175 + Food Bar Ideas

Baked Potato Bar 


Baked potatoes with buffet style toppings like bacon, sour cream,
chives, chili, cheese, mushrooms, any kind of meat and guacamole. 
You could also make specialty potatoes like a "taco tater", or a 
"chili cheese tater-the possibilities are endless...

bar with 2 potatoes 
via; Yummly found HERE


Basics: salt, freshly ground pepper, butter, sour cream (or yogurt)
Cheese: shredded cheddar/jack, crumbled blue/feta, grated Parmesan; ricotta
Fresh herbs/seasonings: chopped fresh basil, cilantro, oregano, chives or dill,
crushed red pepper;
Meats: chili, taco meat, fajita chicken or beef, pulled pork, bacon,
chopped ham, salami, meatballs, salmon
Vegetables: chopped scallions or red onions; steamed broccoli, green beans, snow peas,
or asparagus; grilled corn; canned beans, chopped fresh tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes;
sauteed spinach mushrooms or onions, roasted red peppers; jalapenos; thawed frozen peas
chopped avocado or guacamole, coleslaw.
Sauces and Dressings: salsa; barbecue sauce; gravy; alfredo sauce; nacho sauce, blue cheese
or ranch salad dressing; marinara sauce - or other red Italian sauce; pesto
Sweets: brown sugar, honey, maple syrup
Toasted Nuts: sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, peanuts


Soup Bar

Offer a variety of hot homemade soups, these can be accompanied 
by platters of different cheeses and a variety of crackers, or even better
 by homemade breads and rolls. 

Via; The Barns at Wesleyan Hills found HERE

via spiceblog found HERE

1. Taco Soup {Food Doodles} 2. Lentil & Bacon Oregano Soup {Verses From My Kitchen}
 3. Roasted Red Pepper & Onion Soup {Including Cake!} 4. Jalapeno-Ginger Butternut 
Squash Soup {Sunset} 5. Baked Potato Soup {Southern Living} 6. Onion Soup {FDL}

via;weddingomania found HERE

via; livewellnetwork found HERE


Setup is a cinch. Just buy cheeses known for melting easily—
like Gruyère, cheddar and Fontina—and stock up on rye,
white and sourdough breads. Don't forget an array of sophisticated toppings.
To cook, have a skillet ready for your guests to grill at will. Butter the outsides
of the bread, then add two slices of cheese and any mixture of toppings.
Cook on one side until the bread is golden brown, then flip.

Peanut Butter, and other nut butters with Jam Bar

Simply set up an assortment here of nut butters, Nutella, etc
include lots of fresh jams and even some apple butter!

via; weeknight meals found HERE

{Spring rolls}

Guests can build a wrap of lettuce, glass noodles, bean sprouts, 
barbeque pork, shrimp, Chinese sausage, carrot, dikon radish, peppers, 
mushrooms, coriander, mint, chopped peanuts, green onions and browned 
garlic  served with sweet chilli sauce, peanut sauce and fish sauce.

via; bouffeebambini found HERE


A cook will prepare thin rice noodles tossed together with your
choice of shrimp, chicken, tofu, green onions and garlic in peanut sauce,
topped with bean sprouts, peanuts and coriander, you could even buy those

Chinese take away boxes to put it in, and add a pair of chopsticks as well! 

via; Janie Haas flickr river Found HERE

Sushi Bar

Serve up a variety of prepared Sushi set up and chilled for guests.

via; Pinterest

via; English Manor Blog Found HERE

Stir-Fry Food Station

A delicious stir fry being freshly prepared and served along with sushi, 
spring rolls and Edamame pot stickers.... yummy!

Raw Seafood Stations

Raw Seafood Bar

Serve a variety of fresh, raw seafood on ice
complete with several dipping sauces.

Oyster Bar

Simple, yet elegant.

via; The Walrus Bar found HERE

Adorable set up Oyster Bar...

Via; Pinterest  
Salmon Bar

With all the sides included on a spoon!

via; Paula Dean found HERE

Fish Boil Bar 

The whole set up for a fish boil set up and
dumped in buckets for guests!

Asian Food Station

via; Rooted in love found HERE

Asian Wok Bar

Serving up all sorts of favorites, gingered beef
sweet and sour chicken... the list is endless!

via; Food Network found HERE

Ceviche Bar 

The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices, 
such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers.

