Easy Tips For The Perfect Candy Buffet

Candy buffets are very popular for all kinds of events. From the neighborhood BBQ to the kids birthday party, to the elaborate and chic wedding, candy buffets are perfect. But, do not believe that you can just set up a table, throw out a few bowls of candy, and have a big ticket hit. That is far from true. A beautiful candy buffet takes planning and a bit of “know-how”. We have some tips to help you create the candy buffet for your event that will be a major success.


The theme of your candy buffet compliments the event. If the theme is summer, then you will use summer colors, props, and backdrops that fit in with summer. Since most buffets have a theme based on the reason for the celebration, you will carry that theme through the buffet. If the candy buffet is for a baby shower, use baby shower colors and props. If the theme is for a wedding, use the wedding colors. If the candy buffet does not have a theme upon creation, consider using a color wheel to choose your colors. You need three colors that are monochromatic (three tints of the same color) or two monochromatic and one contrasting color which you will find opposite the primary color you chose on the color wheel. ,

Table, shapes, and backdrop

To set up a candy buffet, you need a table 6’ – 8’ long. Your centerpiece will be in the center toward the back. The centerpiece should be tall enough to form the tip of a triangle. The centerpiece can be candy or a theme decoration or a combination of each. The candy displays on the side will form the sides of a triangle changing height progressively, and the front of the table with shallow trays, gift bags, and decorations. The idea of the triangle continues with an interesting backdrop which draws the eye up. The backdrop can be anything from a paper covered board with decorations, to strings of lights, ribbons, and balloons.


The most important part of a candy buffet is the candy. You will need candy that is bought in bulk, as well as special candy and various designer candies. Your candy must stay in the color family of the theme. A great place to find all the candy and candy buffet accessories you need is Sweet Services. Choose tall jars for suckers, lollipops, rock candy sticks, candy straws, and other long candy treats. The center of the table is for medium size jars and this is the perfect place for bulk candy. Bulk candy can be mixed, layered, or individuals. The front of the table is for trays of special candy or the “One per person” candy. This is also where you will stage your take-home treat bags. You can expect to use 8 ounces of candy for each guest.


Use your imagination. While almost any dish can be a candy container, you want jars where the scoops or tongs fit easily and that will not tip over easily. Ideally, your containers will be clear for visual impact. Candy buffets are very popular so ask your friends for any containers they may loan you. Also, look for unique dishes at thrift stores and garage sales.

Something for everyone

Include a few selections that are allergy safe, sugar-free, kosher, and gluten-free. Mark them as such so that everyone can experience your candy buffet without fear. There is nothing worse than having to deny yourself because of health issues. Sweet Service has a complete line of candy this will take care of all of these issues.

**This is a compensated post.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Are You Prepared?


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, offer information and support to those affected by breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Both of my grandmothers suffered from Breast Cancer, both of them were survivors. Not only that but we have had other families aunts and cousins who have suffered from breast cancer as well as other cancers. It scares me because that means that my chances could be higher since it’s on both sides of my family.
My grandmother was diagnosed and have a full mastectomy, and even though it was really hard on her and she had so much going on she pulled through and flew to my family when I went through a bad accident. She was a survivor for 21 years until she passed at the age of 91.


I love to send care packages to family and friends that have or are going through this horrible stage in their life. My care packages always include one of their favorite foods as well as books, crossword puzzles, and as much personal letters and love as I can fit in the box.

Everyone should get checked whether you do it yourself or go to the doctor.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following for early breast cancer detection in women without breast symptoms…..
Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years.
Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Knowing where I stand with the chances of getting breast cancer and knowing we would never be able to afford the costs, I started hearing about cancer insurance policies.

A cancer insurance policy can be used not only for treatment expenses not covered by major medical insurance, but also for extra child care that may be needed, transportation to and from the doctor or treatments, and even everyday living expenses, such as mortgage payments or groceries.
If you or a family member does end up being diagnosed with breast cancer, or any cancer, you want to be able to focus on recovery not finances, and a cancer insurance policy can help you do just that.

Aflac is helping woman through their fight by not only offering great Cancer insurance policies. They are also Supporting breast cancer by teaming up with the American Association For Cancer Research for it’s “The Duck Wears Pink” campaign. They will also be selling merchandise with all proceeds going to the fight against cancer.

