Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wedding Candy Buffet Ideas

Wedding candy buffets are a great way to bring smiles on the faces of wedding guests. A table loaded with oodles of assorted candies to pick from, adds to the appeal of the reception. This article dwells on the different candy buffet ideas...

Are you looking for an innovative touch at your wedding reception? Do you want your wedding reception to be unique? Then a candy buffet is what you should add to your nuptial party. A wedding candy buffet is nothing but a table full of candies waiting to be relished by guests at the wedding. Candies are placed in containers or baskets with
scoops to scoop them out. Wedding guests are invited to take as many candies as they want from the table. The self-serve candy buffet is amongst the latest trends in weddings today! They not only add fun and color to the wedding reception, but also take the bride and groom back to their childhood days. Candy buffets bring a smile on everybody's face, irrespective of age, and add that extra touch of excitement to the wedding. An elaborate display of scrumptious sweets is sure to cause a lot of mouth-watering moments at your wedding!

Candy Buffet Ideas for Weddings

While choosing candies for the candy buffet, one should consider the wedding theme, colors, and one's favorite candies.
Wedding candy buffets inspired by the wedding theme appear very attractive at the wedding reception. Candy buffets with coordinated colors appear far better than the random-colored ones. Now let's not forget about the table centerpiece. The whole candy buffet is to be arranged around the centerpiece, so it's definitely an important aspect of the candy buffet. You can place anything large and attractive, such as vases filled with fragrant flowers, lamp shade, etc. Depending on the wedding theme, one can select the candy buffet idea. Let's have a look at some candy buffet ideas for some common themes. 

Romantic Theme
 Red and white candies go great with love and romantic wedding themes. You can purchase heart-shaped red and white candies, candy canes or red and white jelly beans to go with your theme. The same kind of candy will also be suitable for heart, love and red wedding themes. Candy buffet doesn't mean you can place only candy on the table. You can also place lovely heart-shaped wedding cookies in between the candy to add to the charm of the candy buffet. This will give a little variety and will also keep your theme intact. For the centerpiece you can place a large vase filled with fresh red and cream-colored roses. You can also place some red lollipops in between the flowers. If you manage to find some heart-shaped pillows, place them in between the containers to make the buffet even more attractive and appealing.
 Candy station by (Culinary Treats)

 You can incorporate all the lovely colors of fall into the candy buffet. Fall gummy bears are great for fall wedding themes. You can also buy orange, yellow and green colored candies and place them on the table. Your centerpiece can comprise a vase filled with lots of fall leaves. You can also scatter some leaves on the table to have a more natural fall appeal. However, if you have an outdoor setting, then the leaves can fly off and cause a mess. So depending on your setting, adjust the arrangement. Moreover, if you happen to find maple leaf candle holders, buy them. Placing small electric candles in these holders and then positioning them on the table will add a definite glow to the whole setting. You can also keep a large lamp shade with maple leaf designs on them as the centerpiece.

Fall Theme
If you've chosen Christmas as your wedding theme, then red, white and green are your candy buffet colors. There are scores of options for you to choose from. Right from red candy canes, Christmas jelly candies, snowflake candies, red lollipops, etc. there are just oodles of options to choose from! For variety you can also place some lovely gingerbread cookies on the table. To accentuate the theme, you can hang a few stockings, wreaths and candy canes above, on or around the table! You could even place Santa soft toys here and there on the table. For the centerpiece, you can have a large gingerbread house, large Santa soft toy or anything else you desire. For the favors instead of giving fabric bags, you could give little stockings.

Christmas Theme

 Chocolate Brown Theme

 For those of you who choose chocolate-brown as your wedding theme color, there is a lot of scope to make it look dazzling. Find an outlet whose chocolates you like the most and talk to them about your chocolate buffet. Ask them to have different kinds of chocolates displayed such as dark, milk, white, coconut flavored, mint flavored, orange flavored, etc. at the candy buffet. 

 It's best to label your chocolates, for the convenience of your guests. For the centerpiece, chocolate fountain is a good option. However, this will escalate your expenses considerably. Moreover, you will have to keep fruits, marshmallows, biscuits, etc. for dipping. Or else you can keep a nice large brown teddy bear as the centerpiece. Chocolates can be displayed on trays or brown candy can be placed in clear containers, or both.

