How to create the ultimate mashed potato and toppings bar

I am really into creating fun and unique buffet displays at my latest parties {if you missed my soup bar, check it out here!}, so for my latest winter dinner party I created a delicious mashed potato bar with all of the necessary toppings! Great for kids and adults, and with the right display, looks uber chic, guests couldn't wait to doctor up their favorite mixes.

To create the buffet I found this gorgeous calligrapher, Amy May Paper, to create this rustic chalkboard sign and matching label cards {which I plan to use again and again!}. Then I made sure to include my favorite toppings... chives, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, butter, sea salt and ground pepper displayed in simple white condiment bowls. Lastly I decorated the display with pumpkins, candles, and acorns.

I hope this inspires you for your next winter or Holiday dinner party, it really is such an easy idea!


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