How to Set Up a Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar

Help guests satisfy their salty tooth with a serve-yourself snack station stocked with kettle chips, savory seasonings and gourmet toppings.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Please a Crowd With Just Basic Ingredients

Endlessly munchable, potato chips are one snack that most people find hard to pass up. Young or old, vegetarian or carnivore, these golden-friend potatoes are hard to beat. Let your party guests help themselves at an easy-to-set-up station where they can top salty chips with their favorite sweet, savory or spicy flavors.

Oversized Vessel and Large Scoop

As any chip lover can attest -- you can't just eat one -- so you'll need plenty to keep guests chrunching. For a party of 20 people or less, fill a large basket, bowl or tub with four to five family-size bags of chips. Add a big scoop to make serving a snap.

Sweet and Savory

Please everyone's palettes with both sweet and salty extras they can sprinkle over their chips.

Think Beyond the Standard Spices

The flavors of cookout favorites -- dill pickle and bbq -- are great choices as alternative spices. But, the sky's the limit, serve any toppings you think pair well with chips -- like crispy bacon or even sour cream.

Cheese, Please

Cheese and chips go together like, well, cheese and chips! But, instead of the standard drippy, orange cheese sauce, offer your guests more flavorful options -- like crumbled feta and bleu cheese.

Add a Little Spice -- or Not

Some folks just can't get enough hot sauce while even the tiniest spicy drop is too much for others. So, when serving hot sauce, always make sure thea the bottle is clearly marked so guests won't mistake it for mild-mannered ketchup.

A New Use for Berry Baskets

Check local craft or party supply stores for these budget-friendly containers that are deep enough to hold a whole mountain of chips and toppings.

Snack While You Chat

Encourage guests to fill their baskets with chips, pile on the toppings then mingle while they munch.

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