10 Food Bar Ideas That You Will Love

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Food bars and self-serve food stations are becoming very popular these days. The idea of being able to customize your own food can be very appealing to some guests. Not only is it a novel, fun idea for a wedding, but it also allows the flexibility that all guests will appreciate. In addition, it encourages your guests to get out of their seats and mingle with other guests, promoting a social and community atmosphere. For caterers, it can also be beneficial as you will not have to cater and serve to each individual guest. For all these reasons and more, it is important to have a good lineup of food bar ideas for your upcoming events. If you have some catching up to do, or need some fresh ideas, try some of these for your next event!

  1. Potato Bar – Everyone loves potatoes, but not everyone likes it prepared the same way. Set up a potato bar for your guests, potato-food-bar
    offering potatoes served in many different ways! Include mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato wedges, french fries, and potato chips. Be sure to include all kinds of condiments on the side so your guests can dress their potatoes how they like as well. Try cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, ketchup, mayonnaise, and more!
  2. Omelette Bar – Omelettes are a hearty favorite that can also be served a wide variety of different ways. What better than to let your guests prepare their omelletes themselves and to their liking! Provide plenty of eggs, bacon, onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables. Also have a hefty portion for bacon, sausage, ham, and other meats for your omelette. Be sure to also include a wide variety of different herbs, spices, and salts so your guests can add that final touch of flavor to their omelettes.
  3. Trail Mix Bar – Sometimes snacks make a great idea for a food bar. trail-mix-food-barFor those that are also trying to be health conscious, a trail mix food bar can be a great option too. There is much flexibility with this type of food bar, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Some staples include a variety of nuts, dehydrated berries, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and other fruits, chocolate chips, yogurt chips, M&M’s, gummy bears, and more!
  4. Pretzel Bar – A great thing about a pretzel bar is that you can prepare these both savory or sweet. Pretzels go great as a dessert when dipped or coated in chocolate, or spread with jelly or jam. Topped off with some coconut flakes, bananas, strawberries, and other fresh fruit, it makes for a great dessert. Pretzels also go great with cheese, various deli meats, or just plain old mustard. Try providing some melted cheese, along with some pepperoni and even marinara sauce for a unique, pizza-like pretzel.
  5. Grilled Cheese Bar – This hearty and delicious comfort food makes
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    a great choice for a food bar because of its simplicity. When the only requirements are bread and cheese, you already have virtually limitless combinations that are possible to make. Offer many different kinds of breads, from a slightly sweet potato bread to a spicy and salty cheese and jalapeno baked bread. You can even try bagels, croissants, english muffins, or even Indian naan! The same can be said for the cheeses – get creative with your selection! Other toppings may also be a good idea to include, such as fresh tomato slices, pepperoni, bacon bits, and hot sauce.
  6. Popcorn Bar – Popcorn is another universal favorite, and it is very popcorn-food-bareasy to prepare and to serve. It is also such a light and convenient treat that it is very easy for people to snack on. Popcorn is also very versatile, as it can come prepared in a wide variety of flavors, from salty to savory to sweet and more. Be sure to include the classics buttered popcorn and caramel popcorn, but don’t be afraid to try cheese covered popcorn, salt and vinegar popcorn, buffalo or bbq style popcorn, etc! One of the great things about popcorn is its versatility so don’t be afraid to get creative with the flavors here.
  7. Fruit and Veggie Bar – While this may seem boring and dull on the surface, it can actually be the star of the show if done right. Instead of just creating the same old fruit and veggie spread with dip, go the extra mile this time. Try making it a point to only get in season, local produce and incorporate that into your events theme. Try to look for ingredients that are a little unusual or special to your location and prepare something special around that. You can also try making your own dipping sauces using these ingredients as well. By making this food bar healthy, fresh, local, and exciting, you can get your guests to begin to appreciate the natural foods that are already around them everyday.
  8. Donut Bar – Everybody loves donuts, and donuts make another great option for a food bar. Donuts can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and more importantly flavors and toppings. Donuts can caramel-apple-food-barbe completely plain and still be delicious, but they can also be glazed, covered in frosting, infused with chocolate, fruits, and more. Even better, you can top your donuts with fudge, sprinkles, nuts, or jelly to give it the finishing touch. If you want to be daring, try including unusual topping items like marshmallow fluff, nutella,
    honey, ice cream, or even bacon!
  9. Caramel Apple Bar – Another forgotten classic treat is the caramel apple. Try creating a food bar dedicated to creating the ultimate caramel apple. Offer multiple kinds of caramel to coat your apples with, from salted caramel to butterscotch caramel, to even melted milk and white chocolate. For toppings, try ground nuts of all kinds, mini marshmallows, crushed M&M’s and other candy bars, shredded coconut flakes, cookie crumble, toffee bits, dried, fruits, and much more!
  10. Shaved Ice Bar – The warm weather is quickly approaching, and shaved-ice-food-baryour guest will be demanding something cold and refreshing. An easy way out would be to offer ice cream – but why be like everyone else? Try something a little different but just as good, like shaved ice! A shaved ice bar can be very versatile as well, allowing for a variety of different flavored syrups and toppings to be used. Syrups can range from all kinds of fruity flavors to a mojito or other drink flavor. Toppings can be even more varied. Try offering all kinds of fresh fruits, from various berries to mangoes, strawberries, kiwis, and pineapples. You can also offer chocolate fudge, coconut flakes, and cherries. If you so dare, try infusing these with alcohol for an added kick to this already exciting dessert!

