drink which is usually a mixture of spirits and soft drinks, served in cocktail glasses.

Coffee Cup – Usually made from china, coffee cups are usually available in different sizes, which is often determined by the type of coffee that is being consumed.

Coffee Maker – Any sort of device that makes coffee, including percolators and cafetières.

Coffee Percolator – This is a type of pot used to brew coffee, by passing water through the ground coffee.

Coffee Table – A small table, often square, rectangular or round in shape which are lower than dining tables, designed to accommodate crockery and so on at the height of a person in the sitting position. Coffee tables are often found in office reception areas.

Cold Room – Another name for a modular walk-in fridge.

Collection – The process whereby pick up is made of event hire equipment after an event.

Coloured Stoneware – A type of crockery, usually available in different colours and designs.

Condition – The state in which products are in terms of wear and tear.

Conference – A type of event, usually corporate-led, whereby a large volume of people gather with a common purpose to listen to a speaker.

Conference Chair – A type of chair hire that is used at conferences. These usually link together with a linking bar to ensure that clean rows of chairs are maintained and conform with the latest health and safety regulations.

Conference Table – A large table often found in the meeting rooms of an organisation’s office which is used for meetings, usually involving 5 people or more.

Configurations – Content

Conical Table – A table which doesn’t have legs, but has a central cone-shaped base on top of which the table-top sits.

Cooling – The process of reducing ambient temperature in a location, which normally involves air conditioning or electrical fans hire.

Copper Cutlery – A unique and engaging range of cutlery offered for hire by Event Hire UK.

Corkscrew – A device which can be either manual or automatic, designed to remove corks from the necks of wine bottles.

Corporate Hospitality – Types of events that are held by companies and other organisations to host key clients or shareholders.

Craft Beer Glass – A style of beer glass used for the serving of craft beers and IPAs.

Cream Jug – A piece of crockery, normally white china, which holds cream, used for fine dining and other events.

Crockery Hire – The name given to hiring china or crockery whereby individuals or companies borrow china pieces for an event for a period of time, pay for this service and then return it.

Cross Back Chair – A super-stylish banqueting chair used for modern day weddings, and you can hire from Event Hire UK with your choice of seat pad colour.

Cube Stool – A stool on which people put their feet when sitting on a chair or sofa, cubed in shape and usually made in the same material such as leather as the matching chairs and sofas in the full suite. These can either found in the home or in office reception areas.

Cupboard – A piece of furniture in which items are kept for safekeeping and organisation purposes, in this case office furniture hire.

Cut Glass – A luxury type of glassware, available in a variety of styles.

Cutlery Hire – The name given to the process of individuals or professional companies renting pieces of cutlery such as knives, forks and spoons for a short period of time and then returning them after use, and being charged for this rental period.


Dance Floor – An area at a party, for example, where people go to dance. Temporary dance floors can be hired, which come in panels which interlock together.

Decor – The generic term given to items with which you can decorate any setting.

Delivery – The process whereby event hire equipment is dropped off at a venue prior to an event.

Deposit – A sum of money which is paid by an individual to either secure an order in advance or money paid as insurance against loss or breakages. If loss and breakages are incurred during the period of hire, then the cost of this is subtracted from the deposit amount, and the remainder – if any – paid back to the customer on return of the goods.

Desk – A piece of hire furniture which is normally found in an office on which employees can work.

Dessert Fork – An implement designed to eat desserts, usually smaller in overall size than a dinner fork. Can also be used as a starter fork.

Dessert Knife – A small knife designed to cut desserts, usually smaller than dinner knives size.

Dessert Spoon – A spoon, often smaller than other spoons but larger than teaspoons, which is designed for eating desserts.

Dining Table – The name given to tables which are usually made of wood from which people eat food.

Dinner Plate – A large piece of white crockery which is usually round but can also be square or rectangular from which people consume main courses.

Director’s Chair – A folding wooden frame chair with heavy-duty canvas on the seat and back, often available in different colours. The type of chair found in backstage make-up rooms or traditionally on film sets.

