Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Have a Make Your Own Party!

Are you looking for a great party idea?  Check out these build your own foods for a great party theme. Tacos, baked potatoes, and pizza are just some of the build your own ideas you can try.  Keep reading to learn more, and you can also check out The Kitchn for more information.

We don't know why, but there is something universally appealing about customizing your own meal — which makes a build-your-own bar an easy dinner or dessert option for you and a fun party experience for your guests. From a baked potato bar to an avocado party, here are nine ideas for fun meals that your guests assemble themselves.

• 1 Taco Bar: A party classic. Put out a spread of warm tortillas, salsas and the fillings of your choice, from barbacoa beef to a vegan roasted vegetable and cabbage slaw combo.

• 2 BLT Party: Cook up a batch of bacon in the oven, borrow a few extra toasters, make a couple types of fancy mayonnaise, and you have a fun and different way to feed a crowd.

• 3 Baked Potato Bar: Bake a bunch of potatoes and lay out toppings like chili, cheese, cooked vegetables, sour cream and herbs for guests to build their ideal stuffed potato.

• 4 Pizza Party: If you're entertaining just a few people, everyone can make their own personal pizza; otherwise just let people take turns devising combinations from a spread of meats, vegetables, cheeses and sauces.

Party Idea! A Build-Your-Own Bánh Mì Sandwich Bar

• 5 Bánh Mì Bar: These intensely flavorful Vietnamese sandwiches make for a different and totally delicious spread. Baguettes, fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, an array of Vietnamese-style proteins and a few condiments are all you need.

• 6 Avocado Bar: Take advantage of the fact that everything tastes better stuffed into an avocado with this unique party idea: Lay out ripe avocado halves and a variety of toppings for guests to mix as they like.

• 7 Polenta Bar: A more low-key alternative to Faith's incredible Italian polenta board party is hosting a polenta bar, with everyone getting a bowl of polenta and their choice of an array of toppings.

• 8 Crêpe Party: A pile of warm crêpes, a pot of hot coffee and a myriad of syrups, jams, sauces, fruits, yogurts, nuts and treats to make your dream creation — what more do you need?
• 9 Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Another classic. It's hard not to feel like a kid again when presented with ice cream, hot fudge, butterscotch, sprinkles and whipped cream.


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