Forget the finger sandwiches! How about adding an interactive food or drink bar to your bridal shower? Whether you’re planning a boozy bash or a sophisticated soiree, one of these set-ups is sure to keep guests well fed and entertained.
1. A mimosa bar
No brunch is complete without a mimosa bar, of course! Serve up different types of juice, plus syrups and fruit to top off each cocktail.
2. A coffee or hot cocoa bar
But first, coffee! Offer up a piping hot pot of joe, and don’t forget to put out flavored syrups and other toppings so guests can customize their cups. Have younger guests attending? Include hot chocolate and marshmallows, too.
3. A cupcake bar
Are you ready for the easiest DIY dessert idea ever? Bake a bunch of cupcakes (go ahead, use the box mix) — but don’t decorate them before the party. Put various frostings, sprinkles, and candies in cute bowls, and all of a sudden you’ve got yourself an interactive cupcake bar. Genius!
4. A salad bar
Instead of struggling with the decision of what salad to serve, let guests make their own. Lay out a couple kinds of greens, lots of veggies, and plenty of dressing choices. Step up the set-up by adding sliced fruit, nuts, and a selection of cheeses to the spread.
5. An ice cream sundae bar
You’re never too old to create your own ice cream sundae! Make your guests feel like kids again with a few kinds of ice cream (just make sure to leave them in the freezer till dessert time), plus whipped cream, cookies, sprinkles, and chocolate sauce.
6. A pancake bar
Brunch without pancakes? No way. Let guests top their cakes with chocolate chips, fresh fruit, and (of course) whipped cream. Oh, and don’t forget the maple syrup!
7. A bagel bar
Here’s another easy-peasy DIY bar idea. Get a whole bunch of bagels — from plain to everything — and offer up tons of toppings. Let guests go to town with flavored butters and cream cheeses, and fruits and veggies.
8. A fruit salad bar
Yes, another super easy option. Put sliced fruits and berries in individual bowls. Then, let guests pick and choose their faves for a one-of-a-kind fruit salad. A splash of fresh OJ or a little sugar on top will sweeten the deal!
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