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Simply Stated: Candy Buffets

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I’m working on a Candyland party design right now, so I’ve been up to my eyeballs in candy lately…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, right? :-)

Anyways, one of the focal points of the party will be a candy buffet, so I thought it would be fun to discuss this increasingly popular party trend over at Simply Stated today.  Click here to check it out…and if you have any tips or advice to add, please share!

{bottom left photo courtesy of Lyndsey Hamilton Events and Artfool}

By |2016-12-25T09:46:14+00:00July 30th, 2008|In the Spotlight|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Tracey July 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Wow- the colors of the candy are fabulous! I am on a sugar high just looking at it- you must have a really hard job, just trying to stay away from temptation!!

  2. amy July 30, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Sigh. I think we know how I feel about candy themes.

    I’m hoping to throw a mojito theme party next. Or, as I call it, “Tuesday.”

  3. Emily July 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I just did a candy buffet for my wedding and it was a hit! My colors were pink and green. Instead of trying to limit myself to candy in pink and green colors, I went all out so that I could have a variety. Sometimes the more vibrant, the better, or at least thats what I think. I did a few months worth of research to find the best prices and found that Metro Candy (.com) was one of the best. They have a huge variety and you can buy in bulk if thats what you’re looking for. Ring pops, giant lollipops/unicorn horns, and candy necklaces were a favorite amongst the younger kids, while the adults really seemed to love the rock candy, peanut m&ms, and 39 flavors of jelly beans.

    I also had a lot of people comment to me on the random glass jars and how much they loved them. I chose many varieties of apothecary jars, fish bowls, candy dishes, vases, etc. No two jars were alike.

    Since this was the favor and people would be taking it home, I made sure to have an appropriate type of container for people to put the candy in. We used colorful chinese takeout boxes and they worked perfectly!

    Hope that helps in some way!

  4. [email protected] July 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Love it!

  5. Melissa July 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see what you come up with Jenn!

  6. Tiffany July 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    One of my cousins had a candy bar at her wedding as a favor. I thought it was a wonderful idea, especially because most wedding favors are cheesy and get thrown away anyway…but candy! we were thrilled! they only had candy that matched their wedding colors and a few that were traditional greek treats.

  7. Cassie July 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I love the candy buffets, especially in the different sizes and shapes of jars!

  8. Jen July 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I found out about these on a wedding website and did it at my 21st. Everyone loved it and still talk about it now months on!

    if you can do it – try it. its great!!

  9. Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride July 31, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    We just did this at our wedding in May and it was such a hit. We did all pink and white and found some really old timey candy that made it feel like an old candy shop, but it was displayed so elegantly with gorgeous little scoops that it looked more beautiful than the flowers!

  10. Kim O. August 1, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Love this, Jenn! What a great idea!:-)

  11. ericka August 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    This is ridiculously…may I say…”sweet”. I love it..it’s so playful, and colorful…like a kid in a candy store!

  12. Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors October 20, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I love Candy Buffets. Erin mentioned “it looked more beautiful than the flowers” and with that in mind I have seen tall vases and containers filled with candies used as table centers and it looked fabulous. An empty container for the guests to fill was placed at each guests place setting and they were encouraged to fill them from the table centers. This also did double duty as a conversation starter as people started “sneaking” over to other tables to scoop from their table centers and would get caught. Other guests were very bold about their hunt for the perfect favor filler. Either way you saw people mixing and chatting and laughing. All in all a deliciosly great idea, no matter how you do it.

  13. Cindia Chapman March 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    My future daughter-in-law and I are planning the candy buffet for her September 19, 2009 wedding. We have seen pics online of candy dishes that were fairly large that spell out the word L O V E. Each dish was separate and I believe was made of ceramic. It really set off the mood of the wedding having LOVE candy dishes filled with brown, orange and yellow M&Ms. Any idea where we could find these dishes? You may email me at [email protected], as well. Thanks so much and God Bless! Cindia

  14. Diana April 6, 2009 at 5:41 am

    I want to have a candy buffet at my wedding but i’m having trouble finding containers for the candy. HELP! Any ideas thanks

  15. Ronda April 8, 2009 at 9:12 am

    try finding glass containers at your local goodwill store. They usually have some at a very low price!

  16. Cindy May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    There are some nice containers are Michael’s or Joann Fabrics also in Sundays paper there are 50% off coupons so you could buy a nice jar for $10.00.

  17. Natalie June 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Hobby Lobby & Michaels have some great jars that can be used for candy. I ordered some of mine from http://www.save-on-crafts.com

  18. Liz June 30, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Great blog. Check out these Martha Stewart, conversation hearts. You could add them to your candy buffet but I think they only come in the one color, mint green.

  19. Cathy July 24, 2009 at 8:18 am

    My daughter is planning a candy buffet at her Nov.7 wedding. we hope to get the left over halloween candy. she doesnt want this to be her favor she wants it eaten all day. any comments.

  20. Candy Buffet Candy March 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I love candy buffets! They’re seriously my favorite thing to hit the wedding industry. How perfect of an idea to incorporate your theme into your guest favors. Your guest get to customize their own party favor and take a piece of your event back home with them.

  21. Janine April 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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    We do weddings
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