The classic: a brownie sundae (photo courtesy Dove Chocolate Discoveries).
 A caramel pecan sundae atop a caramel pecan bar (photo courtesy Go Bold With Butter).
 Hot fudge with blondie crumbs and raspberries (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers).
 Strawberry sundae with cookie crumbles (photo courtesy McConnell’s Ice Cream).
We love to entertain with DIY food bars, a.k.a. party bars, because that’s the way we like to eat.
Give us a table of ingredients and let us pick and choose what we want on top of the base food (burgers, ice cream, mac and cheese, whatever). We couldn’t be happier.
The difference between a party bar and a buffet is that a buffet sets out ready-to-eat dishes, while a DIY bar sets out the main food plus toppings, so everyone can customize their plates.
You can tell how much we like this concept, from the number of party bar concepts we’ve shared over the years (most of them are listed below).
For Super Bowl Sunday, among other favorite foods, we’re having a DIY Nachos Bar (shrimp nachos, anyone? blue and feta cheeses in addition to cheddar and jack?) and a DIY Guacamole Bar.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll start planning for Valentine’s Day. We’ll pick some of the ideas below, and conclude with the sundae bar.
New this year: a DIY Red Cocktails Bar.
To pull together your own sundae bar for Valentine’s Day, start with the Ice Cream Bar ingredients. Add some Valentine’s Day touches: Red Hots, message hearts and other Valentine candy, plus heart-shaped cookies.
DIY PARTY BARS
Agua Fresca Bar
Apple Cider Party Bar
Assorted Desserts Party Bar
Baked Potato Bar
Bloody Mary Bar
Breakfast & Brunch Party Bar
Brownie Sandwich Bar
Coconut Bowl Bar
Cocktail Spreads Bar
Flavored Shots Party Bar
Frozen Yogurt Bar
Green Bagel Bar (for St. Patrick’s Day)
Grilled Avocado Bar
Guacamole Party Bar
Holiday Cupcakes Bar
Hot Dog Bar
Ice Cream Bar
Ice Cream Sandwich Bar
Irish Coffee Bar
Lunch & Dinner Party Bar (Burger Bar, Chili Bar, Hero/Panini Bar, Falafel & Gyro Bar, Nacho Bar, Pasta Bar, Pizza Bar, Risotto Bar, Salad Bar, Soup Bar, Taco/Burrito Bar)
Mac & Cheese Bar
Mashed Potato Bar
Pimm’s Cup Bar
Popcorn Party Bar
Pudding Party Bar
Stuffed Avocado Bar
Sushi Hand Roll (Temaki) Party Bar
Taco & Wing Bar
Wedge Salad Bar