How to Create a Candy Buffet

Step 1: Choose your candy
  • Choose candy by color to match your event color scheme, or consider a candy theme, such as old time candy, for your celebration.
  • Offer 5-10 varieties of candy for a fun visual effect. Our wedding candy department can help you to find the right candy using various criteria.
  • An arrangement of 2-3 different colors usually looks best. You can choose candy in the same color family or contrast different colors. Our candy color samplers make it easy to find the perfect combination!
  • For guests with a savory tooth, consider including treats such as nuts, but be mindful of guests with nut allergies. Clearly label all nut products, and use separate containers and scoops.
Step 2: Determine how much candy you'll need
  • Use our handy-dandy candy calculator to figure out how much candy you need to fill your container. Just select your container size and type of candy, and we'll tell you what you need!
  • Estimate a minimum of 1/4 to 1/2 pound of candy for each guest.
  • Buy big to make sure your buffet looks visually stunning and to fill your containers. Don't worry about leftovers - the display will look better if there's candy in the containers throughout the event.
Step 3: Choose containers and scoops
  • Glass containers are a beautiful way to showcase colorful candy. Containers of different shapes and sizes create depth, so consider using vases, bowls, apothecary jars, penny candy jars, oversized drink glasses, food storage canisters, tiered cake stands, even candle holders!
  • Don't forget scoops and tongs to make it easy for guests to serve themselves. When choosing a scoop size, make sure it will fit into your containers. Smaller scoops will make it easier for guests to sample each candy.
  • You don't need to spend a fortune on containers and scoops. Find them at bargain retailers, craft stores, Craigslist, and thrift stores, or rent them from a party supplier.
Step 4: Create a beautiful display to showcase your candy
  • Elevate containers using cake stands or boxes to give your candy buffet visual height.
  • Use a table cloth that matches your color scheme or one that is neutral in color and does not distract from the candy. You can add table runners or pin the tablecloth for effect.
  • Add flowers, ribbons, or items reminiscent of your theme, such as seashells for a beach-themed event. But remember that the candy may be decorative enough on its own!
  • Label the containers using decorative tags and stickers. You can also use decorative place card holders by each candy container.
Step 5: Make it easy for guests to take their treats home
  • Stack take-home bags or containers at one end of the buffet for guests to fill with candy. Consider a decorative tray or container to neatly corral the take-home bags.
  • Personalize the take home containers - purchase Chinese takeout-style boxes that match your color scheme or use monogrammed stickers on clear party bags or containers, for example.