Everyone loves candy, which is why candy buffets are a great choice for wedding receptions. Candy buffets can be planned around any season or color scheme. You are only limited by your imagination.

The fun part about planning a candy buffet is picking out the candy. If you are not sure what people would like, then just ask a couple of children to tell you their favorite kinds of candy.

Choose candy in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. If you want the candy to coordinate with your wedding colors, then choose candy that matches your color scheme.

You might want to consider choosing some sweet candy and some sour candy. For candies of different shapes and sizes, choose candies such as pieces of licorice, sour gummy worms, gummy bears, lollipops, Skittles, Smarties, Hershey’s Kisses, jelly beans, Jolly Ranchers, Pixie Sticks, M&M’s, gum balls, etc.

The candy in your candy buffet can be displayed in a variety of ways.  Apothecary jars in different shapes and sizes look very elegant. The lids on the jars will also help to keep the candy fresh. You can often find inexpensive apothecary jars at thrift stores or at craft stores.

Another creative way to display candy is to create your own candy dishes. You don’t want to just have the candy sit in bowls on a table. Create dishes of a variety of sizes and heights by gluing shallow glass bowls on top of candlestick holders. The candlestick holders can be spray painted any color you want to match your wedding theme. This is a great way to re-purpose old candleholders. You can find candleholders and a variety of glass bowls at thrift stores. If you do not want to permanently glue the bowl on the candlestick holder, then use large removable glue dots to hold them together temporarily. You can find glue dots with the scrapbooking supplies at your local craft store.

After you have chosen your candy and either purchased or found the supplies to make your candy jars, you will need to think about how your guests are going to get the candy out of the bowls. You don’t want people putting their hands into the bowls. You can buy small inexpensive plastic candy scoops and tongs to place into each bowl. This will also give your table more of a candy store feel.

You might consider labeling your candy bowls so that your guests know what is in each bowl. Avery makes a round label that you can use to create attractive labels on your computer. Place a label on each candy bowl.

You will also need something for your guests to put their candy into. Candy falls off of plates too easily, so you will need something like a clear beverage cup. Another option is to use inexpensive small Chinese take out containers. These containers can be purchased at many warehouse stores. The candy cups can also double as a wedding favor. Use round labels to place the bride and groom’s name and wedding date on the clear cups or take out containers.

To draw attention to the candy buffet, create a sign to put on the table to let people know they can help themselves to the buffet. For a more elegant look, create a sign on your computer, print it out on nice paper, and place it in a pretty picture frame to set on the table.

If you are planning a candy buffet for your wedding reception, you have many options to choose from. No matter what you decide, your guests will not be disappointed. It is likely to be their favorite part of the wedding reception.

Tiffany Wells is a professional blogger that writes for Afloral.com, a leading online retailer of silk flowers and floral supplies.