I was first introduced to the “Candy Bar” or “Candy Buffet” while planning my own wedding. It seemed like such a fun and cute way to incorporate our wedding colours, and it gave guests something to do while they waited for us to get our photos taken. Since it was a late addition to the wedding, we didn’t have very much time to source candy, and thus shelled out quite a lot of money at the Sweet Factory. There are more affordable ways to track down candy for your event, though. Bulk sections in grocery stores usually have everything from jelly beans to m&ms, and buying candy after holidays ( think Valentines & Easter) will always get you a good deal!
Doing the candy buffet was so much fun that our jar selection grew from 5 jars to 13! The more jars I bought, the more candy I needed to fill them! I also wanted to dress up the scoops a bit, so I wrapped the handle in ribbon and used a few feathers as a fun accent. The matching cello bags were purchased on ebay, and then adorned with a custom sticker bought from etsy.com. The great thing about candy buffets is that they are so versatile. For a more laid back, old fashioned feel, why not try wooden scoops with small kraft lunch bags accented with a monogram. I’ve also seen small sand shovels used as scoops, and small pails to hold the candy for a kids function. Candy buffets are a great alternative to goody bags at a birthday, or cake/desserts at a shower. The options are many, and only limited to your imagination!