Candy buffets are great for any occasion. When it comes to kids, anything that wow’s them and holds their interest for more than 30 seconds is a winner. That is why the candy buffet fits so well into a sleepover. This theme is designed for boys, but you can easily adapt it to a girls theme.
The table theme
You have plenty of room to get creative here. With a boys theme, think about using alternative containers for your candy jars. The standard candy buffet will use 4-6 tall jars in the back section, 4 mid-sized jars in the center (around the center piece) and 3-4 trays or low jars on the front section. Empty spots will be filled with decorations to match the theme and goodie bags. Here are some other suggestions to use as candy containers which will make your boys table a hit:
- Plastic dump trucks
- Plastic buckets (with shovels for scoops)
- Mini-trash cans
- Plastic train (use the train cars for the candy)
- Tractor with trailer
- Plastic pick-up trucks
These items are usually available at your local dollar store. And there is another great thing about using them. When the party is settling down and you are ready to cut off the supply of sugar, allow the containers to empty (you can pour the remaining candy into sandwich bags and place the bag back inside until it is empty). This leaves some great toys for the boys to play with. If you want to get real creative, make sure you have one toy for each guest and write their names on the bottom side of the toy. When the time comes to hand out the “props” flip them over and give each child their toy. The surprise factor is thrilling.
Candy and colors
First and most importantly you need a great online candy store. We have linked you to one that has a huge selection, great service, and will ensure your candy is delivered on time.
Candy suggestions for boys:
- Gummie worms, bugs, and bears
- Pops Rocks
- Novelty candy
- Seasonal candy (around the date of your event)
- Candy money
Your online candy store will have a good selection of candy that is sugar-free, gluten-free, kosher, and allergy-free. It is up to you how you create your candy buffet. It is a good idea to have some selections for children who have dietary needs. Mix in sugar-free candy to prevent sugar overload.
Though you should keep your colors at a maximum of three, you can push the envelope with this candy buffet. Simply stick with bright primary colors. Red, blue, yellow, green, and orange make great displays.
There is plenty of information online that will help you put your candy buffet together if you are new. Here are a few more tips:
- If you decide to use chocolate, consider the temperature of where the candy will ship. Sometimes special shipping arrangements must be made which will add expense to your budget. Also, inquire about storage.
- Allow about 6-ounces of candy per child and 8-ounces of candy per adult. Buy more if the candy buffet will be up extended periods of time.
- Mix salty snacks on the table to balance the sweetness.
- Take into account the size of the candy. Larger candy fills jars faster and requires less attention for refills. Very small pieces can be dangerous for young children
Remember, this is your creation and anything goes. You are only limited by your imagination. So get your thinking cap on and make a candy buffet that will be the hit of any party!
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