My latest favorite wedding craze is the candy buffet. Maybe it’s just because I like candy But the truth is, it’s super easy and really beautiful when it’s all put together.
Of course, linked to the phrase ‘wedding craze’ comes the reality that a lot of weddings are featuring this tastey idea. So how can you make sure your wedding doesn’t look like any other? I’ve done a bit of research on some great ways to include a candy buffet in ways that can be uniquely your own. Here’s some ideas I found. (most of my information came from this great blog at http://www.gnyc.net/ )
I won’t talk about all the pictures I posted on this article (there were just so many I couldn’t leave any out!) But I’ll definitely be referring to my favorites. We’ll start at the top.
So those little itty bitty cupcakes on the top row. I don’t know what they are, but if I were to make something to look like that here’s what I’d do. Take a bag of mini marshmallows, a pack of bamboo skewers (like the ones you use to make kabobs) and dipping chocolate. Stick one marshmallow on a skewer, dip it in chocolate and let it harden. Then, dip it in pink dipping chocolate, add sprinkles and a red hot on top and there you go! Super fun for a casual picnic wedding- or really whatever you want!
Ok, another favorite is also on the top row, the one on the right. This couple had a caramel apple buffet! The guests started with apples, stuck them on a stick, dipped them into caramel (it’s kinda like a huge fondue party) and then got to pick their toppings from things like crushed nuts, cookie crumbs, small candies- you name it, they had it.
All in all, each of these candy buffets featured here were great because of one thing. They have a theme. I can’t stress that enough! A candy buffet will fill an entire table at your reception- use that to your advantage! Make it into a beautiful decorative table AND your wedding favors! Here are ideas on creating your themed candy buffet.
– Think of your wedding reception. Is it formal or casual? Traditional or modern? Indoor or Outdoor?
– Plan the treats. I suggest unifying it in at least one way. You can color coordinate it to your wedding colors, or say you want all one item (an all cookie buffet, and all chocolate buffet, etc), or coordinate the size of the items (serve lots of tiny candies, or lots of huge ones)
-Find unique containers. Who says the candy has to be in big glass containers? Stick lollipops into flower pots or use pretty hat boxes lined with tissue paper.
-Organize the overall presentation. Add some dimension by placing the full containers on shelves or boxes covered with table clothes. Have some younger siblings or cousins walk around with boxes of candy to hand out to guest- kind of like the guys who sell popcorn at baseball games! (or dress it up and serve fancy choclates on silver platters carried by your younger siblings!) If all your containers are the same, lining them in a straight line on a long table can create a dramatic effect. Put a light with a colored bulb by the table to fill the table with color.