Hey Plunge Project Readers! Today, I have a special treat that I know you’re going to love. Katie Olson, wedding fanatic and custom wedding dress company owner, is going to share her tips and steps to creating an amazing [insert treat here] bar. Enjoy : )
Bars are so popular at weddings these days! And we don’t mean the open, alcoholic kind. We’re talking candies, cookies, pies, ice cream or whatever your heart so desires!
If you’ve decided that a special bar would be the perfect fit for your wedding but you’re not quite sure where to start, this is the post for you. We’ll walk you through the “To Do” list for creating a one-of-a-kind, tailored table the fits your reception style.
Before you pick out or purchase anything, make sure you’ve decided on the theme or color scheme for your big day. You don’t want to invest time and money on finding all the perfect pieces of your bar, then have to completely change everything when you change your mind.
Now lets build that bar!
Consider your space. If your reception space doesn’t have much room to spare as it is, adding a bar might not be the best decision. Sure, it would be pretty, but if people have trouble accessing it or are tripping over each other to get to it, consider skipping the idea altogether or finding a place outside of the room itself to place it.
Pick your table size, shape, and placement. The space you have will affect the table you use for your bar and where you put it. Do you want it to be a focal point or something that blends into the background? If you want it to be front and center, consider putting it in the entrance of your space with some special lighting. If not, tuck it into a nook along one of the walls to give it its own special place. The placement of the table will then affect its shape – if it’s against a wall, a square or rectangle will be your best bet. If it’s standing alone, any shape will do. Size is dependant on how many goodies you want to put on it!
Pick your table coverings. One way to add style and personality to your table is to pick a coordinating (or the same) color for a tablecloth. It will serve as the base, covering up the table itself, and tying it into your overall reception style. Consider adding multiple layers or runners to give the table some texture.
Decide on your containers. The type of bar you want (ice cream, candy, pie, or something not as sweet like tea) will affect the containers or stands you use. Candies and cookies will require larger containers; pies and cakes will require stands and plates. No matter what you want, there are plenty of options out there that will fit your needs and style.
Pick your treats! This is definitely the best part! By now you already know what type of bar you’re going to have, but you still have to pick out all the specific pieces. If you can, pick different sized items, in the same or similar shades of the same color. This will add visual flow to the table and make it fabulous to look at. If you’re looking for Bulk Candy, be sure to check out Candy Warehouse. [And if you're thinking of adding M&M's to your buffet, I have a special offer for you! Use this link and buy 3 or more bags of personalized M&M'S & get 1 FREE!!! (affiliate link)]
Arrange your table and take a picture. Set up your table exactly the way you want it (minus the edibles) and snap a photo. Edit the photo, adding text to show which edible item goes where, then give the picture to whomever is setting up the table for you (if you’re not doing it yourself). That way you’ll know it’ll look just the way you want when you show up to party at the reception.
Make sure your photographer gets a few shots of your beautiful bar before your guests gobble up everything on it! And don’t forget to partake of the goodies before you go for the night.
I’ve written quite a few posts on dessert tables and candy bars, so be sure to check them out : )
[Image Credits: Sweets Indeed, Amy Atlas]