One trend that we've fallen in love with lately is the food bar. Food bars are the perfect way to creatively feed your guest while freeing you up so you can enjoy the festivities instead of getting stuck in the kitchen.
If you're not entirely clear on what a food bar is, it's a themed food bar where guest can build their own meals – anything from brownie bars, mash potato bars, popcorn bars, taco bars, bruschetta bars and even s'mores bars. Your guest will love that they get to DIY their meals.
Before your next shindig, check out these 20 food bar ideas that'll be perfect for your big event.
Donut Dessert Bar
Donut walls are all the rage but this idea simplifies that new trend and makes it easy for everyone to create themselves, no matter what your crafting skill level. Make it large or make it small, these donut stands can do it all.
S'mores Dessert Bar
You’ll have a line up for dessert with this fun S’mores bar, especially with your littlest guests.
Via Style Me Pretty
A taco bar is not only a great idea for Cinco de Mayo, but you can also consider this tasty menu option for your bridal shower or even your wedding!
Via Wedding Chics
Caramel Apple Bar
Here’s a really fun and yummy idea for a fall wedding or party.
Via Bridal Guide
Sometimes you want to have a little impromptu bash and not spend the entire day slaving away in the kitchen. Bruschetta Bars are the answer. Grilled bread, tons of vegetables, different kinds of sauces, meats, various cheeses…. and voila… your dinner party is done.
How about this sweet brownie bar with all the toppings. Get ready to go into a sugar coma.
Via Printable Crush
Grilled Cheese Bar
Everything you need to make an epic grilled cheese station.
Via Oh Happy Day
The best part about a popcorn bar is that it’s fun for all ages. People will have a blast creating their very own popcorn and BONUS: this could totally count as your party favor!
Via Kernal Seasons
Candy-Covered DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar
This sundae bar is a candy lover’s dream! It’s chock full of my favorite candy, plus other fun toppings. The best part is that it couldn’t be easier to put together.
Mash Potato Bar
Mashed Potato Bar…all the “loaded” toppings you can imagine, and pretty serving bowls (like the tater-tinis, shown). This would be a hit in any group!
Via Style Me Pretty
You’ll be looking for a reason to host brunch when you see all of the cute details in the Waffle Bar Party!
Who doesn’t like pies? Everybody loves them! There is no better comfort food than homemade pie. Place them on the table as you wish (on plates, metallic or wooden trays, etc.) and don’t forget to add signs to help your guests to know pie flavors and choose a favorite one.
Via Crazy for Us
Baked Potato Bar
Create a grilled “baked” potato bar for your next party, potluck or tailgating event. It’s a fun and festive way to feed a crowd, and the topping possibilities are endless.
Olive and Bread Bar
A rustic spread of Italian breads, olives, oil dips, and charcuterie makes the perfect addition to any party table.
Via Elizabeth Anne
Ice Cream Sandwich Bar
Inspired by the ice cream sandwich trend, this fun and easy dessert display is perfect for any party you might be hosting.
Via The Tomkat Studio
Give your guests what they really want by having a fun and tasty pizza bar.
Via Couture Colorado
Bread and Butter Bar
There nothing like some artisan bread and butter to keep your guest happy.
Hot Dog Bar
Why not make a hot dog bar or summer BBQ with all the gourmet toppings – fun and easy!
Via I Heart Naptime
Nacho Bar Ideas: An easy “serve yourself,” style of food bar for a party or event. Topping ideas, my favorite way to serve the cheese, and just how much our guests loved it!
Need to feed a crowd? Try a simple DIY burger buffet bar.
Via Dear Musketeer
Have you found the perfect food bar for your next big event?