Posted on 10, July, 2015
Last Modified on 16, July, 2015
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Have you noticed how creative dessert buffets at events are all the rage lately? Many hosts are stepping away from the typical wedding cake table towards more interactive and customized dessert stations! Ice cream sundae bars, build-your-own cupcake stations, and crepe buffets are now among the most popular for wedding dessert table ideas. Candy buffets, in particular, have quickly become one of the most common out-of-the-box dessert trends! So jump on the band wagon and read this article to learn what concepts you should be thinking about when planning your wedding dessert station and what supplies you'll need to set up the ultimate candy buffet.
....Um first, what is a candy buffet? Well, it's really just a buffet full of candy. Just like one of those self-serve food stations you'll often see at weddings or in hotels, candy buffets are tables with different types of sweets or desserts for the taking!
Follow a Theme
When coming up with your candy display ideas, start by choosing a theme for the buffet to follow. This is your chance to reinforce your event’s themes and color schemes, create a new and fun experience for your guests, and leave them with a bag of sweet treats to go home with. Triple win!
Here are some candy buffet theme ideas to get you started:
- Wedding Colors - obviously!
- Polka Dots
- Vintage Sweets Shop - 50’s soda pop & bubble gum
- Winter Wonderland - think ivories & diamonds
- Candy Land - like the game!
- Rustic - woods, burlap, barrels
- Couple’s Initials
- Holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas etc.
- Monochromatic - all one color, even the candy
- Contemporary/High End
- Tea Party
- Nautical - blues, anchors, sand
Choose the Displays & Candy
Once you’ve decided on a candy station theme, the next step is to design the buffet! For the best looking candy displays, you’ll need an array of vases, dishes, and dispensers. Mixing up the container style, size, and height will keep the buffet interesting to the eye. Using risers and stands to add to the varying height of the candy dishes is another way to create the illusion of a spread that’s bigger and more impressive than it actually is!
Some of the coolest candy containers include:
- Apothecary Jars
- Martini/Wine Glasses
- Wooden Crates
- Tea Cups
- Vintage China
- Cake Stands
If you’re on a budget, you can totally buy a lot of this stuff at the dollar store and just dress it up! Try wrapping ribbon in a color that fits your theme around the outside of the vases or pails. You could also paint or bedazzle any item on the above list to fit just the theme you’re going for without breaking the budget.
Now onto the really fun part - choosing the candy to fill those beautifully decorated displays. Many sites sell the usual favorites in a variety of colors, so sticking to your theme shouldn’t be too hard. Just be sure to buy enough sweets to accommodate the number of guests you’ll have in attendance! Some experts in the field estimate that each guest will take about 1/3 lb of candy from the buffet, but the larger take-away containers, the more your guests will take.
Utensils & Bags
Once you’ve settled on your main wedding candy buffet ideas and displays, it’s time to move onto the more utilitarian aspects of the station. You’ll need to provide utensils like scoops, spoons, and tongs for your guests to serve themselves with. Think about the type of candy you’re serving before purchasing the utensils. Tongs probably won’t work so well with M&M’s! Like the jars and vases, these utensils are also available for very low cost at a dollar store. You can dress them up a bit with ribbon, twine, burlap, or any other material that matches your theme. A fun project can be to wrap the spoons in wire and beads to create a high end appearance.
Last but not least, provide containers for your event guests to put their candy selections into. Cool examples of these include take-out boxes, paper/cellophane bags, or mini-pails. You can find these styles of containers on a variety of colors and sizes. Many of these containers can even be customized with the hosts’ names or event dates.
If we can leave you with a few essential pieces of advice for creating your own candy dessert station it would be this - get creative, mix it up, add some personality, and have FUN with it! It doesn't have to be a perfect work of art, but with a little thought, you can turn your candy bar dreams into a reality!