Thursday, March 27, 2008

Oooooooooooo! Candy

Are you having a candy buffet at your wedding reception? I think they are a lovely idea and I just ran across Candy Warehouse. What is cool about this site is that you can shop by color. Pink and orange wedding? No problem.

The secret to having a gorgeous candy buffet is for it to look abundant, like Willy Wonka set it up himself. Uh, ya…that can get pricey. Here’s a few tricks that might help.

Take a cue from the pros that do gift baskets, use fill on the large containers. Those pretty tall glass cylinders hold a heck of a lot of jelly beans but not if you take a smaller, shorter glass cylinder and place it inside, upside down first. Then you only need candy to fill around and above it. Unless you have 300 people at your wedding they would never have reached the bottom anyway.

If you are using baskets fill the bottom 1/2 with leftover Easter grass then put a piece of cardboard that you have cut to fit and wrapped to match on top before you add the candy. Remember, you are going for the look of abundance, not the real thing.

Group your containers close together and use lifts under them to add height at various levels. You can either wrap sturdy boxes in pretty fabric to match or drape all your lifts in tablecloths like caterers do. That helps with the look too. (Next time you are at a catered buffet sneak a look under the linen. You are likely to find such unlovely things as dish racks and milk crates)

Add some large things like Lollis and ribbon candy to expand the look. You won’t by any means need one of these for every guest, think of them as accents.

Use your guest containers as a part of the display.

If you happen to order any PixiStix or Sour Patch Kids you can always send me your leftovers. Teehee

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Blogger Lisa said...

I am thinking about having a candy buffet, but I'm not sure it will fit with my overall theme. I'm doing an asian inspired theme and somehow candies don't seem to fit.

Any suggestions?

Mon Apr 14, 02:47:00 AM 2008  
Blogger your WEDDING DIVA said...

Sure they do Lisa! Use Asian style containers to hold the candies and tiny take out style cartons instead of gift bags. You can use standard candies or find a local Asian market and get an assortment of candies there. You could even add custom fortune cookies.
You can use the concept of a candy bar but craft it to your theme. Have fun with it, there are no rules.

Mon Apr 14, 05:39:00 PM 2008  

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