New season, new style – crockery hire choices for 2018 season

New plate ranges

Coloured crockery is not a new style within industry but it is certainly a style that is capturing the outdoor catering market. There is a demand for more variety, more style influence and more colour in events and this stretches right through to what caterers can offer for tableware.

Thanks to the inspiration across social platforms we are seeing caterers displaying there food in more flamboyant and elegant ways making the tableware a focus on food display.

We have always been a fan of all things fine dining, but as we are moving with the times we are looking to blend more variety and modern appeal to our tableware hire offering, we are looking to incorporate different styles into our crockery hire range to offer more for our customers. We would love your feedback on particular tableware styles that you prefer or anything you have been looking for that just cant seem to find anywhere else.

See some of the styles that we love and tell us what you think!

Raku Quartz Coupe Plate –

New season, new style – crockery hire choices for 2018 season – Blue Sky Event Solutions

Coble design giving the product added texture and improves aesthetics.

New season, new style – crockery hire choices for 2018 season – Blue Sky Event Solutions

Olea Black Plates –

A refined design and a combination of matte and shine effects gives Olea a unique elegance.

Studio Print Charcoal Plate –

A sleek design with a rustic look, perfect for Tapas style dining or for a more relaxed event that wants a ‘pop’ of something different for the tableware.

New season, new style – crockery hire choices for 2018 season – Blue Sky Event Solutions

Inspire me – Wedding and Event Trends in 2018

In the quieter event months we love to keep an eye out for some of the new trends coming through for this season. There’s been quite a lot that’s caught our eye recently, so we wanted to share some looks that we think will be BIG in 2018

  • Panoramic Windows – these might not be new to 2018, but we are in love with the Marquee panoramic windows! Not only do they wash your marquee with light and warmth, they also maximise the beautiful views and features from your event location. A must for any 2018 structure

Industrial vibes

If you’re thinking the ‘tradition’ wedding style isn’t for you, why not go for something different. The Industrial look is a great blank canvas for couples wanting to use their imagination and put their stamp on their special day. Using features from your venue can be considered a bit raw but they really maximise the cool factor to your wedding. Add in rustic benches, industrial look lighting such as festoons, and simple but elegant greenery to make your venue POP! A unique feel to any wedding.

  • Metallics and geometric shapes –Metallics such as coppers, rose gold, and silver are popping up everywhere this year. Create a modern feel to your event by adding in some metallics and geometric patterns.

Edison bulbs have such an effective look whether they are hung from walls or beams, or even bunched together. The only problem is, they can be expensive to buy or hire. An alternative and cheaper option would be to use festoon lighting, perfect for outdoor and indoor use, in a big event space.

The Green Corner

Foliage – we’re expecting the trend for foliage to carry on way into 2018. Bouquets and decorations with plenty of beautiful greenery not only give your wedding a natural woodland look, but they’re also a lot easier on the budget.

Table Wreaths – a more traditional feel for table decorations, but ever the classic. Make your centre flowers unique to you, with a splash of colour, modern vases or add some candles for a romantic feel!

Hanging flowers- We get asked to hang flowers in our marquees all the time, and we can see why! They make such a difference to our marquees with beautiful arrangements cascading down from the ceiling. When planning your own, always be sure to know what weight your arrangements will be and how you are planning to fix it to your structure or venue so that everything stays put during your event.

Signature cocktails and Gin Stations

Signature cocktails are a great crowd pleaser at any event, we are finding more and more of our customers are looking to have specialist drinks so that there guests enjoy a truly memorable cocktail, tailored to the event.

Another popular options is creating drink stations. Perfect for hot weather events, these stations can often be dressed up as DIY with all your favourite tipples lined up for your guests to pour there own.

Match these special drinks with special glassware, so your stations feel like a professional set up.

We are Hiring for the upcoming 2018 spring/summer season

We are Hiring!

Blue Sky Events deliver amazing events across the North of England.  From full build marquees to catering equipment, crockery, glassware and furniture hire we take great pride in delivering a second to none service for all our customers. We are looking for seasonal staff to join our amazing team.



We are looking for a highly organised individual to help us plan our busy summer events schedule.  You’ll need to be able to cope in a fast paced, ever-changing environment and have an ability to deal with a large amount of information and last-minute changes. You will be helping organise and administer the logistics for the delivery of events and our hire business.  Fixed term from April until September, 40 hours per week. Send your CV to [email protected]  Closing date 23rd March, Interviews being held week commencing 26th March.



