Trend Report: Candy Buffets

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With sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, and event-based reality shows, it's becoming harder and harder to wow guests these days at formal events and big bashes. From classic to kooky, candy buffets are a fun way to add to the joy of your celebration. Try out this trend for wowing guests at weddings, showers, holiday parties, birthday parties, or corporate events.


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ACandyStore.com is an online bulk candy store organized by color, theme, brand, flavor, etc., making it easy to create a custom candy buffet for your big event. They carry more than 2,000 bulk candy products, including top brand names, hard-to-find old-time favorites, premium chocolates, and low-cost candies. ACandyStore.com has one of the largest selections on the web, making them know-it-alls when it comes to supplying the sugar.


Here's what ACandyStore.com has to say on the sweet subject:

Candy buffets are a growing trend with parties and events. Every year we see more and more event planners and brides-to-be ordering bulk candy in the colors that match their wedding reception or corporate event. There are even vendors who specialize in the creation of candy buffet tables.


Here are a few of the top tips we hear from candy buffet builders we work with:


1. Match colors, but mix, too
Matching your candy buffet table to the color of your party is a no-brainer these days. More candy-makers are making their products in individual colors, so there are lots of choices no matter what color you need. Green gummy bears, white M&M's, pink rock candy swizzle sticks, candy bars in every shape and size you can imagine — it's all available and easy to purchase online.

But we also see that the prominent color is usually mixed with another color as well. If the main color is bright and colorful, like pink or green, it is nice to offset that with some white candy, or maybe brown colored candy. Part of the fun of a candy buffet is that it reminds us of the stripes and mixed colors of the Willy Wonka chocolate factory. So, mix it up a little. Or if you want to go full Wonka, mix it up a lot!

2. Strategize on Size
It's easy to think of a candy buffet as being a huge, long table full of all kinds of different vases and bowl of candies that vary in size, shape, and color. But before you go too far down the rabbit hole, take a second to think about the size of the area you want this buffet table to take up. Do you have room for a huge table? Sometimes a small, round table done well can really pop in terms of décor. Spreading all your candy out to cover a huge table can work against you. Why not set up a smaller table and really fill it up tightly? You'll save money and the wow factor will be maximized.

3. Buy Extra Candy

Whether you go big or keep it conservative, you don't want your candy buffet to run dry. That's no secret and something any good party planner knows. What most people don't know, however, is how much candy 5 pounds of M&M's really is. When you buy online, you're buying by the pound. Eighty-seven percent of people overestimate how much candy 5 or 10 pounds is. So when they get their 5-pound bag of M&M's they say, "Wow, these are gorgeous, but I really thought 5 pounds would go a lot further."


Don't be stuck without enough candy the day before your party. ACandyStore.com has videos on their product pages which help show you how much candy is by volume. There's a 5 pounds of M&M's video, 5 pounds of salt water taffy, 10 pounds of Jelly Belly jelly beans, etc. Use these tools to help you make an informed decision so you can get on with party prep, and not be worried about how to get more bulk candy ASAP.


4. Have Fun!
The biggest thing is to have fun and get the candy you love. Candy buffets range from very elegant and organized to out of control with wild and crazy colors. There is no right or wrong; just have fun and watch your guests fall in love with your candy buffet.

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