Candy buffets are the hottest party item since the helium balloon. One look around Pinterest and you will see that candy buffets are making their appearance in every celebration – from weddings to graduations to retirement parties. You can get in on this super fun craze by bringing a candy buffet to your child's birthday party – as a surprise! Imagine your child's face when suddenly the table she thought was just for a cake is adorned with all of her favorite colorful sweets! Here are some tips for making your child’s birthday extra special with this awesome DIY craft.
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Keep it a surprise
The good thing about a candy buffet is it all starts with a table and tablecloth. Set up your table in the corner of the room and begin stashing things under it. You can hide your supplies and decorations in plain sight.
Themes, decorations, budget
A candy buffet does not have to cost a lot of money. But if you are not careful, it is easy to go over budget with decorations, props, and designer candies. Set your theme (kids birthday surprise) and then gather supplies. Containers, and decorations with lots of color and “pop” are available at the local dollar store. Make your own personalized banners, plaques, and signs to attach to the table covering and the backdrop. Don’t forget the big crazy Happy Birthday ribbon to pin to the guest of honor. Use pictures of family, pets, favorite places, and dream vacations to make the party special to your child.
The candy is the main event. You will need an online candy store that has a good selection, good prices, and great service. You can choose candy that you know your child loves as well as colors that match the rest of the party decor. You should plan on about 8-ounces of candy per guest. Let the customer service agent know what you are looking for and your price range. Take advantage of specials and bulk shipping.
Every birthday party needs a great cake – and your candy buffet is the perfect way to show off just how perfect it is! Use the cake as your centerpiece and stage the colorful matching candy all around it. If you want to get more creative, you can even have the cake include a unique candy tower, lollipop tree or arrangements of candy to form candy rockets. Use a three-tier cupcake holder and use ice cream cones with scoops of cotton candy for a cute and fun treat.
Remember to keep the party focused around the things that make your child’s eyes light up. There is no right way or wrong way. There is only your way.
Creation of candy buffet
There are plenty of sites that offer instructions on how to make your candy buffet. If you need help, click here. The basics are simple. Your candy buffet should create the shape of a triangle with the table as the baseline. Tall containers will go to the back of the table. Mid-size containers will go in the center balancing out the centerpiece, and short jars and trays will go on the front. Do not forget tongs and scoops and goodie bags for taking home candy. The table covering and the backdrop is for your decorations. Consider LED lights, toys, signs and plaques, candles, feathers, branches, fruit, and theme decor. Fill in empty spots with matching decor items. Fill your containers ¾ full for a great look and keep extra candy under the table for refills. (Keep a scoop for yourself to make refills easier.)
That’s it! Now use your imagination and go make a candy buffet to be proud of!
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