we do the salad station that flipflop mentioned but let guests add their own toppings to the clear disposable cups which are attractively displayed in vintage drawers - hand back to attendant who places cover on cup and squirt dressings through straw hole and shakes it up baby - we've had female servers wearing red checked aprons too - cute vintage look. http://simcha-licious-catering-nyc.blogspot.com/2012/05/nyc-bar-mitzvah-party-celebrating-13.html keep scrolling down, it's a long blog
in that same blog we show a make your own nacho bar - a bevy of fun salsas - corn/black bean apple/grape pico avocado crema tropical grilled pineapple pickled radishes etc with assortment of chips and a sprinkle of cheese (could have hot cheese sauce too) also displayed in the vintage drawers --a great find in my building's basement that someone was tossing - left the frame behind and took 5 of the 8 drawers - now wish I had taken all 8! The perks of urban living...
another fun one for salad is to have the salad tini tenders wearing a black tee shirt with the ingredients of the signature salad listed - have two or three choices and guests go to one they like and it's made to order and shaken not stirred in martini shaker and poured into martini glass.
Yet another is a rustic presentation with dressing at the bottom of a mason jar and ingredients and lettuces piled in with lid screwed on and bamboo fork tied with raffia around the middle sticking straight up. Guests shake their own.
catersource's signature party featured a spin art station - guests created their own plate - and for dessert they got to decorate their own tie dye cupcakes with frostings from tubes - that was cool and could be spun into different presentations - I saw a fb posting today from a caterer who skipped the spin art but offered the frosting in tubes and candy toppings in bowls for a create your own cupcake station.
Catersource's party also featured an "art of the cocktail" wall of colored beverages -
you can see full details of both of these stations as well as all the other ones
like the magic mushroom smoked salad stations (also interactive)
on my blog coverage by googling "caterBuzz party like a rockstar " there are two parts so you may have to add part one and part two to that search..
We also do an international quesadilla station but limit the action to pre-made selected fusion fillings that are griddled to order in front of guests. - keeps things moving.