Everybody loves candy, and having a candy buffet at your event is a great way to supplement your dessert offerings as well as give guests a fun treat to take home. You can display your candy during dessert or set it up near the exit towards the end of your party for guests to take as they are leaving. A candy table can also be a fantastic decor element, as you can coordinate your candy to the event’s theme and colors.
For a Hollywood theme party, offer your guests a spectacular candy display like this one by Sugarpalooza:
The red, white, black and gold looks fabulous.
We also love this combination of black, white and gold candy featured on the Wedding Yentas:
You can save a lot of money if you put your bar or bat mitzvah candy buffet together yourself. Caterers charge thousands of dollars to build a candy buffet to complement your event’s decor; however, you can create your own extravagant and beautiful candy display for much less.
Start by buying your candy online from Candy Warehouse. They sell bulk candy directly to the consumer, saving you hundreds of dollars in candy costs.
Candy Warehouse’s site is easy to use, as they categorize candy by color, season, occasion, and holiday. You will want to order approximately 1/4 lb to 1/2 lb of candy per child, or per guest if the candy buffet will be available for the adults also. Whether to average up or down within those guidelines depends on how full you would like your display to look, and how much candy you anticipate you guests taking during and after the party. If you are throwing a smaller party, err on the side of caution and order closer to 1/2 lb per person; you don’t want to have a skimpy candy display. And remember, you need several pounds of each candy to adequately fill a canister or serving bowl. For most candy items, a 5 lb bag will fill a one-gallon container.
You also want to vary the sizes, shapes and flavors of your candy; offer small candies, larger candies, some tall lollipops or rock candy sticks for a fun presentation, and some wrapped candy. Also make sure you have sweet candy, some sour choices, at least one chocolate offering and perhaps some licorice or gumballs for variety.
As you can see in the Candy Warehouse candy buffet below, you don’t need to order such large quantities for items like unicorn pops, ribbon candy and rock candy. Those types of bigger upright candies are generally used to add interest to your display and take up much more room in canisters than smaller bulk items. You can also just pop a few in the top of a container of other candies for fun.
The candies listed below are popular choices to buy in bulk and look great in a buffet. Pick between 6 – 12 different varieties to create your display. If you are using several colors, you will need more types of candy because you will want several candies in each color.
Here are some popular red candies:
Here are some black candy choices:
And here are some gold candy choices to add pizzazz:
And the following are some white candy options:
Candy Warehouse has a tutorial with guidelines for building a candy buffet and they give a timetable for ordering and instructions for candy storage prior to your event.
Many venues will provide containers, scoops and servers for a candy buffet, so make sure to ask. If yours does not, you can purchase the appropriate containers and servers online.
Candy Warehouse sells jars and canisters in a variety of shapes and sizes to hold your candy, as well as scoopers, tongs, bags and cute buckets and pails. Remember, you also want to vary the sizes, shapes and heights of your containers.
Here are some of the canisters they offer:
They also sell clear cello bags for collecting candy, as well as takeout containers, pretty printed bags, buckets and pails.
The following bags would coordinate beautifully with a Hollywood candy buffet:
You can also find canisters and scoopers on Amazon.
This Set of Three Apothecary Candy Jars is perfect to display goodies:
The jars are 8.6, 12.5 and 14.25 inches tall.
If you are looking for smaller jars, here is a set of Three Mini Candy Buffet Jars:
These jars measure 8, 9 and 10.25 inches high.
Vary the size and shape of your containers to keep your display interesting. You can also use risers to vary the height of your display. Get one or two sets of Clear Acrylic Risers available on Amazon:
Remember that each variety of candy needs a serving piece. If you need to buy scoopers for your treats, get this Set of 6 Clear Plastic Candy Scoopers:
You can also find Metal Scoopers on Amazon.
As well as Clear Cello Treat Bags:
Make your own labels to stick on the treat bags or takeout containers with these Avery Easy Peel Print-To-The-Edge Round Labels:
Avery makes labels in several different sizes and shapes; they come with a template for easy formatting and are simple to use. Put your logo, name, or date of your event on your labels and stick one on each treat bag for a special touch!