How to Make a DIY Sandwich Bar

Not every party has to require hours upon hours of cooking in the kitchen. In fact, a simple sandwich bar is perfect for a no-fuss-no-cooking-required party spread which is why today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY sandwich bar.

How to make a DIY sandwich bar- @sweetphi

It has been a super busy few weeks – the month of January is always crazy busy at work. It kind of leaves me feeling drained by the time the weekend comes. But what happens when you have guests coming over – perhaps even for the Superbowl next weekend? I was sharing my conundrum with my mother-in-law and she said “why don’t you make a sandwich bar?” Ummmm what? Why hadn’t I ever thought of that? Totally genius (thanks Sonja!)

How to make a sandwich bar for a party- @sweetphi

Sandwiches are super underrated, aren’t they? They’re so simple to put together, and universally loved. A little back story for you – when I was getting ready with my bridesmaids on my wedding day (almost 5 years ago now) I had planned sandwiches – Jimmy John’s – for lunch for the bridesmaids. It was perfect, it wasn’t too heavy a meal and everyone could order what they wanted. I’d like to think I started a trend, because since then I’ve known of at least 5 friends/family who’ve had Jimmy John’s on their wedding day for lunch. Basically what I’m trying to say here is that sandwiches rock, and this would be the perfect food for when you’re getting ready for a wedding or for a simple party.

How to make a DIY sandwich bar for a party from @sweetphi

So after a quick trip to the grocery store and about 10 minutes of prep (if you’re being super fancy and rolling the meat) and you’re all set.

With the right combination of toppings there’s something for everyone!

How to make a DIY sandwich bar for a no cooking required party spread from @sweetphi

What you’ll need:

  • Buns – I like to opt for four kinds: white, wheat, and then something fun (like pretzel or sesame topped)
  • Meat – there a bazillion and one deli meats to choose from, and people have likes and dislikes, but the three choices everyone seems to love are: turkey, ham, and salami. I got 1/2 a lb of each, and there were 6 people.
  • Cheese – the three that are always staples for sandwiches: cheddar, swiss, provolone
  • Veggie toppings – there’s something to be said for keeping it simple: lettuce, tomato, and red onion
  • Condiments – the three that are always huge hits: mayo, mustard, and sandwich oil (or a vinegar/oil dressing)

For 6 people I got 1/2 a pound of each of the meats and cheeses and two buns per person – it was plenty!

How to make a DIY sandwich bar for a no cooking required party spread from @sweetphi

Everyone loved the DIY sandwich bar, and it was super fun seeing different sandwich combinations. Here are some of the combinations people made:

  • Italian: sesame bun, mayo, sandwich oil, salami, provolone
  • Ham & Swiss: bread, mayo, ham, swiss, onions
  • Turkey & Cheddar: bread, mayo, lettuce, turkey, cheddar

DIY sandwich bar from @sweetphi

When I was looking at different combinations, I realized that most people had made 5 ingredient sandwiches, which is why I’m totally including this in the Five-Ingredient recipe series!

How to make a sandwich bar- @sweetphi-7

Next time you have guests coming over and are in need of a no cooking required party spread – make a DIY sandwich bar!!

I’d love to know – what are your favorite sandwich toppings?

How to make a DIY sandwich bar for parties from @sweepthi

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  • Reply

    My grandma is the QUEEN of sandwich bars and hers always tastes so much better than when I do it. I can’t believe I haven’t shared about it either. 🙂

    • Sweetphi

      Sandwiches are totally underrated, aren’t they? I’m pretty sure my mother in law would argue she makes the best sandwiches, and that’s totally fine, she can make one for me any day, right?

  • Reply

    We were thinking of doing a sandwich bar for my birthday. Everyone loves sandwiches, so it is bound to be a crowd pleaser!

    • Sweetphi

      I think a sandwich bar for your birthday (happy birthday by the way!!) would be fantastic – everyone totally loved assembling them!

  • Sarah

    This is such a great idea! I always drive myself crazy before a party but sometimes I really need to “let go” and do something like this. I love it! 🙂

    • Sweetphi

      I’m the same way – I feel like I need to make a party a whole ‘thing’ – but I gotta tell you, after having this sandwich bar and seeing how much everyone loved it (not to mention how super easy it was to set up) I have a feeling sandwiches will be a go-to for party spreads!

  • Reply

    I love a good sandwich and this is such a great idea! I totally have days where I don’t feel like cooking and with a sandwich bar everyone can have what they want!

    • Sweetphi

      Aren’t sandwiches amazing? I love how easy they are, and this bar was such a hit with everyone that I’m totally going to do it for more parties in the future 🙂

  • Jess

    We do taco bars a lot this time of year. I love the idea for a sandwich bar! Everybody loves being able to customize their mail, so I think this would be perfect and something that doesn’t require too much work or time! Thanks for your tips and the idea!

    • Sweetphi

      Oh yum – taco bars sound so good, don’t know why I haven’t thought of that, totally going to add that to my list!

  • Cheri

    What a great idea for entertaining, everyone loves a good sandwich. Love your 5 ingredient Fridays

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much Cheri – I never knew how much everyone loved sandwiches until I served them and literally everyone loved them! I didn’t grow up with a lot of sandwiches, so it’s new to me, but I looooove them 🙂

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