A fun idea for your next party is a candy buffet. They can really liven things up and put a smile on your guests’ faces.
If you already have some candy buffet ideas for party situations, great! If you like the idea of a candy buffet and are looking for candy buffet ideas and inspiration, read on.
Before acting on your candy buffet ideas, there are some basics to have down. First off, you’ll want to know how much candy you’ll need. A good rule of thumb is to figure about a pound of candy for every two guests, so if you’re having twenty guests, for example, you should have about ten pounds of candy.
You also want to think about how you are going to display your candy. Typical candy dishes are great, although you may not have enough to display all your candy. Also, with a lot of guests in a buffet situation, your dishes may get damaged. Instead, try decorative Chinese food boxes, classic candy store paper bags, gift boxes or even mini-buckets. If you’re not as concerned about damage, glass jars can be a great way to display and serve your candy.
You should have a number of different types of candy, perhaps five to ten different kinds, including types of chocolate, hard candy, gummies, sour candies and taffy, for example. It’s a good idea to set up your candy in different zones, with similar types of candies at the same table or section of table.
You might also want to buy different candy types in the same or complementary colors, so your candy buffet has an appealing and inviting visual presentation as well as tasting great. If you’re including something like chocolate that doesn’t naturally come in colors that fit your color scheme, you can always wrap those candies in the appropriate color.
Another thing you may want to consider is having themes for your candy buffet at parties. You never really need an excuse to have people over for candy, but some people might appreciate one. For example, you might have a Halloween candy buffet party or even a Super Bowl candy buffet party.
Having a theme like this not only makes the whole experience more fun and gives your guest a good excuse to come over and eat a lot of candy, but it can also help provide you with even more candy buffet ideas and inspiration.
For example, for your Halloween candy buffet, your candy can be mostly orange and black, with candy common to Halloween like marshmallow pumpkins or candy corn. For your Super Bowl candy buffet, you can have separate tables with candy in one team’s colors at one end of the room and the other team’s colors at the other end. Decorate the space like the end zone for a little more candy buffet pizazz.
It’s hard to go wrong with a candy buffet party, but putting some time into how to make your candy buffet special can make candy eating more fun — if that’s even possible!