Candy buffets are the current trend for parties. Not only is a candy buffet easy to put together, they are more cost effective than traditional pastries and selections are catered to all guests regardless of their favorites.
This is a guest post by Wendy from OutreachMama:
It is easy to make a theme candy buffet, sports, seasonal. Holiday, birthday, anniversary, and wedding themes are popular choices. But for the working mom, creating an old fashion “Candy Store” buffet is fast and easy. You will begin with a table covering. Any color will due, but for the old fashioned look, consider the red and white checked pattern. Use different size mason jars to stage your candy, decorating them with gingham bows. A chalkboard back drop allows you to write names of special treats or even a “help yourself” message. Use scoops, tongs, or spoons inside the jars to remove the candy. Plain brown gift bags make great take-home treat bags.
A centerpiece will drive home the wow factor. Consider wooden or tin washtubs, filled with popcorn balls or cotton candy. You will need one center piece and (for a 6’ to 8’ table about 6 candy jars. Fill in empty spots with bowls of pretzels or chips to add a bit of salt to the table.
Purchase your candy in bulk. Our favorite bulk candy supplier is Sweet Services. They have a huge selection and expert candy professionals to assist you. The Sweet Services product lines include your standard candy including hard candy, suckers, chocolates, caramels, gum, and more. They also have candy for people with food allergies and candy that is kosher, sugar-free, gluten free and fat-free. They have seasonal candy and can assist you in selecting candy of the same color scheme (you should stay with in 2 or 3 colors for best results) Your candy is purchased (usually) in five-pound bags and you should plan on eight-ounces of candy per guest.
Your taller jars should be placed on the back of the table and you will fill them with candy that is easy to remove (suckers, straws, sticks etc.) the middle section is for jars that are shorter and wider. Note: you want the openings wide enough to scoop but not so wide that people will over scoop. The centerpiece is set in the center of the table. The front of the tables are for trays, gift bags and individually wrapped treats that are intended for “one per guest” use. This is also where you will place your take-home goodie bags.
The end result is a candy buffet that is pleasing to the eye, easy to use, and cost effective. Be sure to ask the experts at Sweet Services about any specials they have and about the shipping time needed for safe delivery of your selection.
A good place to find interesting containers for your candy buffet are estate sales and thrift stores. Many people are using buffets so you may have friends and family members who have containers you can borrow or swap. Use your imagination. Anything that will hold candy can be a candy buffet container.
Layer your candy in different flavors and different colors to keep it interesting and to use candy that is not moving as fast as you expected.
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