Candy buffets – the very phrase is enough to get us salivating! If you’ve got a decidedly sweet tooth like us you’ll be excited to learn that this trend – which has been growing steadily over recent years – is set to be even bigger for 2015. After all, what’s not to love about having a centrepiece for your celebration that focuses on all things sweet? If you’re celebrating a wedding this year and are looking for that special something to give your reception an injection of fun, a candy buffet might just be the thing.
If you don’t know where to start and need some help visualising what your candy buffet might look like, Pinterest is a good place to gather ideas. You can browse hundreds of pictures of candy buffets for different occasions (they’re suitable for all sorts of celebrations, from birthdays to christenings) to give you a sense of just how eye-catching a display of sweets can be. As Pinterest shows, you can really go to town when it comes to displaying your treats, using everything from vintage pieces of furniture to old fashioned apothecary jars to display your goodies. That said, a candy buffet doesn’t have to be labour intensive – it’s easy to create an eye-catching display with just a few decorative accessories.
Most likely you’ll want to co-ordinate your display with the general scheme of your wedding. If your wedding has a classic, simple theme you may one to create a stylish, tonal display, using crisp white table linen, some simple glass bowls and perhaps a scattering of white or silver table confetti. Add in some blooms from your table displays and you’ll have a candy buffet that compliments the rest of your décor. Keep the look co-ordinated with bowls or jars of sugared almonds in ivory, white or silver and perhaps some elegant chocolate squares – take a look at the silver and gold options in our Vintage Romance range, which feature a beautiful filigree-style heart on the wrapper.
An important consideration is what you use to display your sweets and what your guests will put their treats in. Simple bowls are a no hassle option, but if you have time you may like to consider sourcing vintage china bowls – a selection of mismatched bowls in various sizes works especially well if you’re tapping into the ever-fashionable vintage look for your décor. Scour your local charity shop or look into hiring some vintage china from a local supplier. Reclamation yards and shops can be good for old apothecary-style jars, which hold lots of treats and look lovely tied with ribbon and emblazoned with retro-style jam jar labels. Be sure to include some scoops so guests don’t have to plunge their hands into your display!
Supply plenty of bags for your guests to fill with the treat of their choice. We have some lovely options to choose from, including traditional style brown paper bags from the ‘Just My Type’ range. Featuring a bold red heart and retro-style typography reading ‘Love is Sweet’, these bags are the perfect receptacle for your guests’ candy haul. Other options include the pretty ‘With Love’ favour bags, illustrated with a delicate floral and dove design, or the candy stripe and flower options in the ‘Frills and Spills’ range. Alternatively you could look into personalising your own bags – either DIY with a personalised stamp you can emboss onto your bags or order your design from a specialist supplier.
When it comes to the actual goodies to offer your guests, you can stick with sweets and chocolates or provide a more varied selection, including cakes or other delicacies – smaller items such as macaroons and cake pops work really well amongst your other treats. Traditionalists could include some sugared almonds – we have some in a variety of hues, from the subtle to the more bold blue, burgundy and pink. Dragees are another option and look particularly pretty when in the shape of a heart; who could resist a bowl filled to the brim with sugary pink hearts? Or how about hinting at happy summer days with a selection of rock candies, emblazoned with cute messages such as ‘Just Married’ and ‘Mr and Mrs’?
Chocoholics might like to include a chocolate fountain, accompanied by a selection of fresh fruit or marshmallows. For something a little less messy on-trend couples are featuring the crowd-pleaser popcorn in their candy buffets. If you have lots of options for your guests to choose from you might like to include some of our cute chalkboard signs so you can label your goodies in style. A scattering of table confetti gives your spread an extra dash of sparkle – take a look at our options in a variety of colours and shapes, including stars, hearts and butterflies.
Fun, colourful and a great way to add an interactive element to your celebration, candy buffets are a trend we see sticking around for a while…
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