DIY Grilled Cheese Bar!

We just loved this sweet submission from Katherine of The Side Stuff. She shared “Pizzazzerie has finally given me the courage to turn my side love into a side business – hence my blog, The Side Stuff.” Well, Katherine, we couldn’t be more tickled! Congrats! So, she recently hosted a little dinner party with a DIY Grilled Cheese Bar (o..m..g..right?). I tell you, anything made into a DIY bar at a dinner party encourages mixing + mingling and guests to enjoy what they want to eat/drink. This is a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 

Seeing lots of friends but avoiding lots of cooking? Not the easiest combo, unless you make your guests make their own meal. We invited a big crew over for dinner, set up a deluxe serve-yourself grilled cheese buffet, and let people get to it. – Katherine 

Here are some tips from the hostess herself!

“Fishing line helped to hang the simple instructions from the counter to the ceiling – it even looked pretty cool from the backside. Once the decorations were up, we just prepped some sample sandwiches, mostly taken from the awesome menu at Earl’s in NYC, and a big pot of roasted red pepper soups. And that was about it. Even clean up was a breeze. Not a bad way to get credit as hostess while enjoying the party yourself.” – Katherine of The Side Stuff

Here are a few other DINNER PARTIES posts we just adore… 



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    What a great idea – love the signage.

    So excited that you’ve turned your love into your labors and can enjoy the results.

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    This looks like a lot of fun. My husband was just talking about how we never have grilled cheese and soup. Little does he know I actually have never had a “regular” grilled cheese soup before.

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    Jessica via Facebook says:


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    What a fun idea!!

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    Love this idea!

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    Tamara via Facebook says:

    LOVE this idea!!!!

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    Irene via Facebook says:

    Love love this! Grilled cheese and soup is my hubs face…yes he’s easy to please ;)

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    What a yummy, original idea! Great job.

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    what a cool idea!!!

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    u’d need more than one pan or grill for a dinner party….u know….ppl wtg 2 eat…..well, I guess that’s what drinks & appetizers r 4:)))

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    Love the set up!

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    Love the set up!

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    I did this for an Easter brunch a couple years ago. Huge hit!!

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    I did this for an Easter brunch a couple years ago. Huge hit!!

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    LoVe Build-a-{Fill-in-the-Blank} Bars for parties! Grilled cheese is awesome!

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    I LOVE this idea!!

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    Using electric griddles is an easy way to accommodate a larger crowd. I had such a large grilled cheese party – people were lined up with 2 slices of bread on their plates like they were at a soup kitchen! The invitation was SO cute! It was in a clear envelope, so people got a sandwich in the mail and the pickle wedge was an adhesive Save the Date reminder for their calendar.

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    Veila via Facebook says:

    Im gonna incorporate this in my upcoming birthday!

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    What a great idea! I think I want a grilled cheese now! ;)


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