I think having a candy or chocolate buffet at a party makes for a great activity, a great favor and a great decoration – really a perfect touch that you and your guests will all love. I even had one at my wedding that my guests are still talking about!
Here are the 4 things you need to have to do it right.
- Containers to display your candy. Choose interesting glass vases or large jars. For a party with kids try a plastic candy store type tub. (Many candy stores even sell these tubs) Look around for interesting shapes. Mix them up or keep them all the same for a unified look. Make sure the opening is big enough for your hand or scoopers!
- Scoops. Fun metal scoops are great for a candy buffet. You can get these online or at a restaurant supply store. You can always use spoons or let people use their hands (for wrapped candy only!) of course.
- Bags. You’ll want bags or other fun containers for your guests to use to keep their candy. You can easily get pre-printed bags to display on the table. (Send us an e-mail, we can help!)
- CANDY! Of course you need to get an assortment of candy for your display. Here are some ideas:
- All chocolate – this is great for a Willy Wonka theme party or really for any party where the host or hostess loves chocolate.
- Specific colors – If your event has a color scheme, then choose candy to match. My wedding was pink, white and silver, so all our candy or wrappers were in those colors, like pink rock candy, pink and white M&Ms, silver Kisses, etc.
- Nostalgic candy – great for a milestone birthday or anniversary! There are many places online and many candy stores that sell penny candy or candy from specific decades.
- Your favorites – you don’t need a theme for your candy buffet. Part of the fun is just going to the store and picking out your favorites!
One important thing to keep in mind: Some people have allergies, so you may want to skip any candy or chocolate with nuts. If you use them, then add a small sign next to the candy saying it has nuts.
You can put your candy buffet out at the beginning of the party, open it at dessert or have it by the door as you’re leaving.
and enjoy! Don’t forget to put some
candy away before your event for you, because there won’t be any left at the