Display Cabinet – Mainly glass with a steel frame, display cabinets are often found at trade shows or other events where companies – usually – want to display their products. Their products can be kept safe as display cabinets usually have some sort of locking device on the rear sliding doors, and also usually have LED lighting inside to show off the products at their best.

Domino Stemware – A type of glassware offered by Event Hire UK, with a black stem.

Drinks Tray – A flat piece of equipment on which glasses of drinks can be served by waiting staff to guests at events.


Ellipse Pattern Cutlery – A type of modern style cutlery offered by Event Hire UK.

Entertainment Hub – A type of mobile entertainment centre, perfect for temporary events and occasions.

Event Hire – The hiring of products and equipment for indoor and outdoor events.

Event Cold Servery – A refrigerated serving facility for desserts and cold buffet food at events.

Event Hot Servery – A piece of catering equipment hire which provides a warm serving platform for events.

Event Management – The process whereby events are planned and organised. This can involve anything from equipment hire to organising waiting staff through to professional catering hire for example.

Executive Chair – A piece of furniture which is usually found in an office on which people sit. These are often made in leather.

Exhibition – An event where companies or individuals display their products, concepts and ideas to others with the objective being to raise awareness, promote and sell.


Fabric Settee – A piece of furniture hire which is usually rectangular used for the purposes of seating people, usually 2 or 3 in number, covered with a fabric that isn’t leather.

Family Celebration – This is a type of event that can take many forms such as a birthday party, anniversary party, Bar Mitzvah, homecoming party or other similar occasion.

Fashion Show Event – An event where guests are invited, usually to watch display the latest clothes fashions on a catwalk. Fashion shows are often used by clothes designers to show off their latest products at the start of new seasons.

Faux Leather – A type of material which looks and feel the same as real leather, but which isn’t.

Festival – A large gathering of people, usually outdoors, to watch people perform. Large scale festivals usually involve many thousands of people watching outdoor concerts in the same venue, with many camping overnight.

Filing Cabinet – A steel cabinet often found in an office environment which is used for storing files so that they are easily accessible.

Folding Chair – A type of chair hire which are easily stored, transported and erected, popular for conferences and other events where large numbers of people need to be seated, often in rows.

Folding Picnic Bench – A type of picnic bench offered for hire by Event hire which is heavy-duty plastic and folds to flat, unlike traditional wooden picnic benches.

Freezer – A piece of electrical equipment into which food can be placed to freeze it for consumption at a later date.

Freezer Trailer – A towable freezer unit which provides additional freezer capacity at temporary event venues.

Fridge – A piece of electrical equipment which keeps fresh foods at a chilled temperature.

Fridge Trailer – A mobile cold room which is towable into position on site and is ideal for professional caterers to provide them with additional cold capacity on site.

Fundraising Event – A type of event where people gather to raise money, often for charity.

Furniture Hire – The process whereby furniture such as tables and chairs, for example, are lent to people in exchange for money.


Gantry – An overhead type of equipment that fits onto an electric hot cupboard.

Gastronorm – A type of stainless steel tray which is usually found in commercial kitchens for use in ovens, and which is available in different sizes.

Ghost Chair – The name often given to transparent chairs, popular for modern and contemporary events.

Gilt – Another name for a gold colour, usually found on chairs for hire.

Glassware Hire – The phrase given to the loaning of glass products including wine glasses, champagne flutes, water glasses and jugs amongst others to people in exchange for money.

Glass Washer – An electrical appliance which washes glasses.

Gold Cutlery – A range of cutlery offered for hire by Event Hire UK with a polished gold finish, providing something different to standard stainless steel cutlery, and lending itself perfectly to luxury events.

Gold Patterned Rim Glassware – Luxury styled range of wine and champagne glasses available to hire.

Gold Rim Glassware – A range of luxury glassware available from Event Hire UK with a solid gold band around the rim.

Grand Cépage – A range of glassware hire offered for rent by Event Hire UK.

Griddle – A grill-type piece of equipment which is flat in design and heated from below, ideal for cooking meat.


Hand Sanitiser Dispenser Unit – A freestanding unit which is full of hand sanitiser gel or foam, with a manual or automatic dispense, providing access to people to sanitise their hands prior to entering a venue, workplace, school or other.

