Steps to Setting Up A Great Candy Buffet!
Step 1: Decide on a theme & colors
They are interactive, fun and a definite wow factor to the decor of any party. The first thing I do when deciding on a theme is pick my printables first. That way I can design everything else around those colors. Here I choose simple pictures of bikers and circles in yellow and black with little bikes printed on it.
Step 2: Pick out the types of candy/sweets you want
There are so many types of candy and sweets to choose from. To make it easier, I separate candy into 4 categories:
– Bulk loose sweets: sold in bags (marshmellows, kisses, toffees, milk toffee, coconut rock etc)
– Individually packaged candy/sweets: offer one per guest (swirls on sticks, candy pops, cupcakes in individual boxes etc)
– Display sweets: used for decoration & filler (M&Ms, popsicles, cake slices etc)
I like to use a mix of all three types of sweets so I can display them in a variety of different containers and to ensure there is one of each of some of the sweets for each guest and then bulk loose candy that guests help themselves to a scoop or two.
Step 3: Setup the table in 3 zones with appropriate containers
I always set up my table first to see how much space I actually have to work with before I order the sweets. This way I can buy the amount of sweets I need to fill the containers. When doing a color coordinated sweets table, always use interesting containers. Remember to use containers that will properly display the types of candy you chose in Step 2. If you offer bulk loose sweets be sure that you use containers with a large enough opening for a scoop or tong to fit in and short enough that guests can actually reach to the bottom.
Setup your table in 3 zones!
Divide your table into 3 horizontal zones and use height appropriate containers in each zone.
Back Zone: Use tall containers or use decoratively covered boxes to elevate your containers in this zone. Make sure the containers are not too tall so your guests can reach the candy inside them and avoid knocking them over.
Middle Zone: The middle zone also doubled up as the front zone due to a smaller and higher table. Display short jars and trays in this zone for a feast on the eyes.
Step 4: Figure out how much sweets/candy you will need
Here in Sri Lanka our dessert table will usually have milk toffee, marshmallows, kisses, stuffed dates, popsicles, cream buns and of course the cuppies. For individual sweets like cream buns keep one bun per person, milk toffee, marshmallow, kisses etc three or two per person and cuppies always one per person.
Step 5: Design your table with a wow-factor tablecloth, backdrop & centerpiece
When your guests enter your party space, the candy/sweets buffet should scream WOW! The first things they will see are the tablecloth, backdrop or centerpiece.
Here I used a simple sheet of foam and covered it with yellow oil paper and cut out the letters to form the word SWEETS and blinged the letters!!!
I lined the table with a thick black tablecloth and then draped a net material in yellow and ruffled it up on the fall.
Step 6: Finishing touches
This is my favorite part...adding the details! Once you have all the candy/sweets to match your color palette, the last thing to do is add all the finishing touches to enhance the theme of the table.
If you feel the table has a few empty bits here and there, find some individual toffees and scatter them. You could also add two small vases of flowers at the sides or a short vase in the front zone. If you like to bling your candy table in those empty spots add some sequins or marbles etc.