Monday, September 30, 2013


The cost of candy varies so do your research. 
Shop around and look at the all the options.  
When a party is ending and the candy buffet is set out
a Godiva truffle would be lost in the mix 
with the rock candy and marshmallows. 
You will find fun, beautiful candy that costs less then a luxury brand name!

Bulk candy online is just a click away. For 100+ person parties, 
get at least a 5 lb. bag to fill a medium jar 
(the majority of the dishes in these photos are medium size). 
Use the less expensive candies in the larger jars. For obvious reasons!

For glassware check out your local shops; Christmas Tree shop to Michael's to Marshal's. 
Scoops, best price on Amazon. 

The most important tips to take with you for Candy Buffets ... 

You can use beautiful candy that does not break the bank but does have the WOW factor. 
We enjoy our food first with our eyes... isn't that what they say on Iron Chef?  

When getting your glassware -- Larger events call for FUNCTION OVER FORM!! 

Envision 100 teens rushing to a candy buffet at the end of your party which is safer 
the tall elegant Apothecary jar or the wide mouth shorter dish? No question, the wider, shorter dish!

Not to mention, most candy buffet tables will be tiered. 
If you add the height of the Apothecary jar to the height of the second tier of a display table and you have form over function. Looks great, but not smart for function. The chance of glass breaking is not a chance worth taking. So you think... well I will just put the tall jars on the front / bottom tier of the display... now think about getting the scoop to the bottom of the jar. 
Picture the kids reaching over the tall jar to get to the candy on the back tier. 
Now erase the thought and be smart... make it beautiful and safe with ease!

A good event planner will understand how each venue handles these buffets. The rules will vary from place to place. Many properties will want items brought to them days before the event... 
delivered ready to be set on the display. Which does mean preparing the jars days
 in advance wrapped tightly with clear wrap  and foil. 
Don't worry, when wrapped properly the items will stay fresh. 

For smaller parties or parties with limited amount of children have at it... 
put on your best Martha Stewart hat and grab the Apothecary dishes. 
And, yes, there is a place for the Godiva ... 
candy buffets at Sweet 16s, Mitzvahs etc are not those places. 

Forget the NUT FREE signs... just got nut free for everyone's safety

While you are out looking around for items in your color scheme look at items not for what they are being marketed as but for what you can use them for at your event. 
The rock candy holders in these photos are just $3.99 candle holders.
In truth I have found the best 'candy jars' in a dollar store... 
One person's dollar store bathroom garbage bin 
is another event planners pop of color on a candy buffet!

Of course the bins were non breakable too!

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