Hosting a baby shower soon? Or a wedding shower? Or maybe just a fun get-together with friends? Try a toast bar!
Toast bars are gaining in popularity because of their simplicity, their “anything goes” set-up, and their interactive arrangement. Plus, it’s a great way to appease picky eaters (they top their toast with whatever toppings they select!) and accommodate special dietary needs. You can even go gluten-free with specialty breads like Udi’s or Food For Life.
Be sure to spread the table with both sweet and savory toppings. Think meats and cheeses, artisanal mustards, jellies and jams, cream cheese, peanut butter, Nutella, and tapenade. Make sure you have a nice variety of bread (pre-sliced is best if you’re using a toaster; if you’re using a toaster oven you can go with either pre-sliced or a whole loaf). Also, be sure to provide at least a couple toasters or toaster ovens. It’s no fun to wait in line too long.
Your friends will have fun selecting toppings and creating their perfect plate! At a recent baby shower I attended, the ladies got very creative with toppings. Some divided their toast into quadrants and put a different spread on each part. Others piled one piece with savory toppings and another piece with sweet toppings. Needless to say, it was a hit!
Pair the toast bar with a fresh fruit salad, a veggie tray, and a couple of dessert choices and you’re all set. Easy as…toast!
*Note: Your mother-to-be will likely not be able to eat deli meat unless it is heated. Keep that in mind and set aside special cooked meats, just for her.
Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.