Every good story started at a bar, right? Bars and pubs are frequented at the end of work days and in the early hours of the morning to relieve stress, enjoy friends, and have a good time of course! When you consider a bar for an event, this usually means a classic wine, beer, and liquor bar. However, there’s no reason you can’t get creative and expand the counter selection with a dessert bar or non-alcoholic beverage bar. From a coffee bar to a taco bar, there are a number of buffets that can be created to include all guests. Here’s a look at how to incorporate a bar into your next get-together.
Let’s face it, morning meetings are rough. To boost morale in the office, celebrate a deal, or to just treat your employees, a coffee bar is a cost-effective and productivity-boosting way to do so. Coffee bars include a number of different roasts, flavors, and styles. Don’t forget the decaf selections for those trying to refrain from caffeine. Let employees choose from a menu of roasts, then customize by adding flavored syrups. To wrap it up at the end of the buffet, provide bagels, pastries, and fruit as a light breakfast option.
If you are hosting a brunch event but are still looking to wow you guests, plan to have a chef-attended omelet bar. Omelet bars contain a number of add-ins from various meats, veggies, and cheeses allowing guests to customize their breakfast exactly how they want it. Guests will watch as their meal is prepared quickly and right in front of their eyes!
To add a bit of fun to the party, a mimosa bar is an easy, but sophisticated twist for those who are of age. Work with your caterer to offer a number of fruit juices as mixers as well as different herbs and sliced fruits to garnish the glass with. This gives your guests something refreshing to enjoy without offering a full-service bar.
An antipasto station masters the art of grazing. Also referred to as a charcuterie platter, the station would consist of sliced meats, cheeses, nuts, olives and other garnishments for guests to snack on as they please. The best part? Most of the items served don’t require any prep or cooking.
An antipasto bar is perfect as an appetizer for any occasion. “Antipasto” literally means “before the food” in Italian, and we find that it’s essential for wedding receptions. Often times at receptions, guests are waiting more or less patiently at the venue for the bride and groom to take their pictures and arrive. Their stomachs will be growling, and this light snack will hold them over until the main meal.
For events like baby showers, where alcohol usually isn’t present, give your guests a sugar rush instead, with a dessert bar. Who doesn’t love sweets, especially an expecting-mother? A dessert bar allows for your sweet tooth to take control and indulge in all kinds of candy, baked goods, ice creams, doughnuts, cakes, pies, or anything else you desire.
Need to feed the masses for a high school or college graduation party? A taco bar is a cost-effective, yet genius way to feed a crowd. By offering meat and topping options, plus rice, beans, chips, salsa, and queso on the side as a simple crowd pleaser, your guests and wallet will be equally as happy.
No matter the occasion or what is served at your bar, let All Occasion Catering help you execute a fabulous event. There is a myriad of fun ways to work with your catering team to serve food and drinks in unique and inviting ways. If you are planning a corporate event, shower or party of any kind, AOC has the experience and expertise to give you what you’ve always dreamed of. To book All Occasion Catering for your next event, give us a call at (865) 521-1300 or visit our website.