Try these ideas at your next event and your guests will be guaranteed to love them! The variety of options and toppings will allow for unmatched customizability that your guests will appreciate. If you need any help getting the necessary catering supplies together for your food bars, you can find it all at Caterer’s Warehouse!

Important Spring Wedding Catering Ideas

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The spring season is a beautiful time to celebrate a wedding. With the beauty that nature brings this time of year, it leaves much opportunity for your events to reflect that same beauty. This beauty can be reflected in many ways throughout your event. With the spring season comes warmer weather and the blossoming of new life, both of which are themes that can be easily integrated into your decor. The same can be said for your food offerings as well. Here are some of our favorite and most effective ideas for spring time events that will surely bring your event alive with the spirit of spring.

  • Colors – Spring is a great time for any wedding, and one of the main reasons for this is the blossoming of new life. As the weather gets warmer, plants and flowers of all colors begin to sprout and blossom, displaying an awesome array of color throughout nature. Take advantage of this wealth of color and incorporate it into your wedding. Try lighter, softer tones like pastels, or anything from pink, blue, green, purple, orange, and yellow. Combining a bolder tone with a softer pastel color may also work out great for your spring theme. Try bringing in fresh flowers and other greenery for a more realistic display!
  • Flowers – Seasonal spring flowers play right into any spring color scheme. There are many different flowers to choose from that are great representatives for the spring season and feel. Try daffodils, lilacs, tulips, hyacinths, and peonies to start. But feel free to use your creativity here and pair different kinds of plants and flowers to compliment your overall theme. The natural beauty, colors, and smells of these flowers will surely immerse your guests into a springtime ambience.
  • Favors – Springtime wedding favors can go in many directions, but if you are aiming for a spring theme and feel, it is important to give something that reflects the season well. Since spring time is a reflection of new life, consider giving flower seeds, birdseeds, or event small young plants your guests can take home. The possibilities here are endless, and may also change depending on the bride and groom, etc. Keep your mind open but remember to stay within the theme of spring time and new life.
  • Appetizers – Fresh food is the key term when it comes to preparing appropriate spring time appetizers. Take a break from the warm, hearty and heavy flavors and textures of the winter and try something lighter and fresher for the spring season. This can start with fresh greens, mushrooms, and fruits with some exotic spices to give it a unique kick and flair to surprise your guests. Oftentimes, vegetarian options can work great for springtime appetizers. The preparation of different styles of eggs can also be appropriate for a spring time appetizer. Try poached eggs or egg souffles to go along with your fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Entrees – Similar to the appetizers, try to forgo the heartier, heavier flavors and textures that work great in the winter. Instead, try incorporating lighter and fresher foods for your entrees. Try taking wedding staples such as fish or chicken and give them the spring treatment with some spring inspired flavors. Use fresh aromatic herbs like rosemary or mint, and even tangy, citrus based marinades can add a light and delicious zest to your entrees. It always helps to use local, seasonal ingredients too, so your guests can experience the true spring flavors of the area you are in.
  • Desserts – The great thing about desserts is that you can never go wrong no matter what you serve, since nothing is ever truly “out of season!” However, you can always give your desserts a touch of spring by using lots of fresh fruits in many different ways. This can be as simple as serving a fruit cocktail, or go as far as offering a hearty cheesecake dressed in a blanket of assorted berries. Don’t be afraid to continue with the citrus theme in your desserts as well, to add a light tanginess that will be a delight to your guests this spring season.

Keep these ideas in mind when planning for your spring wedding and reception, and you will be able to create a solid spring theme for your wedding. The combination of these elements will surely bring the lively spirit of spring to any event or celebration!

To bring any of your spring themed ideas to life, make sure you have the appropriate catering supplies and decor on hand. You can find the best deals on a huge selection of catering supplies and more essentials at Caterer’s Warehouse !