Hand Wash Unit – A piece of equipment which is used for the washing of hands before or after food preparation, for example.

Hardwood Furniture – A type of wooden patio furniture made in hardwood to withstand the outside elements.

Hat Stand – A tall, slender piece of equipment which usually stands in the corner of an office reception area on which hats can be stored.

High Chair – A chair designed specifically for young children, usually with straps and plastic front at the front.

Hire – The name given to the process of lending an individual or organisation some type of equipment for a sum of money for a period of time and it then being returned. In the USA, hire means to employ a person in an organisation.

Hob – A type of electrical catering equipment hire which is used to heat saucepans in mobile kitchen cooking such as marquees, for example.

Hot Cupboard – A type of kitchen catering equipment hire which is used to keep food warm after it has been prepared at large catering events. These can either be electric or gas powered.

Hotels – Venues for which furniture hire and dance floor hire is popular for weddings and Christmas parties.

Hot Holding Cupboard – A large piece of electrical catering equipment hire for a professional kitchen, made in stainless steel, which is programmable to keep prepared food at a constant warm temperature prior to serving.

Hot Servery – A type of trolley on which you can serve food, such as carveries, for instance.


Ice Bucket – A bucket shaped piece of equipment which usually sits on a table and is either made of plastic or metal in which ice cubes are put and bottles of wine or bottled beers are positioned to keep them chilled.

Indoor Event – Any type of event that takes place undercover.

Infiniti Lounge Furniture – A range of stylish leather armchairs and sofas which are perfect for events and occasions, available in both white leather and grey leather options.

Island Shot Glass – A tall, straight type of shot glass.

ISO Chair – A type of chair, popular at banqueting events or conferences, for example, which can also link together for safety.


Jackstack – A tall piece of equipment usually found in a catering environment, either front or back of house, onto which plates can be positioned, often around 70+.

Jewellery Showcase – A glass display cabinet designed for showing off jewellery and watches. They usually contain LED strip-lighting inside.


Kids Furniture – Any type of furniture which is designed for children.

Kings Pattern Cutlery – One of the ranges of cutlery hire that is offered by Event Hire UK.


Lamp Shade Electric Patio Heater – A patio heater for undercover with a top that is shaped like a lamp shade.

Large Scale Event Organisers – The term given to major event organisers such as conferences, exhibitions, weddings, award ceremonies and so on.

Large Venues – Arenas, sports stadia, festival sites and big hotels are all types of large venues, where big events take place.

Lattice Table – A type of table hire from Event Hire UK which is characterised by the lattice design on the central leg.

Lazy Susan – A type of revolving servery which sits in the middle of a dining table on which small plates of food sit, which guests can turn to access the various foodstuffs.

Leather Armchair – A piece of furniture on which a single person can sit, covered in leather, which is usually brown or black. Usually found in office reception areas.

Leather Settee – A piece of furniture hire onto which two or three people can sit, with the frame covered in black, brown or cream leather.

LED Furniture – A generic term given to furniture that lights up.

Light Up Letter – A freestanding letter of the alphabet which illuminates, and is usually 4ft tall.

Light Up Number – A freestanding number that illuminates, which is usually 4ft or 6ft in height.

Limewash – A neutral colour often assigned to chairs for hire.

Linen Hire – The lending of tablecloths, napkins, chair covers and chair bows, for example, to individual people or organisations for a period of time in exchange for a sum of money.

Linking Chair – A type of chair hire that is used at conferences which can link together to comply with large quantities of chairs at events for health and safety compliance.

Locker – Metal lockable cupboards with a key, designed for the storage of personal belongings.

Louis Chair – A banqueting chair of grandeur which is often used at Asian weddings and fine dining events.

Low Showcase – A counter-top height glass display cabinet, ideal for diamonds, watches and other small and valuable items at exhibitions.

LPG – A type of gas which powers equipment.

Lubiana Fine Porcelain – One of the ranges of china hire that is offered by Event Hire UK.


Marlborough Lounge Furniture – A range of stylish velour lounge furniture in either grey or blue colour options, including armchairs and sofas. Velour is a faux-velvet finish, lending itself perfectly to high quality events.

