Tips For Creating A Beautiful And Tasty Sweets Buffet

There’s a trend we’re highly in favor of – the candy buffet, or sweets buffet, for special events. Wedding receptions are an ideal example and I was lucky enough to participate in an excellent one just a few months ago. Previously I had high praise for the idea and even did some research on buying candy in bulk and estimating quantity, but actually helping create one gave me more great tips!

  • A lavish spread doesn’t have to break the bank, but it does add up! Be economical where you can so you can splurge where it matters
  • Colors can reflect the decor, but variety doesn’t destroy the look if a few other parts are done well.
  • Get help. Beg, borrow or bargain shop for containers. Plan for “assembly” time and make sure you have plenty of padded boxes for transport!
  • Here’s what I learned before and during the wedding reception I mentioned:

    Don't match your containers! Interesting sizes and shapes make all the difference
    Don’t match your containers! Interesting sizes and shapes make all the difference
    You can save big by borrowing jars and footed bowls from family and friends. They don’t have to match, that’s part of the charm. But they should all be clear glass so you can see the contents. You do want varied heights; some should be tall, others short. A table with matchy matchy will be boring! A few (very few) small bowls can be milk glass or colored glass, but clear is best for most uses. Pick up extras at dollar stores.

    Decide way ahead of time what candies you really want to offer. You might have a sentimental reason for one or two, and a traditional reason for one or more (thinking mints, Jordan almonds, etc.) Sticky should be minimized or eliminated. Candy that can be scooped is preferred.

    Don't be afraid to include everything you think of!
    Don’t be afraid to include everything you think of!

    If you’re serving cake, you can offer less other treats. But one current trend is to have a small ceremonial cake for pictures and cupcakes or no cakes for dessert. At the reception I attended, the bride and groom were lucky to have a friend who wanted to bake a variety of cookies and bars that she knew were their favorites. These stretched the sweets table another 5 feet and really added to the extravagant feel!

    Popcorn ordered ahead of time from the movie theater added a great flavor choice and provided a non-sweet option, too![/caption]More great ways to stretch: Movie theater popcorn! Add small popcorn bags nearby and it’s an indulgence! Feature a couple of less expensive items in more than once place, in more than one type of container (thinking nuts, mints, jelly beans). Changing the color and/or the presentation makes it new.
    Popcorn ordered ahead of time from the movie theater added a great flavor choice and provided a non-sweet option, too!
    The best part of the presentation can be how the jars are arranged and using Printable labels (think Pinterest) you can create adorable decorations with card stock, ribbon and scoops! Tie bows on the scoop handles, hang labels on the jars, set matching plates and napkins along the way so the table can be approached at any point along the length. Clear plastic drink cups can be used sparingly near certain types of treats, like party mix and popcorn.

    If you want to provide take-home containers, it’s more important to have enough than whether they’re boxes or bags. You can have them custom printed, but buying paper boxes and printing labels that go with your jars makes a beautiful presentation.

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