How To Create A Candy Buffet For A Party
What's a Dessert Buffet?
So, have you heard about the latest trend at parties? Dessert just got less formal. Go for a candy buffet instead. Here’s how you do it. You set up a table with candies and chocolates on it in open decorative containers for guests to sidle up to and help themselves.
You give a clever container such as a silk pouch, clear cellophane decorated with a logo, or a Chinese take-out box for them to cart their candy home.
Go With a Theme
One reason why the candy buffet is such a hit is because you don’t have to spend time making individual party favors. And guests get a choice. They get to get up and mingle while they satiate their sweet tooth.
Your candy should have some sort of theme to it. Maybe you go retro and have all old time favorites. Or maybe you go modern and have the very latest candies to hit the market. Or if your party has a theme, like for baby shower favors, go with all yellow duck marshmallow and bunny shaped candies. It’s up to you. There’s a candy for just about every holiday and season, so you’ll never be at a loss.
Buy in Bulk
The selecting of the candy is the really fun part. Decide to have at least four or five types of candy. It gives more of a choice than one or two. Then go to a warehouse store such as Costco or Sam’s Club and buy bulk candy. You’ll save so much more than if you tried to buy it in a regular store. Or see if there’s a Job Lot or other discount store where you can score some big bags.
You’ll need containers that show off the candy. These can be old jars, apothecary type or Mason. Or do fish bowls or even glass vessels you find at Goodwill. Go with all milk glass or all different colored glass. It doesn’t matter what you put it in. You can even use plastic pumpkins at a Halloween party. It should be accessible to the guests, however. If they’re hard to get the candy out of, the fun fizzles.
Guest Access to Candy
No one wants a double dipper, so make sure you have lots of tongs and scoops. No one should be reaching in with bare hands if the candies are unwrapped.
Make sure guests know they can visit the candy buffet as many times as they like all during the event. Leave it open the whole time and guests can breeze by or you can choose just to have it open at dessert time. If you have kids and you want to limit how much candy they’re eating, save the opening of the buffet until after the meal is eaten.
Send it Home
Let everyone take home oodles of candy at the end of the party. This is the really fun part of the night. Don’t be shy about inviting everyone to load up. What are you going to do with 20 pounds of hard candy at home? Pack them into your fun containers and send them home with a sugar-high!
Sit Back & Enjoy
The candy buffet is enjoying real popularity because it’s easy, delicious, and festive. Add color, variety, and whimsy with how you display your candies and also which candies you choose to include as your candy gifts. Everyone will remember how much fun your candy buffet was and want to try one themselves.
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