(Closed) Candy Bar/Buffet!

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
Hostess
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yeah we had one. It was a really big hit but my assistance on the day forgot to open the packages of marshmallows & pretzels & things and lay them nicely in the tray. Opps!

We had an 8 foot table to fill so we had ALOT of candy.

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Post # 3
Hostess
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Forgot to add that we had both plates [for eating candes at the reception] and take home boxes for home.

Post # 5
Member
9528 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

That looks so cute! I love the colors you have planned! Michael’s is kinda pricey even with the coupon, it might be cheapier to go to a used wedding goods website and buy used jars. Not sure though.

Post # 6
Member
1189 posts
Bumble bee

I know that sometimes the dollar stores carry glass vase type jars that might work! It’s definitely worth a looksee. 

Post # 7
Member
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Throw a few candle votives and rose petals or crystals on the table to give it a little ambiance.  It will look different when there is candy in there, promise! Oh and maybe vary the heights a little bit and put risers on the table under the table cloth?

I got my apothecary jars off of Craigslist and from thrift stores.  Used wedding decor is cheap. Give it a shot!

Post # 8
Member
1393 posts
Bumble bee

it looks great. i would just add a few table decorations like flowers or ribbon or whatever.

Post # 9
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4245 posts
Honey bee

I’ll be completely honest here, candy bars are something that look great in pictures but can be hard to replicate in real life. I’ve seen many candy bars that were just not great looking in real life…too sparse, not enough candy and variety and kind of underwhelming. Like when you try to copy a Pinterest craft and it just ends up kind of blah.

That being said, I think yours is off to a great start! The thing with candy bars is you need various heights of jars, but also not too many different heights/styles. You need a focal point. You could also do something to raise up some jars (like, stack some books under the tablecloth) so they’re sitting at different heights. Also, I would be sure to use a table that’s not too big…you don’t want it too small either, but it won’t look good if the jars are sitting on a giant table. Could you also get another one of those jars that you currently have cottonballs with, and possible a tall jar (even a big vase from the dollar store!). I think that would really balance out your candy bar.

I think you’re definitely on the right track! I’m thinking of doing a candy bar too, so I’ve thought about this stuff a lot 😛

Post # 10
Member
4036 posts
Honey bee

From my daughter’s wedding – this set-up was for 95 guests. The wedding colors were black and gold. Normally, there wouldn’t be a centerpiece, but we had fewer guests/one less table, than we expected. This was professionally done and provided by the same company who did the chair covers. They gave us a discount on the candy bar, since we had already contracted for the covers. I’d guess that 1/4+ of the candy was left, at the end of the evening; primarily the gummy hearts, skittles, and Twizzlers, that didn’t fit into the little boxes. (Only 6 guests were under age 21).

Post # 11
Member
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unfortunately, i don’t have many pics of our candy bar, but it was definitely a hit! 

Be sure to check out garage sales/thrift stores for jars and vases and candy dishes of all shapes and sizes. Don’t go too nuts buying over-priced jars because the cost of the candy itself really adds up quickly. I found the apothecary jars at Michael’s to be very pricey, compared to some gorgeous jars I found for 50 cents at a local flea market.  

I would also suggest looking for discounted candy sales after holidays. And remember, jordan almonds and rock candy might look pretty with your color scheme, but at the end of the day i think most people prefer a snickers.

good luck!

Post # 12
Member
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I forgot to mention, it’s totally do-able to create goody bags to turn this into your favors.  we bought a few packages of cellophane bags from Michael’s and then ordered fancy personalized stickers from Vista Print to stick onto the bags.  They were super cute.

Post # 13
Member
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Local Resort

I highly recommend hitting the goodwill and savers thrift stores!!  I’m a glass container junkie and you can find SO many different forms and shapes for vases in there.  There are shelves upon shelves of glassware.

Also for the candy Dollar Tree carries bulk by us, and name brand.  It’s a great idea to mix in shape and color.  Also think about using old cake platters etc.. and you can get all that glass 2nd hand!

I also use this website for wholesale bulk containers they have gorgeous stuff:

http://www.bagsandbowsonline.com

 

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Post # 14
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223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had a candy bar and it went pretty well.  Our ONE regret was that we did not have the photographer take a picture of it!  We even asked our guests if anyone took any pictures of it and nothing……….We also had a ton of candy left over which we divided between our friends and family the next day.

We also had a custom banner made along the lines of “Mrs & Mrs JM’s Candy Shoppe” and it was so cute and around $10 from Vistaprint.

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