Junk Food Station

3 minutes
November 11, 2022
Carole Jones
Food for the wedding.  One of the hardest decisions we had to make in the whole planning process, and one of the most expensive budget items as well.  In an attempt to keep things simple and inexpensive, yet fun, my daughter and I went with four different food stations around the reception:  a nacho bar, a panini bar, a junk food bar and the cake.  Today is all about the Junk Food Station.  Come back to see how we served the other food at the other three food stations!
junk food station or bar at a wedding or party

We didn’t just want any old junk food at the junk food station.  We had the bride and groom each pick their favorite candy, favorite chip and favorite cookie.  We ended up with bowls of Laffy Taffy, Twix, Peanut M&M’s, Cheetos, BBQ Lays, Elf Double Fudge cookies and Puppy Chow.

To keep all the hands out of the goodies, we kept them all wrapped up until right before the reception began (pictured above and without the lighting) then dumped them into their bowls (pictured below with the up lights and under-table lights) once the reception started.  All those cute matching bowls I got from Ikea for $1.99 a piece.

junk food station or bar at a wedding or party
To serve, we used some cute paper food trays that I got inexpensively from Sam’s Club.  This station was a huge hit with the guests, and as you can guess, especially with the kids.
For all of the food stations, I made some cute chalkboard signs explaining what each food station contained then used the engagement photo transfers onto wood as decorations on the food station tables.  To help with the flow of guests, we placed one food station on each wall to keep the food and the guests spaced around the room.

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


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