Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Waffle Bar

I was looking for an easy but delicious brunch 
to feed a crowd for my youngest grandson's 
baby blessing.  We were expecting around 50, 
right after church.  My daughter suggested waffles, 
so we ended up with a fun waffle bar. 

You will notice I am using the gorgeous gold and 
whitewashed board my middle son made me.  It 
makes the spread more elegant.

I decided a white and greenery theme would be perfect, 
so I gathered silver, mercury glass, and crystal and filled 
everything with greenery, baby's breath and white roses, 
all from Trader Joe's, so it was very reasonable.  

Any container can make a pretty arrangement,
 even a gravy boat, 

or a sugar bowl, 
both set on pedestals to add height.

I made sure the serving board looked good from 
both sides.  This is the sink side.  

The candlesticks were a project done at our craft group.  

I happened to be gone that night and I was gifted these 
three at our Christmas party.  I was just thrilled.  They 
are made by stacking and gluing candle holders and 
salt and pepper shakers and such from thrift stores.  
I found this wonderful product to help tapers 
stay upright on Amazon.  Click here to find 
Stickum.  Just use a pea size ball on the bottom of 
the candle.  It is amazing.  When I think of all the 
ways and means I have tried - I am so happy to 
find this.  

We used four waffle makers that each make 4 squares, 
so we could have fresh waffles for everyone.  It also 
works well to make them ahead and pop them back in 
the waffle maker to reheat them.

The board was filled with berries, sugars, crushed Oreos, 
mini chocolate chips and crushed Heath bars. 

 I just loved this fun bottle of Maple Syrup from 
Trader Joe's.  We hadn't had this before. 

We had three kinds of syrups, including homemade 
Buttermilk Syrup, which is everyone's favorite.  The 
baking soda in it interacts with the acids in the 
fruits to give a fun little tingle on your tongue.

My son in law's mother made the mini quiches 
to go along with the brunch and we did sugared 
bacon and plain bacon in the oven, which works 
really well for a crowd.  

We also served Nutella, peanut butter, lemon curd 
and Biscoff Spread on chocolate and plain waffles. 

It was a lovely event, and everyone was served easily.  
I love finding something easy and filling, yet beautiful 
to serve a crowd.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if you try a waffle bar. 


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  1. Oh wow Jackie, you sure know how to do a buffet beautifully for a large group. Of course I think your kitchen is gorgeous and the island is a dream. The board your son did for you is perfect for this occasion and it really adds a dressy look for your waffle bar. All the toppings for your waffles look so pretty and I love the flowers and greenery. Beautiful and I'm sure this was a hit with your guests. All for a little grandson on this very special occasion. A Happy Birthday wish sent your way. Enjoy your trip.........

    1. Thanks so much! I agree, the board is so gorgeous and beautiful and just makes decorating the island fun! My daughter loved it so much, that I had him make one for her island.

  2. What a great idea for a party! Your counter looks wonderful and I am sure this was a memorable event for your family and friends! Happy Birthday and enjoy your getaway! Looking forward to your next post!!

    1. Thanks Patti - so nice to get away during dreary January!

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    1. It was an easy one, but a little flowers in vases from around the house and it became gorgeous.

  4. Oh my! That spread looks amazing, both the food and flora! Love the idea of the crafted candlesticks, they're great! I so enjoy your big family gatherings, Jackie. You're a pro at hosting them with such eaae.

    1. Yes, we keep growing, and I don't know that we will all having matching plates from now on, but paper plates are gorgeous now too.

  5. Wow, what a feast! Such a fun idea too feed a big group! Your island looks gorgeous, I love the abundance of silver, white and sparkles! I hope you are having a fabulous birthday getaway!

    1. Thanks Jenna! I love white and sparkle, and then you can add anything!

  6. Oh how special. I love the idea of a waffle bar. Perfect for a crows with plenty of sides and yummy toppings. Your island is beautiful. Great ideas using gravy boats, etc. Love your bling! I hope your birthday was fabulous.

    1. It fed 50 so easily and made waffles seem extra special. Thanks!

  7. What a wonderful idea for a special event, Jacqueline! Your island looked stunning, and the array of fixings for the waffles was displayed so beautifully.

    1. Thanks Kitty! I think even the little kids loved the presentation and getting to choose their toppings.

  8. This looks so beautiful, not to mention delicious! The waffle bar is such a fun way to entertain, and your candles and flowers make it look like a winter wonderland. xo Lidy

    1. The flowers add a quick and inexpensive pick me up to winter.

  9. Your waffle bar was an excellent idea for such a special day for your family! It's so pretty, too! Thnaks for the tip about the stickum. I could really use it because we love burning candles, and the tall tapers can be problematic.

    Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday, too!

    Ricki Jill

    1. I know, I have tried to many things, and this is the best!

  10. You set up the brunch so nice and special in your beautiful kitchen. I love the idea of waffles and all of the fixings.

  11. How incredibly fancy! I'm sure your guests were thrilled!


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