Marquee Companies – Specialist companies who offer marquees to clients such as wedding planners, graduation ceremonies and so on.

Martini Glass – A type of glass characterised by a large open-top, on a slim stem for the conumption of Martini and cocktails.

Maya Chair – A simple style chair made from durable plastic which is stackable and ideal for use in cafeterias, catering zones and behind the scenes areas at events.

Mercury Pattern Cutlery – One of the ranges of cutlery hire products offered for rent by Event Hire UK.

Metro Chair – One of the ranges of chairs for hire available from Event Hire UK, characterised by their metal frames.

Microwave – A piece of electrical equipment that is used in kitchens for the quick heating of food products.

Mirror Bar – This type of furniture is often found at marquee weddings, corporate hospitality events and conferences, for example.

Mobile Servery – A piece of kitchen catering equipment on which foodstuffs can be served to guests at venues.

Modular – The process of putting items of the same type alongside each other to create a larger finished product.

Mulled Wine Glass – A special type of glass which is used to serve mulled wine, usually around Christmas, noted for its handle.


Napkin – A piece of fabric, usually available in different colours, given to a guest at a dinner table to put over their lap.

Napoleon Chair – One of the ranges of hire chairs offered by Event Hire UK, characterised by vertical batons up the back of the chair.

Nonic Half Pint Glass – A type of beer glass.

Nonic Pint Glass – A type of beer glass which holds a pint of beer.

Nova Armchair – An item of outdoor furniture with 2 armrests.

Nova Chair – A type of patio chair available at Event Hire UK, available in different colour options.

Nova Table – The matching outdoor patio table to the Nova chair and armchair.


Oak Top Bar – A type of modular bar with an oak top, and tongue-and-groove front panelling.

Office Chair – A type of chair that is found in an office environment, usually black with armrests.

Office Furniture – The generic name given to any type of furniture that can found in an office, including desks, executive chairs, filing cabinets, cupboards and office screens, for example.

Office Screen – A square-ish piece of furniture, often found in open-plan offices or even in polling stations, which is used to separate space for privacy purposes.

Optic Stand – A piece of back bar equipment which holds various spirits bottles to ease of access for bar staff to serve guests at a bar.

Organza Chair Tie – A type of silk fabric which can be tied into a bow to accessorise a chair, for instance.

Oro Table – Bar tables, bistro or poseur, that have round flat tops with a single stem leg.

Outdoor Event – Any type of event that takes place outdoors, such as an outdoor concert, carnival or sports event, for example.

Outdoor Event Hire – The phrase given to equipment hire products that are used for outdoor events or occasions including outdoor furniture hire, patio heaters, patio chairs and tables and so on.

Outdoor Furniture Hire – The generic term used to describe any type of furniture which is used for outdoor events.

Oven – An electrical kitchen appliance into which food is placed for cooking.


Pallet Bar – A type of rustic looking bar, made from pallets.

Parasol – A large umbrella that is usually found accompanying patio furniture for the purposes of providing shade from the sun during summer.

Parquet Dance Floor – One of the types of dance floors offered for hire by Event Hire UK.

Party Planners – The name given to professionals who organise parties for members of the public.

Pasta Bowl – A piece of crockery hire which is larger than a dessert bowl in which pasta is usually served at events.

Patio Furniture – Furniture, often white or green and made in heavy-duty plastic, which is normally found on a patio in the summer months.

Patio Heater – A slender upright heater which provides downwards warmth on patios for outside events.

Pedestal – A small drawer unit, which usually slots under an office desk.

Pepper Pot – A piece of china or crockery which sits on banqueting tables alongside salt pots for use by guests.

Picnic Bench – Usually made of wood and trestle shaped tables (but can be round), picnic benches have adjoining rectangular seating.

Picket Fencing – A type of temporary fence panel which are often used to mark out areas.

Pipe & Drape – A way of creating sectioning off in large event spaces, using modular bars with drape fabric.

Polycarbonate – A type of plastic which is transparent and unbreakable, making it perfect for the manufacture of reusable event cups.

