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Create Your Own Candy & Dessert Buffet For Less

Who doesn’t love candy, right? Candy buffet tables are a fun event trend being used in different ways. Some hostesses just want to add some whimsy to their reception, while others have the candy buffet do double duty as the guest favors. Some people are opting out of serving an expensive cake altogether and putting their creativity into a candy and dessert table (while saving money, too). Whatever your reasons, your guests will love it, and you will love the look. Here’s a few tips and ideas to help you put on a cool and colorful candy buffet:
  • While it’s not a must, most people choose candy and desserts that complement their color schemes. Use several colors together, or different hues and shades of a single color. It also adds interest to use a variety of different candies (both wrapped and unwrapped) that have different textures and designs.
  • Use different sized containers to create height and depth that will give your table a unique look. If using unwrapped candy, be sure your containers are safe for food.
  • If you want, add other small desserts like trendy cake pops, cupcakes & cookies to round out the dessert offering.
  • Labeling each candy and dessert selection helps the guests know what they’re getting, but also adds a decorative touch. You can even trim the containers in ribbon and add other decorative accents to the table, such as a centerpiece, pretty linens, embellishments, and more.
  • Use your beautiful candy buffet for guest favors… this is fun for the guests and will save you money, too! Just add a tray of favor boxes or a basket of favor bags to the table and let the guests fill them with their favorite selections.

Here’s some items you’ll need: 
  • Glasses in Various Shapes & Sizes
  • Glass Vases in Various Shapes & Sizes
  • Plastic Serving Trays
  • Nickel-Plated Serving Trays
  • Plastic Serving Tongs
  • Scoops and Spoons
  • Assorted Candy
  • Cookies, cupcakes, etc
  • Favor Bags
Shop for items above at the dollar store. They carry a great variety of all supplies that you need to create a fabulous dessert bar, from vases and decorative elements to cookies and candy. You may also want to consider repurposing some of your home decorative elements, and of course, put to use your baking skills.

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