Modern Function Food Styling – Interactive Food Stations

One of the biggest trends right now is to get your guests involved in the process. You may be planning your wedding, a company or product launch or simply a birthday. Interactive food stations allow your guests to customise their own menu to fit their preferences. Guests have a more personal and engaged experience, and are all but guaranteed to walk away raving about the food and their experience.

They are a modern and much more fun alternative to buffet tables. No more waiting for “tables 10, 11 and 12” to be called up to the buffet.

Imagine instead, cleverly styled food stations around the room or function space, each featuring a different cuisine, attended by caterer/s to give that personal touch to your guests’ experience.

Have More than One

If you have a smaller party, one clever food station can be the talking point for your party. If you have a larger event, consider several food stations, each with their own styling and food offering. This encourages guests to move around the room, mingle and explore to their hearts’ content.

Food Station Concepts

Need some inspiration for your food station party planning? The sky is definitely not the limit, explore your creative nouse. Our ability to work with you to produce the catering is one of our core strengths.

Here is some interesting food station inspo:

  • Pick a nationality or location, eg Japanese, Australiana, Mexican, New Yorkers, French
  • Food by style or theme, eg, country and western, high tea, retro
  • Chocolate fountain buffet
  • Popcorn or fairy floss station
  • Gelato station
  • Baked desserts buffet
  • Lolly buffet
  • Dress your cupcake buffet
  • Dress your ice cream buffet
  • Fruit and gourmet yoghurt bar
  • Specialty drinks station

Some Lovely Examples of Food Stations and Drinks Buffets

Mimosa-champagne cocktails drinks station

Champagne cocktail drinks station
Photo: The Party Dress

Melbourne Pavilion Wedding Chocolate Fountain Dessert Buffet 8.1

Chocolate fountain wedding desserts food station for 300 at Melbourne Pavilion by Party Food Melbourne

Antipasto food Station blue wedding

Antipasto food station. Catering by Accomac Events. Photo: The Susquehanna Photographic

modern food station Biscuit-Bar image

Wedding biscut bar
Photo: Amalie Orrange

Pink Floral Lolly Candy Buffet Party Food Melbourne

Pink floral birthday lolly candy buffet by Party Food Melbourne

antipasto buffet food station image

Luscious antipasto food station. Source unknown.

Milkshake mini buffet drinks station image

Milkshake mini buffet drinks station. Source unknown.


Fresh fruit and veggie wedding dessert food station showcasing loads of colour by nature. Source unknown.

Churros Bar Wedding Dessert Food Station image

Churros Bar Wedding Dessert Food Station. Source unknown.

yoghurt food station brunch wedding-ideas image

Fruit and yoghourt bar
Photo: Tina Bass

Modern Juice Bar wedding brunch image

Brunch freshly juiced food station with Styling by Pressed Cotton Photo: Millie Holloman Photography

Mad Hatters tea party peter rabbit dessert table image

Mad Hatters tea party Dessert Table with custom clockface oreo pops, playing card biscuits, teapot biscuits & eclairs by Party Food Melbourne

wedding food station image

Food station in rustic venue. Photo: Wedding Planners Institute of Canada

moustache mexican food station

“Moustaches” Mexican styled food station. Source unknown.

classic evoo and bread station with modern twist

Classic extra virgin olive oil and bread station with modern twist. Source unknown.

Fruit-Pizza-food station

Fruit pizza food station. Source unknown.

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