Via; Pinterest

Catfish Poorboy Station 

Serve up with plenty of dips!

Via; Food and Wine Found HERE

Oysters Rockefella Bar

Clam Bake Bar

Via; Pinterest

Paella Bar 

Include a Salad: Hearts of romaine salad with Spanish green olives, 
manchego cheese and red onion vinaigrette:
Rustic bread and extra virgin olive oil:

Choice of Paella 

Chicken, Spanish Chorizo and Piquillo pepper paella
Prawn, black mussel and Bilboa sausage paella
Artichoke, green bean and roasted red pepper paella

via; big red kitchen found HERE

Pasta Bar!

Serve up an assortment of various pastas and sauces
and lots of extras to add in as well!
Don't forget to serve with delicious garlic bread!

via; tonya staab found HERE

Pasta Bar ~ 2 Different Pastas (Penne Rigate & Fettuccini) Variety of Meats 
(Grilled Italian Sausage, Meatballs, Grilled Sliced Chicken) Variety of Veggies 
(Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Zucchini, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes, Fresh Basil), 
Parmesan Cheese, Crusty Italian Bread, Garlic Bread and Breadsticks, 
Could Add Big Bowl of Antipasto Salad....

Found on Shadowbrook HERE

Look at all the many different styles of Italian you can do...

via; Williams Kitchen found HERE

 Tortellini skewers with pesto dipping sauce

Pizza bar found HERE

via; meals found HERE

Delicious Mac -n- Cheese Bar 

via; pasta by StephanieLynn found HERE

Spaghetti and meatballs Bar


via; One Charming Party found HERE

 Holiday Brochette Bar!


Via; Pinterest

Skewer Station

via; The Girl who ate everything

Individual 7-layer salads

Found on Rachael Ray HERE

Build your own Burrito Bar

Via; Wolfgang Puck Found HERE

Chips and Salsa Bar

Via; The party dress found HERE

Salsa Bar

Via; Pinterest

Taco Bar

Via; Pinterest

Via; Pinterest

Tappas Bar

Sizzling Quesadilla Station
With chicken, steak or vegetables, tri-colored chips 
and tomatillo salsa, sour cream and guacamole

A Pasty Station

especially good for winter gatherings, and best,
can be made ahead of time and re-heated! 

Via; Big mommas Home Kitchen found HERE


Via; Pinterest

Hummus Bar

Via; Cristine Ferrare Found HERE
Antipasto Bar

Great appetizer with recipes salami, mortadella, prosciutto,
Parmesan cheese in chunks, marinated olives, white bean puree,

Via; Mark Addison found HERE

Pirogi Bar

Gyro Food Bar

Flat bread Pizza Bar

Chili Bar

Hamburger Bar

Hot Dog Bar


Sandwich Bar


Fries, all sorts of different gravies and sauces, different kinds of cheese curds, 
shaved smoked meat, smoked salmon.


Souvlaki, greek salad, greek potatoes in saice, basmati rice, babaganouj, 
hummus, tabouli served with pita triangles.

Kebabs Station

Gnocchi Station

Panini Bar Station

Lettuce Wrap Station

Chicken Tandoori Station

Hot Wings Station

Sausage Bar

Mac and Cheese Bar

Bread Bowl Bar

Children's Food Station

Having more than a handful of kids at your event? 
Just set up a kid’s station with favorite kid foods 
like mini pizzas, French fries, veggies and dip, 
and chicken fingers.

Pickle Bar

Cheese Bar

Crostini Bar


Mashed Potato Bar

Roasted Vegetables Bar

Olive Bar

Pasties Food Bar

Crepe Station


Hot Wing Bar

Salad / Veggie Bar

Mini salad station

Healthy food choices station

French Fry Station

Breads and oils Bar

Soft Pretzel Bar


Salty Food Bar



Pickle/Relish Bar

Balsamic Vinegar Bar

Eggs Benedict Station

Bacon Food Station Found HERE

Breakfast Burritos Bar

Bagel Bar

Grits Bar

Biscuit Bar\

Donut Bar

Fruit Station

Apple Bar

Serve a selection of pre-sliced apples with dips, including caramel,
chocolate and butterscotch sauces, Topping options include sprinkles,
nuts, dark and white chocolate chips, raisins and shaved coconut.

Pancake Bar

Waffle Station

There are lots of toppings you could add to waffles...