2015 Pink Aflac Duck

Knowing that breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the US, millions of woman are surviving thanks to early detection. 99% of woman are surviving, learn how you can give back by visiting “The Duck Wears Pink” campaign.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Blogger Bash 2015 #BBNYC

I recently attended Blogger Bash 2015, this was my second time attending this conference. I love attending it’s a great chance to mingle with other blogger and meet some awesome brands.


Day 1 started with the Care Bears Brunch. We got to see the new toys coming out for the Care Bears and learn about the brand.


Some of the highlights were that a young man named Zach has been helping people all over the world and his new mission was to give all the homeless children in NYC a Care Bear, since it is his favorite. The Care Bears are helping and donating the stuffed animals to help. How great is that.

Also my favorite TV show as a kid is coming back. Yes, the Care Bear cousins are coming back to TV! Who is excited! See the trailer and more pictures on my instagram channel.

Next I got t see a exclusive performance of the Blue Man Group. I had never seen them live before, but it was one of the most amazing shows ever.


We were not suppose to take any video or pictures during the show, even though I know a lot of bloggers did. So I only have a few pics afterward.



Including a interview with one of the members of the Blue Man Group. It was amazing learning how much training and energy goes into practicing and learning the routines.

The last surprise of the night was one of my favorites. Sweet Suite! There were so many amazing companies. The venue was Peir 60 in Chelsea, which I love You can see the statue of Liberty in the distance.


Sweet Suite started off with a bang featuring beautiful flower arrangements and woman dressed like candy. Some of my favorite brands were there including Tech4Kids. Moose Toys, GoldieBloks, and more.



Moose Toys was featuring their New Scoops Ice Cream Truck. They also found a Limited Edition while unpacking Shopkins. I finally got to touch Limited Edition Shopkin.


Day 2:
Day 2 started off with a amazing breakfast with Disney Infinity, in which we were able to get a sneak peak at Disney Infinity 3.0. They will have new toy boxes and characters including Star Wars, Inside Out and so much more.


After the breakfast they had some amazing sponsors you could meet with and also Baby Palooza, which I love attending every year. This year Anne Geddes was invited to speak again. I love hearing her talk, she is so amazing.



The next amazing event had us all laughing hysterically. It was The Peanuts Movie Lunch. Some of the voice cast joined us and were amazing. The kids were just so funny.



This was the end of blogger Bash for me I missed so many amazing events, but I had to get home to my family.

Hoping 2016 Blogger Bash is just as amazing.

I will be writing more posts so stay tuned. Don’t forget to check out my instagram linked above for more pics of all the events.

Learn more about Blogger Bash here.

Anne Geddes Will Be Releasing A Under the Sea Calendar For 2015 #BBNYC #AnneGeddes

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I am entering a contest on behalf of Blogger Bash to win a meet and greet with Anne Geddes.

Anne Geddes will be at Blogger Bash 2014, at the Baby Palooza session. I am so excited I have been a fan for so long. I just love the beautiful pictures of babies dressed up as flowers and so much more. My daughter was a little chubba monkey and would love to try and dress up like the Anne Geddes pictures. I am hoping to get to meet her and see more of her work.


She is releasing a brand 2015 new calendar “Under The Sea”, which you can pre-order now at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The pictures are so adorable, as they feature all the creatures you would see in the ocean, including Seahorses, Turtles. To see all the pictures and where you can buy Visit Anne Geddes website.

Blogger Bash Coffee Talk #BBNYC


I will be attending Blogger Bash next week, and I am so excited. So to get introduced to everyone we are having a coffee talk with a few questions.

1. Name? Brandy!!! B, Mom I answer to them all

2. Where are you from? Everywhere: Born Bay Area California, but grew up in Arizona, then jumped around from Colorado to North Carolina and now Long Island, New York.

3. How long have you been blogging? 6 years, started as just a way to keep my family in the loop with my kids as I am over 2000 miles from home. It ended up blossoming into the blog I have now and I love it.

4. What is the meaning behind your blog name? It is funny but true. I have 3 children very close in age. They were all born in less than 3 years (almost 7, 8 and 9 years old). My husband went from the military to college, and now a PHD. So the No Time Mommy name came from me literally having no time for anything but my kids.

5. What are you most looking forward to at Blogger Bash?
Connections, getting to meet brands and learn more.

6. What three words describe you the best?
myself (weird)

7. Got kids? How many?
Yes I have 3
Kenzie is 9
Alex is 8
Will is 6 1/2

8. We all have a pet peeve. What is your #1?
Not getting to the point. Is that bad? LOL!

9. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Carl Sagan, I have always been fascinated with his work. He is a true genius and lover of all things science.

