The material making up your folding banquet tables matters far more than just its aesthetic appeal. Wood and plastic not only look different but also have distinctively different compositions on a molecular level that make them well-suited for different environments and exposure resistances.

The best banquet tables for you will be the kinds that have the right structural properties to withstand the demands of their placement, the surrounding elements and how much material you need them to support. When choosing between wood and plastic, keep the following ideas in mind so that you can have tables that properly suit your needs.

The Weight Of It All

First and foremost, wooden tables are always heavier than plastic tables. If weight isn’t a concern, wooden tables are the better choice.

Plastic tables are far lighter than wooden tables, which make hosting outside events more convenient and easier. Plastic tables are also water resistant and more suitable for outdoor activities.

Corrosion-Fighting Abilities

Plastic has better corrosion resistance than wood, which makes it better able to resist acid damage and chemical weathering as it ages. Wooden banquet tables won’ have the same level of resilience against exposure to any kind of acidic material. The corrosion resistance quality helps provide protection against citrus spills. Wood and plastic folding banquet tables are both strong and sturdy.

Chiavari Chair Company offers a wide selection of folding banquet tables for all occasions in both wood and plastic.

Easy Cleaning Is Tops

Some people say plastic tables are easier to clean because of flatter and groove-free surfaces; others say it’s easier to remove liquid stains from wood with less of a chance of discoloring.

Making The Choice With Chiavari

Chiavari Chair Company offers a wide selection of folding banquet tables for all occasions in both wood and plastic. After you’ve decided what table material is best for you, feel free to take a look through the Chiavari selections for an assurance of quality.


The average wedding guest can be expected to consume about $16.50 in alcohol and beverages during a wedding reception, according to the Cost Helper website. That turns out to be just a little under three grand per event. If you’re in the catering business, the addition of bar service can add a great deal to your business’ bottom line. If you figure that you’ll cater five weddings a week during the 12 weeks of summer, you’re going to earn about $18,000 in just those three months. That doesn’t even factor in other big event seasons like Christmas.

The question is then, how will you accommodate this flow of traffic? What types of equipment will you need in addition to tables and tablecloths? The answer may surprise you. With our banquet table bar top risers, you can avoid buying expensive and heavy portable bars that you have to lug to each event. Instead, you can convert your tables to bars and back again, giving yourself a great deal of flexibility in the process.

How To Do It

You already have most of what you need already to make this conversion if your company carries standard banquet tables plus the tablecloths and skirts to go with them. Banquet table bar tops are all that’s necessary to make the switch from table to bar.

In appearance, these risers actually look like miniature banquet tables. They have folding legs with reinforcements to keep them upright. Chiavari makes banquet table bar tops to fit both rectangular- and serpentine-style banquet tables.

To work with these risers you first set up the tables in your bar area. Once those go up, you’ll set up the riser and place it on top of the table. For complete coverage, you’ll want to add the tablecloth and the skirt to the banquet table before you top it with a riser. Finally, you cover the riser with a tablecloth and skirt for a uniform look. It’s really easy and requires no more effort than it takes to put up the tables. Plus it’s a whole lot lighter than having to haul a bar.

Your drink glasses and bottles can be stored on a side table and underneath both the table and under the bar top riser. That keeps them in easy reach.

Special Features

You’ve no doubt dealt with tables that have had vinyl edges that have started to come apart as you’ve used your tables over a number of months or years. The banquet table bar top sidesteps this issue. We have a specially designed metal edge for extra durability. This protects your equipment, especially during seasons of heavy use like the summer wedding season and the Christmas catering season.

Extra Dividends

Being in business is often a question of balance, meaning that you must weigh the cost of your investments (equipment like tables, chairs, computers, software, etc.) against the amount of money you make at each event. A portable bar can cost as much as $1,000 or more to purchase. Our risers cost between $60 and $70 plus some change.

How a Banquet Table Bar Top Pays Dividends

Not only does this save you a substantial amount of money from the get go, it allows you to make more money over the long run. Here’s how. Let’s say you’ve decided to buy a mid-priced portable bar that cost around $500. That’s all your budget allowed for. Let’s also say that you have three different people inquiring about your services on the same night during the wedding season. All of them want to have a bar. With the portable bar option, you might have to turn away two of those potential clients, because you can’t accommodate them.

However, because the banquet table bar top only costs you about $70, you decide to buy seven of them. That’s $490, almost the price of your bar. However, you now can say, “Yes,” to all three of those potential clients, because you have the equipment to do so. Remember, the average event during a wedding season makes about $3,000 in alcohol sales. With your first option, you’ve turned down $6,000. With the riser option, you’ve made $9,000 total. Big difference.

Now you can see why a banquet table bar top pays dividends. For an estimate or for more information about how to use them, contact us today!


If you are involved in event planning and put on a lot of special functions, it is prudent to have several types of banquet tables at your disposal. This will provide you with a wide variety of options for room layouts for every type of occasion. The Chiavari Chair Company carries many specialty banquet tables for all your needs.


A serpentine table is an event planner’s dream. It allows the venue to provide buffet tables in various arrangements for the optimum presentation. A pinwheel cocktail buffet, a curved dinner buffet or a circular dessert table – all of these are possible through the use of these unique and highly functional tables. There is even a bar top table riser specially made for serpentine tables.

Half Round, Corner and More

There many other specialty banquet tables that can add a distinctive quality to your event. Half Round or Half Moon tables make great sweet heart or bride and groom tables. They also can add more space for a centerpiece or ice carving on a spectacular buffet presentation.

Corner tables save space and can be used as an “elbow” for the rectangular six or eight-foot banquet table.


Round tables are usually used for guest seating. They come in many sizes including 36, 48, 60, and 72 inches. The 72-inch table can comfortably seat 10 people. Small rounds make excellent display, sign-in, and gift tables.

Cocktail Tables

Specialty Banquet Tables You Should Own Now

If your event features a bar, cocktail tables will supply guests with space to set down food and drink and mingle with other guests. More creative uses for these round wonders include utilizing them as display tables or stationing one in the middle of a buffet arrangement to give a centerpiece special prominence. They are also the perfect height for an impromptu sign-in table. These tables are also known as bistro tables or high boy tables.

All of these quality tables feature a metal edge wrap that will protect your inventory of tables from damage during the process of set up and break down. This will keep the tables from cracking or splintering and give years more service to your supply.

Quality In All We Do

The Chiavari Chair Company offers the best banquet chairs, specialty banquet tables and event furniture on the market. More than 5,000 customers from 43 countries use our products for their events. We are proud to count among them many Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations. But we also serve event rental companies, hotels, resorts, wineries, universities, Broadway shows and ballets, golf and private clubs. If you need chairs or event supplies, we can help you. Our customers are in 49 out of the 50 states in the United States, on six of the seven continents and in seven of the 13 Canadian Provinces and Territories.

We at Chiavari Chair Company guarantee personal attention to all our clients. We are a family-owned company that works to make your business look its best with the highest quality event furniture on the market. For information about our products, contact us today.


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