There are many reasons to have a great big gathering during the summer. Holidays, birthdays, weddings, family reunions all promise lots of visitors and often they are hungry visitors. Here are 5 ideas to feed a crowd this summer without breaking the bank. I have also included the ideas that have the least amount of effort with the biggest WOW factor.
Top 5 Food Bar Ideas to Easily Feed a Crowd this summer
Just search `hamburger bar` on Pinterest! You can go all out or keep it simple. Either way you will have a fabulous affair. Include hot dogs, hamburgers and maybe a veggie option on the BBQ. The fun part of this bar is in the toppings. Fancy it up or make it retro perfect. Either way you will be feeding a crowd and all the prep work will be done ahead of time. This bar begs for lots of chip or salad options. You will be the weekend hero!
Fresh ingredients all prepared in advance will save you time when friends and family come to visit. This taco bar idea works well for a weekday dinner or a big family gathering on the weekend! Chicken Tacos in the slow cooker recipes are all over Pinterest right now and will work perfectly for your Taco Bar. Have some pre-made Mojito Mocktails to go too! As a side you can include a Salsa & Chip bar. There are so many salsa and chip variations out there that are full of flavor and pretty colors that it would make a beautiful table on its own. Everyone will be talking about how great your get together was.
Good Old Potluck
Let’s not forget about the original food bar idea. With or without a set theme potlucks are always a great hit. Everyone brings an item to serve up and you know that people will bring the dish they are known for! This makes for really yummy feasts that usually result in a whole lot of recipe exchanges. As the host of the potluck your responsibilities can be as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. You can delegate who brings salads, hors d’oeuvres, mains, drinks and even cutlery and plates. Everyone loves a Potluck.
Soup, Salad & Sandwich Bar
A soup, salad and sandwich bar is a great idea for a food bar. Choose some favorite soups and keep warm in a crock pot with a nice display of toppings. Ideas for soup toppings are croutons, oils, chopped veggies, fresh herbs and a fun selection crackers. We have had people bring salads, pot luck style, and it has worked out really well. There is nothing more pleasing than a nice selection of homemade salads. Choosing the sandwiches can be fun. A local caterer is an easy choice to get a lot of variety. You can also take on the task yourself and have fun making different sandwiches. With all the filling ideas and types of bread, the combinations are endless. A Soup,Salad and Sandwich bar would be a hit at any get together.
S’mores Dessert Bar
I had to include one sweet option. Google it people. It exists.
What is your go-to idea to feed a summertime crowd? I can’t wait to hear your ideas!