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There’s nothing I like more than projects that are sweet to eat and easy on the wallet. Part favor, part dessert, part décor, part entertainment, candy buffets are fun and simple to do yourself without a lot of cash.
Things you’ll need (and how to get them cheap):
- Glass candy jars: The beauty of this project is that your jars don’t need to match. Candy buffets look best when there are an assortment of sizes and shapes of containers.
- Large spoons or scoops: Look for anything that’s will get a fair amount of candy from the jar to the favor box. You don’t need one for every jar, just a few to scatter around the table.
- Favor boxes: Look for small decorative boxes or bags big enough to hold a handful or two of candy and cheap enough to give one to every guest. Feel free to DIY these, or you can by lots for pretty cheap online.
- Lots and lots of candy: This is the sweetest part of the deal. Think beyond the grocery store and opt for candy shops that let you buy wholesale or in bulk. (Supporting a local candy retailer would provide your guests with a little extra local flavor, but if there’s none in your area, there are plenty of candy wholesalers online.) Look for a variety of bright, colorful sweets that match your color palette. Giant lollipops and candy sticks are perfect for adding bursts of brightness and variety. Get enough to fill a favor box for each of your guests and extra for them to munch on at the party.
How to do it (the easy way):
Just arrange your delicious and decorative sweets jars on a table with the shortest in front, so it’s easiest to reach. You can set a few on old suitcases or books to mix up the heights and add extra visual pop. Then place an empty favor box at every place setting with a note thanking your guests for coming and inviting them to head on over to the candy buffet and fill it up with their favorite treats.
And voila! Crowd-pleasing favors that double as décor and won’t end up in the trash.