Post # 1
We are planning on having a dessert buffet at our wedding but I am concerned about how to execute the whole thing. It seems strange to me to have food sitting out for such a long period of time untouched, but I do want it to be on display during the reception. We also would prefer that the buffet be the guests favor rather than part of dessert (we will be providing boxes for them to use) but I’m not sure how to get that point across.
Can anyone share their dessert buffet stories?
Post # 3
I went to to a wedding a few months ago that had a candy/dessert buffet as the favor. They had a typical candy buffet set up as well as cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pitzels, and canollis.
There was a small note card at each of our places that read:
“Step right up to the Treat Buffet
It’s a sweet addition to a wonderful day.
These sweets we are offering you
on this beautiful day, when we say “I DO”;
Use the scoop, choose what you like,
leave some for others
As you enjoy all of your treats
Love is Sweet!”
It was a HUGE hit… people went up all through the night and the venue manager restocked items as needed.
I think anything edible is much more practical than favors like small picture frames or candles… everyone loves to eat!
Post # 4
We are doing a candy buffet as well!
I purchased small cupcake boxes (http://www.usbox.com) in the kraft color for our wedding cupcakes – I decorated them by wrapping ribbons (in our colors) around the box and securing them w/ stickers I hade made through http://www.etsy.com that read “Love Sweet Love” and our names. All the cupcakes will be on one table, already prepackaged, and tiered like a cake (Martha Stewart was my inspiration from a magazine last year)
I also purchased 15 glass jars w/ screw on lids in various sizes through the Christmas Tree Shops (don’t know if you have one around you but they are fabulous). At Marshalls, I purchased one large Apocracy jar to go in the middle of table. I am lucky enough to have a family member who works at a company that sells bulk candy – I purchased gummies, M&Ms, starburst, pixie sticks, Fun Dip, and other candies to fill the jars – 8 different kinds total. The extra candy will be hidden under the table and the venue staff will refill the jars as they get low.
For the tags, I purchased scrapbook paper @ Michaels or AC Moore – they had a “Sweet Shoppe” bundle that had whimsical paper that was sparkly and colorful. I made tags out of those that listed each candie name – they will be tied around the jars of candy. I accented the tags w/ scrapbooking stickers.
At Michael’s, for $3 (maybe?) they have packages of 50 clear treat bags that will hold a decent amount of candy. I took some scarpbooking paper and used glue dots to attach our Monogram on the bags to dress them up.- spent less than $20!
In a picture frame I will be putting something on the table inviting guests to take the candies. Mine will be set up all night.
I know this was long but I hope you get some ideas! I have a job that allowed me to work on all of this during work hours, so I was lucky! I wish I had pictures but I won’t until after the wedding!
Post # 5
We are doing a dessert buffet but it will be served as dessert. We will include the wedding cake on our buffet and guests will have the option of cookies, brownies or wedding cake or a little bit of each. I haven’t considered to go bags but maybe we will add some in case there are left overs.
Will you serve dessert in addition to the take home buffet? Are you also having cake? Will there be children present? I think it will be hard to have the desserts sitting out and off limits if you will have children – that’S torture. Also, leaving them out from the beginnning could make the desserts taste a bit stale. We will only put out the dessert buffet after dinner is completely over and cleaned up – more of a snack while dancing.