My friend Sarah passed this "Cupcake Bar" idea to me. I had a group of the High School Staff gals over for dinner and wanted a fun dessert. So I put out several flavors of cupcakes ( I was going to make them, but ran out of time so MARTINO'S BAKERY in Burbank came in handy and their cupcakes rock!)( I even used their famous teacakes for "cupcakes" and they were the first ones gone!) and a handful of toppings. I displayed them on cake plates and did the topping in an assortment of vintage bowls. I also told friends when they sweetly asked "what can I bring?"to bring their favorite candy or cupcake topping. We ended up having a great assortment from candy to fresh strawberries.
We then had a little decorating competition (the kitty at the top was the winner, but there were some pretty cute others too!). It ended up being really fun and was a crack up watching everyone rack their brains on what to do with their cupcakes. I will be using this "cupcake bar" for future parties and showers. It was easy and was a great little social thing to do instead of a game!