April 16th, 2009 |

Candy Buffet Table 101

Candy buffets have been popping up at weddings for a while now – but why not take the concept and present a candy buffet at your next birthday party, shower or dinner party?  Not only is it a fun, colorful display of sugar….but it’s an activity for your guests….and a great favor for them to bring home!

Amy Atlas is the guru of candy buffets – if you haven’t done so already, you should check out her website – it’s amazing eye candy!

Candy Buffet (small)

Presentation

Use a color scheme that matches your party theme:  Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire party.

Create depth and height in your display:  with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table.  You can wrap the boxes in patterned paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade.  Use cake plates and candy dishes of varying height (you could even spray paint them a pop color to match your party theme).

Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers or candles, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your party theme, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table.

Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like colored linens, ribbons, tassels, and paper can add nice touches to your overall presentation.

Candy

Color is key:  using a specific color scheme can really make your table pop.  Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant.  Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are green and blue, don’t be afraid of using different shades of greens and yellows.  If using primarily dark colors, try to choose a lighter shade to bring energy to your table.

Don’t buy too much! It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re serving a meal, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with a ton of  sugar.  A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person.  If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.

Containers and Supplies

More than jars:  apothecary jars and glass vases tend to be the easiest to find, but don’t miss out on other shapes and sizes you can find anywhere.  Vases are inexpensive  easy to find.  If you’re going for opaque containers, small baskets can give a rustic vibe, and candy dishes can be very graceful.   Definitely use cake stands, flat platters, and other serving ware to give your guests a variety of ways to choose their sweets!

Scoops and things:  when choosing containers, make sure you keep in mind how your guests are going to get the candy out!  Scoops, tongs, and other serving ware should be small enough to get the goods!

Individual containers:  if your table is set up as a DIY favor station, little bags or mini boxes can be great take-homes.  Dress them up with a personalized label and ribbon and your guests have a tasty treat to take home.

Resources

Candy

Containers and things

Images via Amy Atlas, information via Project Wedding

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