Post # 1
Has anyone had a candy bar/buffet, or is anyone planning one? I would love to see pictures and hear your ideas!
I went to a friend’s wedding just over 2 years ago and it was a big hit. Ever since I got engaged I knew I would have a candy bar since I am a huge candy fiend!
I’ve been buying apocrathy jars from Michaels any time I get a 40 or 50% of coupon and slowly building up material, but it still looks very sparse! Does anyone have any ideas to make it neater looking? should i buy more of the same jars to make it even? or make it more ecclectic?
I still have to buy little paper baggies, and I will be making a sign or using a photoframe to put next to it for sure, but not sure if i should get more apocrathy jars, or something else.
My table cloth will be a champagne colour from the venue (the silver one in the picture is from christmas, i just wanted to cover my brown coffee table), and i’m planning on spray painting the “love” plates either champagne, gold, or white, and then finishing it with some sort of sealant to avoid getting paint chips in the candy lol. The candy will likely be different shades of pink, purple and cream. Also, I didn’t want to waste a bunch of money on a bunch of jars, so i am presently using the jars as decor (and will use them again after the wedding) to keep things in, like cotton balls displayed on my makeup vanity (I will definietly empty and wash them with hot soapy water before filling them with candy)!
Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
Forgot to add that we had both plates [for eating candes at the reception] and take home boxes for home.
Post # 4
jenilynevette: love it! Plates are a great idea, I didn’t think of that. That way guests don’t feel like they have to save their candy for later. I ordered large gold envelope seals for guests to put on the paper bags so they can carry the bags home the candy spilling out, but plates would encourage them to eat the candy both at the reception and to take home.
Post # 5
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
I know that sometimes the dollar stores carry glass vase type jars that might work! It’s definitely worth a looksee.
Post # 7
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
it looks great. i would just add a few table decorations like flowers or ribbon or whatever.
Post # 9
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
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
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.
Post # 12
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
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:
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
WOW! Thank you so much for all the construtive comments!
Agreed with the comments about Michaels being over-priced, even with the coupon, each jar has been about $20, that’s why we’re spacing it out, so it doesn’t hurt so bad! The love dishes weren’t so bad, i found them online for like $40, but I got them for $8 from Michaels with a 50% off coupon, only trick is finding a safe way to spray paint them.
As for all your brilliant suggestions, I live in Canada, so unfortunately I can’t do a lot of the things online. I’ve checked out the dollar store before, but maybe now that I have a few jars, I’ll have a better idea of some smaller dishes I can get to fill in the spaces.
Love the idea of the votives and jewels, etc. I’m just scared that some of our younger guests might burn themselves? I’ll have to try a thrift store. I think I saw some at home Sense / winners before, but I think they were more costly than Michaels!
This is one of the sources I’m using for inspiration, and it’s a great resource for information, so maybe it will help someone! only problem is, it shows how EXPENSIVE these things can really be! I can’t beleive that costed $1700. i’m definetly hoping for under $500.. we shall see!
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