Polypropylene – Another type of plastic which is opaque (semi-see through), also used in the production of reusable cups.

Pool Table – An item of entertainment.

Portable Bar – A bar which is temporary in nature, usually found in wedding marquees or at venues where a fixed bar isn’t present.

Portable Stage Unit – A piece of furniture which when in place allows a person standing on it to be raised off the floor. Popular for fashion shows and conferences, for example.

Poseur Table – A type of taller than normal table which is designed for bars, onto which guests can put drinks when they are standing up.

Poseur Table Cover – A type of stretch cover that fits over poseur tables, often available in different colours.

Posts And Ropes – Posts that normally have a chrome finish and ropes in different colours are often found at VIP events.

Pour & Serve Coffee Maker – A machine that uses coffee filters that drain into glass pouring jugs and have hot plates to keep contents hot.

Prep Table – The type of table used in catering settings, usually with stainless steel tops.

Press Conference – A type of event where an organisation divulges news to the media.

Private Event Organisers – People who organise family celebrations, occasions and other events.

Product Launch – An event where an organisation introduces a new product to the media, clients, employees and so on.

Professional Caterers – Catering companies who charge fees to provide catering services to weddings and corporate hospitality events, for example.


Ramekin – A small circular piece of crockery in which various food products can be served either hot or cold.

Rebus Stool – A type of bar stool offered for rental by Event Hire UK.

Reception Desk – A type of front desk which is found in an office reception area, usually made in wood.

Reception Furniture – Any sort of furniture that is found in an office reception area, which can include reception desks, armchairs and settees, and hat stands, for example.

Rectangular Table – A table that is rectangular, often found as the top table for weddings and other events.

Refrigerated Trailer – The generic name given to trailer fridges and trailer freezers which provide valuable additional temporary cold room storage at events.

Rental – Another word for the hire of equipment.

Retractable Belt Barrier – Another word for a stretch barrier, of which Tensabarriers are the best-known brand name.

Return Dirty Service – A service offered by Event Hire UK whereby clients can return their cutlery, crockery and glassware unwashed, and we will wash it in depot in return for a small additional charge.

Reusable Glassware – The generic term given to reusable plastic cups and glassware which can include pints and half pints, wine glasses, tumblers, whisky glasses, and champagne flutes.

Reusable Plastic Cup – A type of plastic cup that is used at festivals and large scale events which can be washed and reused many times over, often up to 500+ washes if made in polycarbonate.

Rio Chair – A type of chair for hospitality events hired by Event Hire UK which is available in different colour options.

Rio High Table – A two-metre-long high table at which the Rio stools can be used for informal yet still professional seating arrangements.

Rio Stool – The matching stool to the Rio chair, also available in different colour options, with a polished chrome frame and foot rest.

Roma Stool – A type of bar stool furniture hire from Event Hire UK.

Rope – Usually accompanying chrome posts, ropes are often blue, black or red and used at VIP events.

Round Table – Dining and banqueting tables that are circular, often used at fine dining events.

Royal Doulton Porcelain – A range of branded white china hire available from Event Hire UK.

Rustic Bench – Perfect for tipi weddings, the rustic bench is made in solid wood and matches up with the rustic table.

Rustic Table – A solid wood table which combines with the rustic bench, making it perfect for festivals, bierkeller events and tipi weddings.


Salad Bowl – A bowl, usually made from china or glass, that is used to serve salads.

Salt Pot – A piece of crockery that sits alongside pepper pots on banqueting tables, so guests can season their food according to taste.

Sauce Boat – A long, slender piece of crockery hire that contains gravy or sauce at banqueting and dining events.

Saucepan – A kitchen cooking implement that is used for the cooking and heating of foodstuffs.

Savoie Stemware – One of the ranges of glassware that is offered for hire by Event Hire UK.

Scaffold Furniture – A type of event furniture such as scaffold high tables, scaffold dining tables and scaffold coffee tables made out of reclaimed scaffolding timber and metal poles, providing an industrial look for modern style events and occasions.

Seminar – A business type event where clients or employees gather for a sharing of information, usually in a conference or large office venue.

