(Closed) Candy Buffets

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: Are Candy Buffets Worth the Hassle

    yes

    no

  • Post # 17
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yeah I’m hoping to sell my jars as well… and we are having all different kinds of candy bc they are all of our favorite kinds of candy now and as kids. The last wedding I went to, the candy matched their colors, but their colors were black and red… so all the candy was black licorice and redhotsfireballs… it was not good..lol but another wedding actually had “good” wedding color candies!! so it def can be done. good luck!!

    I couldnt find any jars with wide mouths at my thrift store tho… ;-( But Hobby Lobby AND Michaels has their glasses on sale for 50% off right now! so i snabbed a few.

    Did anybody have someone in charge of “refilling” the jars or did you jsut put it all out at one time?

    Post # 18
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I found apothecary-style jars online for about $50 and paid about $200 for all the candy.  Our DOC has agreed to set it up and be in charge of refilling.  We are having about 175 guests so it works out to alittle more than $1 per person. My colors are black, white, and green and I did it all within those colors.  PM me if you want to talk in more detail. 🙂  

     

     

    Post # 19
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Candy Tables are great, there are companies that can do them for you – Sugar Fix, is inexpensive and really works with you. It’s located in NY.

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee

    I didn’t keep track of cost per person, sorry! We probably spent more than some people plan to on favors, since we had a brief afternoon reception and that was the only food served (other than a LOT of cupcakes).

    We sold our jars to some friends after the wedding for their own candy bar, so that was a nice way to get rid of them and recover some costs. We also sold some of the leftover candy to them!

    We did not stick to one color scheme and I’m glad because I got a lot of compliments on choosing candy for taste, not color! We got all different kinds of candy, which is definitely cheaper, and tied the look together with colored labels. Our wedding was pink and yellow, so the table linens were yellow and all candy jars had a label backed by various patterns of hot pink cardstock. I considered using colored ribbon around the jars, but decided it would take too much effort.

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We’re doing all different colored candies. {though Fiance wanted to break each one down by color.. he’s insane, right now we have at least 15 different kinds of candy, and half of them come in at least 5 colors. Our buffet would be gigantic!} Our colors are aqua and red, and I didn’t want to stick to just those two {besides that, my favorite candy is sour patch kids, and I can’t exclude them!} .. but we also have a Wizard of Oz theme, so the “rainbow” will work just fine. I don’t think multi colored candies will take away from any decor or anything. Just try to make sure the table cloth and table decorations are a more neutral color and you should be fine. I mean really, if someone says to you “your candy buffet is horrible because it’s not your wedding colors” .. they should probably have their jaw jacked anyway 🙂 haha … good luck!

    Post # 22
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I just bought everything for ours yesterday! Found giant glass jars (some with lids even!) at Marshalls for 5-7 dollars each. About $300 worth of candy for our 200+ person wedding.

    One thing I read is that you should overbuy on the candy because having too little makes it look weird. The advice I got is that each candy should look purposeful, so that means having enough of each one, not having too many varieties (we have 9 types), and choosing some sort of color scheme.

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @siimplycraziie: I spent about 3 hours last night breaking down bags of gummy bears by color. Having done it, I wouldn’t recommend it. Not worth the time, or the number of calories you’re bound to consume… I ate every piece that I dropped!

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @Psychgirl: haha I can only imagine! I’ll have to show my Fiance this post so he can see how insane he sounds right now 😉

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We loved our candy buffet! We used almost entirely apothacary jars since the wedding had a vintage theme and we scored nearly all of them from Ross. We also went all out on the candy. So many people do lots of hard candy which I totally get because it’s inexpensive but we wanted our favorites and that meant…chocolate! We completely threw the one color rule out the window (who wants to eat black, white and blue candy??). I think it looked so much better like an authentic candy shop! 

    In addition, we didn’t want everyone going home with 3oz of candy, the candy was going to be their only favor so we wanted each guest to be able to take home as much as they wanted. We got 1.5lb tin tie bags and I DIYed custom labels for them. We then scoured the internet and, surprisingly, the 99 cents store for the cheapest, most tasty candy around. In the end, we had…

    1. Fun sized Snickers

    2. Fun sized Crunch

    3. Fun sized Butterfinger

    4. Fun sized 3 Musketeers 

    5. Fun sized Baby Ruth

    6. Fun sized Twix

    7. Peanut M&M’s

    8. Plain M&M’s

    9. Cherry Gummy Hearts

    10. Gummy Bears

    11. Jelly Beans

    12. Peppermint Kisses

    13. Fun sized Peppermint Patties

    14. Starbursts

    15. Juju drops

    16. Chocolate Roses

    Since this was the only favor we did, and the only desert besdies the cake, all in all we spent about 750-850 on the jars, tongs, scoops, signs, decorations and candy for 120 people. The big thing for us was having enough candy, candy buffets can look pretty sad if the jars aren’t full (and we had some BIG JARS) so we ended up getting between 10-20lbs of each type of candy. We fully expected to have TONS left over but came back home with literally one bag of gummy hearts! It was insane, our guests loved the candy buffet and went home with sacks absolutely stuffed with goodies. The kids went home with 2-3 bags each lol. 

     

    Sorry for the giant photos! 

    ETA: We had a good amount of kids and they were perfect all night. We put them at their own table, NOT with their parents and gave them tons of stuff to do. They had toys, bubbles, books, coloring books, art projects, crayons and an iPad to play on. They had a great time and really tore up the dance floor lol. 

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    definately worth it, i went to a wedding three weeks ago and their was a candy buffet, the kids were so well behaved all night long. 

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