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How To DIY Your Own Candy Buffet On The Cheap

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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.

How To DIY Your Own Candy Buffet On The Cheap

  • 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.

  • yourbridesmaid

    One of my Brides just did this and it was super cute and super cheap! Not cheap like how one would feel after a one night stand. Maybe I should say not very expensive…

  • This is such a great idea. I love the suggestions you gave when it comes down to finding a budget-friendly decor/gift favor/ candy buffet! I mean who doesn't love candy! This would be a great attraction at any wedding. The best part is that even if you are a detailed bride that wants everything to be perfectly color coordinated, you would be able to enjoy this option.
    You can pick a color or two that goes with your theme and your guests would definitely appreciate that. Plus if you have any kids at your wedding you are sure to be a favorite after the event. (Just make sure to watch out for the little sugar high 5 year-old running around.) If you added some gift favor boxes/bags you could totally cut cost by having it as a buffet + a gift favor. Like Katie said just make sure to have enough candy for the wedding buffet and the gift favors.
    Thanks Katie for this great post! You definitely got my inspiration going.

    Katarina I.
    Weddingful – Plan a Fabulous Wedding

  • I love the favor boxes on the table as placecards! I do want to warn you guys – to get that much candy (to look substantial on a table and make the jars look full) can be quite expensive. Bulk candy places like candywarehouse.com and economycandy.com let you sort candy by color – awesome, I used it for a wedding where the bride only wanted purple candy – but the shipping is pricey (candy weighs a lot). Some insider scoop: look at amazon.com. They sell candy, you can even search "purple candy" and for some of the vendors you can get free super saver shipping. Also, if you have that one big jar that you love and want to use – don't fill it with M&Ms (can be about $40 at $6 a pound), fill it with marshmallows! Use white if they go with your color scheme, because the jumbo ones take up a ton of space and cost like 3 bucks. They are starting to sell colored marshmallows now too, for a few dollars more.

  • Impressive! Very good looking candy bars, yummy! Not expensive and very good idea. Thanks for sharing a lot. Regards from online wedding invitations

  • Amelia

    Good job. I also like the idea that a candy buffet can also double as the decorations. Such a fun idea to get the most out of wedding colors and put favors in at the same time. Thanks.

  • Nice job!

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  • Could you post a link where you can buy the love jars.