We are recruiting for Wash bay assistants to work with us over the 2018 summer season – from May / June until September, you will be helping our warehouse team keep our stock clean and organised and in tip top condition for our customers amazing events. Full Training provided. Please send your CV to [email protected]



We are recruiting for warehouse assistants to work with us over the summer season from May / June until September.  Being a part of our warehouse team you will help keep our returning hire stock in top condition and ensure it is ready to hire. No experience necessary as Full Training provided. Please send your CV to [email protected]



We are recruiting for Marquee Riggers to work with us over the summer season from May / June until September / October. You will be part of the Marquee team building premium marquees across the North.  Full Training provided. Please send your CV to [email protected] Closing date 16th April 2018



We are recruiting for drivers to help deliver our hire stock across the North of England, over the summer season from May / June until September.  You will be customer facing and have an adaptable and professional approach. You will ideally be licensed to tow (Cat C1 or Cat C1 +E) and have a Digi card license. Please send your CV to [email protected]


Plan your own wedding bar

When planning an event, be it a wedding, private party or a general function the bar can sometimes be the tricky question. Do you get a Bar company in to run things for you or can you do it yourself?

We are here to tell you that its really very simple, so here are some helpful hints.

  1. THE BAR! – pick your bar front

Bars can add a massive amount of character to your event, and can be a great focal point when designing your Wedding layouts. Round Bars, Rustic Bars or Modern Bars can all give a WOW factor.

Make sure you pick a bar that is big enough for all your guests and manageable for your site or venue! Often large bars are extremely heavy so you may have to factor in the extra cost for delivery and set-up if a team have to put this in for you.

If you are having a large bar we suggest thinking about structure options, we offer additional Bar tents with our marquees to make sure you don’t loose important floor space with all the service elements of your bar.

Some Pinterest ideas:

  1. Decide if you are going to go for a free-bar, donation bar, or paid bar.

If you are planning to organise your own bar you need to be realistic about how much your guests will be drinking and prepare for it. Make sure you have a good budget if you are providing a free bar – there is nothing worse than running out half way through the night!

We find more people are having a donation bar and giving the proceeds to charity. This is great as not only are you helping good causes, but it also slows down your guests. A pound or two really helps your guests to think twice about getting another if they have only had a sip out of the drink there holding. – a real pet peeve of ours at free bars!

  1. Glassware – what to have and how much

We get asked all the time, how much glassware will I need? Well we think it’s always good to separate your day in two, plan for the day and a separate order for the night.

  • Order your glassware to cover what you need for the seated meal portion of your day.
  • Decide if you will have both white wine and red wine glasses. Remember most guests will just decide on one for the meal, so it can sometime get crowded on the table with needless extra glasses.
  • This will be the section of the day where you usually want to make presentation key, so why not go for a Fine Dining look or something a bit fancy.

For the evening:

  • We suggest choosing standard more resilient glasses and triple your numbers!
  • If you are doing your own bar you will need to have lots of spare glasses for your guests different drink choices throughout the night.
  • Think about a Glasswasher, this will save the fear of running out or the need to over order.4. Make it like a real bar and get some speciality glasses.
  • For all your Gin lovers, the big gin bulbs are perfect for your tipple of choice
  • Old school glamour – go for the champagne coupe for Marilyn vibes.
  • Manhattans your poison of choice? – drink up in your martini glasses
  • Cool cocktails – try our special glasses or our cocktail shakers
  • Pimm’s – the old favourite, perfect for sunny day
  • Shots! Shot! Shots! – because every party needs them.
  1. Remember to keep your cool.

If you have a nice cold drink on a hot day then life is good!

If your planning for an outdoor event, you will need to think about refrigeration to keep drinks cold. We always suggest to our customers running their own bars take  fridge trailers or chiller cabinets to keep everything nice and chilled!

We hope these help – happy planning!




A helping hand for planning your wedding

3 things to think about when starting to plan your wedding!

We all appreciate the look of a wedding is often the first thing that newly engaged couples start thinking of, and we admit, that’s what we would do to! Once you have your perfect wedding all dreamed up we have some next steps to help you plan your day, not the most glamorous but helpful to make wedding planning as stress free as possible!

  • Budget

  • Have you put in place a wedding budget?  – Planning a realistic budget is the ideal starting point for any good wedding planning, make sure you can afford what you are planning so you don’t have any nasty surprises compromising your big day.
  • Track your spending – Excel spreadsheets will become your best friend and life blood! Keep track of all the wedding spend in one place to make sure you’re not blowing your budget where you shouldn’t be.
  • Remember to compare and find out about your services, making sure you are paying for the best service possible and not just the cheapest. Sometimes service can be a little bit more expensive, but it is often very worthwhile, saving you stress and making sure things are reliable.


  • Marquee or Venue – have you decided as a couple where you want to get married? Can you see the benefit of a lovely venue wedding with all of the planning taken care of. Or are you keen to be more hands on/have more control of your special day and prefer an outdoor wedding?
  • If your looking for an outdoor wedding, its important to understand any costs and constraints of certain locations. You may have to consider whether you can get all your suppliers to a certain location in case it’s a bit tricky access. And its always good to consider how the great English weather can affect a location.

