A candy buffet is a selection of sweet treats or candy arranged on a table. They are super popular and you will often see them at events such as weddings and parties. Do them right, and they can provide a stunning backdrop to your event. They are often called Candy Bars or Sweet tables depending on which part of the world you hail from.
1. Candy Buffet Apothecary Jars
Take a look at my candy buffet board on Pinterest. You will see lots of really well designed candy tables from around the world. The one thing they have in common are fabulous glassware , cake stands and platters. Apothecary jars come in lots of different shapes sizes and heights. The reason they are so popular is they add visual interest while allowing your guests to easily see all the beautiful candy colors. The best candy jars to buy are those with a wide opening so that guests can get the candy scoop in.
This gorgeous vintage display was styled by the amazing Classic Crockery using my vintage pink and ivory candy buffet label design which has been quite popular. Daniella used her vintage crockery and paired it with some stunning candy jars. She used a mix of candy and dessert sweet treats. The vintage teapot has been used for pretty pink and white cake pops! What a great alternative use. Don’t be afraid to play around with containers.
2. Candy jar labels and tentcards
While having lots of different containers and candy jars is great, to keep a consistent look, use well designed candy jar labels and matching ribbon.
Have a look at this Candy buffet and Dessert table by Aileen Tran. Aileen covered her labels in vintage lace. She has used several different types of cake stands, jars, plates and boxes to add height and interest. Adding a bit of bling by using vintage brooches is a great idea. Doesn’t it look amazing?
3. Use Of Color
There are several options open to you when designing your candy buffet or dessert table in terms color.
1. Limited color palette – usually will have one or two primary colors for candy and accessories. I love this blue and hot pink candy bar designed by the ever fabulous AmyAtlas.
2. Limited to 2 or 3 shades within similar color family – this pink barbie inspired candy buffet by Mariana Zago – Party Design is just perfect for a little girls birthday. She has used several shades of pink in the styling.
Don’t forget to accessorize wherever possible. Look for props in your local dollar store if you are Stateside or in places like TK Maxx if you are based in Ireland or the UK.
Don’t forget your table sign. You can either get a free standing sign like this one from my etsy store , a simple image in frame or the wooden style which you will find on Etsy too.
Favor stickers are great for adding to party bags. Zazzle.com is great for stickers that you can personalize online for your event. Here’s just a tiny sample of the type of designs you can find on there.
For parties where a candy buffet or dessert table is going to feature, a themed invitation is a great idea especially for kids parties. Here is a small selection 🙂
5. I want Candy!!
Last but not least the candy itself! Everyone loves candy and besides being delicious, it can also add pops of color or add to the muted tones of your display. Plan 3/4lb of candy per person and be sure to have favor bags and candy scoops for your guests to fill with sweet treats. A typical candy buffet will have approximately 8 to 10 jars. you can have a 8 to 10 types of candy or 3-4 types and just split amongst the jars. Keep additional candy under the candy table (preferably out of view and refill the jars throughout the event.)
There are lots of on-line candy stores which allow you to purchase candy by color. They will often arrange a party pack with several different types of candy all in the same hue, or of course if you are going for a colorful display, then order as many different colors as you please!
Bare in mind, some of your guests may have nut or dairy allergies and including these on labels may be an idea!
Be sure to visit my Etsy store for Party printables, I love making custom handmade candy buffet labels and signs so please feel free to drop me a mail through my etsy store if you want me to design you something extra special!
Here’s a quick little youtube video with some good points to note!
I hope you’ve found some of the tips here helpful. Are you planning a Candy bar? Please share your tips.
Would love to hear your comments!
About Cathy at Firedropdesign
Cathy is a self-taught graphic designer with particular interest in Wedding Stationery, Candy Buffets and Dessert tables Signage and Business logos and associated media.