(Closed) Candy buffet + kids = trouble?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think that having a separate, smaller table for the kiddos would be totally appropriate. I mean, you don’t want to spend weeks agonizing over a super elegant table only to have kids torpedo through it. Maybe fill the kids table with candy that’s more kid-attractive. Like pixie sticks, gummy worms, blow pops…stuff that attracts kids more than the stuff at your regular table will.

Post # 4
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

How tall is the table? maybe place things out of a little kid’s reach, lol. I can see your dilemna though, that’s funny! Definitely offer kiddy friendly candies. Maybe in baskets instead of pretty glass jars that go crash and boom?

Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee

You could also keep the bar covered then "unveil" it later in the evening (such as with the cake cutting, so then it’s part of "dessert"). 

I have the same concern, but there’s only going to be 5 or 6 kids at mine, so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that their parents can control them.  

Post # 7
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we have the same issue with 23 kids at our wedding (with their own room and nannies!). for this reason (and the fact that I think many adults will also not be able to resist!) we are actually not putting out our candy buffet until after the cake cutting. our DOC will be placing the already prepared vases on to the cake table, which is nice because it will already be in a central location and we are paying to have two pin-spots on the table, so it won’t go to waste! 🙂 They are also going to make sure that our photographer gets a few nice pics of the spread before ppl attack. Our wedding is on the 13th, so I will let you know how it goes! 🙂

Post # 8
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes, kids + candy equals trouble. Especially after the sugar buzz kicks in. A smaller table just for them and waiting until after the cake is cut would be what I would do.

Post # 9
497 posts
Helper bee

In addition to the separate table, I would definitely do a ‘reveal’ of the candy bar…just have it draped with fabric and then sometime during dinner have the staff undrape it and have the DJ and/or Band MC announce that the candy bar is now open for your guests to take home favors.

Post # 10
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I would recommend you keep the buffet under wraps until after dinner.  

I’m not sure if I like the separate kids station, unless it’s also kept under wraps until after dinner.  Of course I’m not sure how much candy you had in mind.   But I think it’s best not to offer children things like candy, without their parent’s permission, especially before dinner.   Sure parents can tell them no.  But why put the extra hassle on the parents?  They want to socialize too.  Not have to use extra effort to to corale their kids away from a very tempting candy station.  Weddings can be difficult on kids and parents.   If the parents have to tell the kids no to the candy before dinner,  depending on age and kid, they might be in for some fighting or tantrums.  Or if the kids eat the candy with or without permission, they might ruin their clothes, make a mess on the floor, ruin their appetite for dinner, get jacked up on sugar -making them maniacs…. And probably embarras their parents.

But having a corner with coloring books and other toys is a nice idea.


Post # 11
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Some bees have made little activity bags for the kids, including coloring books and some snacks.  Maybe you could give them something like that to tide them over until dinner (not necessarily candy, maybe like goldfish or something)? Then you wouldn’t have to dedicate a whole table, just have a bag for each of them…

I totally agree with revealing the candy bar after/during dinner 🙂

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