Food stations can be a great alternative to a traditional buffet. They give the two of you a chance to show off your personality, and can often be very budget friendly. Here are 10 ideas for what to serve at your own food station:

Tacos--Let your guests choose their protein: shredded pork, chicken, beef, or fish, and give them plenty of options for condiments and toppings.

Antipasti-- Load tables up with Italian cheeses, meats, crackers, and olive-oil drenched veggies.

Breakfast in the wee hours-- Plan on dancing long past midnight? Surprise your friends and family with an omelette bar or make-your-own pancake station. Think outside the box with toppings--anything from chopped pecans to creme fraiche.

Fondue--Hot pots of different cheeses and broths are perfect for dipping bread, veggies, and chicken.

Noodle bar-- Love Asian food? Have your caterers heat up their woks and prepare different sauces and noodles.

Sliders-- Your guests can choose between veggie patties, chicken, lamb, and beef and pair them with condiments such as gourmet mustards, pickles, cheeses, and sauteed red peppers.

Baked potatoes--For a rustic wedding, or simple shower, baked potatoes can be the best sort of comfort food. Serve them with the usual topping fare and unexpected surprises like BBQ pork.

Deluxe sandwiches--Your friends can make their own Monte Cristo or grilled cheese sandwiches. With the right cheeses and meats, this can be nostalgic and gourmet.

Pasta-- Pile a table high with an assortment of different Italian pastas and sauces. Don't forget the meatballs!

Deep fry fun--For a laidback summer affair, set up a row of deep fryers for your catering staff. With sweet and savory batters, nothing is off limits!


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