How to Build a Breakfast Bar

So you are thinking about having some friends and family over for a nice breakfast one morning. Instead of going the traditional route and fixing 1 dish, served with 1 breakfast meat, you decide to go for more diversity and a have breakfast bar. Breakfast bars are not unusual; a lot of hotels and motels have breakfast bars to accommodate their guests. And it's a good idea to do this at home--especially if you have guests with a variety of tastes. Read more about how to build a breakfast bar.


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    Decide what you are going to serve.
    • Having a breakfast bar means you are going to have to pick out foods that you feel your guests will enjoy. Most breakfast bars have all kinds of fresh fruits. It also doesn't hurt to have hot foods on offer, as well. Maybe fix a breakfast casserole or have packs of grits and oatmeal there just in case your guests have a taste for it.
    • When it comes to serving breakfast meat, try to be diverse. You can serve bacon, sausage, ham, etc. But keep in mind that some guests may not like pork products. Therefore, be considerate and buy turkey bacon and turkey sausage, as well.
    • Even though some guests may split on what kind of breakfast they would like, you can't go wrong with pastries and homemade breads. Having good pastries and bread at your breakfast bar will make your breakfast bar. It's hard to go wrong with muffins, doughnuts, bagels, croissants, turnovers, and even biscuits. Any of these pastries and breads can go with anything you place on your breakfast bar.
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    Make sure the food is fresh.
    • While this may seem obvious, be sure to check the labels on all your food--especially on your pastries. Those croissants you brought today may have been made 48 hours ago, and if you buy them today, don't wait to long to eat them. As you well may know, bread goes bad after just a few days. The best thing you can do is buy the food no more than 2 days in advance. That way, you know the quality of the food won't come into question.
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    Remember to get drinks.
    • Be sure to get juices and milk for your guest. Make sure you have a variety of juices along with milk and water so your guests will have several choices.


  • Although this is supposed to be a breakfast bar, it might be a good idea to have brunch foods, as well. It may not be a bad idea for you to have some veggies and maybe another protein like chicken or fish for those guests who may prefer a mixture of breakfast and lunch.


  • Get a head count of how many people you are expecting. One big mistake you don't want to make is having too much food. Fruits and breads are not the type of foods that last long. After a few days they go bad in a hurry, so make sure you don't overdo it, or you are going to have a lot of rotten food in your fridge.

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