Everyone has been to a meeting or a conference and seen the ‘coffee break’ or ‘snack break’ agenda item and been excited, only to groan when it’s the same old cookies or granola bars with whole or sliced fruit (if you’re lucky). Well hotels and caterers are starting to respond by offering more themed breaks and more creative options. My colleague Brie took this one step further and created her own themed break during a day-long conference: a make-your-own trail mix bar.
My favorite detail: I love the small details that make this trail mix bar pop – the burlap table runner, the wooden crates, and the cute font for the sign.
Steal this idea: Use what you have on hand! Some of the items were purchased for the bar, but others were recycled from other events, such as the birch tealight holders (which still looked great tealight-less in a flameless-office environment) which were leftover from last year’s holiday party.
How Brie was inspired: “I was inspired by watching a webinar, which included how to provide healthier options for snack breaks during an event. I realized I wanted to do something that provided attendees with a little more optionality, while also being creative. While many catering companies and local food chains provide catered snack options, consisting of trail mix or easy-to-grab snacks, I wanted to find a better, cheaper way. After looking for some additional inspiration on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to go with a trail mix bar with a rustic flare. From seeing a variety of pictures at weddings, birthday parties, and festivals incorporating the same idea of a trail mix bar, that was all the inspiration I needed to recreate the same idea.”
Brie’s favorite detail: “I was really excited about finding a font for the main signs and the labels for each food item in the trail mix bar. Since my theme was outdoorsy and rustic, I wanted to make sure that continued throughout, even down to the font.”
Great job, Brie! Thank you to Brie and Anna for the photos of this fabulous real inspiration!