Donut (and bagel) walls have been taking the event world by storm. These delicious displays take food decor to the next level by making meals fast, accessible, and good-looking – and we’re dishing out the deets on how to use them to maximize a meal break during your next event!
This month, we joined forces with the WinShape Foundation to help plan and produce the WinShape One Conference in Rome, Georgia. When these wood-pegged contraptions came rolling out into the lobby during the first morning of the event, we knew that breakfast would be smooth-sailing.
Wow – that was easy.
This bagel wall was built for functionality, which made the set-up process quick and simple. Each peg held two bagels, and the shelves built in on different heights allowed for additional bagels to be laid out nicely.
Another gift that the wall gave us was invaluable: accessibility. With two walls in the lobby (and bagels on both sides of each wall), we didn’t have to worry about lines, crowds, or chaos. Guests would walk up to a wall, grab a plate and a bagel, and move over to one of the tables that held all of the toppings and utensils.
Here are a few quick tips on how to make the most out of your walls:
- Spread out the different types of pastries across the board. If one flavor is particularly more popular than the others, the wall will show it. Avoid gaping holes in your walls by putting different flavors all across the board in little groups, instead of one big group of one flavor.
- Put the walls in different areas of the room. If you place a wall in front of main foot-traffic areas, you’re in for a massive traffic jam. Instead, spread them out across the room to encourage people to move away from entrances/exits and take advantage of the space.
- When it comes to decorating the walls, less is more. Too many decorations can make the walls feel cluttered and busy, so let the food be the star of the show!
*Pro-tip: No room for plates? No problem. Tying a ribbon across the pegs allowed for a hanging fixture on the side of the wall, perfect for holding a stack of plates that could be refilled throughout the morning!
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This year wasn’t the first time we’ve used walls like these. Last year, we used them for donuts, and they’re success inspired us to use them again. The donut wall was actually a bit easier because we didn’t need to set up an extra table for toppings – but the fact that we were able to use the walls for multiple events speaks to how convenient and helpful they are!
If you’re thinking about using a donut/bagel wall at your next event (or you’re just curious), we hope you found this post helpful. For more event planning inspo, check out our YouTube channel – we talk about the planning process, helpful icebreaker games, event social media tips, and so much more!
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