Create A Candy Buffet!

Candy Buffet

What party wouldn't be more exciting with the addition of a candy buffet?  In my opinion, there's not a one!

We all remember that childhood feeling of being a kid in a candy store.  The mouthwatering sensation of imagining each delicious flavor and the difficult decision of just which treats to buy.

If you somehow managed to miss out on that part of childhood, you have my sincere sympathy!  It's a fond memory I adore and one I love to recreate.

No matter what your budget, you can add a party favor bar to your next party or special event and bring a smile to the face of every guest.

If you're a chocoholic like me, you can make it a chocolate buffet by using a variety of different types of chocolate candies - Hershey's kisses, M&M's, chocolate covered fruit and nuts, chocolate taffy, chocolate jelly beans, chocolate hard candy, etc.

Of course, as much as I love chocolate, I'm not in the least averse to a candy buffet with a complete rainbow of flavors and textures.  I'm guessing that's what you'll be interested in for most parties, showers, or weddings.

If you have a color theme for your party or event, you can get a variety of candy all in the same color, which is also a lot of fun and quite sweet.  One of my favorite places to shop for candy for a candy buffet is at A Candy Store.

Candy Buffet Pink Candy

In fact, I got my own treat this summer from the good folks at A Candy Store.  They sent me a little "goodie bag" in one of my favorite colors (pink), so I could sample some of their candy that I hadn't yet tried. 

At the same time I was "back home" visiting my family, so I got a few of my nieces and nephews to help me with the taste testing.  :)  That put me in their good books, for sure!

I'm happy to say that the verdict was completely positive.  The kids were only disappointed that I didn't have more!  ;) 

The colors were pink and white and the flavor was strawberry, as you might expect. 

I kept one of each variety hidden from the children so that I could taste-test myself and I had to agree with them.   The quality was good and the flavor was there without being tasting too fake (if you know what I mean). 

One of the pleasant surprises was the chocolate hearts wrapped in pink foil.  The chocolate wasn't gourmet, but it was really good.  I enjoyed it and could have eaten several more if the kids hadn't wiped me out.  :)

Building a Candy Buffet

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It's pretty easy to build a candy buffet for your next party.  In fact, I could almost say that it's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. Decide on the type of party favor bar you want to go with - one type of candy or a variety?  One or two colors (themed) or a hodgepodge of old favorites?

  2. Choose display containers for your goodies - jars, bowls, baskets, whatever you've got will work.  You can even cover small boxes in tissue paper or wrapping paper if you're short on funds.

  3. Order your candy.  I already mentioned that one great place is buy is at A Candy Store.  If they don't have exactly what you're after, you can also check out the Candy Warehouse.

  4. Don't forget the party favor bags or boxes for your guests to hold their treats.  My favorite shop for favor bags and boxes at the best prices is Candyland Crafts.  They're sure to have what you need. 

And that's about it!  All you have to do is create a cozy corner or a pride of place location where your guests can drool over the selection of goodies you have on offer. 

If you've already created a candy buffet or you plan to have a party favor bar in the future, we'd love to hear about it and see for ourselves just what you've come up with.  Share your candy stories with us below.

Have A Chocolate Party Favor Idea?

Go ahead and show off your creativity. We'd all love to see what you've done.

Maybe you saw something extra special or super cute at a party or wedding that you attended. Do tell..

If you have a photo, all the better. Tell us about it in the form below. We'd even like to know any humorous or poignant details that make your story unique.

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