Plates

Square, circular or oval; white, rimmed or coloured; we’ve got all the plates for hire you could need for your event ready to deliver throughout the United Kingdom.


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If you’re serving food at your next event or occasion then you’re going to need plates of some description. We’ve worked hard to bring you the biggest range of plates in different sizes, shapes and colours.

What ranges of crockery do Expo Hire offer?

Different themes at events concentrate on different colours, and it’s for this reason we offer a variety of ranges of crockery hire. Our ranges have been chosen to suit the widest range of colour schemes possible, and feature all the items of crockery we think you’ll need for your table setting.

We currently have three ranges of crockery available. Our standard range of white porcelain is very popular for formal events and occasions but we have found more and more frequently customers want something a little bit more than plain white crockery.

For those looking for a bold and striking look our Graphite range of crockery stands out. This range of crockery is made from dark grey porcelain, which offers a modern stylish look. Whether used as a contrast against white linen or as part of a bolder colour scheme, this range of crockery is eye catching and will draw your guest’s eyes to the food on offer.

Our Storm range of crockery offers a calmer and more understated alternative. This range is made from light grey porcelain and gives a splash of colour to tables without being overpowering. This range of crockery suits a more rustic and cosy setting, and pairs well with muted colours.

What do I need to know about plates for hire

Plates come in lots of different shapes and sizes but there are some standards that you can use to plan your plate hire needs. The smallest size of circular plate we do is are six inches in diameter and are commonly used as side plates of bread plates. Eight inch plates are used for starters and desserts, while ten inch plates are used for main plates for meals. If your guests have big appetites you might choose to go for the 12 inch version instead.

Square plates are often used for meals, but care must be taken when deciding what to use. These are measured diagonally, so the size given is for corner to corner rather than side to side.

You can also choose if you want winged plates, which come with a raised area which is used for holding them, or straight plates.

Do plates for hire need to be cleaned before they are collected?

Cleaning crockery is not only a bothersome chore, but it is the main reason why any crockery gets broken while out on hire.

For this reason, we have made it compulsory for all crockery items to have the send it back dirty option added at checkout. All we ask is that food debris is scraped off plates, bowls etc and all liquids are emptied out prior to repacking ready for collection.

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No need to worry about security deposits

There’s no need to worry about a damage deposit when placing an event hire order with Expo Hire. Instead, we run a free minor damage waiver scheme to cover minor damage or loss, so you don’t need to worry if you break the odd glass or plate. We do charge for excessive or negligent loss or damage at 10x the hire price. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.

How delivery and collection works

Working out delivery costs is easy with Expo Hire; simply use our carriage calculator to find which of our branches is near to you. Tap your postcode in and it will confirm not only whether we cover that postcode or not, but also which of our 11 branches is closest to you and the cost for delivery from that branch, as well as the list of possible extra charges.

Once you have filled your basket and confirmed your delivery dates and postcode in the checkout, we will show you an itemised cost for delivery so you know exactly what you’re paying for before you place your order.

Want to know when your delivery is coming? You can track your driver using our real time maps on the day of delivery and collection. Simply enter your postcode and order number into our order tracking page and find out when our driver will be with you. You can also use the link we send you by automated text.

Pay just 25% deposit when placing large orders in advance

Planning a big event in the future? At Expo Hire we can help you secure your event hire booking quickly without it costing the Earth. If your hire charge is over £500, you can now book your hire equipment with just a 25% deposit, paying the remainder up to 28 days prior to delivery. All you need to do is select the deposit option when checking out. Full details are available in our terms and conditions.