Printed Glasses Guide for Festivals

Printed Pint Glass Guide for Festivals – Re-useable Cups

With Printed Glasses costing just a few pence to brand up, it makes perfect sense to use them for marketing and promotion. Reusable Printed Pint Glasses are a fantastic branding and marketing opportunity and are a great eco-alternative to disposable Printed Pint Glasses.

The information below is a general guide to printing plastic glasses or cups and explains some of the options that may be available to you. As specialists in plastic glasses, can offer help and advice and are more than happy to spend some time with you discussing how to best achieve your objectives. This advice is free of charge of course and we will guide your through the journey from order, production, delivery all the way through the event as well as post-event if required.

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What sizes are printed glasses for Festivals available in?

Printed Festival Glasses are typically available in all worldwide standard measurements and can even be CE marked if in Europe to ensure legal compliance. Popular sizes are Pint Printed Cups, Half Pint Printed Cups, Tumblers, Wine Glasses and Champagne Flutes.

Getting the best value from printed plastic cups and glasses at your Festival

Ensure the cups and branding will be seen by users, otherwise it’s less effective. It’s good to consider the following points. Will you be wanting them to be seen by the press or on social media promoting your event and promoting your festivals environmental credentials? Is your logo or design consistent with your brand? Are the printed glasses to be taken home by users as a souvenir or memento of the occasion to ensure the cups help create lasting memories?

If you have got some ideas of what you would like your printed glasses to look like please speak to us and we will help put your idea and plan into place and achieve your goals.


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Printed Festival Glasses

What are the minimum quantities of Pint Cups?

If you have got anything printed before you will know that a significant proportion of the cost is in the set-up (origination). These are fixed costs that are the same regardless of whether you print one glass or one thousand glasses. In other words, economies of scale plays a big part and the more you get the cheaper the reusable cups are.

If you have multiple festivals and events during the year it is best to work out the total amount you think that you will need and get a quote for this. This will give you a guide as to how the cost will change and this will help you make the decision on the final quantity allowing you to consider cashflow, storage and other requirements to suit your needs.

Ordering smaller batches for delivery is less cost effective, Happy Cups will work to give you honest advice learned from many years in the niche industry to ensure your budget goes as far as possible.

Currently we are able to offer as low as 50 reusable half pint cups and 50 pint cups without CE stamps and 125 half pints and 300 pint cups that do include the CE marking as well as pint lines.

What are the lead times?

Our full colour IML (in-mould label) printed cups are printed at the point of manufacture. On a single production line, cups are formed, printed, packed and despatched on a single robotised production line with minimal human intervention. The minimum order quantity begins at 900 units and the labels must be printed and cups allowed to cool slowly after manufacturing to ensure a perfect full colour and gloss finish. In order to take advantage of this we ask for 25 working days’ notice (especially during peak festival season) to ensure we can deliver your cups on time to the event.

Post manufacturing printing techniques that involve pad and screen printing are also available. These methods are typically more costly per a unit but these methods are also faster, more flexible, and more suited to volumes that are not as large. It is also the only way in which stemmed plastic glasses can be printed and cost will increase per colour within the design. Generally around 15 working days are needed for an order of Printed Pint Glasses from order completion until delivery but can sometimes work with shorter lead times as well.

How many colours?

We offer plastic glasses printed in one, two and three colours with silk screen printing or full colour in-mould label (IML) printing.

Full colour is needed for when there are multiple colours which may also be blended and toned (as in a photograph for example). Full colour can be referred to as ‘four colour’ because full colour uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (CMYK)

How many positions?

Do you want a logo or design printing on one side or both sides? Or do you want a continuous ‘full wrap’ print all around the glass?

The large fully automated factory-based printing machines used for IML printing can do all above combinations for the same cost.

However, post production printing like silk screen printing requires additional processes for each extra colour and position. Therefore, the more complicated the design with extra colours or positions, the higher the unit cost.

Information commonly needed for Printed Festival Cups

How many glasses am I going to need for my Festival?

This can be difficult so let us know the highest, lowest and an average if that is easier. We have lots of experience, if you know the  number of visitors you are expecting we can help you work out how many printed glasses you will need.

What style of cup or glass wanted?

Consider shape and size, Printed Pints, Printed Half Pints, Printed Tumblers or Printed Wine Glasses.

Does the venue have any rules on materials that must be observed?

Some venues will not allow glass cups on the premises as they pose a Health and Safety risk if they shatter. Re-useable Printed Plastic Glasses offer a great alternative to this as they are much safer and still give a great drinking experience.

On what day do my printed glasses need to be delivered?

Very important to ensure we have enough time to meet any deadlines.

Is my artwork ready ?

We can advise on artwork and ask for it to be in high enough resolution so that when wrapped around the cup the quality is still high.

If possible, a layered or vectored format design is best for our team of designers. We will always produce an on screen visual for approval before any cups go to print.

Points to consider around delivery of printed glasses?

Timed deliveries and restricted access if there is a high volume of cups being delivered, these things can easily be overlooked. Fork lift trucks may be required on site or a delivery vehicle with a tail lift.

We hope you have found this guide of great use. If we can help further, please feel free to call us. We are happy to help +44161 4456867 or +447925-090-531. We are available 24/7 via email on



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