Garden Theme

For garden themes, you can either have colored candies which symbolize the different colors found in the garden or you can also have your candies placed in baskets that look like flower pots. You can also place vases with beautiful flowers in between the candy pots. This will really add to the vibrant look of your candy buffet. You can also make a bouquet with fruits and insert marshmallows between them as an addition to your candy buffet.

Beach Theme

Beach weddings are extremely popular, thus beach theme candy buffets are also gaining popularity. Various shell and fish chocolates are available which go with this theme. Moreover, one can also place salt water taffy, shark sweets, fish candy, rock candy, etc. on the table. If you get hold of a large seashell, you can place it on your buffet table as the centerpiece. Place small shells on the table in between the candies. If you cannot get hold of such fish-shaped candy, then go with a blue theme. Place
blue and white candies on the buffet table and use sky blue runners to go with the theme.

Candies as Wedding Favors

Besides being a fun treat at the reception, wedding candy buffets are also great ways to thank the wedding guests. Who can resist candy and chocolate wedding favors! Providing personalized favor bags or boxes (as shown above) serve as a great wedding favor. Guests enjoy the nostalgic childhood moments while choosing their own candies at the buffet. There are umpteen favor bags for you to choose from. If your budget permits, little personalized fabric sachets with the names of the bride and groom would also be great! You can also give little decorative containers in which your guests can fill their chocolate.

Candy Buffet Containers

To set up an attractive candy bar buffet, one will need to consider a few things. The basic step is to get hold of some neat candy containers and scoops. One can either purchase them or get them rented. Clear containers are the best, as they showcase the wonderful candy selections. Clear containers in fancy sizes and shapes will look great. It's better to get medium-sized containers than to get too large or too small ones.

Other Types of Candy Holders

If you do not wish to use glass containers, you can also opt for basket containers or even tiered stands. Ribbons or bows made from tulle can be attached to the basket to enhance its look. You can also place your candy in plain trays or trays with inbuilt compartments to separate the candies. It all depends on your taste and your budget.

Candy Buffet Tables
Purchasing fancy containers is not enough; the containers have to be displayed artistically as well, for which you can create different levels to place the containers. This can be done by placing inverted milk crates, dessert stands, small benches or other supporting material covered by neutral colored table-cloth to create different levels. As far as the candy buffet table is concerned, one could consider decorating it with candles, table runners, ribbons, flowers, or even pictures of the bride and groom. When placing candles it's best to use votive or electric candles, in order to prevent any kind of mishap. Candies placed on the buffet table can be labeled or left as it is. Labeling is good, because if someone dislikes a particular flavor, he or she is notified immediately. Moreover, for the diabetic guests, one can have a separate counter with sugar-free candies.

How Much to Buy?
Once the theme, type and color of the candy, for the buffet has been decided upon, one needs to plan the amount of candy to be purchased. Logically you may have enough candies for the guests to comfortably dig into, however, for the wedding candy buffet to look good, it is crucial to have enough candies displayed on the table. There's no easy way out here! Stinginess with regards to the quantity will only make your candy buffet look bad. It's all about being appealing to the eyes as well as pleasing the palate of your guests. 7-10 types of candies, with 15-20 pounds of each variety would be substantial to make the buffet look good and lavish. This amount may appear a lot; however, it enhances the look of the wedding reception.

Cheap Candy Buffet Ideas
Wedding candy buffets are added expenses, and must be considered at the time of wedding budget preparation. It would be convenient to hire a candy buffet, however, if one is tight on the budget, then one can opt for cheap candy buffet ideas. Cheap wedding candy buffets can be confined to common, cheaper candies such as Hershey Kisses, Jolly Ranchers, mint candy and Hot Tamales on display. These candies should be bought from a bulk candy store to cut down the expenses. Moreover, keep an eye out for seasonal discounts. If you end up buying the candies months before your wedding, do not fret. Only make sure the seal is intact, which will keep the candies fresh for the wedding. Simple containers (try the retail stores which offer discounts) can be used with fitting scoops. For cheap candy buffets, presentation is the key. The way the candy bar buffet is presented will drown the actual type of candies displayed.

A candy buffet is an all-time crowd-pleaser! While setting up a candy buffet, the sky is the limit and one can be as creative as one can be! Wedding candy buffets are great to make the wedding unique and memorable for the wedding guests. So unleash your creative side and create your wedding masterpiece!

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