(Closed) Advice /Tips for a DIY Candy Buffett — ??

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our candy was put into the jars on the wedding day. We had a coordinator take care of it, but I also had given two friends the job of monitoring it just in case. I opened all the candy on Friday night (Sunday wedding) and put it into large ziplocks, just so they’d have somewhere to put the leftovers (plus easier to open).

I had laid out the table in advance as well and took pictures for our coordinator. She then took what I did and laid it out on the table there, which was definitely larger, but she made it look fabulous. I recommend toying with ideas before, and just sitting the big bags of candy in the jars.

Our wedding was a Sunday wedding at 4PM, candy bar opened around 6PM. We had a 3 tiered wedding cake, which had TONS leftover. Darling Husband wanted a larger cake, so we just went with it. He ate a lot of the leftovers, as the cake was so yummy.

Here was a post I wrote about it as well a few weeks ago:

We have 8 jars (2 were flatter jars, 1 is hidden) and 2 lollipop trees (which I made).

I had just under 100 guests, and made around 150 lollipops and I think about 40-50lbs of candy. In the end, I had enough to fill about 15 boxes I believe, but no one really touched the peanuts. I only had I think 5 seahorse lollipops leftover as well!

Our candy buffet was open all night and the DJ announced it. It was a huge hit, and with our guest number, I was estimating about 1/2lb of candy per person, but it was probably more towards 1/4 or 1/3lb. It really just depended on how full people filled the pint size take out containers.

Figure out what type of container you want your guests to have. That will also help determine the amount they need.

I originally thought the nuts would go over well, considering the older crowd. People wanted those gummy sharks more than anything! I still hear comments about them – they were a huge hit! The jawbreakers, not so much, but my DH’s coworker liked them so I sent the leftovers to his work.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

No idea – I wasn’t there for it. But honestly, it couldn’t have taken more than 20-30 minutes to setup. I had it all laid out with pictures for them. They had to put a tablecloth on a table and follow the diagram. All the little signs were pre-made, so they just had to put it on the table and fill the jars.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did!

The sign (Totally copied our theme from another Bee – wish I could remember who! But all of the candy jars were named after a classic love song with the candy in the title)

A side view

Chocolate covered almonds

M & M’s (I suggest just doing the regular ones – the personalized ones are very expensive)

Lollipops

Look at the very top of the above picture and you can see the cellophane bags we set out for everyone to collect the candy in. They had our last initial and the date printed on them in chocolate brown ink.

My tips:

  • Wrap the jars with double faced satin ribbon in your wedding colors. I just used double-stick tape – all of it stayed!
  • Find a creative way to name/label your candy (copied ours from another Bee, who included the names of classic love songs: “I love you for sentimintal reasons” on the wrapped mints, for example). I will look for the link to her recap, because I definitely can’t claim that as my own.
  • Remember to get scoops! We purchased ours from theKnot, then just tied cute ribbon around the handles. They’re really cheap and look nice.
  • Buy smaller bags – you want the guests to get a sampling, not shoveling 1/3rd of the M&M’s into the bag!
  • I’m trying to remember all of the candy we had. I know we did Licorice, M&M’s, lollipops, suckers, chocolate covered almonds, salt water taffy, Runts, jelly beans, mints, and peppermint patties.
  • Buy the candy in bulk (so much cheaper!). We bought most of ours from Costco.

This was a HUGE hit at the wedding. As soon as the candy buffet opened (about 2 hours from the start of the reception), it was slammed with guests, and most of the candy was completely gone! Ours served ~200 people, and we did have some left over, but not much!

Also, we attended two weddings after ours that did very similar candy buffets. I know my cousin’s was copied off of ours (she told me :), and the other buffet was very similar.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Giving credit where it is due! The candy naming idea was pulled from Mrs. Shortcake

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Thanks @MissEdamame,  your post was really helpful!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I went with LadyDye and she rocked!

Also put two small flowers at the front of the table.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

If you’re going to have a candy bar make sure your guests know its there! lol I’ve missed out on candy bars because no one said anything. I like candy. ;(

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

MissCallieJean: I agree. I had a layout drawing of the reception informing people of the candy buffet and the photobooth.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@snoie: sounds like it was great! I’d love to see a photo of the lollipops you made!

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