Friday, September 3, 2010

Candy Buffet

Candy buffets are such a fun addition to any party. You can have a candy buffet at a wedding or baby shower, a wedding reception, or children's party. Who doesn't want a little candy?? For the girls' 9th birthday party, I tried a candy buffet for the first time and the little party guests just adored it! Here are some of my tips for making a lovely candy buffet.

How much candy do I need?
Plan to have about 6 to 8 ounces of candy per guest. At the very least, you will want enough candy to fill one small favor bag per guest. The girls at the birthday party sampled a lot of candy and didn't necessarily eat it, they just tried a little bit of everything. It's always better to have more candy than you need and the containers look better when they are more than half way full.

What candy should I use?
Choose your candy buffet items based upon your party's theme and colors. Of course, I used all things pink and green for my candy buffet, but the possibilities are endless. Decide on the type of candy choices you would like to give your guests. Since I was making a candy buffet for little hands, I preferred to use only wrapped candy. I figured that it would be more sanitary than having little hands, even with the scoops, in the candy jars. There are so many resources and places to find candy by color or theme. Other popular options include personalized M&Ms and Hershey's Kisses. Candy Warehouse has a wide variety of candy and it's even sorted by color so that you can match your theme. Candy Crate and Old Time Candy have an especially good collection of retro candy.

Where can I find candy containers?
Michael's and A.C. Moore are great places to find relatively inexpensive glass vases and jars. I've also seen them at Target. I prefer to use clear containers so that you can show off the pretty colors of the candy. Renting containers is also an option, but since I did a small buffet, I bought the containers.

What else do I need?
You'll need scoops (1 per container and a few extras) and bags for your candy buffet, too. It's a good idea to do a "floor plan" for the candy buffet and try out some of the candy in the actual containers that you are going to use to make sure it looks the way you want it to look. Be sure to make labels for your candy jars. I chose to put my labels on lollipop sticks, but you could also attach them with ribbon.

Have you ever made a candy buffet for a party? I'd love to see or hear what you did for your special event! Have a sweet day!




  1. I love all of your pictures! I'm thinking of doing a candy buffet for our wedding. They are so fun and who doesn't love candy?!

  2. Inspiring photos! Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

  3. my sis was recently in a wedding with a huge spread of a candy buffet- actually, to be accurate, there was a candy ROOM! a huge hit with everyone to pick out their party favors as they left in the wee hours of the night!


  4. Beautiful! I love the candy buffet and that's not just my sweet tooth talking. They're so much fun for guests...trying to talk an engaged friend to do a B&W candy buffet at her wedding!

  5. Love the idea.. Too bad I don't have a sweet tooth :(

  6. This is such a fun idea! A friend of mine did this for her daughter's birthday and I may have to "borrow" the idea for my daughter's next party. :)

  7. I recently saw this at a wedding and I loved the idea!! Great post!

  8. I did a candy buffet at my wedding reception and it was a huge hit! We used polka dot Chinese take-out type containers for them to put the candy in and they were all over the hall with people nom nom noming the whole time. It's a great idea!

  9. Looks like a dream come true to me!!

  10. I've always wanted to do one of these!! So fun!



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