10. Show me your face!

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Ultimate Blog party 2014 #UPB14

It’s Ultimate Blog Party time at 5 Minutes For Mom. I love being able to join every year and meet new blog friends.

Ultimate Blog Party 2014


I created No Time Mommy in 2008 as a sweepstakes/giveaway blog. Then I started using it as a personnal diary and it turned into my mommy blog. Now I love sharing videos and pictures of my family. Reviewing products and doing giveaways

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I am Brandy the writer behind No Time Mommy. I am a work at home mom of 3 kids all under the age of 10. I have ben married to my husband for almost 10 years now. He is working on his PHD in graduate school, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

We are currently residing on Long Island but move around a lot.


Welcome to my blog, please leave a comment or just browse if you like. If interested I have some great giveaways going on.

Caillou talking doll

Walking With Dinosaurs Blu-ray

Pirate’s Booty Snacks with Rio 2

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Ultimate Blog Party 2013!!!!! #UBP13

Yay! I can’t believe the Ultimate Blog Party is here again. I participate every year. I do videos all about myself usually for the blog party, but this year I think I am just going to share some pictures and my story in writing.


I created No Time Mommy in 2008 as a sweepstakes/giveaway blog.   Then I started using it as a personnal diary and it turned into my mommy blog. Now I love sharing videos and pictures of my family. Reviewing products and doing giveaways.

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I am Brandy the writer behind No Time Mommy. I am a work at home mom of 3 kids all under the age of 9. Well as of yesterday, my daughter turned 8 yesterday!! I have ben married to my husband for almost 9 years now. He is working on his PHD in graduate school, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Since he is in school, we are currently residing in Long Island, and I can say it is a big difference from the 4 other states I have lived in. (Ca., AZ., CO., NC) What they say about New Yorkers is true for a lot of people I have met. Not all though! LOL!


So hello, welcome to my blog, and I hope to meet all of you through through the Ultimate Blog Party.

Giveaways I have going on:

Case for your electronic device
$25 Build A Bear gift card

The Croods WII game

Graduation cards

Saffron Food Coupons

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

It’s ultimate Blog Party time with 5 Minutes For Mom

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

My story

My blog is all about being mommy and the journey I am on as a mom. I named my blog No Time Mommy, mainly because having a husband who is a student and always busy with work I barely have anytime for anything but being mommy. OUr nearest family is 500 miles away so no babysitters or anything, just all me.

Here are some giveaways I have going on feel free to enter

Victorious Season 2 dvd/ ends 4/13

The Muppets Wocka Wocka Value Pack/Ends 4/13

Crayola Prize pack/ends 4/26

Alvin and the Chipmunks combo pack giveaway/ends 4/27

The Sands Resort Shirt and Hat/Ends 4/28

Wow Wow Wubbzy DVD/ ends 5/1


Kids have all the fun with Leapfrog

I was recently able to have a little party with some neighbors, and show off some of the newest and greatest Leapfrog products.

While only half of the people showed up on my guest list (To be expected since Pediculus humans capitis has hit our school). We still had a blast though.

The first product I featured and couldn’t wait to get too.
Tag Reader

I love the tag reader, now that my daughter is in Kindergarten and learning how to read, It’s so helpful. The tag reader is not only reads you the story, It helps with sounds and you can play games with it.

Now the That Reader can also be used with the interactive map.

The Interactive map helps with Learning about the world. The kids knew instantly where we lived by identifying the big picture of the Statue Of Liberty.

Next we talked a little about different books that were available, including books with your favorite characters. I also passed out booklets with coloring sheets and $5 coupons for Leapster games (very rare coupon).

The big reveal of the Leap Pad was exciting for everyone. A lot of the parents complained that their kids loved to use their I Pads and smartphones to play games. This is a great alternative for kids and a lot cheaper than a I pad.

The App the kids most got a kick out of was the Funny Face app. Take a picture, the expand the nose, or forehead. All the kids were just cracking up over that.

A big thank you to Mom Select and Leapfrog for allowing me to show my neighbors all about these exciting products. I think I have enticed some parents to go out and get these products themselves.

visit www.leapfrog.com for more information nd to view the products.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post, products were provided for the party.

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