I read somewhere not too long ago in some brilliant woman’s blog that when you throw a party, you just have to have a single element that is really a “WOW” factor that you spend time making perfect. Just one impressive feature – I think anyone can do that! Candy buffets are “in” right now for parties and weddings, probably because of the visual display that is a treat for the eyes (and later the tummy!)
The detail that was probably the most difficult about putting the buffet together was the glassware. Dropping $200 on jars was not in the birthday budget, so i bought one really spectacular jar and got creative with the rest! Here are my sources:
- Urn shaped large footed apothecary jar – Hobby Lobby
- Tall cylander footed apothecary jar – antique store
- Squat apothecary jar – Micheals
- Hurricane lamp – Pier1 (had it already)
- Square vase – Pottery Barn, maybe? (had it already)
- Trio of small apothecary jars – thrift stores
- Lollipop holders – painted flower pots
I just loved the way lollipops looked standing up on a tablescape. I didn’t have anything handy to put them in, and didn’t have the time to build something elaborate. So, I took a few terra cotta pots, painted them white, and stuffed a wax paper covered piece of floral foam down inside. After cutting holes in the wax paper, I pushed in the suckers and covered the wax paper with jelly beans. The lollipops were personalized for each guest attending the party.
In addition to the candy, I did make some monogram sugar cookies, dipped some marshmallows in candy melt and rolled them in sprinkles, and dipped a few oreo cookies as well (man, were those good!) Kids seem to love everything on a stick, so the marshmallows were really a hit! There is a tutorial on how to make these here. Those that weren’t coated in candy were rolled in sugar. Just dip them in water really quick, shake off the extra droplets and apply the sugar.
Each one of the candy jars got a label showing what it was. I forgot to get scoops for the candy, and bought a melamine ladle instead. This actually worked out better, as it was much easier to get in the tall jars with the ladle.
The big question I keep getting asked is, “Where’d you get all that candy?” Where I get everything. Online! There was a really good selection of green candy at the Candy Warehouse; I scored big lollipops, gummy frogs, old fashioned candy sticks and mojito flavored salt water taffy. The green M&Ms were around during Valentines Day, and I just stocked up then from the stores in town.
The candy buffet was more a party favor at our event…guests were given a box to fill up with candy before they left as a thank you for coming. Next time I would definitely get bigger boxes, as there was still a lot left over even with 20 kids at the party. It was a nice memory for the kids, as they were all pretty excited about picking out all that candy!
Read more about the frog prince birthday invitations,big boy frog prince birthday crown, the cupcake tower,the rest of the frog princeparty decorations, and thephoto booth we had as part of the entertainment for the frog prince birthday party!