Candy Buffet

by Janet21

Tips and ideas on how to create a wonderful candy buffet at your next celebration.

Candy buffets, also referred to as Candy Bars, have risen in popularity over the past few years. Candy buffets were typically sweet treats sometimes served at wedding receptions. Today, however, having a candy buffet at your wedding is becoming more the norm. It seems like everyone is now displaying an array of candy at their wedding reception.

In addition to wedding receptions, candy buffets are now being incorporated into Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Sweet Sixteen Parties and Birthday Parties.

If you are planning a candy buffet for your next celebration, this page features important how-to tips in setting up your buffet, beautiful candy buffet photos plus many candy jars and accessories for your table.

Candy buffets look beautiful and taste delicious. Everyone loves candy, so why not include a candy buffet at your next celebration? The candy bar can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be and will easily fit into your party planning budget.

Photo Credit ~ Pudgeefeet

Dazzling Blue Candy Buffet
Dazzling Blue Candy Buffet

How To Create a Candy Buffet

  • Purchase Candy: Shop your local candy shops or online for an assortment of candies to incorporate into your buffet.  The general rule of thumb is to have about 4oz of candy for each guest.  You can always purchase a bit more to be on the safe side.
  • Color Scheme:  For most candy buffets, following the color scheme of the celebration is very important.   Purchase an assortment of candies to match your party colors.
  • Select Containers:  The most popular candy buffet containers are clear or glass jars.  Other container ideas include pails, baskets, cake & cupcake stands, platters and more.  You can add interest to your candy buffet by incorporating a variety of container styles.
  • Candy Buffet Accessories:  You will also need candy scoops and tongs to set out on your buffet.  Scoops and tongs are available in plastic, metal and stainless steel.  They also come in a variety of colors.
  • Candy Bags:  Purchase bags for your candy buffet so the guests can take some candy back to their table or take some home after the celebration.  
  • Decorative Elements:  Embellish the candy containers and candy scoops with decorative ribbon, labels and more to coordinate with your party theme.  Accent your candy buffet with bows, flowers, ribbons and other party items.
  • Visual Interest:  Candy buffets thrive on their eye-catching design, therefore, giving your candy buffet depth and height will add to the overall look of your display.  One way to do this is to place a book or other object under the table cover and set the container on top.  You could also place the container directly on top of a box decorated in your party theme. 
  • Personalization:  Personalize for that added touch!  You can add personalized labels on the candy containers, candy bags and also create custom signs to decorate the buffet.

Photo Credit ~ Corey Ann

Candy Buffet Supplies

Candy Buffet Supplies
Candy Buffet Supplies

Candy Buffet Jars and Scoops

Apothecary Jar, H-14.75" - Candy Buffet Container

Clear Apothecary Jar, Height-14.75", Open D-3.5", Base-5". This new apothecary jar from modern vase & gift are perfect for every setting from bathroom and kitchen storage to dec...

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Anchor Hocking 69857R Penny Candy Storage Jar with Chrome Cover, 1/2 gallon, 6-2/5" Height, (Case...

The Anchor Hocking 69857R Penny Candy storage jar has a 1/2 gallon capacity, comes in a case of four jars, is made of glass for visibility of contents, and has a lid made of chr...

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Metallic Silver Hard Acrylic Candy Buffet Scoops - Package of 12 for Wedding, Party and Special E...

Metallic Silver Candy Buffet Scoops

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Apothecary Jar 3 Piece Set Wedding Candy Buffet

The Apothecary glass jars come in a set of 3. Largest Jar 3.8" diameter x 14.25" Tall Medium Jar 4.8" diameter x 12.5" Tall Small Jar 4.6"diameter X 8.6" Tall. Decorate your hom...

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Wilton Candy Buffet Decor Kit 120-550

The Candy D cor Kit has all the extra components to make your candy buffet table the hit of the party. The adorable "The Sweet Bar" garland adds an extra special touch and bring...

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Purchase Candy By Color

Easily find a great assortment of candy for your buffet table.

Due in part to the popularity of candy buffets, many companies provide an easy way for you to browse a large selection of candies by color.   This will save you a lot of time in finding the candy for your buffet.

Some of the candies you can include on your buffet include M & M's, lollipops, candy sticks, licorice, candy pretzels, gummy bears, Jelly Bellys, mints, twist pops, crystal rock lollipops and more.
Shop by Candy Color

There are also personalized wedding M & M's and birthday M & M's available that you could include in your candy buffet.   Choose your colors, images and wording.  

Photo Credit ~ Westside Shooter

Pink Candy Buffet
Pink Candy Buffet

Colorful Candy Buffet

Fun Candy Buffet
Fun Candy Buffet

Candy Buffet Stickers

There is a wonderful selection of personalized candy buffet stickers and candy buffet cards  for your special occasion.

The candy buffet stickers include "Love Is Sweet" and "A Sweet End To A New Beginning" wedding stickers, birthday party buffet stickers and more.   These stickers are available in a a variety of styles, colors and designs.  You are sure to find the perfect decorative accent for your candy buffet. 

The candy buffet cards would look great set out on the table.   Many of these cards also feature the classic candy buffet poem to welcome your guests. 

 

Pretty Pink Wedding Candy Buffet

Beautiful Display
Beautiful Display

What is a Dessert Table or Sweets Table?

Unlike a Candy Buffet, a Sweets Table or Dessert Table features other desserts in additon to candy.

Some items you will see at a Sweets Table include candy, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, cake and muffins.  Many times the desserts at a Sweets Table are small and bite-sized.

Photo Credit ~ Moon Wink Bakerty

Hunger Games Sweets Table

I created the mini sweets table pictured above for my daughter's Hunger Games Party.    Many times a candy buffet or sweets table is based on a color theme. 

However, sometimes your sweets table can be inspired by your party theme.  That is what we did for my daughter's party.   For her Hunger Games sweets table I included Red Hots for The Girl on Fire, Blackberry Gummmies for Nightlock Berries and Crumbled Oreo Cookies for Coal. 

Updated: 05/27/2015, Janet21
 
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dustytoes on 10/01/2014

The candy buffet is so popular for weddings these days. All your photos on this page look so pretty and you present some nice ideas.

Digby_Adams on 09/07/2014

Bowls of mary janes, tootsie rolls and snickers bars could keep me happy for hours

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