Monday’s Finding: DIY: Creating a fabulous candy buffet and sweets table

How was your weekend all? I didn’t get the jump on spring cleaning like I’d planned, but I did get lots of much needed rest. My kiddo had his first sleepover at his best buddy’s house and it was a great success. Much love and thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Buddy for taking great care of my munchkin. He had a blast!

Speaking of my munchkin, he is very hip to the whole candy/sweets buffet thing. Mr. Wondermous and me had a Mexican sweets themed bar at our Dia de los Muertos themed engagement party and kiddo wants to make sure we have one at mine and Mr. Wondermous’ wedding. We’re giving it some thought as to how we can make it fit in to our Jane Austen inspired English Garden theme. Here’s a pic of the Mexican candy bar we put together for our engagement party:

Photo by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography. Buffet and printables designed by moi.

If you are considering a sweets table or candy buffet, there are many businesses popping up that specialize in creating them. If you have the budget for a pro, go for it! They have the resources to help you find some of those hard to find nostalgic candies, already have a variety of display items, free up the time it would take for you or a relative/friend to set up, as well as create a magnificent display for your event. Here’s a sample of my personal faves created by pros:

Flatbed Bar: By Heather of WhipperBerry blog: http://www.austinweddingblog.com/2010/10/vintage-dessert-table-truck.html#

Sweets Bars

But what do you do when the budget isn’t there for a sweets table pro? Well, my first suggestion is to utilize the books and blogs of sweets table pro Amy Atlas:
http://amyatlas.com/
http://blog.amyatlas.com/
Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas
My other favorite source for sweets table inspiration, is the blog, Hostess With the Mostess. Jenn Sbranti features great sweets table inspiration from many of the industry’s pros. Both of these talented ladies provide oodles of inspiration and printables (many are free) to help you on your way to creating a DIY sweets table or candy buffet sure to wow your guests. Finally, don’t forget about Martha Stewart’s Martha Stewart Weddings. A search for sweets tables produced 60 hits full of sweets table goodness, including this feature on sweets tables from real weddings: Dessert Tables From Real Weddings.

Next, determine your theme and color scheme. Think in terms of colors (pick at least two) and steer clear of overused themes often available in party ware. Here is a great example of a great theme and color palette for a fabulous baby shower where the mother was expecting in December. I love the use of the advent bunting!

Designed by: Laure of Sweet Girly Mommy and Jelena, founder of Baby S Event. Source: http://blowoutparty.com/blog/2010/12/fabulous-christmas-themed-baby-shower/

Once you’ve determined which direction you are headed in terms of theme and color, it’s time to source your sweets and candy. Refrain from going from grocery store to grocery store or to expensive mall candy shops to fill up your candy jars. There are great sources for candy right at your fingertips via the good ol’ Internet. My go to site is Candy Warehouse. I’m all about efficiency and quality and you’ll definitely find that with Candy Warehouse’s Candy Buffet Builder where you pick your colors or occasion and are then provided with candy recommendations based on your info. Another great site is Chic Candy Buffet. In addition, party stores like Party City are becoming hip to the sweets table trend and are carrying color coordinated candy.

How much candy and/or treats will you need? A sweets table is designed to be a treat, not the main event. The standard is 2-3 ounces of candy per person. So, using that number purchase your candy accordingly and make sure that your bags, favor boxes, etc. only hold about 3 ounces. As for other sweet delights, 1 – 2 per person should be plenty. Here are some examples of my Candy Warehouse search for purple and pink candy:

Pink and Purple Candy

If you are doing a candy and sweets combo or just sweets, think of using your cake as a central part of your display. Find a cool cake stand with which to showcase it on. If you are serving cupcakes or cake pops, there are some great display options on sites like Etsy as well as your local restaurant supply store and cake decorating sections of your local party store. Consider what you and your fiance’s, birthday boy or girl, honoree, etc. favorite cookies, cake, and pies are. Will you feature full size desserts or minis? Will you make them from scratch or purchase from a store or bakery?

Finally, search for glass containers, silver bowls, wooden bowls, cupcake tree, cake stand, etc. to create your display. I have noticed places like Target carrying a wider variety of clear glass showy containers and dessert display items in their home section as well as places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. In addition, there is Sav On Crafts, for their affordable apothecary jars, candy bowls, cake stands, etc. and one of my go to sources for just about everything event and wedding related. My favorite source: thrift stores. You can find some amazing containers and platters, especially for a vintage or shabby chic themed event. Use boxes under a table cover for creating variation in height and more interest in your display. Consider adding a few theme related props like bunting, ceramic figures, paper cut outs, flowers, etc. Have fun with it and be sure to practice setting it up before the big event. When you get it like you want it, take a picture for reference so that you aren’t rushing around trying to remember what your ultimate display looked like.

Have fun with creating your sugar laden masterpiece and enjoy the smiles of your guests as they fill their bags or boxes from your table with wonder. This is one party and wedding trend that’s here to stay! I leave you with some great DIY sweets tables to inspire confidence and creativity when creating your very own sweets table.

DIY sweets tables

About bellememorie

Belle Memorie is based on my 16 years of experience with event and wedding planning as well as event and wedding design with events ranging from large fundraising galas, intimate weddings, and even golf tournaments. I believe in authenticity! Your events should speak to the heart of who you are. Black wedding dress? Superhero wedding cake? Drag themed bachelor party? YES, YES, and YES!
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2 Responses to Monday’s Finding: DIY: Creating a fabulous candy buffet and sweets table

  1. I’m going to do this at my wedding! We are in the midst of contacting the cotton candy supplier to lease us a machine. Fresh cotton candy! Yum!

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