17 Amazing Candy Buffet Ideas [Baby Shower, Wedding, Birthday, DIY]
Candy buffets are a big deal at parties, baby showers, birthdays, weddings and even corporate events.
The thing is, it can be hard to find ideas in the piles of pinterest boards and blog posts out there.
That's why we reached out to the web's best party planners and ask them to share their favourite ideas.
What we ended up with is nothing short of spectacular.
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- Baby Shower Candy Table Ideas
- Candy Table Ideas for Birthday Parties
- Wedding & Bridal Shower Candy Table Ideas
- Candy Buffet ideas on a budget
Baby Shower Candy Table Ideas You'll Love
1. Pink Candy Buffet for Baby Showers
Tip number 1, is get as many pink treats as you can. For supplies, make sure to get apothecary jars for your candies, pink ribbon, pink goody bags, cake pedestals, and pink bows of course.
List of Candies for your Pink Candy Buffet:
- Grape Taffy
- Cherry Taffy
- Berry Crunch Gummy
- Gummy Sour Peaches
- Sour Strawberry Log
- Ferrari Gummies
- Milk Chocolate Dried Strawberries
- Strawberry Pink Gourmet Jelly Beans
2. Creative freedom to be as over the top or minimalist as you choose
Candy buffets are always a big hit with guests - especially their versatility in the way you can customize them to fit a particular style. My most adored part of these interactive displays, is the set up itself!
You have creative freedom to be as over the top or minimalist as you choose. From decorative themes, to candy selections, varying sized platters and jars, to trendy labels or custom signage - the options are endless and without a doubt one of my favourite tables to style.
Candy Buffet ideas for Memorable Birthdays
3. Red Sox Baseball Birthday Candy Buffet
The Candy Brigade transformed the Ritz into into Fenway Park for the night. This is an awesome idea you can expand on to really knock it out of the park.
"Table centerpieces made with vintage baseball bats, a ticket booth for the table seating, vintage lockers, a dugout with gift bags for the guests, a clubhouse and even a Green Monster bar. It was perfection." The candy buffet itself had vintage baseballs, bats, gloves and a 12 feet of candy including Big League Chew Gum, Chocolate Covered Baseball Oreos, Cracker Jacks and more. You can easily adapt this idea for fans of other sports like football, soccer or basketball by simply changing the color of the candies to match the team colors, and the balls to match the specific sport.
4. Sweet Sixteen or Quinceanera Candy Buffet She'll Remember Forever
It doesn’t get any prettier than pink, or sweeter than a sweet 16!
Customized chocolate bars took the center of the table. Candy kebobs, pink frosted cupcakes and cotton candy were some of our favorite additions!
5. Kids' Birthday Party: Forest Theme Candy Buffet Your Kids Will Go Wild For
I love this Forest theme candy buffet because it is so creative. They used candies to create an original outdoorsy candy buffet. "For example, root beer jelly beans are used as the forest floor. Lollipops are "trees", and blue jellybeans will become a meandering stream. Your gummy worms live in the "stream" with the candy fish."
Doesn't that sound amazing?
"Buy some real-looking trees or use plants that look like trees and they become the forest. Candy owls hide among these trees, looking for guests to pluck them out and take them home. Matcha green tea almonds and cappuccino dark chocolate almonds become smooth rocks placed in the forest and along the stream. Chocolate rocks complete the picture."
List of Candies for your Forest Styled Candy Buffet:
- Animal Lollipops in different colors
- Brown colored owl lollipop (milk chocolate)
- Light Green Colored Jelly Beans
- Gummy Worms
- Match Green Tea Almonds
- Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds (for adults)
- Chocolate Rocks
- Gummy Bears
- Sour Bears
- Tree Hugger Gumballs
- Chocolate Dipped Gummy Bears
- Sweet Pete's Candy Shop
source: Sweet Pete's Candy Shop
6. Bright and Cheerful Birthday Candy Dessert Buffet
Everything is bright & cheerful, just like a birthday should be!
The focal point of this table is the cake, and its not just any cake. Its a custom made Kit Kat / M&M birthday cake. Think chocolate, fun, delight, crunch and sweetness all tied together with bright yellow bow.
The other features are the bright yellow and orange Oreo cookies. You can make these by covering your Oreo cookies with melted orange or yellow chocolate chips. Or you could melt white chocolate chips and add food colouring. You can't go wrong either way.
This candy buffet may not look as flashy as some of the designs you'll find on the web, but it is simple and perfect.
All of the bright complementary colors and variety of candies, chocolates and treat area great. The Yellow ribbons used on each of the containers, scoops, and cake tie everything together nicely.
Wedding & Bridal Shower Candy Buffet Ideas
7. Chanel Themed Candy Buffet For a Heart Stopping Bridal Shower in New York
The beautiful Chanel themed candy buffet Gizem's created is simply amazing.
The color pallete is composed of a nude pink, black, and white. Giving it the perfect chique-feminine look for the this bridal shower.
The choice of candies and treats were just as elegant - Chanel styled Oreo, cookies, french macarons, gumball necklaces, rock candy, peanut butter cups, pretzels, cake fudge pops and more.
