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Quick! It’s Food on the Move: Conveyor Belts, Slip ’N Slides, and Other Creative Catering Displays

We have heard it since we were kids: Don’t play with your food. But luxe celebrations are making it harder and harder to follow that command. These five exclusive events tempt us to throw aside the knife and fork. From conveyor belts to lobster slides, discover how creative catering displays can turn dinner into lively entertainment. 

Don’t Blink: Conveyer Belt Snacks

a 'U' shaped conveyer belt holds green drinks and plates of sushi. Red, white and black branding is in the background .
photographer: Henry + Mac Photo Co.

Not only is a conveyor belt a unique way to serve food, it is also a great opportunity for branding. PartySlate’s launch party in Boston was a huge success with other creative details that included street-style décor, graffiti signage, and custom cocktails. 

photographer: Henry + Mac Photo Co. | planner: Mavinhouse | décor: TYGER | Event Design + Production | venue: Hojoko | invitations & print: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | entertainment: Élan Artists | caterer: Hojoko | videographer: StopGoLove

Catch and Don’t Release

a vessel of water with different items in it. 2 people are fishing out of it while many people surround them.
photographer: Robert Hacman Photography

Guests “fished” for their clam-bisque supper and poured their cocktails from a washing machine hose at this anniversary party. A Pacman-design dance floor was just another fun detail at this creative celebration.

photographer: Robert Hacman Photography | venue: Ice Palace Film Studio | caterer: Joy Wallace Catering

The Science of Hunger

desserts hang from strings within a structure.
photo courtesy of Blue Plate Catering

A catering workshop kept participants entertained (and educated) with a Newton’s Cradle. That’s right — momentum and energy were on full display, along with delicious cuisine.

photo: courtesy of Blue Plate Catering: venue: Larkin Hall | caterer: Blue Plate Catering

Rock, Paper, Scissors

ribbons are on a wheel and a women pulls ribbon from the spindle and makes a move to cut it.
photographer: Erika Dufour

Well, really just scissors. Guests at this conference summit snipped fruit roll-ups from a ribbon dispenser. Those looking for more “virtual” movement could snap a selfie and watch it magically transform into latte art.

photographer: Erika Dufour | planner: Revel Global Events | décor: Revel Decor | venue: Venue SIX10 | caterer: Limelight Catering

A Slip ’N Slide Made for Adults

a lobster slip and slide against a purple backdrop.
photographer: Gold Grid Studios

PartySlate’s Atlanta launch party took the Slip ’N Slide to new heights with a lobster slider. Other memorable food included rainbow grilled cheese, a custom ice bar, and personalized oysters. 

photographer: Gold Grid Studios | Venue: Southern Exchange Ballroom | Event Design: B Worley Productions | Event Planner: Suzanne Reinhard Events | Rental Plants: Cinema Greens | Videographer: Iris Films | Caterer: Rosendale Events | Decor: SWAG DECOR, a Rose Brand Company | Paper Goods: Paper Daisies Stationery | Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens | Balloon Installation: MomsKloset Balloon Boutique | Oysters: Oysters XO | Violinist: The Mad Violinist | Aerialist: The Off Centered Project | DJ: Zegi | AV & Lighting: SEAV Event Technology | Popcorn: Popcorn Palooza | Ice Bar: ICE sculpture INC. | Photo Opp: MMI Events | Coffee Bar: Ground Rule Coffee | Sweets: For Goodness Cakes | Hair & Makeup: The Moore Agency

Love Makes the World (and Food) Go Round

photographer: American Image Gallery

The Passage premiere event party recreated scenes from the hit TV show throughout the venue, including a secret medical facility room. A conveyor belt of delicious cuisine meant that guests had the perfect excuse to leave their seats and mingle. 

photographer: American Image Gallery | planner: Russell Harris Event Group | décor: InBlume | venue: The Broad Santa Monica | caterer: Good Gracious! Events | rentals: FormDecor, Hire Elegance, & Town & Country Rentals | set design: Set Masters | entertainment: Unifier Entertainment | lighting: LightenUp, Inc.