Say hello to the most fun way to entertain a crowd.
Whether for a birthday party, wedding, or family reunion make your next meal customizable and picky eater-proof with a build your own dinner night.
Enjoy this collection of food bar ideas for parties, get-togethers, or even fun family meals.
This is certainly one both the kids and adults will love.
When it comes to serving good food for a crowd, a food station or bar is always a good idea.
There are so many different ways you can create these from savory to sweet and yes even the drinks too.
Food Bar Ideas Perfect for Your Next Event
We love family movie nights over here. A quick and easy treat to go along with that is a popcorn bar. You can go super simple with just a few different seasonings or all out with candies and drizzles.
Set up a cheesecake toppings bar and let guests customize their own dessert.
By Stephanie Lynn
“The perfect ending to any event we host here at the house usually involves a gathering around the fire pit. It’s an entertaining tradition that never gets old, especially during the summer months. Once the fire gets going there is no denying the ultimate companion to the crackling flames and moonlit skies is a good old fashioned s’mores.” – By Stephanie Lynn
Build Your Own Sundae Bar
About A Mom
“Creating a build your own sundae bar is so easy to do and is always sure to be a hit with family and friends.” – About A Mom
Grilled Cheese Bar
Oh Happy Day
“My friend came up with 4 easy grilled cheese recipes that we served to our guests. But, it would also be fun to mix and match the toppings and cheeses and get creative with the recipes!” – Oh Happy Day
Taco Bar Station
The Two Bite Club
“One of the very easiest ways to serve a beautiful, colorful, flavorful meal to a crowd is to go with Mexican food. Having a game day get-together? Who doesn’t love tacos?! The best part is that you can set up a killer taco bar where everyone can dress their tacos with whatever toppings they like.” – The Two Bite Club
Baked Potato Topping Bar
“Looking to cook up some fun? Make Crock-Pot Baked Potatoes (or Sweet Potatoes) and serve them to your guests with an array of tasty goodies to load on top. We have more than 25+ toppings ideas for a Potato Bar to get you started. Some of the toppings are vegan and others are meaty. There are options to please everyone!” – Dinner Mom
Burger Bar Party
Making Time for Mommy
“One of the best things about summer is all the grilled food, from burgers to kabobs to corn on the cob. I love celebrating special events with barbeques so I thought it would be fun to put together a burger bar with all my family’s favorite burger toppings. It was a great way to spend a summer evening!” – Making Time for Mommy
Build your own Nacho Bar
A nacho buffet is an easy, crowd-pleasing menu for Game Day parties, Cinco de Mayo, or any party for that matter.
Design Eat Repeat
“Build your own waffle bar by implementing these fun topping ideas. Includes a recipe for whole wheat oat waffles for a guilt-free breakfast treat, as well as ideas for waffle toppings!” – Design Eat Repeat
Hot Dog Bar Party
“We LOVE a good backyard grilling get-together with friends! And sometimes, I want those grilling parties to have a nice look without having to put in hours of party-planning work… Putting together a fun hot dog bar is such a great solution! With just a few special touches, you can have a super tasty and nice-looking spread!” – Mom Endeavors
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