Don’t get us wrong: We love a family-style potluck as much as the next person. But we have to admit that there’s something a little bit special about breaking from the mold and trying something new. Enter the make-it-yourself station, perfect for literally any manner of food and drink your hosting heart desires. From doughnuts to mini blinis to mimosas and Bloody Marys, the sky is the limit here. Our favorite part? The DIY bar setup allows you to relieve yourself of some of the serving duties while creating a festive focal point. To inspire your next party, we’ve rounded up 16 delightfully delicious options. Scroll on!
Canvas Home Star Metallic Napkin in Pink With Copper Stars ($15)
A perfect Bloody is a thing of beauty. But it's also a very personal affair. Allow your guests to stir one up to their unique taste and liking.
You’ll Need: Bloody Mary mix (homemade, preferably), vodka and/or tequila for choice of liquor, fixings of every variety (olives, pickled green beans, peppers, celery stalks, pepperoncini, etc.), glasses, and straws or stirrers to mix it all up.
See more of this pretty party setup at Style Me Pretty.
Lend a sophisticated vibe to your revelry with a martini bar outfitted with lots of crisp glass vessels.
You’ll Need: Vodka, gin, Lillet, dry vermouth, olive juice, cucumber slices, olives, lemon twists, ice, stirrers, and a strainer.
See how the Sunday Suppers team styled this rustic Italian martini bar.
OXO Steel Cocktail Strainer ($7)
The Hawthorne strainer, as this is called, features a disc or "rim" with two stabilizing prongs, and on its underside is a metal coil spring that fits snuggly into a mixing tin, filtering the ice out. Traditionally, this is used with a mixing tin, rather than a glass.
Creative Women Ocean Addis Cotton Napkin ($35 for two)
Make your guests feel like culinary masters by outfitting them with everything they'll need to create a divine blini, caviar and all.
You’ll Need: Blinis (store-bought or homemade), caviar, crème fraîche, a variety of garnishes (chives and radishes), and small plates or cocktail napkins.
See more on Sunday Suppers.
Canvas Home Seagate Rectangular Cheese Board ($18)
Williams-Sonoma Presidio Silver Plate Serving Tongs ($40)
Duna by Cutipol Matte Black Serveware ($32 and up)
The perfect piece of toast needs the perfect cutting board to serve it on. I love this board from Heath Ceramics; it's simple, thick, and modern. Plus, it adds a little rusticity without compromising style.
Edward Wohl Edward Wohl Maple Cutting Board ($155)