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How To Create A Candy Buffet For A Party

Updated on March 9, 2014

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.


Cool Containers

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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    • alocsin profile image


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a delicious idea -- I imagine this would be a big hit a kid's parties as well. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Love the idea of the candy buffet - you could do so much with this, from the quirky to the beautiful! Voted up for a great idea!

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      Nicole S Hanson 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      This hub made my mouth water for candy! I think you have some awesome ideas here! I would love to see a candy buffet at any party!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This is such a fun option for weddings! Thanks for all of the great resources.

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      Janice S 

      6 years ago

      Almost all the weddings that I've been to in the last couple years have had candy buffets. Color-coordinated candies that are artfully arranged in containers with little treat bags or goodie boxes are always well received. Great tips.

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      6 years ago from

      A candy buffet is something everyone loves! I definitely agree with your idea of following a theme. Coordinating shapes and colors of the candy to a particular theme can really add the perfect finishing touch to party décor.

    • jkvkdailey4 profile image


      6 years ago from Minnesota

      YUM! I love the idea of letting the guests fill a small container with candy to take home. And yes, I agree that the kiddos should be limited on their sugar intake :-)

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      6 years ago

      I have never heard of this, this is so cool!

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      Kristi Sharp 

      6 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Absolutely darling and clever ideas! Love it! This hub is fantastic!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)


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