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Picks on Paper - Food Stations and Dessert Bars Wednesday, August 1, 2012 ~ 8:25 a.m.

Happy August! I can't believe it's August already. I have to admit though...while I love summer and all that comes with it, I'm looking forward to a cooler fall. It's my favorite season, and I've never seen it here in Colorado before! Back in California, there really is no fall - no leaves changing colors, no crisp feeling in the stays warm and green year round! This is nice, too, of course, but I guess I'm used to all of that, being from California originally. I'm sick and tired of the 90 degree weather we've been having here, too! It seems so relentless!

Anyway, if you happened to catch the wedding that I featured yesterday, then you'll probably know exactly where I got the inspiration for today's Picks on Paper. Today, it's all about yummy foods that not only taste good, but are creatively presented in a bar or food station setup for guests. Typically, these stations require guests to do their part in creating and customizing their own cocktail, meal, snack or dessert. It's extremely popular at weddings nowadays because it's something fun for your guests to do during your cocktail hour or reception. It can even double as your wedding favors, with the right ingredients! It's a popular idea for a reason!

With a little bit of preparation, anyone can set up a fancy dessert bar or food station with a reasonable budget. First, decide whether you want to go with a larger theme - foods for the campfire, an all-white candy bar, sweet and salty, movie munchies, childhood treats or even just a collection of the bride and groom's all-time favorites. Or you may be set on a specific item - s'mores, cookies, cheesecakes, tacos, baked potatoes, french fries, whiskey, Bloody Marys or mimosas, for instance. Focus on that one item and go all-out. Think about different toppings, possible combinations and variety.

Picks on Paper - Food Stations and Dessert Bars

Fireside munchies food station ideas S'mores bar Popcorn bar
S'mores bar by Engaged and Inspired via SMP | Hot chocolate by Brinton Studios via SMP | S'mores ingredients by Nashan Photography via SMP | Popcorn bar by We Heart Photography via SMP | Popcorn paper cones by Orange Girl Photographie via SMP | Movie popcorn by Olivia Leigh Photography via SMP

Coffee and tea bars Coffee and tea bar
Espresso bar by Jasmine Star Photography via SMP | Coffee bar by Caroline Tran via SMP | Tea bar by Ashley Rose Photography via Ruffled

Dessert bar ideas Dessert bar ideas
Donut bar by Dove + Sparrow via SMP | Chocolate whoopie pies by Onelove Photography via GWS | Ice cream toppings by Jose Villa Photography via SMP | Pumpkin whoopie pies by Mat and Ash via GWS

Savory food station ideas Wedding food ideas
A festive taco bar with all the fixings by Scott Clark Photography via 100 Layer Cake | Paper bagged potatoe chips by Chantel Marie Photography via SMP | Sushi spread by Christian Oth Studio via SMP | SPUD BAR by Tiny Water Photography via Celebrations at Home | Warm and fluffy biscuit station by Anna Robin via Southern Weddings | Good old Mac 'n Cheese by Hostess with the Mostess

Cocktail bars Champagne, Bloody Mary, Tequila and Whiskey bars
TEQUILA!!! by Elizabeth Anne Designs | Bloody Mary and Champagne bars by Hello Love! | A good, old fashioned whiskey bar by Jasmine Star Photography via GWS

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Emma | Emmaline Bride (Michigan)

Aug 16, 2012 3:53 PM

I love everything about this post! Beautiful! My favorite is the coffee + tea bar. Brilliant!