Here are my simple steps to create a beautiful, fun and yummy Candy Buffet.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on Jars or Vases. Most people have a vase or two at home. Also make a few phone calls to your Mum, Sister, Aunty or Friends and find out what vases they have hidden away. A cost-effective alternative is to visit your local flea markets or thrift stores.
You can always find a great bargain there and it wont break the bank. Also consider using decorative glasses for items such as lollipops and musk sticks.
Scoops and spoons
Whilst out searching for your vases, also look out for some great scoops or spoons. You may not need one for every jar as you can scatter then around the table.
Another great option is to visit your local kitchen store and purchase some white serving spoons. White is great for any colour scheme you have chosen and you can always use them again at home.
There are so many options available now. Favour bags are cost-effective and are available in a variety of different colours and styles. To add some extra flair, consider using items such as Asian take away container or Popcorn Cartoons.
Now for the fun part, Candy. You can still be really creative when purchasing your candy. Consider your style, theme and colour scheme when purchasing your candy.
When buying Candy, I stick to the brands I know. This way you know it tastes good and your guests will enjoy.
You should allow about 250 – 300 grams of Candy per guest. If the Candy Buffet is going to be used instead of dessert I would suggest adding just a little be more.
Some of my favourites are:
Strawberries “n” Creams: A classic. Great for weddings, kids birthdays and even Pink themed baby showers.
Conversation Hearts: A great way to get everyone talking. Printed message on delicious candy.
Milk Bottles: Another Classic, but great for any theme of colour scheme.
Lollipops: Available in different shapes and sizes that can be matched to your theme. Consider using lollipops to add some height and a splash of colour to your Candy Buffet.
This is where you can let your imagination go wild. Decorating the Vases or Jars are a great way to add some extra colour and WOW factor to the Candy Buffet.
One of my biggest tips is to go out and buy some sticky dots. They are a small round double-sided dot which can be used to hold up your ribbon around the Vase or Jar without ruining the surface.
Here are my favourite decorations:
A printed table-cloth or runner can add that extra bit of flair to your Candy Buffet. An affordable option is to visit your local fabric store and ask them what is currently on special or for what is on the cutting floor as you don’t need a lot of fabric.
You can string them together and hang above the candy buffet or have them placed on the table.
Simple and effective way to grab everyone’s attention. Available in varies colours and themes there is one to match every event.
Telephone books and Novels
I am not going crazy. Simply wrap in decorative wrapping paper and you can place your Candy Jars or Vases on top to add some extra height to your Candy Buffet. They are great as they are sturdy and you can unwrap and use again for your next event. Another great decorating idea is to visit your local second-hand book shop and purchase some classic hardcover books. Glue a number together and use them as a feature stand for your biggest vase or jar.
Check with your local craft store as the best glue to use.
There is no right or wrong way when setting up your Candy Buffet.
The first step is to grab all of your empty decorated vases and jars and place them on the table. Then spread them out ensuring that your guests can access each vase easily. This is so they are not having to lean over and potentially knock over the vase or jar.
Once you are happy with the layout, then you can place the Candy in the Vase or Jar.
Happy Planning Everyone!