Custom chocolate bar wrappers were made for the Godiva Bars and party favour bags.
source: The Candy Brigade
8. Delicate White Wedding Candy Buffet
List of Candies for a White Wedding Candy Buffet:
- White Chocolate Dipped Chips
- White Cheddar Popcorn
- Vanilla Taffy
- White Chocolate Toffee Cashews
- Vanilla White Jelly Beans
- White Chocolate-Dipped Sandwich Cookies
9. Make Your Candy Buffet Fit The Theme of the Wedding
We love doing candy buffets as the give-aways for guests at weddings.
Making them fit in with the theme and the colour scheme is a nice way to add décor that you can eat!
Adding height elements and fun glassware is an eye catching piece for receptions and sit downs alike.
source: Tulips and Maple
10. Include Their Favourite Childhood Candies for their Wedding Candy Buffet
Candy Buffets have become somewhat synonymous with weddings and celebratory events!
They are a fun and easy way to add some late night excitement to the occasion.
All of a sudden adults start acting like little kids.... in a candy shop!
Stuffing bags to the brim... and yes sometimes we’ve witnessed exploding candy bags because they just couldn’t get enough!
Our advice for ensuring a cohesive and thoughtful looking sweet spread is to include an underlying theme whether that be a carefully selected colour combination or a specific concept that personalizes the experience. i.e. the host’s or guest of honor’s favorite childhood candies!
DIY Candy Buffet Ideas That'll Make You Look Like a Pro
11. The Ice Cream Sandwich Bar You Can Make Yourself
This is a unique idea that we haven't seen anywhere else.
It's especially great for the summer, and a great option if you want to do it yourself.
Plus, kids, teens and adults are sure to volunteer their helping hands, to help you bring this ice cream candy buffet to life, if you're looking for a helper in the kitchen.
Suggested list of tasty ingredients:
- Ice cream
- A variety of cookies
- Melting Milk Chocolate Wafers
- Melting White Chocolate Wafers
- Mini Rainbow M&Ms
- Rainbow Nonpareils
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Chocolate Sprinkles
- Gold Sugar Crystals
- Chopped Peanuts
12. Farmers Market Theme
The best candy buffet I've ever seen was a fruit-themed candy buffet, using all type of fruit-flavored candies. They were then laid out in small boxes to resemble what you might find at a Farmers Market. Adorable and definitely a "farm fresh" idea!
13. Hot Chocolate and S’More Bars
Everyone loves hot chocolate so we feature a variety of different kinds of cocoas, marshmallows, whipped creams (Vanilla & Peppermint), chocolate mint shavings and chocolate spoons which make the bar irresistible.
Then for the S’Mores, we feature different kinds of chocolates, different kind of marshmallows (flavored and colored) and you give guests a choice what kind of “base” they would like – Graham cracker, spiced biscuits, shortbread and then other fun things like salted caramel drizzles, chopped nuts and sprinkles.
These are amazing and so fun and customizable – they are perfect for Autumn/ Winter weddings and events!
14. Candied Apple Bar
One of the more original candy concepts that we’ve produced (and perfect for the fall season, by the way) has been a Candied Apple Bar.
Guests choose their apple (Macintosh, Granny Smith or Honey Crisp) and their dip (caramel, chocolate or candy) and can then decorate their custom candied apple with an array of funky toppings including (but definitely not limited to) candies, nuts, popcorn and crumbles.
15. Fantastic Beasts Movie Inspired Candy Buffet
The presentation is simple, unique and so on theme for Halloween!
At Eatertainment we love playing with presentation.
We are constantly evolving the art of showcasing delicious food.
Whether it be creating a stand to hang pretzels or constructing a cereal bar, we’ve done it all!
One of our favourite candy buffet ideas is this Fantastic Beasts 2 inspired suitcase bar.
We decided to tie the setting, key props, and 1920's era of the film into a single presentation element using British candy selections, feathers and of course a vintage suitcase.
The case is brought to life in the film and in this candy buffet, holding a world of wonder and excitement in each!
16. Create a Rainbow Candy Buffet
For the Splash event at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada a 25 foot rainbow dessert table was created featuring some of our favourite treats; including rainbow macarons and fish themed cake pops.
17. Fall Candy Buffet Idea
If you are looking for a fall themed candy buffet look no further.
Checkout these beautiful pictures from TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, for inspiration. She also recommends ways to save a few bucks on your candy buffet by "including non-candy items like pretzels, peanuts to fill in your larger jars."
Here's a list of candies she recommends for you to create a fall themed candy buffet:
- Candy Corn
- Fall Gummi Bears
- Fall Nonpareils
- Gummi Pumpkins
- Indian Candy Corn
- Jelly Pumpkins
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Mellocreme Pumpkins
- Gold Chocolate Coins
- Gummi Peach Rings
- Honeycombed Peanuts
source: The Budget Savvy Bride
Wrapping it up
There you have it a list of awesome candy buffet ideas from the web's top party planning experts.
My favourite is probably the forest theme because of how creative it was. But I'd really like to know which one did you liked the most?
Please let me know in the comments below.