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The Latest: Interactive Refreshment Stations March 27, 2011

One of the trends that is gaining quick popularity this year is the presence of interactive food and drink stations at special events.

Not only can these stations add visual interest to an event, they also add a participatory element to your guests’ experience, inviting them to “make their own” cupcakes, fondue, bagels, cocktails, etc.  Interactive refreshment stations allow your guests to customize their food/drinks to their own personal tastes.  And who doesn’t love that?

Some fabulous examples to inspire you:

Custom Bagel Bar (via Luna and Chloe Weddings):

Bagel Bar: Guests can make their own breakfast bagels

Fondue “Fundo” Party (via Amy Atlas Special Events):

Fondue Party: Fun and tasty for your guests

Smoothie Bar (via Hip Hooray Blog):

DIY: Smoothie Bar

Yum!

Art Birthday with DIY Food Palettes (via Hostess Blog):

 

Art Party: Make your own food "palette"

Brunch Birthday (via The Sweetest Occasion):

Interactive Pancake Station

Customized Pancakes

Baking Party Birthday (via Amy Atlas Events):

Baking Party: Fun for all ages

S’Mores Spectacular (via Cookie Creatives):

Decadent DIY S'Mores Station

DIY Ice Dream Parlour (via Eat Drink Chic):

Pink & Pretty Ice Cream Parlour

Choose your own toppings!

Champagne Bar (via Eat Drink Pretty):

DIY Mimosas & Bellinis

These interactive food/drink stations are so much fun.  If you plan to try this concept at one of your events, make sure you have the time/staff to clean up the station periodically, as guests can often be very messy.  It would also be wise to have a helper nearby to assist small children and older guests who need help with the station.

I can’t wait to see the new ideas that come with spring and summer entertaining this year!

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Brilliant Bash: Custom Bagel Bar November 26, 2010

Kristi from Luna and Chloe Weddings recently created a custom bagel bar in her home as an homage to a favourite snack she enjoyed in her college days.  What a fun, simple, and inexpensive idea this could be for a breakfast/brunch event or business meeting!  And guests love choosing their own toppings.  Yum.  I love the idea of adding a small grill on the side of the table for guests who prefer to heat up their sandwich creations.  A toaster, freshly squeezed juices or smoothies,  and some bubbly mimosas would also be welcome additions to this breakfast spread.

Custom Bagel Bar by Luna and Chloe Weddings

Gooood Morning!

Fresh and Fun

B-b-b-bagels

Yummy Toppings

Eat your greens!

Tasty Savoury Pies

Deeelish

Kristi's College Fave

This is what Kristi had to say about her bagel bar:

When I was in college (in a small Southern Illinois town), we used to head down to the strip on Friday and Saturday nights.  Well, sometimes Thursday too.  Anyway, each night on the main corner of the strip was the Bagel Man.  Man, did we love this guy!  Even more so after a night of drinking and dancing.  He was always there with his charcoal Weber grill and a little stand that attached to the side of it with bagels for sale.  And not just any bagels – oh no – these were bagels that were thrown on the grill and topped with just about anything you could imagine.  One of my faves was a bagel with cream cheese, fresh chives, cucumber slices and sunflower seeds.  Makes me sound so healthy…not so much anymore.  To this day, I want to open a bagel cart!  What a money maker it would be – in the mornings head into the corporate area, and in the evenings to the bars.  I have even tried to talk Mr. Big into it…who knows, maybe one day I’ll be on the corner selling bagels (hehe).

So this is where my inspiration came from!  While my little set-up is inside, with no Weber grill in site, it still is a bagel bar.  How perfect would this be at the end of a wedding?  Or on the morning of the big day for the bridal party?  Or for an after the wedding brunch the next day…you get the picture.  Even though mine was quite simple, I would go bigger for a real event, and include bacon, pancetta, fresh mozzarella, scrambled eggs, ham, and more…and of course the bagels would be grilled.

See more of Kristi’s great ideas at Luna and Chloe Weddings.

Images Courtesy of Luna and Chloe Weddings

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