Something Sweet For Your Next Party

We love candy buffets. They are fun, pretty, easy, and everyone enjoys a mini-walk through the candy store! You are probably thinking, easy? They don’t look easy! But, you would be surprised at how easy and fast you can put together a fantastic candy buffet. One reason they are so easy is because, virtually, anything goes. There are basics, but a candy buffet is the product of the designer. There is no wrong way to put one together.  We will give you a few tips to get you started.


You can spend days in the kitchen making your own candy, but that is expensive and hard work. You are better off to use a quality online bulk candy supplier. The candy is delivered where and when you want it. It is pretty, and it is cost effective. Your candy supplier can help you mix and match your colors and even offer basic candy buffet supplies. Bulk candy usually comes in 5-pound bags. The general rule of thumb is that you will need 8-ounces of candy per guest. If you are serving other foods this may be adjusted.

Theme and colors

Choose your theme. It is to tie in with the event and any special colors associated with it. For example, if the theme is a super bowl party, choose the colors of your team pick. You want two or three colors unless you are going for a blow-out rainbow effect. In that case, stick with primary colors or pastels but do not mix them. The theme is your party type, wedding, baby shower, or birthday party.

Types of containers

Candy looks better in clear containers. However, that is not written in stone. You could opt to use low dishes like platters so the candy is displayed flat. But the easiest and most appealing is vases or jars of clear glass or plastic.

Tips For Your DIY Candy Buffet

  • Use taller containers in the back. Different size vases and jars to create height and depth to the candy buffet. Boxes placed under the jars to make them taller.
  • Estimate eight ounces of candy per guest will be needed. Special or designer candy should be limited to one or two pieces per guest. Fill the containers approximately 3/4 of the way.
  • Add decorations to the table to fill in empty places. Consider props, candles, flowers, fruit, or beads and confetti.
  • Allow your bulk candy supplier help you with your selection.
  • Don’t forget the scoops and tongs. You can substitute large spoons with ribbons, or even small plastic shovels if you find them in your color scheme
  • If you decide to order chocolate, pay attention to the storage instructions. Also, note the temperature as express shipping may be required in order to deliver it without fear of melting.
  • Add personal touches and beauty to the table with banners, table covers, and runners, backdrops, ribbons, balloons, or infant items
  • Provide goodie bags, boxes or cups for taking home candy.

Look around and ask your friends for their opinions (and supplies they will loan out). But get creative and use your imagination and make your candy buffet unique. There are no rules that cannot be adjusted.  The more unusual your candy buffet is, the better. If you would like to add other foods to the table, consider salty snacks like chips or pretzels for a complimenting flavor. You can do this! It is fun and easy. Just go for it and amaze your guests with a great and sweet experience.

Here are also the visual step-by-step instructions on how to put it all together:

Sweet Services perfect DIY candy buffet infographic – An infographic by the team at Sweet Services online candy store


Guest Author –  Bio

Wendy Dessler

Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama

Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.

Thank you Wendy!


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