Taxing Your Sweet Tooth – Candy Buffet 101

Candy buffets are rapidly becoming the most popular trend in events. This is a great way to add a unique element to birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and even at corporate parties.  Candy buffets are easy to assemble and a great inexpensive and modern way to build a conversation piece at your next party.

Here are a few tips to help you build a stellar candy buffet!


Create depth and height in your presentation table. Use boxes and phone books to create dimensions. You can cover the boxes with decorative paper or cover the table and your layers with matching linens to create a seamless display.

Use a variety of different vases, trays, and bowls to display your candy options. Be creative and tie in your theme. Use wicker baskets or small pails to portray a rustic theme, crystal bowls and submersible lights in each bowl/jar to illuminate your table for a more elegant feel. Using wide-mouth containers will allow guests to see what they are getting and get at it easily; avoid containers with lids as they will easily become broken or lost. Variety in vase shape and size will keep the eye engaged and the display interesting.

Add visual interest to your display. By creating attractive labels and signs for each candy variety your guests know what they are selecting and it is a great way to incorporate your theme or colour scheme into your buffet. There are a number of online resources for free printable templates, a quick Google search will bring you a wealth of templates to choose from!

Candy Selection

 Streamline your candy options. With all of the candy options out there you will easily become overwhelmed when selecting the candy for your buffet. Keep in mind the more options you put on the table the move overwhelmed your guests will be; a good target is 6-12 options. A great way to streamline your selection is going with a colour scheme, this will really make your table pop!

Don’t get caught buying too much! It’s easy to worry that you won’t have enough. If you are providing a meal, cake, and other late night options a good estimate per person is ½ cup (4oz). Save your larger containers for the more popular candies to really pull on that visual effect!

Considering a Wedding Planner?

With the average Canadian wedding costing $25,000, attended by approximately 140 guests and requiring over 15 wedding professionals/vendors it’s no wonder that 30% of Canadian brides say planning a wedding is more stressful than enjoyable.

The average Canadian couple spends 200 hours planning their wedding; let’s face it for a newly engaged couple working full-time – who has 200 hours to spare?!?! Wedding Planners are no longer reserved for the rich and famous but have become a necessity for the time-pressed couple.

Hiring a Wedding Planner can save you time, aggravation, and even money! Here is a checklist to determine if you could benefit from hiring a Wedding Planner?

___ You are both working full-time which will prevent you from finding the time to meet up with wedding vendors during the day

___ You don’t have additional help from family, knowledgeable friends, or bridesmaids

___ You don’t know many people who can refer you to reliable wedding vendors

___ You are behind on timelines and checklists

___ You’re excited to be married, but just thinking about the planning makes your run in the opposite direction

___ You can envision your wedding but you have no idea how to make it happen

___ You can’t envision your wedding

___ You have a short engagement

___ You’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed and thinking eloping might be easier

___ You just wish you had someone who’s been through wedding planning and can give you great advice


If you have checked off one or more of these items you should consider hiring a Wedding Planner. Wedding Planners can relieve the stress and pressure of planning a wedding. A Wedding Planner’s connections and experience allows them to avoid common wedding mistakes creating a cost-effective and time-efficient solution to planning your wedding!