Looking for a fun way to spice up your party and have your friends and family in awe over your food assembling skills?! Check this article out for the best guide to food bar ideas. Maybe it’s for a wedding, graduation, a night in with the gals, a fancy brunch or family BBQ- this article has all your needs!
Food Bar Ideas for Parties
Whether it be hosting a potluck, graduation party, celebration, or brunch, there is nothing more enticing to bring all your loved ones together than you’re own food bar! A food bar is a fun way to display the food/drink that you’re serving and will make it more of a memorable experience for you and your guests. Come up with the cutest food bar ideas for parties with these 15 food bar ideas- you will have your friends and family talking about it for days!
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I think I’ve always secretly been into food bars. I may not be the cook, but I love assembling food and drinks in an appetizing and aesthetically pleasing way that creates a fun experience (think I’ll add that skill to my resume). The last two weekends my brother and I were in charge of dinner for the fam so we had a charcuterie night and made fun cocktails! Even just making a charcuterie board, which can easily be turned into a charcuterie bar with additional food sides, is so simple and fun. I didn’t even realize I loved assembling food until I made my first charcuterie board and it was an easy, exciting thing to create with my brother- win win! Our parents were impressed with a dinner of cheese and meat, woot woot!
There’s been multiple other get-togethers with sports teams, friends, and families where my family has had a food bar and it was the hit of the party. I don’t have photos because it was way back in my high school cheerleading days, but before home games, the cheer team would host dinner at different people’s houses. The time it was hosted at my house my mom put together a fondue food bar and let me tell you…. it was amazing!!! The perfect thing to get everyone together and having a good time. We also set up a taco bar for my brother’s graduation party, that was a blast as well! I see ideas like these more and more with friends and family; food bar ideas for parties have become a great solution and form of entertainment for everyone of all ages!
Here are my brothers and my attempt at our first charcuterie bar (you also would’ve seen on my Instagram story)!
Food Bar Ideas You Will Love
The food bar ideas for parties you didn’t know you needed to know about! These delicious 15 food bar ideas will be the talk of the party and keep everyone wanting more. It might not be your outfit this time you get compliments on, but rather the food bar you’re on your way to creating!
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This is a great evening idea or when you’re having a potluck/bonfire and want a fun way to dig in on some s’mores!
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Everybody who loves popcorn needs the ultimate popcorn bar! This is perfect for a movie night with friends and makes for a good evening treat!
Hot Cocoa bar
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Oh, I am absolutely doing this for the holiday season! A cocoa bar?! That’s my kind of bar. Something super easy that involves minimal ingredients (or as many as you want) and can be put together in little time! This is great for a cozy night in and more than just a cup of cocoa.
Root Beer Float bar
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It’s a root beer float partyyyy! Needing the perfect extra touch to a graduation party or celebration? Here’s a fun solution for something fun and sweet!
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Everybody loves a good sundae.. well how about a sundae bar! If your sundae set up looks anything like this you must be a true sundae lover. This can be a fun food bar idea for you as a day or evening activity!
Walking Taco Bar
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Taco bout a chips bar?! How fun is this! For my brother’s graduation, throwing a walking taco bar party is exactly what we did and everyone loved it. It is also becoming a common way to have easy DIY tacos and in a cool way with chip bags! 10/10 recommend.
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Here you have the ultimate charcuterie bar with some adds on the side and my does it look good!! This is a great way to assemble food in a simple way with a little of everything! Also is VERY aesthetically pleasing (you were probably already thinking that).
“You’ve Warmed my Heart” Coffee Bar
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Yes, very important!! A coffee Bar!! This is so so cute and is the perfect touch for a breakfast food bar. You have your adorable coffee arrangement and then some pastries, donuts, and fruit-whatever your heart desire when you think BREAKFAST!
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If you love Waffles as much as I do, this is YOUR food bar. I love this idea so much and just makes me want waffles as I look at this photo. The flowers make me think of Mother’s day or any elegant celebration. This is a perfect breakfast or brunch idea for a food bar and a fun way to display all the toppings!
Burger & Fry Bar
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This one is for the boys! Jk everyone should try a burger and fried bar at least once. I mean how good does this look?! This is a great idea for a family dinner, ordering or making a ton of burgers and different fries, than assorting them with the tasty toppings in mason jars.
Breakfast Menu Bar
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Breakfast is served!! Create an assortment of the best breakfast food and don’t forget the mini pancakes! This is a great idea for a birthday (as pictured) or any breakfast celebration.
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Here’s a yummy pie bar idea for when you have multiple pies to display or just want to have a dessert party! This would be super cute for a family gathering, evening party, or wedding.
If you don’t even think about the idea of a nacho bar when making nachos for a group of people, you’re doing it wrong. This is one of the easiest DIY food bar ideas and I mean, everyone loves nachos so why not make a fun experience out of it! We did this last year for a Cinco de Mayo party and it was a crowd pleaser!
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You saw it here first, a mimosa bar! A super fun way to spice up the mimosa drinks and add something fruity! Whether it be for a brunch or evening with the girlfriends, this will keep the memories lasting.
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How’s this for a different idea! Have you ever been to Auntie Anne’s or any good pretzel place where they give you pretzels topped with different sugars and spice? Now you can make your own! Either as they come or dipped in a yummy sauce with fun condiments, this is a great food bar idea for a day event (in this photo is for a wedding).
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