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Sweeten your party with a candy buffet

Indulge your guests’ sweet tooth with a candy buffet. Not only are they delightful edible treats, they can also serve as favors as much as party decoration. When we think candies, we think kids or casual or fun. But nowadays, more formal gatherings such as weddings feature candy buffets as well. Thanks to Martha Stewart Magazine. Candy buffets can look anything from colorful and fun to elegant and chic.

Step 1: Get inspired
Below are photos of candy buffets for inspiration. Your wedding venue/location, season, time, wedding motif can play a part in deciding how your candy buffet will look (i.e. candy colors, hard candy in the summer).

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Lollipops and candy sticks arranged in intricate pottery make unique and beautiful centerpieces as well as edible decors @ Rebecca Thuss; The different jar sizes makes this simplistic candy buffet eye-catching @ Rebecca Thuss; Recreating a candy shop is enticing to kids and adult guests alike @ Rebecca Thuss
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Complement your cake with a candy buffet @ Rebecca Thuss; Even an all-white candy buffet looks delicious to a kid @ Rebecca Thuss; Tying ribbons around jars and scoops add spice to a candy buffet @ Rebecca Thuss

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Be creative with your containers like using shells at a beach-side wedding @ Brides.com; Coordinate candy colors to match your wedding motif @ Brides.com; When containers are of the same height, use a stand to add height to some @ Brides.com
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Arranging candy jars in shelves creates a unique shop-like candy buffet @ Brides.com; What a wonderful idea to use s’mores instead of regular candies for the buffet @ Brides.com; Definitely do varieties (i.e. candies, pretzels, pastries, chips) @ Rebecca Thuss

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While the awning makes a good shade, it also is a great added decor to the buffet table @ TheKnot.com; These edible place card holders double as favors @ TheKnot.com; Apothecary jars are decorative in of itself and make fancy candy containers @ Michaels.com
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Candy apple buffet includes fresh apples, caramel and several toppings for guests to choose from @ With This Ring…; Add a sign inviting guests to help themselves at the candy buffet @ Martha Stewart Weddings; Coordinate your containers with other elements such as the candy buffet table and the feel of the room @ Presentpast Flickr album

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Labeling the candies/treats lets guests know what they’re getting; Alternating colors make a beautiful display @ Ashley’s Bride Guide; Add a personal touch by imprinting your names/logo on your candy packaging @ Inspired Goodness

Click here for my complete inventory of candy buffet inspirations.

Step 2: Research and Budget
Don’t forget to include the candy buffet in your budget if you’re planning to have one. Cost of materials can add up quickly and your candy buffet can cost more than you expected. One of the most common advice for doing candy buffets is to not skimp. It is very possible for a candy buffet to look bare and pitiful when done on a budget. Depending on the number of guests and containers (full containers make pretty candy buffets), set aside about $200 to $500 or even more.

Step 3: Containers and scoops

  • You can use bowls, vases, jars, apothecary jars or similar as containers for your candy buffet. Feel free to use different sizes and types of containers. You can be creative and use unique and cool containers.
  • Clear/glass containers are best. They showcase your candies and guests can easily see the candies available. If you prefer opaque containers, go for low and open.
  • If possible, use containers with bigger openings so the scoops/tongs can fit and easily taken out when full of candy.
  • Large or tall vases may look attractive when added in to your candy buffet, but remember that scoops/tongs may not be able to reach the bottom. You can fill the bottom with fillers like colored tissue and fill the top with candy.
  • You don’t have to buy big or tall containers to add height to your candy buffet. You can use a stand, platform or overturned vases/containers to elevate some of the containers.
  • The number of containers you need may depend on the size of your table. A ‘full’ candy buffet table looks a lot nicer. If the table is too big, you can fill it with other items like flowers, linens, frames, paper lanterns to make it full.
  • You can use scoops or tongs or both. There are different types available (i.e. silver, clear, wood) that you can use to match the feel of your wedding if you like.

Candy buffet containers don’t have to be expensive. You can use bowls and vases that you already have at home. You can also ask friends if they can lend you some. Visit thrift shops and flea markets for cheap finds. If you prefer buying them new, below are some stores you can buy them from:

Ikea
Walmart
Target
www.amazon.com
www.save-on-crafts.com
www.instawares.com

Step 3: Candies
Though some suggest around 5-8 ounces of candy each guest, this may not be preferable. Containers that are not filled may not look pretty. You can either buy more candy to fill big containers or buy other fillers such as colored tissues or such. It is suggested to have 8 to 10 candy varieties and about 15 to 20 pounds each. When choosing the types of candies to use, take into consideration your venue and season. You may not want to have chocolates when it’s too hot.

You can save on candy when shopping right after holidays such as Easter and Halloween. You can also buy candy in bulk at the stores listed below:

www.bulkfoods.com
www.ilovesweettreats.com
www.bulkcandystore.com
www.economycandy.com
www.candywarehouse.com
www.metrocandy.com

Step 4: Packaging
Decide what guests will use to put their treats in. If needed, don’t forget to provide seals or adhesive labels to seal the packaging. You can be creative as much as you like. This is one element in the candy buffet you can personalize (i.e. stamp your names or logo on the packaging, monogram seals). If you’re on a budget, you can control the amount of treats each guest gets by the size of the packaging you provide.

www.paper-mart.com
www.asianideas.com

Step 5: Signs and labels
Add a sign inviting your guests to your candy buffet table. Labeling each candy also helps guests know what they’re getting. Below are some wordings or poems brides have used with their candy buffet:

  • Serving you a little treat just to say we think you’re sweet.
  • Love is sweet, enjoy a treat. Thank you for making our day sweet.
  • Help yourself to a tasty treat, and remember, love is sweet.
  • Wishing you a sweet goodnight
  • Love is Sweet
  • Sweet dreams
  • How sweet it is to be loved by you.
  • Get a bag, fill it up, and enjoy!

Please feel free to share your tips and/or photos by adding a comment below.

Sources:
Favor Ideas
RealSimple

7 Comments

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Thank you for all the great info! I’m having a candy buffet at my wedding & this post tells me everything I need to know :-)

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I adore candy buffets! my favorite candy buffet candy are the sixlets, rock sticks, jelly beans, and gummy bears. those have been hits at every wedding candy buffet i’ve ever been to! thanks for such a helpful blog!

I’m planning my daughter’s birthday party and we are having a candy bar. I checked online and found another great place to get packaging. Box and Wrap has a really good selection of candy bags, candy boxes and favor boxes. I’m going with the Chinese take-out containers. I’ll have stickers, markers, and crayons and let the kids decorate their own container…then they can fill them with the candy.

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