(Closed) DIY candy buffet?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Of course you can do it yourself. I bought almost all the candy from ACandyStore.com who had flat rate shipping (which made it pretty easy). You can gather your own containers/vases/bowls, get tongs and scoops pretty easily, and get some kind of bags for people to use. You can print out your own signs/tags as well.

You can shop after Holiday sales too for some candy deals, and as long as you keep everything stored in a cool place, it will last for a long time.

Post # 4
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Look for jars at Home Goods, TJMaxx, or Marshalls for great prices on large jars. I’ve seen them for $5.00-10.00 each.

Post # 6
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can def do it cheaper than that.  There are lots of bulk candy stores online and I am just repurposing crystal and glass bowls/vases from family members.  I’m making labels with my Cricut.  The only cost is the candy, which should be less than $100 for 100 guests. 🙂

Post # 7
5778 posts
Bee Keeper


I got my scoops from here and tried to follow the guidelines for how much to buy. It was also a good idea to do a dry run to make sure the candy filled the containers or to see how much more I needed to buy. I think we spent somewhere around $300. for the candy and everything needed for 120 guests. I have an old list on here somewhere,so I’ll see if I can find it. Busy doing turkey prep stuff,so when I take another break I’ll post back.

Post # 8
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m doing a diy desert bar… a candy bar would be soo much easier (no baking involved!), I have been slowly picking up containers from thrift stores and have gotten some great deals! 

Post # 11
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We did a diy candy bar. It was a small wedding so I guess it was easier.

We bought our jars from thrift stores, our scoops from the dollar store and our candy from bulk barn!

We didnt go with a colour scheme or anything. We just picked our favorite candy. This is the only pic I have of part of it with me right now. EVERYONE kept talking about how awesome it was afterwards haha 

Post # 12
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

@brittgrace13: Hi Britt, you can definitely save money doing it yourself.  A lot of the brides who buy their candy from us just go to TJ Maxx and buy a bunch of cheap (but nice!) vases, maybe buy some ribbon and labels if you want to classy it up a bit. 

It’s really not that difficult to put together a nice looking candy buffet on your own.  Of course, there are some amazing candy buffet specialists out there these days.  If you can’t fit them in the budget, though, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. 
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Post # 13
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL

we bought 10 different kinds of candy for 180 ppl for about 150 bucks at SAMS club. the containers we borrowed or bought at walmart for under 5 bucks each…

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