We’ve all seen the dessert bars with the different jars filled with candy and mix matched mini desserts. To take your next event up a notch, add a dessert bar. But not just one of those child’s play ones. Take it up to the next level with these unique, chic dessert bars. They will add character and a little sugar to your event. Trust me, your guests will be raving about it for months.
A Churro bar.
Yes, that’s right. An endless table of fluffy, sugary churros. (I know my mouth is already watering too.) These will surely make your event stand out. You have a couple options for your churro bar. First, you can have standard long churros or churro bites that guests can grab a handful for their plate. Next, there are the dipping sauces which guests either dip their classic churros in or pour and drown their cure bites. These sauces can range from the classic rich chocolate sauces to fruity to cinnamon-y. Finally, there are the toppings. Choose you favorites because you can’t go wrong. Suggested toppings include crushed Oreos, crushed toffee, crushed pistachios, your favorite cereals, crushed caramelized popcorn, and classic chocolate sprinkles.
A Milk & Cookies bar
This is a bar that will make your guests feel right at home. You can go super simple with just white milk and a couple kinds of cookies, or you can go full out with chocolate, strawberry, white, and almond milk along with jars of different kinds of your favorite cookies. You can make it with more gourmet cookies if your event is a little nicer. Milk glasses, cookie jars, and milk dispensers will give your bar the right aesthetic, so be carful when picking them out.
An Ice Cream Sandwich Bar
This isn’t your usual chocolate wafer and vanilla ice cream sandwich, no m’am. This bar includes different options for the “bread” including glazed donuts, graham crackers, and cookies. Then the ice cream flavors are yours to choose. Pick your classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry; or change it up with lavender, milk and honey, cornbread, or other unique flavors. You can also trade in gelato instead of your classic ice cream. Next, it includes hot chocolate sauce and other sauces to dip your sandwich in or to put inside. To top it all off, there are toppings to roll the sides of your sandwich in. My favorites include andes mints, snow caps, or mini marshmallows.
A classic float bar
This is a cute bar that is easy to make and enjoy. Pick you flavors of ice cream and scoop them into mason jars (with handles) and keep them in a an iced filled tin. Then have lots of old fashioned bottle sodas including classics like coke and root beer for people to pour in their jars. Then make sure to have whip cream, chocolate syrup, and cherries to top it off. Don’t forget paper cute straws to bring it all together. To make it for a more upscaled event, use unique flavors of ice cream and champagne flutes and have fruit to top it off.
A Waffle bar.
The bar is perfect for a girls brunch, unique bridal shower, or a fun dessert
social. Waffles are just for breakfast anymore. First, you have Belgian waffles which you can do whole, quartered, or even on a stick. Go original, or make it unique with red velvet waffles. Then you can have different fun syrups you can pour on. In addition, have Nutella and peanut butter that guests can spread on. Finally, you can have various toppings like fresh fruit, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, nuts, and whip cream.
A popcorn bar.
This bar is perfect for guests that will be moving around. They can come grab their bag, make their own sweet popcorn, and then continue to mix and mingle. You start with basic popcorn (I recommend also having caramel), then you have different candies and goodies to put in your bag with the popcorn such as mini reeces, health bar, coconut, peanuts, m&m’s, cinnamon, and more. Then you top it off with the drizzle of your choice. Can have white, milk, or dark chocolate, but also caramel or other delicious drizzles. The key to this bar is having cute bags to put your popcorn in. Use seasonal toppings to make it perfect for a holiday party.
A frozen banana bar.
The perfect bar for summer parties. You start with frozen bananas on sticks kept in a cooled tin or cooler. Then you have different chocolates in which a guest can dip their banana. Lastly, toppings for guests to roll their chocolate covered treat in. My favorite is crushed peanuts, but can also have crushed pretzels, toffee, reeces pieces, crushed graham cracker, you name it. What doesn’t taste good on a sweet frozen banana?
A biscuit bar.
Bring some southern twang to your event while keeping it classy. Have full sized or mini biscuits just classic or different flavors if you want to get fancy. Then have an assortment of jams, jellies, honey, fruit butters, fruit, etc. to put on your biscuits. You can even make strawberry shortcake. To make it even sweeter, add ice cream or whip cream to the bar.
Whether it is a bridal shower, a backyard party, a wedding reception, a brunch with your girl friends, or a nice cocktail party, add a dessert bar. What’s the worst that could happen? You have left over desserts. Trust me on this, you won’t. People may try to fool you, but everyone has a sweet tooth. And these bars will be sure to catch their attention and make your next event stand out.
pictures: churros – Better Homes and Gardens, milk and cookies – the Twinery, donut sandwiches – gastrogirl, cookie sandwiches – dream recipes, mason jar floats – veggie zest, float tray – Kate Aspen, champagne flute floats – The Cookie Rookie, waffles – William Sonoma: Taste, Prada popcorn – TrendLand, Scattered popcorn – Broma Bakery, striped popcorn – Style Me Pretty, frozen bananas – Food Network – Gale Gand, biscuit bar – Southern Weddings