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.
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