A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Colorful Candy Buffet & Dessert Bar!

The colorful candy buffet was a hit — little kids and kids at heart {our adult guests} enjoyed candy and homemade sweets designed especially for the bride & groom. Our display was created for 100 guests and could easily be replicated on a smaller scale for a birthday party, dessert night or shower!

Candy Buffet 2

Brownie bites dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in candied sugar made delicious finger food desserts, and brownie pops dipped in white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles were a no-mess alternative. Cupcake stands towering with chocolate & confetti buttercream cupcakes were made by the mother of the groom, and I decorated with white sugar and gumdrops to match. Follow the jump for a {downloadable PDF} to make your own striped labels as well as a candy count How-To and more pictures!

Candy Buffet 3

{How-To: Candy Count for 100 Guests}

*Cupcakes: 70 (two stands holding 30 each)
* Peanut M&Ms: 7lbs
* Regular M&Ms: 10.5lbs
* Jelly Beans: 4lbs
* Fireballs: 4lbs
* Green Sour Chewies: 3lbs
* Red Licorice: 4lbs
* Tootsie Roll Pops: 4lbs or 100 count
* Macaroons: 4 dozen
* Turtles: 4 dozen
* Brownie bites/pops: 3 dozen

I confirmed my candy purchasing plan by double-checking my list with Kim Vallee’s suggestion for serving sizes per person — and it worked out nearly perfectly! We probably had 25% left over, but that was much better than running low on desserts.

Here’s a PDF for our simple & colorfully striped labels to identify the different confectioneries and apothecary jars of candy {without some sort of id for the ‘fireballs’ and ‘sour chewies,’ your guests might be in for a taste bud surprise!}

Later this week I’ll post step-by-step directions for the rainbow sprinkle brownie pops & bites, as well as a how-to for the carnation lollipop centerpieces!

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