Looking for fun and tasty food ideas for your reception? Wedding food bars are the latest rage because they are both creative and an easy way to personalize the wedding reception meal.
Don’t just listen to those raving online about popcorn and candy stations, check out these wedding food bars that you may not have even considered before.
Hors d’oeuvre & Appetizer Food Station Ideas:
These little appetizers will surely get those guests in attendance excited!
Salad: Salad does not have to be boring. Place seeds, veggies, cheese, bacon, and dressings in large bowls for patrons to enjoy.
Mashed Potatoes: Serve mashed potatoes in martini glasses, then give guests the option to top off with bacon bits, cheese, gravy, scallions, or peas.
The Baked Potato: Basically the same toppings just different potatoes (with sour cream of course).
Poutine: Serve guests delicious french fries and tater tots topped with cheese or gravy.
Homemade Chili: Serve chili with cheese, hot peppers, sour cream, scallions, and tortilla chips.
Bruschetta: Provide guests plenty of toppings with their Italian delicacy.
The Fondue: There are so many fondue ideas, from chocolate, cheese, to oil, then dip in some carbs, meats, or fruit.
Biscuits: Build a biscuit bar! Serve guests with honeys, a variety of jams, and/or sausage gravy for a heartier option.
Cheese & Crackers: This station is a staple that is both easy and delicious.
Charcuterie: Make sure there are lots of meat with a variety of cheese on the side.
Fresh Olive Oil: Freshly baked bread and delicious olive oils for dipping.
Fresh Fruits: In addition to a large variety of fresh fruit, provide guests cool whip or yogurt.
Oysters: Some guests love raw oysters, some need lemon, horseradish, or Mignonette to make it work.
Soups: Cook up a large variety of soups!
Pickles: This is a simple and fun idea. Besides traditional pickles made from cucumbers you can also include a variety of pickled vegetables (mushrooms, carrots, asparagus, beans, etc). Don’t forget the fried pickles!
Trail Mix: Purchase all the fixings and let your guests mix up their own variety! Include a variety of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, and pretzels for both salty and sweet options.
Wings: Supply diners with plain wings, then a large amount of bowls with sauces they can mix and match. Things could get messy here.
Popcorn: Be sure to include a variety of seasonings and lots of butter. Serve at the wedding reception, then let guests take some home in a paper bag.
Mexican Food Bar Ideas:
Serve mild to spicy foods that everyone will want to sample!
Chips & Salsa: Sort these from mild to hot & spicy, then let everyone dig in.
Nachos: All the veggies plus the meat and then the cheese. All the makings of greatness.
Tacos/Fajitas: Start with warm flour and corn tortillas and sever with seasoned ground beef, grilled chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and the sour cream.
Burritos: You’ll need an expert burrito roller because these can be trickier than you might imagine. Use traditional taco fillings along with beans and rice.
Delicious Wedding Food Bar Ideas For Dinner:
Now it’s finally time for the main course!
Sushi: You will need the help of a sushi chef, unless of course you know how to make a good roll.
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Slice up unique cheeses at a frying station or hand out mini cheese sandwiches with tomato soup shots.
Hot Pizza: Create the build-your-own bar with meat, sauces, veggies, then bake.
Burger: Whip up those delicious patties in bulk. Guests will grab a patty cooked to their liking and have the ability to dress it up with fixings of their choice.
Variety of Pastas: Put out noodles, tasty sauces, different veggies, meats, and shredded cheese. Guests can combine their favorites or create personalized pasta dinners.
Sandwiches: Fresh breads with a variety of meats and cheeses.
Sliders: Like a regular hamburger bar, except much smaller. Shredded pork, ground beef, chicken burgers, crab cakes, and vegetarian patties are all great slider options.
Hot Dogs: Who doesn’t love hot dogs? Make sure to have some toppings like chili, sauerkraut, and onions on hand.
Breakfast Food Bar Ideas
Most important meal of the day on the most important day of your life.
Cereals: Glass jars filled with sugary cereals and some pitchers of milk.
Waffles: Chef can serve stacks of hot waffles with some whipped cream, fresh fruit, piping hot syrup, and sprinkles. For a modern food truck variation add fried chicken to the topping options.
Pancakes: Faster than waffles, but they are just as delicious.
Crepes: Thin pancakes filled with fresh fruit, some whipped cream, and creamy chocolate.
Hot Oatmeal: Crock pots of hot oatmeal served with sides like brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon, and dried or fresh fruit.
Omelets: Classic breakfast stations now available at your wedding day!
The Breakfast Buffet: Serve everything we mentioned above for a complete breakfast buffet.
Dessert Food Bar Ideas
Time to give those wedding guests what they really want!
The Caramel Apple: Let guests dip and then decorate with candies, chocolate syrup, and nuts.
Donuts: Provide guests a plate of decorated donuts, you can even theme the wedding cake to match the donuts.
Baked Pies: Cherry, pumpkin, key lime, blueberry, and apple pies! Serve with a big bowl of Cool Whip.
Cheesecakes: Fruit, peanut butter, or chocolate, there are so many ways you can dress up a cheesecake.
Smores: Sterno lamps are perfect for toasting the marshmallows that pair with chocolate and graham crackers to make up this delicious dessert.
Ice Cream: Let your guests choose their flavors and then top any way they like.
Milk & Cookies: Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and cold glasses of fresh milk are the perfect snack everyone will enjoy!
Candies: Fill clear bowls and jars with different colored candies. Guests can enjoy at the reception or take home as their favor.
Cupcakes: Instead of making one flavor, why not offer a huge variety? Cupcakes are easy to make and they can be decorated to match the wedding cake or in a variety of colors topped with small decorations or candy.
The Chocolate Fountain: A timeless classic that looks amazing and takes pretty good as well.
Churros: Melted chocolate, cinnamon sugar, hot caramel, or fruit sauces are just some of the sides available.
Milkshakes: All you need is a variety of ice cream, some candy, fresh fruit, and plenty of blenders. Make sure you have plenty of cans of whipped cream. Just imagine how cute those photos will be?
Root Beer Float: Same as the milkshake, just has a more traditional feel to it!
Snow Cones: Talk about the perfect cool dessert! Your guests can cool off in the most delectable way.
Oreo Cookies: Scatter them on the table, stack them up, build towers out of them!