A fully-loaded bagel bar is about as fun as it gets! Perfect for brunch, bridal or baby showers, or anytime you want to impress your guests with a fun spread of bagels and every sweet and savory topping they could want. It’s quite easy to assemble, too!
A Total Party Game-Changer
So, the first time I put together one of these amazing fully-loaded bagel bars was for my daughter’s 100-days party a couple of years ago. A 100-days party is basically a party where you officially introduce the new baby to the rest of the family, 100 days after the baby’s born.
My daughter’s party was a brunch, so besides the bagel bar we also had a mimosa bar and a yogurt parfait bar. Everything was stunning together, not to mention it was a lot of fun – I mean, who doesn’t like a build-your-own ANYTHING bar? Plus it meant I had to do very little actual cooking, so. Wins all around!
What Makes This So Good
- Not only is a bagel bar perfect for brunches, it’s also great for baby and bridal showers, Christmas mornings, potlucks, bachelorette parties, or just anytime you need to feed a lot of people and want to show off a little.
- You can load this baby up with all your favorite flavors and textures! I use a wide variety of sweet and savory ingredients on my bagel bar, but you can lean toward all-sweet or all-savory if you prefer.
My Favorite Bagel Combos
Like I mentioned before, you can put basically anything you love on a bagel bar! There are endless combinations of toppings, spreads, and bagels that work well together. These are just a few of my favorites!
- Peanut butter + apple slices + chopped chocolate
- Chocolate-hazelnut spread + raspberries + crumbled goat cheese + glazed pecans
- Plain cream cheese + smoked salmon/lox + red onion slices + capers
- Hummus + sliced turkey + avocado slices + tomato slices
- Walnut & honey cream cheese + sliced prosciutto + chopped walnuts
- Grainy mustard + hard-boiled eggs + chicken salad
- Strawberry cream cheese + sliced strawberries + chopped chocolate
- Scallion cream cheese + sliced prosciutto + chopped arugula
- Scallion cream cheese + bacon + tomato slices + chopped arugula
- I picked up a set of ramekins to use for the spreads, so everything coordinated. 10/10 recommend! They’re so handy to have around, especially if you’re someone who loves bagel bars and charcuterie boards, or just entertaining in general.
- Serve the cream cheese at room temperature for easy spreading! The flavors are a little more robust at room temperature, too.
- When I put together a bagel bar, I like to offer mini bagels and bagel thins in addition to the regular-sized bagels. That way people can try different topping combinations without having to commit to one giant ol’ standard bagel.
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Suggested Sweet Toppings
Suggested Savory Toppings
- red onions thinly sliced
- tomatoes thinly sliced
- cucumbers thinly sliced
- green onions chopped
- avocadoes sliced
- arugula chopped
- smoked salmon
- bacon cooked, chopped
- prosciutto sliced
- turkey sliced
- hard-boiled eggs diced
- chicken salad see Notes
- goat cheese
- blue cheese
- spreadable cheese
- bagel thins
- mini bagels sliced
- a variety of full-size bagels sliced, see Notes
- Large serving board, platter, or baking sheet, or smaller trays and bowls
- Small bowls, cups, and ramekins
- Serving utensils
- Begin by placing bagels down center of board, in bowls or baskets, or on trays or plates on table.
- Transfer spreads of choice to individual bowls, cups, and ramekins, and arrange around bagels.
- Fill in any space with remaining toppings – I prefer to separate mine by savory and sweet, but you can arrange them in any way you like.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Cream Cheese: Make your own vegan cream cheese with this recipe.
- Nutella: Make your own vegan nutella with this recipe.
- Chicken Salad: Use store-bought or make your own savory, sweet, and/or buffalo versions.
- Bagels: I like to include a variety of standard-sized bagels, like “Everything”, cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip, asiago cheese, blueberry, plain, etc.
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