Personalizing your wedding and making the day unique is a huge trend in the bridal market. A hot new idea in favors and reception fun is the candy buffet or sweet bar. I think this is a great way to let your guests go home with a fun treat, or for those who can’t wait till they get home, something to snack on while at the reception.
These new and modern treat tables are also a colorful way to add a spice of color to your reception. This trend allows each bride and groom to show off their style to their guests whether it’s fun and whimsy, or classic and elegant. These touches and special details can be added throughout the day up until the end of the evening when each guest leaves with their special token of “thanks” from the bride and groom.
The candy buffet concept is not limited to weddings, it is also a great idea for kids parties and other celebrations. I can just image the bright eyes and smiling faces of children when at the end of their friend’s birthday party, they get to fill up a small bag of their favorite candies. Your party is sure to be a hit!
The element of color is usually achieved by using clear containers of all different shapes and sizes. There are literally thousands of possibilities. Some people stick with a color theme and only use specific colors in each container. Another great idea is to include small baked goods such as cupcakes, cookies, mini cupcake pops (cupcakes on a stick) and brownies to name a few. For easy reference, many baked goods recipes are on our website. It really is a great way to let your guests see your personal style and taste.
At Wilton, we currently have two different style containers in our line. The Clear Candy Buffet Container Kits are clear plastic with silver, broad appeal designs that would fit just perfectly at a wedding or party. Our Candy Buffet Container Kit is a white pearlized paper with silver designs. Each package of containers contains 3 sizes, one small, medium and large.
Usually the containers of candy are topped off with a ribbon and cute tag with the names of the candy on them or messages like “Sweet treats” or “Grab a bag” for the final touch. Any creative saying you like is yet another way to personalize your celebration.
At Wilton, we offer a really great Candy Buffet Décor Kit for your candy buffet. In it you receive some picks to stick in the tops of the containers where you can write your message, tags to label your items and a banner that displays the message “The Sweet Bar” to be hung over your table. We also offer 2 different types of take home containers: a Candy Buffet Favor Box Kit and Candy Buffet Favor Bag Kit featuring cone shaped clear bags.
Nowadays, with so many people working so hard, yet still trying to maintain a certain style at their celebrations, I think the candy buffet idea does “double duty” if you will. A candy buffet of any size adds an element of décor to your event, along with a note of thanks and a favor for your guests to leave with. At my daughter’s upcoming birthday this summer, we have already decided her friends will be surprised with a sweet table that includes items to describe her creative, upbeat and girly girl personality. She can’t wait.
Have you ever been to an event with a sweet bar? Do you have any cool unique ideas that can be added to this new trend? I’d love to hear them.