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20 Food Bar Ideas Perfect for Your Next Event

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.

Via Something Turquoise

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

Taco Bar

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

Bruschetta Bar

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.

Via What’s Gaby Cooking

Brownie Bar

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

Popcorn Bar

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.

Via Hello Little Home

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


Waffle Bar

You’ll be looking for a reason to host brunch when you see all of the cute details in the Waffle Bar Party!

Via One Sweet Appetite

Pie Bar

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.

Via Platings and Pairings

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

Pizza Bar

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.

Via Tulle and Chantilly

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

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!

Via Fantabulosity

Burger Bar

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?

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