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Candy buffets at wedding receptions

Colored candy creates cute and tasty décor

Many wedding receptions offer tasty treats as favors for their guests.

These festive and fun displays are delightful additions to South Sound wedding receptions. Most of us enjoy eating a piece of candy or two.

Treat your guests to a self-serve candy buffet. Large, clear jars full of candy make beautiful decorations and double as clever favors.You can offer random candy as treats in jars, or use colors following your theme, or names of candy, or use old-time candy (decades theme) as your guide.

  • A variety of flavors of cheesecakes or pies.
  • Cupcakes with frosting to match the wedding colors.
  • A candy buffet: candies are displayed in beautiful glass jars and guests pick up a small bag or dish and fill it with the candies of their choice.
  • An ice cream sundae bar: several flavors of ice cream, a selection of fruit toppings, fresh bananas and other fruits, some hot chocolate sauce, marshmallows, nuts and whipping cream.

There are many creative ways that candy can be displayed. You can display candy by color -- to follow your wedding colors. By name-- to fit your  theme. Or offer candy through the ages to appeal to grandparents and the flower girl. Candy makers are bringing back favorite candies and gums from the good old days.

For crafty brides, it's fun to hand-make colorful signs (with the help of your computer) explaining the candy or outlining the theme.

Be sure to include a paper container or tin to scoop up candies and guests may take it home with them.

How do put it together? Ask your caterer or venue if they make candy buffets. Candy stores have large, clear candy containers and will often loan you the containers, sell the candy for less than you could buy it for at the big-box stores (they get wholesale prices), and will set it up for you. So before you try to do-it-yourself, ask your caterer and local candy store, what's involved in setting up a candy buffet. After all, you probably don't need another task that could take several hours to accomplish -- and end up costing you more than if you paid a professional.

 

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Published on March 18, 2016.

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