Usually when you are invited to a reception, birthday brunch or gala, you expect to see a bar. Most often than not, that bar is stocked with liquor. One trend we have been seeing at industry and client events has been the alternative to or sometimes the addition of multiple bars especially activity and food bars. These can work for a number of settings and is a great way to uniquely show off your brand or personal style.
Activity bars are wonderful at both children and adult birthday parties, BBQs, graduations or other types of celebrations such as baby or bridal showers. They are well suited for casual and informal affairs. Some fun ideas include: perfume or cologne mixing bars, candle making or a nail bar. Children’s activity bars might include painting, jewelry making or a play doh making station.
Food and beverages are the second type of bar and the most common bars we see. And for good reason, food and beverages are the heart of an event and often the thing that people remember the most! Are you throwing an evening or outdoor event? Have you thought about having a s’mores bar? S’mores aren’t just for camping trips and beach bonfires. They are popping up on restaurant menus and can be elevated with the use of gourmet chocolate or other toppings like strawberries, peanut cups, or caramel. Food bars are great also because they are sometime the whole family will love.
I am also a fan of the popcorn bars. My sister had one at her 30th birthday bash. Popcorn can be made salty, sweet or savory! And of course there is also the ubiquitous dessert bar, you can't lose with a dessert bar with so many options it's tough not to please even the most picky or discriminating taste buds.
Still feeling stuck? Check out Pinterest, it is an amazing resource for sourcing ideas for your next party or company event. Use it to gather inspiration then edit like crazy. While its very tempting to copy everything you see on Pinterest, resist and instead put your personal spin on it. If you still need help or don’t have time to search Pinterest for event inspiration, give us a call!