We have to say we LOVE outdoor weddings, there is nothing better then having a marquee just as you have dreamed of in a perfect location, completely bespoke to you and your partner.


  • What are the different suppliers you will need. – with the help of your trusty excel spreadsheet, plan your suppliers! How much do you want to do yourself and how much would be easier/better done by a pro. It is good to figure this out early, so you can get people booked in quickly to avoid disappointment and get the best prices possible.
  • Coordination – if you have chosen not to have a wedding planner, it’s always good to get a little help from your bridal team to help with the coordination of your suppliers. Make sure your suppliers know when they need to be there, what routes to take and any logistics limitations that may cause any hiccups.
  • Logistics – its not the most glamorous side of an outdoor wedding but its one of the most important. Make sure all your suppliers and your guests for that matter, have suitable access and a good back up plan for the pesky Weather. WITH GOOD PREP YOU CAN PLAN FOR ANYTHING!

Make sure your suppliers are reliable, flexible and you don’t over complicate things with too many. Make the planning of your special day as stress free as possible and use good professionals! (Like us!) or if you are ever needing a little guidance our team are always happy to suggest some of our trusted supplier friends from Caterers, Marquee and Tipi companies, to Venues and more.

Most of all enjoy planning your special day, if you are ever needing advice or want a quote just contact our team!

Contact the Blue Sky Team for Wedding planning and quotes.

Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas – from all of the Blue Sky Team.

wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year. We wanted to say a big thank you for your business and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Christmas opening hours

23rd-27th December – Closed
28th December – Open as normal (9.00am-5.00pm)
29th December-1st January – Closed
2nd January – Normal business resumes

see you again in 2018 for another year of GREAT events!

February Marquee Open Day

We are delighted to be joining forces with the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa for our  2018 Open day,

Come join us on Saturday the 3rd February 12pm – 4pm to see our beautiful Wedding and Events Marquees in all there glory, we will also be joined by Bar Event UK who will be showing off their lovely Tipis.

Our sales team will be on site all day to run through all your questions and help plan your big day, we are also there to lend a helping hand and offer useful advice for styling, suppliers, locations and more

Canapes and prosecco will be served on arrival for all couples, so come and have a chat and start the plans for your special day.

To find out more information please contact our team

For more information on where to find us and the day please see  the Devonshire Arms Website

Special Winter Furniture Offer!

Get a head start on your 2018 event planning with our special winter furniture offer WINTER 20!


Mahogany Chairs
Chiavari limewash chairs

This special offer is available for bookings made throughout November, December and January, so if you are getting extra chairs for Christmas, or planning a 2000 seated event call us now and receive 20% off furniture! Variety of different chair designs and colours available to suit any theme. have a look on our website to view our range

Beautiful rustic tables and benches

Quote WINTER20 when making your booking
Call:  01535 280299
Email: [email protected]


*Applies to new enquiries and orders taken between the 6th November and the 31st January. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.  Discount applies to list price, published on our website.

End of the summer season

Dark nights are starting to roll in and Christmas decorations are appearing in the supermarket it can only mean one thing. The Summer Season end is here!

It has been a great summer of events so we would just like to say a big thank you to all our lovely customers for another brilliant season.

The summer was a bit different this year! What with hurricane warnings and the wedding season turning into the UK’s rainy season, both our staff and clients were presented with some real challenges. With the determination of our team and some amazing customers we’ve managed to pull it off.

We’re extremely proud to have been part of  such brilliant events as Grassington Festival, StrEat PR, The Yorkshire Dales food Festival, The Deer Shed Festival, Skipton Horse Trials, Ilkley Tennis club summer tournament, The Yorkshire Show, and The Central Yorkshire Scouts jamboree, Parklife, Beatherder festival, a Night withe the president for the Lions RFU (below) to name but a few.

It was also an exciting year for us with the introduction of our new Marquee line this Spring, which has been a great success. We have supplied the marquees for some great weddings and events, from a structure up high on 10ft stilts to maximise those views, to beautiful weddings such as one in the gorgeous grounds of Giggleswick school.



So we just wanted to say a big thank you to all our amazing customers and suppliers for another fantastic season!





Blue Sky Marquees – Autumn Open Day

Grassington Wedding by Toast Photography

Autumn Open Day – This Weekend

October 14th -15th 12-4

The Marquees up! and the teams ready and waiting for this weekends Autumn Open Day to begin. We will be set in the beautiful grounds of The Consiton Hotel which provide a wonderful backdrop for any style wedding.

We are teaming up with our good friends at BAR Events UK again, who will be showing there amazing tepees, so if you haven’t decided on your wedding style yet, come down and can see the different structure options available and get inspired!

Our friendly team will be onsite to give advice, quote and general get all giddy wedding planning with you!

See you there!

The Coniston Hotel between 12 – 4 pm for a Marquee and Tepee showcase.



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