How to Create Candy Buffets

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A candy buffet is a nontraditional buffet that can work at a wedding reception, baby shower, holiday party or any other special event. The buffet needs some kind of theme and centerpiece for show, but the candy is the star. You do need to pick appropriate candy for the occasion. Chocolate, for example, is a bad idea if you are doing the buffer outdoors in the summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Plain white adhesive labels
  • Settle on a color scheme for the event. The color scheme can play a role in what kind of candy or wrapping is used in the buffet.

  • Pick at least six to 10 candies appropriate for the party's guests. A child's party would have gummy worms, jelly beans and licorice. A party for a wedding would be heavy on mints. Get enough candy to fill each jar at least twice in case there is a call for refills.

  • Pick serving containers with wide openings. The openings are important since guests will be sticking their hands in them constantly and it should not be an uncomfortable fit. If it's unwrapped candy, there must be a measuring cup or scoop attached to the bowl. Provide paper cups or bowls for guests to place the unwrapped candy so they don't have to carry it around in their hands.

  • Label or decorate the containers before the day of the event. Write the name of the candy on a blank round adhesive label and attach it to the container. Decorate the containers as you wish according to the party theme.

  • Set the containers on a table all guests can easily walk around. Place any favor bags or boxes at the ends of the table.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your event is outdoors avoid chocolate. It melts and gets very messy.
  • Avoid jaw breaker style candy. They are a choking hazard.

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