Oatmeal Bar

BSB and I were assigned to prepare one of the breakfasts at our family reunion last month. It had to be easy, it needed to be yummy, I wanted it to be pretty, and it had to feed nearly 50 people!!

We tossed around a lot of ideas before the kids and I decided that an oatmeal bar would be lots of fun. With twenty-some kids in the mix, it is impossible to find something that everyone will eat, but that is the beauty of a bar set up! Everyone can take just the toppings they like. And some yummy toppings go a long way to take oatmeal from blah and boring to fun and exciting!

We cooked up a giant pot of plain steel cut oatmeal, and had the following options for toppings:

  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • raisins
  • pecans
  • almonds
  • bananas
  • green apples
  • blueberries (dried)
  • raspberries
  • chocolate chips
The chocolate chips turned it into a dessert–almost, and the fresh fruit and nuts made it so yummy! Everyone really seemed to enjoy it.

And for the pretty part, which others may not have thought was necessary, it was actually super-simple. I just brought some inexpensive (dollar store?) paper doilies and wooden clothespins. I hand-wrote the labels on the doilies. Then I clipped on a clothes pin and turned it upside down–the ends of the clothes pin straddling the sides of the bowl. Easy set-up and take down! I taped the doily labels on to the containers of salt and cinnamon.

Had I had time, I would have taken the whole thing to the next level, with some vintage linens (pilfered from my mom’s collection) and a doily garland as a backdrop.

I was fortunate to find some cool serving dishes at the house we were renting–like this old metal pitcher for milk and this vintage silver platter for the hard-boiled eggs.

We boiled a bunch of eggs to have on hand for those–like me–who require a little extra protein in the morning.

I was happy how this turned out! Prep wasn’t too stressful, we had plenty of food, lots of people wanting seconds, and I got a little pretty into the mix at the same time! Maybe you’d like to give it a try the next time you have an occasion to feed breakfast to the masses!

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  1. This is AWESOME! …and so cute too. 🙂

  2. What a neat idea! Everything about it just makes so much sense for feeding a large group of all ages…plus, as you said, you did get a little (a LOT of) pretty in there!


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