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Build your own appetizer station – The BakerMama

by Ünal Güler

Let your guests create their own bites from a delicious selection of crackers and chips paired with an amazing selection of toppings with this Build Your Own Bites Station. The possibilities are endless!

Four cutting boards made of natural wood with different crackers.

Your snack, your way

So sophisticated and so simple! Have your guests prepare a snack that will satisfy them with a DIY candy station! Choose from a variety of crackers and chips and a delicious selection of fresh, flavorful toppings to create your unique snack. It is sure to please everyone!

Fresh air, new inspiration

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Fresh Air retreat for food bloggers in New Orleans. Y’all it was the best time! Retreats like this are a wonderful way to meet and connect with other food bloggers. In a few days we can learn, grow and network with each other. We have formed friendships that will last a lifetime as we support and encourage each other in business and in life.

During the retreat we take the time to discuss our business, explore the city, meet great brands and most importantly, eat amazing food!

If you love great recipes, be sure to check out the amazing food bloggers I was lucky enough to be on this retreat with. You are all so talented and dedicated to sharing quality recipes that you can successfully make and enjoy with your loved ones.

Bites in the brain!

One of the highlights of the retreat for me was experiencing what I called a Build-Your-Own Bite Station with two amazing brands of crackers: The Panzanella And Raincoast chips.

The timing of this stop couldn’t have been more exciting as my Brilliant Bites cookbook is about to be published. I’ve suffered from brain bites for years while working on the recipes for this cookbook and now I have even more bite ideas to share with all of you here on the blog.

Yes Boss!

Chef Trimell We built a stunning cracker station with different toppings so we could make our own cracker bites. I love both Raincoast Crisps and La Panzanella Crackers and often put them on my sausage boards. The quality and the delicious taste are incomparable.

It was very inspiring for me to be creative with these crackers in different ways, especially in the form of bites. Some of my favorite combinations that the chef has prepared and that I have created myself are:

  • Pear, Walnut, and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bites: Original Raincoast Crisps, whipped cream cheese with cinnamon, pear poached in red wine and a glazed walnut (I really want to try making poached pears in red wine with some leftover red wine next time
  • Peanut Butter Berry Bites: Wild blueberry and almond Raincoast chips, cinnamon whipped cream cheese, strawberry jam, a slice of fresh strawberry, and a dollop of chunky peanut butter (I’ve made some of these for breakfast with my coffee some mornings since returning from retreat)
  • S’more’s Crisp Bites: Salty date and almond Raincoast chips, gourmet chocolate, toasted marshmallows (I’ll definitely be adding Raincoast chips to my S’mores boards from now on. They complement the melty marshmallow and chocolate so well. The text this chip is so perfect for a s’mores)
  • Strawberry Nut Bites: Salty date and almond Raincoast chips with chunky natural peanut butter, strawberry jam, fresh strawberry slice, glazed walnut (this has become my new favorite afternoon snack. I pull out a few chips and prep them like I’m making a PB&J sandwich .So satisfying!)

Endless Possibilities

I am so inspired by this homemade snack station that next time we host a party I will be providing an assortment of crackers, chips and toppings for everyone to graze and prepare multiple snacks to nibble on. The topping possibilities are endless:

  • goat cheese
  • cream cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Mashed avocado
  • fruit
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • smoked salmon
  • Fresh herbs
  • nuts
  • Spreads: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut, Almond Butter, Jam

A girl and her sausages

Another highlight of the retreat was the opportunity to build our own sausage boards out of it of the duke. You all know that I was part of that experience!

Del Duca provided an incredible selection of the finest charcuterie along with fantastic cheeses and an impressive range of side dishes so everyone could create their own board and enjoy. There are few things I love more than building a beautiful and delicious board, that’s why this experience brought me so much joy.

I started building my board with a small slice of Gouda, a few slices of creamy Brie, and some sprinkles of Cranberry Wensleydale. Next came the tastiest trio of Del Duca cured meats: calabrese, prosciutto, and coppa. My favorite side dishes were all available, so I added honey, fig jam, marcona almonds, dried apricots, glazed pecans, marinated olives, green grapes, honeycrisp apple slices, a fresh strawberry, and some leftover chocolate from our bite building station.

To say I really liked this little board would be an understatement. Along with Raincoast Crisps and La Panzanella Crackers and a refreshing glass of Pinot Grigio, I was in heaven!

A natural wood serving board with fresh green grapes, apples, honey and a honey diaper next to a glass of white wine.

So much fun and delicious

This was the second time I have attended a fresh air retreat hosted by the incredible Liz from The lemon peel and Lauren out The strange plate. You are the hostesses of more than the very best and I am very honored to have been chosen to participate in this retreat.

If you are another food blogger and interested in participating, you should definitely do so use. It’s an amazing experience that you’re guaranteed to enjoy and grow from!

A big thank you to Amanda from Arrae Creative that you captured the retreat so beautifully. As much as I love photography, it was so nice to have Amanda with us taking all the pictures so we could put down our phones and dive into every conversation and experience.

And another greeting Chef Trimell for preparing the most delicious and memorable meals for us all week. From the red beans and rice to the shrimp soup and the mac & cheese stuffed chicken wings, every bite was so thoughtful and delicious.

I hope you are as inspired as I am by the Build Your Own Bites station I experienced at this retreat. It’s definitely on my list of ways to entertain with ease to get everyone involved and enjoy the meal.

Wearing a structured knee-length ivory dress and ivory pointed-toe ankle boots, BakerMama Maegan Brown is holding a small charcuterie board.

If you build a homemade snack station, be sure to take a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so i can see. I love seeing how inspired and creative you get from the recipes I share. Enjoy!


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Let your guests create their own bites from a delicious selection of crackers and chips paired with an amazing selection of toppings with this Build Your Own Bites Station. The possibilities are endless!


  • Raincoast chips
  • Panzanella crackers


  • goat cheese
  • cream cheese
  • Fresh mozzarella slices
  • Mashed avocado
  • Fresh fruits
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • smoked salmon
  • Fresh herbs
  • nuts
  • Spreads: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut, Almond Butter, Jam
  • gourmet chocolates
  • Marshmallows
  • Honey

  1. Place all crackers and toppings on separate platters and in serving bowls with centerpieces.
  2. If desired, prepare a few different combinations of appetizers to inspire your guests.
  3. Encourage everyone to meet at the station to create and enjoy their own snack creations.

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