(Closed) Candy Buffet anyone?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ok it is expensive, you need dishes and scoops and tongs, and of course candy… haha

We are doing one. The best thing I can say is go after the holidays, like halloween and stock up. It’s cheap and on clearance especially since you don’t care about colors.

We are having a huge one with about 28 dishes.

All of our candy is red, black and white. We have twizzlers, hershey kisses, m&m’s, chocolate covered raisens, dried cranberries, junior mints, lindt truffles, milano cookies, tic tacs, fireballs, swedish fish, chocolate covered pretzals, hershey bars, kit kats, mounds, chocolate covered cherries,

We bought all our dishes at michaels, and garage sales, I haven’t updated my spending on those but probably around $75. Got tongs and scoops at walmart for about $10 total

We bought the kisses, and m&m’s after v-day and spent about $40 but I got like 10-15 bags of each.

All of the other candy we budgeted about $400 for, but FI’s mom last minute said she would buy everything and we have no clue what the total was, she bought more than we would have and that’s why we wound up having to get more dishes.

I say if you buy candy on clearance I would budget about $500 for the whole thing.

Are you doing other favors? This is our favor. We are having like 110 people.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

hold on, I posted about mine some time ago, let me see if I can find it

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

thread is here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/im-married-6  but here is the long story short (uh not so short); THIS WAS FOR ABOUT 130 PEOPLE and we only had a few pounds left over at the end; So you’d need to go a bit more

ok in regards to the candy buffet – all I really did was go to BJs the day before the wedding and grab and run lol.; Saw something, thought itd be good, grabbed it.; I had about 130 adults, 15 kids, and left with minimal candy; I did put glassine bags on the buffet, and people were walking around all evening with them; I did buy some specialty candy from Dylans candy bar (rock candy and siwrly lollipops and those stick candy like peppermint sticks…things that are hard to find) I have my BJs receipt in front of me, here is what I bought: (total: $166.05)

WHEN I SAY BAG HERE, IT IS A BULK BAG FROM BJs.  USUALLY ABOUT 5lbs

1 bag of Starbursts

1 bag of those caramel cremes

2 bags of mini resses PB cups

1 box of peppermint patties

1 bag of tootsie roll midgees

2 bags of skittles

3 bags of hershey kisses

1 bag of peanut m&ms

1 box of Nerds Ropes (HUGE hit)

1 container of Twizzlers

1 container of Crystal Light Sugar Free candies

2 bags of red Swedish Fish

1 box of 100 blow pops

1 container of peppermint puffs

At Dylans candy bar I bought (total, about $88.00)

20 Rock Candy sticks in various flavors

2 bags of cotton candy

20 stick candies

5 giant swirly lollipops

Had gifted to me

5lbs of white plain m&ms (unless youre going for monotone, go regular; Those suckers were EXPENSIVE!  5lbs was about $78)

several bags of Buckeyes Candies (chocolate PB – an Ohio State Thing)

My venue provided the containers (score!) but found many of them at Michaels, Pier 1, ebay, and online.

They also assembled the buffet – but my hints are to keep one type of candy per jar so its not overwhelming to look at; scatter candy around the bases of the containers (so people arent afraid to touch it); use varying heights of jars AND the tablescape – they stacked something under the tablecloth to make sections of teh actual table higher and it looked incredible; dont overanalyze.  I didnt even think about it.  Just walked into BJs, grabbed, and left in about 15 minutes flat.  There is such a selection its easy.  I did read somewhere to be sure you have 8-10 different types of candies, and about 8-10lbs of each.  I went over that, but we used it for favors as well as during the reception so we wanted to be sure we had plenty.

Oh – and to display the blowpops, I bought a large styrofoam cone from Michaels, painted it navy with Crayola Paint, and stuck the lollipops in there.  We made a circle of them at the base so it wouldnt tip, then spaced them along the top and topped it with a giant swirly sucker.  That is 100 blow pops in that cone!

 

 

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Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

note that my venue already had all of the jars and scoops.  But you can find them cheap at Michaels, Pottery Barn, IKEA, Dollar store, etc.  so mine was pretty cheap (I bought the glassine bags off ebay.  1000 of them for $24)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My friend had about 150 people at her wedding and she spent like $300 on her buffet, although so much money was spent, the buffet wasn’t that big & didn’t have much of a selection. What killed her was the vases, they were super cute though!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@kelly v do you have more pictures?

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Br1tSh1n1ngStar – I do.  That one was by a friend, the photog took some, but they are on a copyrighted site.  gimme a few to gather them up and Ill resize and post (gotta run to a lunch meeting quick!)  You should see the after photo…it was ravaged

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

o ok cool, ya I asked my venue about how to pack up leftovers, like should I provide them with bags and they just looked at me like I was freaking crazy. Than she told me that every candy buffet she’s ever seen has been completly eaten… I really can’t picture adults eating that much candy but I guess it’s gonna happen. Def gotta sneak some for ourselves to take on the plane!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

haha ours had about 6-7 lbs of scraggles left over.  If you open it during the reception and provide the cello or glassine bags, people will eat it during the reception and take it to go.  It was a huge hit, and it was mostly adults that did the damage!  Ok Darling Husband and I totally raided the Reeses PB Cups, but still 😉  Id buy a stack of chinese takeout containers or cheap plastic tubes to pack up the remaining.  Dont put those out till the very end though, once you see how much exactly is left.  you wont need many of those

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

For 150 people (with LOADs of leftovers) we spent about$175 on cancy and I thrifted all the bowls and jars and borrowed from friends and family.  It didn’t cost us total more than $300 (including the take out boxes, decor, candy and holders) (ps the gross black tongs were added by our reception venue–not a part of the original plan!)

But I didn’t do color coordinated candy which made things much cheaper!

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Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Awww lattelove! Your buffet was SO colorful! I love it!

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