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Photos: Best Poolside & Patio Creative Serveware Ideas for Hospitality

Whether it's summertime in your neck of the woods, or you're lucky enough to have a tropical climate year-round, guests will travel far and wide seeking out hotels and resorts with excellent poolside and patio amenities. Operators want to offer their guests the very best in terms of food and presentation, but glass in pool and patio areas is almost universally prohibited. This can limit the kinds of materials available to operators of mid- and upper-tier hospitality establishments.  

That's why we at G.E.T. curated photo ideas showing all the beautiful ways you can achieve higher-end brand positioning using outdoor-friendly serveware. Float on down the page and drink in some inspiration!


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Bugambilia® serveware is crafted from resin-coated aluminum, which holds cold temperatures well, making it an excellent choice for outdoor service. Available in 23 colors, these beautiful pieces allow hospitality operators to create a vibrant and exciting self-serve cold bar right by the pool.
 

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Action stations like this present an excellent opportunity to draw guests into their dining experience and highlight the skills your kitchen pros have worked hard to cultivate. This setup uses only a metal action station and melamine dinnerware. It offers all the functionality you need to put on a show that your guests may have driven across the country for.
 

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Warm weather and vacation splurging beg for seafood bars. Hotels and resorts can use the some of the special shapes available through the Bugambilia resin-coated aluminum system to delight guests. You can even find a shell shaped bowl to tie your theme together.
 

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Martini glasses offer plenty of ways to get creative with outdoor service. Here, we mix small and large martini glasses (in plastic, of course) where guests can customize their own mashed potato treat. Use a single-pot action station to warm your mashed potatoes and Bugambilia® bowls to keep a couple herb butters and sour cream cold.  
 

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This cool and breezy display offers a great solution if you’ll be serving over a grassy area where glass displayware is okay. Using melamine plateware for your guests to make their meals allows them to enjoy this gorgeous buffet while giving you peace of mind knowing that they won’t shatter if they’re dropped.
 

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Offering poolside room service? We love these Cabana Boxes because of their fresh colors, lids that help keep food protected form outdoor pests, and their stackable nature, which creates operational ease in a high-volume service environment.
 
 

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These two-tone melamine bowls go beyond fun and playful. The beach-y colors let your guests know that you’re serious about their goof-off time. The creative shapes in this collection are modern and cosmopolitan without being stuffy in the least.  
 

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Don’t forget about drinkware! Just because glass isn’t allowed doesn’t mean you’re stuck with boring plastic drinking glasses. These plastic rocks glasses are elegant simplicity defined. 

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For pitcher-worthy drink service, we love this textured pitcher and plastic drinking glasses because it’s not your average look. You can use this to serve tea, orange or pineapple juice, water, or sangria. Guests who’ve rented a cabana and want a little more privacy than usual will appreciate not having to ask or wait for refills.
 

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Delight your guests with whimsical plays on plastic hurricane, mason jar, and cognac drinkware. Each of these options has their own unique look that you can use to create a number of different service applications. You can serve kid-friendly items, or create adult versions like popsicles with rum or raspberry lemonade with tequila. It is vacation time, after all.
 

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If your hotel or resort features farm-to-table brand positioning, you can’t get much better than these. Use taster-sized plastic glasses on a wooden board to serve beer flights, hors d’oeurves, or both! Your guests will love the hip look while you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a great presentation that’s also safe to serve outside.

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Eco-Takeouts® reusable to-go containers offer some of the same benefits of the Cabana Box above, like creating operational ease for room service by the pool. But these containers are typically made with transparent materials (custom colors can sometimes be opaque). If you’re serving from a menu where guests can order individual items instead of a set menu with just a few options, you can see what’s inside the container for easier service. Guests can also lock the lid closed and take it back with them to their rooms if they want to finish their food later.


If you enjoyed these, and we hope you did, visit our collection of creative plating ideas and keep that inspiration flame burning strong! Have some ideas of your own? We'd love to read about them in the comments! 


 

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