Sandwich Bar Station? Cocktail sandwich station: DIY. Are you thinking of creating or putting together a cocktail sandwich station, either an appetizer or probably a meal, for your backyard, intimate or micro wedding, or any upcoming celebration event? We got you! We’re putting together an easy delicious sandwich recipe meal perfect for budget-friendly entertaining!
Are you afraid it might be tacky? Nope. It won’t be as long as you put it together creatively.
Here’s a quick guide to take the presentation up a notch and impress your guests!
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Cocktail Sandwich Station: DIY. Let’s get started!
- The sandwiches, they have to be mini
- Level up the presentation
- Here are some creative plating ideas!
- Want to take it to another level?
Let’s go over these ideas in detail!
1. The sandwiches, they have to be mini.
Repeat it, please. They have to be mini sandwiches! We don’t want to serve the huge and thick for your sandwich cocktail station – or even a buffet style set-up!
If you don’t have time to make the sandwiches yourself (because *obviously* you’re too busy preparing for a wedding), a quick solution is to order them!
You can place an order from Subway Catering or any of your local deli. Request for (panini) pressed 6-inch sandwiches cut into 4 or 6 slices with no dressing.
Then put them in cupcake liners for an easier grab!
If you choose a sandwich (deli, pulled pork, etc.), the easiest and best way to elevate it is to have the crust removed! Yes! Instant high-end look! (think afternoon tea effect!)
BUT HOW ABOUT THE DRESSING? We would typically suggest serving the dressing in separate condiment bottles or serving containers. Make it extra fun for your guests!
2. Level up the presentation
Prepare the sandwiches, wrap the slices in beautiful parchment paper bags (make sure they are food safe/grade!) and secure with a twine/ribbon (or you can skip this step altogether). To elevate, put the wrapped sandwiches on a tiered serving stand—lovely!
A tasteful clear plastic tray (see suggested products below) will do the trick! To elevate, you have to add garnishes like shredded pickles, cherry tomatoes, etc. Ensure to put a toothpick through so the sandwich won’t collapse.
If your guests grab a mini plate (of sandwich!) and go, they are essentially lowering the contact and keeping it hygienic the whole time!
Especially when you’re serving a variety of sandwiches, you can add a simple printed-out label, so your guests know what type they are getting. This will avoid touching and questions.
Making a lot of things visible to your guests by using labels will help them decide faster and avoid unnecessary lineups.
Another great option is to have the sandwiches served on a cute styled plate!
You can hire a server for 4 hours (or however long you need!) to help you execute this part! There are staffing companies like that let you hire a server for your event!
3. Here are some creative plating ideas!
Okay, so maybe these are not an actual cocktail sandwich station anymore, but plating these babies can also pass as a full meal depending on the type of sandwich meat you choose. So you can actually have a mini cocktail sandwich station and then use the plated ideas as your “main.”
Open face sandwich is a great way to elevate your serving! Add decorations and some detail with vibrant colors to easily make it look like a 5-star Michelin meal!
You can also purchase tubs of potato, macaroni, or coleslaw salad from Costco and add it as a side to your sandwich! Use mini dessert cups with a spoon and just place them on the side of the plate!
4. Want to take it to another level?
If you feel extra bold, try a black and gold flatware and plate set (see suggested products below) to make the sandwich stand out. There are tons of plastic utensils and plate options that are tasteful but also disposable.
Even if you choose to use plastic utensils and plates, you must be consistent with the styling. If you set the table nicely, it will still elevate it. Don’t think that you will stack them randomly or put utensils in a plastic cup because you are using plastic.
But if you can, there are recyclable party plates that you can also use that are a little more environmentally friendly!
PLEASE DON’T DO IT! Elevate it; treat it as if you are using the finest china!
Worried about who’s going to help you set up or serve? If you opt-out of hiring a wedding planner or coordinator but need a server, set-up help, and/or bartender, there are staffing companies where you can hire help directly and not worry about other things needed to be executed on the day of the event.
Remember that you might want to consider having coverage, like wedding/event insurance, to give you extra peace of mind if you are serving alcohol.
There are so many ways on how you can elevate your sandwich bar station! Always treat your set-up as first-class regardless of what you are serving and how budget-friendly it is!
Presentation and styling are everything! Cocktail Sandwich Station: DIY guide: Enjoy lovelies!
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