Seminar Bench – A type of wooden bench which can accommodate up to 4 people, used at trade shows and exhibitions.

Service Spoon – A larger than normal piece of cutlery hire that is used to serve guests with accompanying vegetables, for example, at banqueting events.

Seat Pad – Another name for cushions that accompany wedding chairs hire from Event Hire UK. These are available in different colours to match the colour scheme of events.

Shareholder Meeting – A gathering of people who have a vested interest in a company, usually once a year.

Shot Glass – Small glasses which hold a small amount of a strong alcoholic liquid for immediate and complete consumption.

Showcase – A type of glass and metal cabinet that is used to display small products at trade shows and exhibitions, for example.

Side Plate – A small, usually circular or square, piece of crockery hire that is positioned to the left of the diner at fine dining events, usually to hold a bread roll or similar types of food.

Slight Damage Waiver – A small fee that customers of Event Hire UK have the option to pay at the point of checkout, which means that if their item gets scratched or damaged through normal wear and tear, they won’t be liable for a replacement fee. Please note that this slight damage waiver does not override the requirement for you to pay the full replacement cost of the item should you break it beyond repair.

Silver Patterned Rim Glassware – Luxury glassware in the form of white and red wine glasses, along with the matching champagne flute.

Silver Rim Glassware – A range of luxury glassware with a solid silver band running around the rim.

Signature Stemware – One of the ranges of glassware offered for hire by Event Hire UK.

Sink Unit – A piece of equipment found in professional kitchens for the purposes of cleaning catering equipment once used.

Society Ball – A large dinner and dance affair, usually held in marquees in the summer months, for which event hire equipment is needed.

Soup Kettle – A piece of serving equipment hire which sits on a table-top at an event and into which guests can put a ladle to get soup from.

Soup Spoon – A piece of cutlery hire that guests use for the consumption of soup.

Spectra Stool – Very similar in design to the Rio stool, but able to stack.

Spirit Glass – A type of glassware hire that is used to consume spirits. These are usually smaller than wine glasses due to the alcoholic strength of the beverage being consumed.

Spittoon – A piece of equipment used at wine tasting events, into which guests can dispose of the wine they are sampling. These can either be acrylic and disposable, or metal freestanding pieces.

Sports Event – A type of event, held indoors or outdoors, which involves sporting competition.

STACK-CUP – A type of reusable plastic cup which has a unique handle design which stack into each other, enabling a person to carry multiple pints at a time without the need for a tray.

Starlight Bar – The name given to portable bar units that have interchangeable colours and which look fantastic in the dark.

Stemless Wine Glass – A modern wine glass without the stem.

Stretch Lycra Chair Cover – A chair cover which fits over metal banqueting chairs to accessorise them in a more modern way.

Sugar Bowl – A piece of crockery that holds sugar for guests at fine dining events and weddings, for example.

Supply & Set-Up – This is the name given to the service offered by Event Hire UK whereby we will not only supply you the event equipment hire products you need but will also set it up on site for you at larger scale events if discussed in advance.


Table Fork – A piece of cutlery hire which has prongs and is used for the consumption of food.

Table Hire – The process whereby people or organisations can borrow tables for events for a short period of time in return for money.

Tablecloth – A piece of linen that goes over a hire table. The size of the tablecloth will be dependent upon the size of the table it needs to cover. Tablecloths are usually available in a variety of different colours to suit your event.

Table Knife – A standard knife that is found on dining and banqueting tables.

Table Football – A form of entertainment.

Table Runner – A length of fabric, usually available in different colours, that you can put down the middle of an event table to accessorise it.

Table Tennis Table – Also known as a ping pong table, this is a form of entertainment.

Table Top Servery – Any type of serving equipment that is found on a table-top, hot or cold.

Tallboy Showcase – A type of freestanding glass display cabinet, usually around 6ft in height where products can be placed inside and be viewed at eye level. Often available in full-glass or glass with bottom cabinet for lockable items.

Tall Centre Showcase – A glass display cabinet for exhibitions which is the same style as the Tallboy showcase but double the width.

Tasting Bowl – Smaller bowls, often round or square, into which small quantities of food can be placed for the purposes of tasting to by numbers of people. These are popular at canapé reception events, for example.