Chicken – Top with seasoned, grilled, or fried (diced) chicken, Sliced peaches, Fresh or fried apples sprinkled with cinnamon,Glazed Strawberries warmed, Fresh raspberries and peaches, Fresh blueberries, Mix chocolate chips into the batter, Sliced, fresh strawberries and bananas, 

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Mix cheesecake filling into the batter, Top with granola and your favorite nuts, Mix vanilla extract into the batter and top with cinnamon roll filling and cream cheese icing, Red, White, and Blue – Top with a mixture of strawberry, blueberry, and whipped cream, Bananas Foster – Top with bananas and vanilla ice cream. (Optional: Make a sauce from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur.), Top with fresh, sliced bananas and fresh whipped cream, Top with fresh, sliced blue-,straw-, rasp-, or black-berries of your choice and fresh whipped cream, 

Sweet ideas for your waffles...
Bacon – Mix cooked bacon crumbles into the batter or top with chopped bacon, Sausage – Mix cooked sausage crumbles into the batter or top with crumbled sausage, Mix confetti sprinkles into the batter, Make a sandwich, using the waffles as “bread” to sandwich the egg and sausage, Chocolate – Add about 3 tbsp of cocoa powder to the mix., Top with fresh, sliced bananas and your favorite nut, Top with a fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream, Sprinkle with powdered sugar, Make a sandwich, using the waffles as “bread” to sandwich the peanut butter and jelly. The options are truly endless.

French Toast Kabobs station

Cinnamon Roll Station

 Smoothie Bar

Breakfast Rolls Station

Fruit Kabobs and Sticky Buns Station

Breakfast Granola and Yogurt Bar

Hot and cold Cereal Station

French Toast/Mini Quiche Breakfast Bar

Pancakes and Parfaits bar

 Quich Bar

 Oatmeal Bar

Toast Bar


Donut Hole Bar


Donuts Station

Mini Omelot Bar

Trifle Bar

Shooters Bar 

Ice Cream Sandwich Bar


Cupcake Fondue Bar 

Strawberry Shortcake Bar

Macaroon Station

Banana Bar

Smores Bar

Trail Mix Bar

Candy Apple Bar

Whoppie Pie Bar

Fondue Bar

Snow Cone Bar

Cotton Candy Station

Frozen Yogurt Bar

Milk Shake Bar

Gourmet Popsicle Bar

Cocktail Popsicles via; Belle the Magazine

Ice Cream Fondue Station

Cake Pop Bar

Chocolate dipped Strawberry Bar

Cupcake toppings Bar

Canoli Bar

Churro Bar

Chocolate Fondue Bar

Make your own Sundae Bar

Make your own Ice Cream Bar

Pie in a jar Bar

Gelato Station

Cookies and milk Bar

Bread Pudding Bar

Coca-Cola Float station

Pie Bar

Shortcake sliders via; June bug weddings

Berry Shortcake Bar

Scones with jam and cream bar

Marshmallow Bar

Dessert Shots Station

Gourmet Cookie Bar

Fruit Pizza station

Candy Station

Gourmet Smores Bar 
{with Homemade Marshmallows}

Popcorn Bar

Popcorn and toppings station

Espresso Bar
Espresso, gourmet coffees and teas
 Have cinnamon, whipped cream, nutmeg, 

cane sugar and cream on hand.

Tea Station

Champagne Bar

via: Wit and delight
Gin and Tonic Bar

A margarita bar awaits guests at a September wedding at a private estate in Sonoma, Calif.:
via; pinterest

Lime Margarita Bar

via; The Every Girl

Strawberry Jalapeno, Mango Orange, Coconut with Lime Margaritas

Spritzer Bar

Mimosa Bar

Jack and Coke Station

Bloody Mary Bar

Flavored Milk Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

Coffee Bar

Lemonade Bar

DIY Sangria Bar

Apple Cider Bar

Soda Bar

Infused Water Stations

Wine Tasting Station

 Tequila Bar Station

Brandy Station

Milkshake Shots station

Punch Station

Juice Station

Portable Afternoon Tea Station

Pancakes and Parfaits station

Picnic Bar 


Country Bar

Garden Cocktail Party Bar

Outdoor Movie Night Bar

 Warming up to Autumn Bar

 Halloween Station


Tailgate Station

Winter Brunch Station


Chili, Nacho, and Hot dog Bar

Burger and a Beer Bar