“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson


To Candy Buffet or to Dessert Table– that is the question. . .

With so many fun ideas these days, thanks Pinterest no one sleeps anymore, it’s so hard to make a decision. Ladybug candy buffet side angle 1Should I have a candy buffet or dessert table at my event? Why should I have a candy buffet or dessert table? What the heck is the difference? Can I have a combination of the two? What’s this gonna cost?  We answer all those questions for you right here. Our head candy buffet designer, Erin Savcic, is gonna fill you in on the delicious details. By then, you’ll know which one will overwhelm you and your guests with delight. So go ahead and try a bite!

Should I have a candy buffet or dessert table at my event? And what’s the difference?

Well, let’s first give you a rundown of what each one typically consists of. A Candy Buffet is beautiful display of delicious candy that is personally designed to complement the color and theme of your event. The candy buffet usually consists of multiple types of candy varying in size and sometimes color. It will contain varying jars and sizes or plates and trays. The dishes are usually accompanied with tongs and scoops. Added décor is optional. A Dessert Buffet provides guests with a delectable array of sweets collectively displayed on a table. The colors, shapes and textures of decadent treats adds a visually appealing ending to any wedding or special event. The table typically consists of varying sizes of serving trays and plates, serving utensils and sometimes small cups for drinks, as well as optional added décor. As to whether or not you should, it’s a yes, it’s just a matter of which one.

What’s this gonna cost?

There are a lot of misconceptions about setting up a candy buffet. This can be an expensive part of an event and the amount of candy, the types of candy, the right size and amount of favor boxes, the correct types of jars and the appropriate scoops and tongs are all incredibly important components to making a successful candy buffet. To really set the aesthetics on fire you need some great décor items and flowers and we all know that can add up quick.

By thoroughly planning out your design, calculating the amount of candy you need, and watching for great deals, you can have a candy buffet that won’t be forgotten. It does take time to research and compare, purchase and design, create, transport and set up and then take down. If you do this DIY style then you have to try and resell all of your new jars and tongs you now own, so then you’ll need a little more time to commit to it. You can keep the jars and repurpose them since you are DIY type of gal. There are some places that you can also rent the jars from, that will save you on a couple steps. One other option is to hire someone to do it all for you. I know that most people ask “By hiring someone, doesn’t that make it more expensive?” The short answer is yes, some times. If you hire a friend to do it, they will probably still be paying retail for everything. You usually have to have a license or business to buy wholesale. Buying wholesale items and buying often typically gives way to better pricing. This ability helps to offset the cost of the designer creating your table. This usually allows the designer to incorporate more product for your money, too.

We have provided you with the math for calculating how much candy. Of course we would love to create a table for you but we also know some of you are even more design savvy than us. We just want to help in whatever way we can. We use the equation: 200 guests x 6 oz = 1,200 ounces (75 pounds) Using 7 to 10 candies = 5 to 10 pounds of each type of candy. As for the cost of candy, that’s largely going to depend on where and how you buy the candy. Going to a grocery store or going online can vary greatly. For our candy buffet pricing go to our price page right here.

Dessert table pricing can vary greatly. It’s going to be based greatly on what desserts you get and where you get your desserts from and whether or not your bakery of choice will set up a dessert table. If they won’t then you’ll have to set it up yourself. You can definitely find bakeries out there that will make the desserts and set up the table. You can decorate these tables as much or as little as you want. The same elements of design apply to these tables as the candy buffets, as well as their décor costs. The average dessert table prices run between $175-$500. For our dessert table pricing go to our price page right here.

Can I have a combination of the two?

Of course you can! First, it’s your day so there isn’t much you can’t have. Second, just make sure you budget right so that you can. That’s another good reason to hire someone to do the table, they will know how to budget it properly. Realistically speaking, if you can afford it then you can have it. Dessert tables and candy buffets actually are like PB&J. They compliment each other scrumptiously, both in flavor and appearance. So yes, please combine the two goodies for a little something that everyone will love, both young and old.

Why should I have a candy buffet or dessert table?

With all of the fun things you can do to add to your tables décor and to double as a guest favor, they can save you money on your events overall décor because they give a great focal point at your reception. No one wants a reception where people are sedentary, they want movement and laughter and fun. Candy Buffets and Dessert Tables a great way to get your guests up and moving and interacting. Once people start moving it gets the whole rooms energy moving. And there’s nothing like a good sugar kick to get you feeling ready to dance the night away. If you have a themed event, these tables can really set the tone for your theme or even your color scheme.

All in all, Candy Buffets and Dessert Tables definitely have our vote. We just love everything they have to offer and we love to design them. They’re fun, creative, tasty and will definitely leave your guests loving every bite!




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