To celebrate their 25-year reunion, the Schaumburg Class of 1989 wanted to do something a little different and a little more casual than the typical reunion event. Meeting at a local bar, the class opted for snacks and pizza instead of fancy hors d’oeuvres and food stations, resulting in a low-maintenance, low-cost reunion perfect for spending the evening reconnecting with classmates.
Even if the food served at your reunion is simple, you can still go big on presentation. For the Schaumburg 1989 reunion, we created a Snack Bar, and gave classmates lots of options, including 3 varieties of potato chips, honey wheat pretzels, white cheddar popcorn, and a bowl of assorted chocolates.
Here is what you’ll need to create your own snack bar:
1) Lots of snacks. We wanted there to be something for everyone, so we made sure to offer a gluten free option (popcorn) and something sweet. Select 6 or 7 different snack varieties (potato chips, pretzels, candy, popcorn, corn chips, taco chips, Cheese-Its, Cheestos, Oreos, Twinkies, Doritos, etc.) and buy 2 family-sized bags of each for 100 guests. Except for the candy. You’ll probably want a third bag of candy.
2) Large bowls to hold each snack.
3) Tongs or scoops for each bowl.
4) Napkins in your school colors. You may also want to use the napkins to line the snack bowls for an extra splash of school spirit.
5) Paper trays or containers to use as plates. The kind of trays you see at carnivals work well.
6) Mini-signs for each snack item. We printed table tents with the name and brand of each snack, using ink in the school’s colors. Guests will appreciate knowing what is in each bowl, especially if their diet means they need to avoid a certain item.
7) Other decorations for the table. Photo confetti of yearbook pictures works well.
Since most reunions include alcohol, you’ll want a more substantial offering of food later in the evening. Pizza is a great choice. Order and pay for the pizza earlier in the day, and have it delivered. All you’ll need to do is set it out for your classmates to enjoy. You’ll want 3-4 types of pizza, including a vegetarian option and a pizza with a gluten free crust. Check with the pizza place to find out how many people each pizza serves and order accordingly. Be sure to have paper plates and extra napkins available.
Have you gone to an event with a Snack Bar, Potato Chip Bar or Candy Bar? Tell us about it in the comments.