Though there is no such thing as a dull candy buffet, the colors and choices of autumn, make a fall buffet breathtaking. Follow these easy suggestions to create a candy buffet that is the envy of all your friends. Whether you are creating your buffet for a fall wedding, Thanksgiving celebration, Halloween carnival, a special party, follow these tips to ensure your success!
Of course your theme is fall, so your colors will incorporate orange, yellow, brown, and a touch of green. The candy choices are traditional or specialty. We suggest you use a bit of both. Let’s break it down into categories to make it easier to handle.
You will need bulk candy that is sold by the pound which is scooped. You will have individually wrapped and specialty candies that are individually wrapped. You will limit these candies to one per guest. Finally, you will have display candy. For all your candy needs, we suggest Sweet Services. They have a wonderful supply of traditional, specialty, and hard to find candy as well as professionals to answer any questions you have.
Working With The Table
Set up your table. Most display tables are either 6’ or 8’. Once the table is set-up, mentally divide it into three zones (back, middle, and front) This will give you an idea how many tall containers, medium containers, and low containers you need. Use clear containers that are large enough to hold enough candy so refills are not needed.
The average amount of candy ordered per person is approximately 8 ounces per guest. For 24 guest, you need about 15 pounds of candy (192 ounces). Note: candy usually comes in 5 pound bags.
So depending if you are doing a huge event such as a wedding or celebrating a successful crowdfunding round or a child’s birthday – make sure to take your measurements right, in order not to be under-supplied.
Displaying the candy
The “back zone” will be for tall, clear containers. Use small boxes or dishes to raise or lower the containers for eye-appeal. This is a section for wrapped or specialty candy. Do not use this section for loose candy as it is too hard to scoop from the tall containers.
The “middle-zone” is for your bulk candy. Your bulk candy will be three sets of two wide-mouth clear jars. This balances the table. Make sure a scoop can easily pass through the opening. Examples of bulk candy for your fall table are candy corn, fall colored M&M’s, Harvest foil covered chocolate drops. The pros at Sweet Services has a huge selection to choose from.
Use the “front-zone” for candy you want to display in trays. Wrapped candies, ribbon candies and designer candies are displayed here.
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Bringing It All Together
The tablecloth, decorations, centerpiece, and backdrop (if you use one) is the first thing your guest will see. Though they will see the colors of the candy, they will not focus on the candy until the “wow” of the original visual passes.
We suggest you use solid color tablecloths to complement the bright colors on the table. You could double drape the cloth using two contrasting colors, allowing one to hang lower than the other, or turn them so one corner hangs in front making a V-shape.
Some people like to use a backdrop. You can use a matching tablecloth, chalkboard, large sheets of paper, with cut-outs or pictures of theme-related ideas. More creative ideas include using a stand with a bar across the top (think portable closet or clothes drying rods) take long strips of cloth in your theme colors and tie them to the rod. You would tie them with a scarf knot or a large bundle at the top and let the strips hang down. Placed this behind the candy buffet. You could also use helium balloons pinned to the back of your table. There are many other ideas for backdrops on sites like Pinterest.
Your centerpiece is a critical part of your buffet. Depending on the reason for your buffet, you can go traditional for Thanksgiving, Harvest Day, or Halloween decor (pumpkins, horn of plenty, sunflowers, and other floral designs)
You cannot go wrong with pumpkins. A hollowed out pumpkin with a sunflower and branch flower arrangement inside, tied with a gingham bow makes a beautiful display. Surround the arrangement with scattered pine cones and a few acorns.
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