Post # 1
Hello lovely Bees!
I am in need of “words from the wise” regarding the candy buffet my fiance and I are including at our reception. We expect 85-100 guests and need to know a few things:
1) How much variety should we have in the candies? 6 different types? 8? 10?
2) How much TOTAL candy (as in lbs) should we purchase for a reception of our size?
3) Any tips on the types of bags/boxes we should offer our guests? Fiance is favoring flat bags, since we can put them in a cute basket and set them at the end of the bar, instead of cluttering up the dining tables.
4) Any tips on ensuring that the candy buffet does NOT get raided until after the cake is cut? The best idea so far is hiding the bags beneath the table and having a bridal party member pull them out when the proper time has come.
That last question comes from several first-hand experiences I’ve heard about other people’s weddings having their candy half gone before dinner is over! We’re hoping to avoid this outcome since A) there will be no children at the reception, and B) our guests will have snacked on tasty hors d’oeuvre in the two hours between ceremony and reception, so no one should be ravenous.
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
I have 12 different styles/size vases I am using for my candy buffet, I spread them out today actually to figure out what kind of candies I wanted to use in it. We’re going to have anywhere from 60-100 people.
I’m planning to save money and not bother with special color candies, just the regular candies. I’m probably going to get the large bags from Sam’s, 2 bags each I am hoping will be enough.
Post # 4
I am having a candy bar and luckily scored a set of glasses tongs, signs and bags from another bee for a quarter of the price it would have cost me to get them individually!
I have 22 jars (2 of them broke when cleaning them!) We were originally going to go for allt he same color candy but then decided it was easier to do whatever candy we could. I think I over did it just a little bit. We are having around 100 guests give or take a few and we probably have around 200 plus pounds of candy! I know we are probably going to have a ton left over but I wanted to make sure I am able to fill all of my jars! We went with the normal m&ms, resees, pixi sticks, york patties, jaw breakers, runts, swedish fish, sour patch kids, and a whole lot more! I honestly cant wait for it since I havent been eating candy in a while so I can fit in my dress Ill probably bust the seams that night!
I am trying to figure out how to keep people away from it until after we at least get into the reception! If anyone has ideas id love to know as well!
Post # 5
@Spritey: I used to work at a candy store. So I would say probably 8 types would be good. Also, for that many people you’re probably looking at, at least 25 pounds. I know that sounds like a lot but trust me. That’s only a little over three pounds per candy. Which still might even be little.
My advice would be to buy the bags first, see how much they can hold. You want to figure each bag is going to be filled 3/4 the way up. (not everyone will fill this much, but some people will fill more. so just to be safe.)
Then you can take your bag with you to the candy store when you go look for candy. My advice, unless you have a lot of money to spend on the candy table, avoid higher (and smaller) priced candy like jellybellys which can run you anywhere from $8-10 a pound.
If you need somewhere to buy candy. shopthebulkstore.com would be the place to go unlike candy.com and all the other places, this place you can buy a single pound, up to 50 pounds. Where as the other places you can onlyby in 5 pound quanties. Plus the bulk stores prices are pretty cheap!
Hope I helped!
Post # 6
I readon here somewhere to purchase 1 pound for every 3 guests. And other than that I would take the advice from the poster above me. She seems to know what to do.
Post # 7
@PoeticDoveInLA Thank you for your response! We’re planning on buying bulk, too…though the fiance also really wants to splurge with the custom M&Ms ($130, wowza!). Although, we would definitely mix them in with the standard ones! We found some really cute fall color ones at Target!
@Leonard2B I’m raiding Michael’s with their 40% off coupons this week, but I am having a DEVIL of time finding the scoops and tongs! I broke down and spent $4 for 3 different sized aluminum scoops at Bed, Bath, & Beyond today…but now I have to find aluminum tongs to go with them 🙁 I wish I could find clear plastic ones, but it seems no one has them around here! Not Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, BB&B, Dollar Tree, or even Party City! 🙁 I might see if some of the “gently used” websites have them at a decent price, so thank you for the idea!
@out4answers Thank you for all the advice! We have 8 different types of candies we’ve decided to use, and the corresponding containers, so it’s good to know we’re right where we should be! I just bought the bags online last night, so they will go through a trial run when they are delivered! I’m already shopping around for different candy types, so thank you for the additional resources! 🙂
@TheHotMrsG 25-30 lbs of candy sounds reasonable, thanks! 🙂
Post # 8
its about .5 lb per person
Post # 9
@PoeticDoveInLA: This is your wedding, dont go cheap on sams candy. By candy’s that match your theme
Post # 10
Try Sugarman Candy, they have all the candies youll need. Over 500 type of candy for candy buffets. Its easy to make a candy station as long as you have your colors right. Putting them together with your jars is the easiest part. Remember, you will need a contrast, so don’t try to get all of the same exact shades of your color, but get different shades for eg. Lavender, dark purple and light purple.
Post # 11
I helped my friend with her candy bar, I was pretty proud of the final result:
A few tips:
-Only buy candy you know people will like. Its tempting to buy ‘filler’ candy (like we did with sixlets), but it won’t get eaten…so decide if you want that much. This candy bar had sour gummy straws– HUGE hit! People loved the gummy stuff.
-Get 2 tablecloths, and stack boxes or books underneath the second tablcoth to had height. This will be especially important if you don’t have huge containers so that it doesn’t look bare.
-This bar used 8 oz chinese takeout boxes at each place setting. With mail merge, I printed custom square labels for each candy box that said the person’s name (color coded for the servers to know what meal they got) on the front and said “Thank you family and friends for being so sweet. Now fill this box with lots of sweets Con Mucho Amor, Brides name & Grooms Name” The groom is Spanish, so that’s why the little bit of Spanish.
-This was an adults only reception and no one touched the candy bar until after dinner. This couple had a pretty packed schedule (cutting cake, first dance, toasts, etc.) so it would have been really rude for someone to be wandering over there. it was also tucked away a bit and the DJ announced that it was over there after dinner.
– I think .5 lbs per person is probably where you’ll come in at– there will be some that eat more, some less. If you are afraid of the candy buffet every looking ‘bare’, I would suggest doing .75 lbs. My friend had ~120 ppl and ordered around 70-75 lbs and had wayyy too much. Once again, I think it all depends on what KIND of candy. No one really wants gumballs, as cheap and pretty they are…