Tasting Spoon – Available in porcelain and metal, this is a small, curved implement, used at canapé and tasting events.

Tasting Fork – Similar to regular forks, but smaller, for use at canapé and tasting events.

Tea Cup – A piece of crockery hire from which tea is consumed.

Tea Pot – A piece of china hire in which teabags or tea leaves are placed and boiling water is added to make tea to be served to guests.

Thermal Dispenser – A piece of catering equipment hire used for the serving of hot beverages at conferences, for example.

Throne – An ornate, oversized throne chair, often used by brides and grooms as statement furniture pieces at the front of the wedding venue for the top table seating arrangement.

Toaster – A piece of electrical kitchen cooking equipment which is used to turn bread into toast. Often found in hotel breakfast areas, for example.

Tolix Chair – A base metal-look chair which is popular for industrial style, modern events.

Tolix Poseur Table – A rustic base metal poseur table with four legs and wooden table-top, perfect to combine with Tolix stools.

Tolix Stool – A stool that matches up with the Tolix chair with its base metal design, and complementing the Tolix poseur table.

Torino Chair – A type of chair for hire from Event Hire UK.

Trade Show – A type of event where companies and organisations show off their products and new launches to clients and business contacts within the same industry.

Traditional Bar Unit – A wooden bar unit which provides a temporary bar facility at weddings and other one-off events where a bar is not present.

Trailer Freezer – A towable trailer unit which can be positioned on site to provide valuable freezer storage.

Trailer Fridge – This can be towed onto site to provide large scale refrigeration solutions at events and venues.

Trestle Table – A type of rectangular table with metal folding legs and a wooden table-top, used extensively across the event sector.

Tumbler – A type of glassware offered by Event Hire UK, often used for the consumption of fruit juice, water or soft drinks.

Turbofan Oven – A piece of temporary kitchen catering equipment hire which is used for the cooking and production of hot food for large scale catering events.

Twin Ring – A double ring cooker, which can be powered by gas or electricity.


Unit Chair – A type of chair often found in office reception areas.

Uplighter – A type of electrical light which stands in the corners of rooms, usually found in office reception areas.

Upright Freezer – A large, vertical, freestanding piece of kitchen equipment hire in which food is frozen and stored for use at a later date.


Vegetable Dish – A dish, usually stainless steel, which holds vegetables to be served at tables.

Velour – A type of velvet-style material, in which many lounge furniture products are manufactured.

Venues – The name given to any location or place, either indoor or outdoor, that is used to stage events. A venue can be anything from a hotel, marquee, sports stadium, arena or even a family home.


Water Boiler – A piece of electrical kitchen equipment hire that is used to boil water at temporary one-off events.

Water Jug – Usually made in glass, water jugs are often found full of water at weddings and other banqueting events.

Wedding – A special event where two people are joined in marriage. The ceremony is usually followed by a reception party, for which event equipment hire is normally required.

Wedding planners – The name given to people who organise weddings as their full time employment.

Week Rate – The rate of hire offered by Event Hire UK for people who need to hire furniture and other products for longer than the standard 1-3 day rate.

Whisky Tumbler – A type of glassware hire that is used for the consumption of whisky.

White China – The generic name given to pieces of crockery which are white and non-branded.

Wine Cooler – A piece of equipment that keeps white and rosé wine chilled at the correct temperature for consumption.

Wine Glass – A type of glassware hire that is used for the consumption of wine. Often, wine glasses are different for white wine and red wine, and Event Hire UK also offers different ranges of wine glasses for hire.

Wine Tasting Event – A type of event that is held with the sole purpose of guests tasting different wines. Exhibitors aim to sell their wines to the guests.

Wine Tasting Glass – A type of glass that is designed for use at wine tasting events.


Ypsilon Tumbler – A type of glassware offered for hire by Event Hire UK.


ZIP Bar – A type of modular bar offered for hire at Event Hire UK with a stainless steel frontage and white LED downlighters to providing a modern and stylish look.

Z Stool – A type of bar stool which is characterised by the Z design on the leg.