Post # 1
I am a sweets fanatic. Seriously, it’s absurd. So from the minute I started planning, a tricked out candy buffet was the first thing on my mind, complete with little cupcakes, chocolates, popcorn, etc.
I will also have about 10-15 children at the reception. All of them are young, some of them are wild! Don’t get me wrong, I love them and want them there no matter what. That’s what this day is all about in the end, sharing the event with loved ones.
My thought is this though. I am going to spend a lot of time designing a pretty buffet. Those kids are going to come in to the reception. They are going to bored from sitting through a wedding. It will be dinner time and they will be really hungry. They will see the boring grown up appetizers and not be interested in the least. Then…they will see the candy buffet, ha ha!
I suspect the candy buffet is going to turn into the ‘Children’s appetizer bar’ at that point.
Now, if that’s the way it is then that’s the way it is, I say you can’t sweat the small stuff like that! Just wondering, though, has anyone dealt with this or has any ideas for keeping the candy bar intact for the grown-up favor boxes at the end of the night? I was even thinking of doing a separate ‘kids table’ with coloring books and it’s own mini-candy bar, but don’t know if this would really help or just add to the munchkin sugar rush!
Post # 3
I think that having a separate, smaller table for the kiddos would be totally appropriate. I mean, you don’t want to spend weeks agonizing over a super elegant table only to have kids torpedo through it. Maybe fill the kids table with candy that’s more kid-attractive. Like pixie sticks, gummy worms, blow pops…stuff that attracts kids more than the stuff at your regular table will.
Post # 4
How tall is the table? maybe place things out of a little kid’s reach, lol. I can see your dilemna though, that’s funny! Definitely offer kiddy friendly candies. Maybe in baskets instead of pretty glass jars that go crash and boom?
Post # 5
You could also keep the bar covered then "unveil" it later in the evening (such as with the cake cutting, so then it’s part of "dessert").
I have the same concern, but there’s only going to be 5 or 6 kids at mine, so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that their parents can control them.
Post # 6
Thanks for the ideas! I think I am going to go for a separate "Kids Corner" display table, since I was toying with the idea anyways, with more kid friendly items like gummy coke bottles and maybe even one jar full of small toy favors like plastic bracelets. Honestly, I don’t know if that will entirely solve the problem, but hey, I’ll tell the photographer to go in for the cute picture if the flower girl is passed out on the floor surrounded by the remnants of 10 candy apples…
Post # 7
we have the same issue with 23 kids at our wedding (with their own room and nannies!). for this reason (and the fact that I think many adults will also not be able to resist!) we are actually not putting out our candy buffet until after the cake cutting. our DOC will be placing the already prepared vases on to the cake table, which is nice because it will already be in a central location and we are paying to have two pin-spots on the table, so it won’t go to waste! 🙂 They are also going to make sure that our photographer gets a few nice pics of the spread before ppl attack. Our wedding is on the 13th, so I will let you know how it goes! 🙂
Post # 8
Yes, kids + candy equals trouble. Especially after the sugar buzz kicks in. A smaller table just for them and waiting until after the cake is cut would be what I would do.
Post # 9
In addition to the separate table, I would definitely do a ‘reveal’ of the candy bar…just have it draped with fabric and then sometime during dinner have the staff undrape it and have the DJ and/or Band MC announce that the candy bar is now open for your guests to take home favors.
Post # 10
I would recommend you keep the buffet under wraps until after dinner.
I’m not sure if I like the separate kids station, unless it’s also kept under wraps until after dinner. Of course I’m not sure how much candy you had in mind. But I think it’s best not to offer children things like candy, without their parent’s permission, especially before dinner. Sure parents can tell them no. But why put the extra hassle on the parents? They want to socialize too. Not have to use extra effort to to corale their kids away from a very tempting candy station. Weddings can be difficult on kids and parents. If the parents have to tell the kids no to the candy before dinner, depending on age and kid, they might be in for some fighting or tantrums. Or if the kids eat the candy with or without permission, they might ruin their clothes, make a mess on the floor, ruin their appetite for dinner, get jacked up on sugar -making them maniacs…. And probably embarras their parents.
But having a corner with coloring books and other toys is a nice idea.
Post # 11
Some bees have made little activity bags for the kids, including coloring books and some snacks. Maybe you could give them something like that to tide them over until dinner (not necessarily candy, maybe like goldfish or something)? Then you wouldn’t have to dedicate a whole table, just have a bag for each of them…
I totally agree with revealing the candy bar after/during dinner 🙂
Post # 12
As much as I know it would probably be better to unveil it later, a part of me really wants the candy bar out as decor during the whole reception. So I may chance it and hope for the best.
I think it’s a really good call on non-candy snacks for the kids. I didn’t even think of that but I could have a little ‘buffet’ on the kiddie table with granola bars, goldfish, fruit snacks, etc. Too cute!