‘Build Your Own Banana Split’ Dessert Bar

build your own banana split

It’s always good to have your dessert just the way you like it, so I thought a ‘build-your-own banana split’ dessert bar would be something a little different and a lot of fun! I designed this with a baby shower or child’s party in mind, and used a whimsical wall decal for a unique backdrop. The monkey theme is quite popular and this ‘tree with monkey‘ decal is life size, unexpected, and makes a statement!

I’m taking the ice cream bar to the next level, so check out the ideas and details below….

banana split bar signchocolate-dipped bananasbanana splitbuild your own banana split

Ideas for a ‘Build-Your-Own Banana Split’ dessert bar:

  • Using the decal as the inspiration and focal point, I chose the color scheme to match the artwork: brown, green, and yellow.
  • Add a whimsical touch by “hanging a sign on the tree” that invites guests to make their own banana split. This one was created using a wooden piece from the craft store and covering with coordinating paper.
  • I always look around the house to find interesting vessels to serve food/drinks from. Here I used my tiny fish bowl vases to serve dry toppings from {chocolate sprinkles & heath bar sprinkles}. An apothecary jar holds bananas, and small carafes hold chocolate and caramel syrup.
  • Hanging drink monkeys make an adorable addition to the side of our sundae glasses.
  • Wrapping the can of whipped cream keeps the look unified and only takes seconds to do.
  • One of my favorite tips for serving ice cream is to pre-scoop balls and place in the freezer until ready to serve. These were served in a pedestal glass dish and stay frozen for quite a while. Add a ribbon flag to the ice cream to add some color for the display.
  • Chocolate dipped bananas make a nice addition to the table and offer an alternative to the banana splits {kids love these}.

There you have it – 7 tips for setting up an unforgettable banana split bar, thanks to the inspiration from a cute wall decal. For more ‘build=your-own’ desserts, check out my ice cream soda bar, make your own mini dump cakes, and an ice cream dessert bar.


Sign up for the latest via Email


Follow me: Google+ | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. […] Via Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. from → Guloseimas, Ideias ← Detalhe rosa pra todo mundo No comments yet […]

  2. […] presentations are as simple as planning ahead and adding a flag! For this ice cream party all I did was pre-scoop the ice cream and top it off with diy ribbon flags. This sitting on the […]

  3. […] your own” toppings bar as you’ve seen my chili bar, my shortcakes dessert bar, and my banana split bar. Well, I have another for you today – a Hummus Toppings bar that will have you entertaining […]

  4. […] up bananas in a banana split bar. They’ll never think of it as healthy but the bananas are full of […]

Speak Your Mind


My favorite Party Finds