Your Perfect Day is providing over 20 candy buffets for our clients in 2011!
And with every candy buffet, we are asked many questions.
Here are some of the most popular questions we are asked when speaking about candy buffets!
Q: How many Jelly Belly beans are there in a 2.2 lb bag? A: There are 25 Jelly Belly beans in an ounce, 400 Jelly Belly beans in one pound and 880 Jelly Belly beans in a 2.2 lb, or kilo, bag. All counts are approximate, of course.
Q: Do I need to have wedding favors? A: The candy buffet is taking the place of the “traditional wedding favors”. Everybody LOVES candy. Instead of worring over what type of favors to purchase and if your guests will want to take the favors home, a candy buffet is there in place of a wedding favor. If there is candy left over at the end of your event, you can always use candy later, or the candy will keep until you want to eat it.
Q: How much candy should I purchase? A: I wish there was a hard fast rule to this question. Some say 1/4 LB per guest, others say 1/2 LB per guest. But it’s all about the way your candy looks. Plan by how you want the display to look, not how many guests are coming. Having enough candy is crucial in making your candy buffet look good.
Here is a tip a bride told us: “Take your candy buffet bags/containers that the guests will be taking home with them to your local grocery store and fill them the types of candy you will have for your event. Then weigh them. Multiply by how many guests, then you will get an idea of the pounds.”
Tip: Add something salty or sour: Yummy! Salt or sour GOES with SWEET. Your candy buffet doesn’t have to be all candy. Add potato chips or pretzels maybe some sour balls. Fresh fruit and cheese work great as well.
Q: What kind of containers should I use? Where can I find them? A: You can purchase new candy jars and containers or if you have time, (many months before your wedding) you can be “on the lookout” for your candy jars or containers. You will find them in the strangest places. Dollar stores, thrift stores, garage sales, friends and family will let you “borrow” them. TJ Maxx, Wal-Mart, Marshalls, Old Time Pottery, Home Depot. OR you can rent jars from Your Perfect Day for $5/jar and that includes scoop, set-up and tear down!
Q: Will the scoops scoop the candy I get? A: We get this question all the time. The scoops will scoop most any type of candy. You need to be more concerned about “will the scoops fit” through the container opening? Scoops will scoop, gummy or sticky candy will not scoop as well.
Q: My “theme” is tropical, I don’t want to use glass containers! A: There are all kinds of containers that are not traditional candy jars. Try pails, take out boxes, plastic office bins, nautical items, up-side-down cowboy hat, flowerpots, lampshades and florist containers. There are many out there……take a look around your home, you will start to find all types of “containers”. We had a wedding where basketballs were cut in half as a container.
Q: Do I need a scoop for every container? A: Rule of thumb: If the candy is wrapped, then no scoop needed. Anything you DO NOT want hands or fingers to touch, use a scoop or tongs.
Q: How can I cut costs on candy? A: Shop for candy after a holiday! Some candy will last a long time. Depending on your colors or theme, after holiday sales will save on candy costs. Don’t forget Sam’s Clubs, Cost Co, Smart & Final or bulk candy stores on-line like Candy Warehouse or Candy Crate
Q: My candy buffet looks so drab. Help! A: Spice up the table – tablecloths, table runners, flowers, pictures. These things can be added to make your candy buffet table look FABULOUS. Color makes a difference – coordinated colors look more elegant than random selections. Add extras to the table: Fountain, fortune cookies, cookies, brownies, bowls of fruit for the healthy option, napkins, take home bags/containers. Rent table runners from Your Perfect Day to give your table some color!
Tip: If you don’t want your candy buffet table to look empty, you can put the same amount of candy in smaller containers rather than 2 or 3 large containers – more smaller containers LOOKS like more! Containers on different levels using books under a tablecloth to create risers – very pleasing to the eye.
Q: The scoop is kind of ugly? A: Spice up your scoop with ribbons or bows. If you are using a cloth type ribbon or bow, wrapping the handle will spice up the scoop and match your event colors. (hides any printing as well)
Q: I am planning eveything myself, will my caterer do the set up? A: It never hurts to ask. If you purchase the candy, your caterer could add a candy buffet into your event. Also, there are companies that specialize in only candy buffets. Search online to see if there is a company or caterer close to you who set-up or will host a candy buffet for you. If you book Your Perfect Day as your wedding coordinator, we will set up, fill, refill and tear down your candy buffet!
Q: What do my guests put the candy it? A: You can provide a bag or a small candy box to put the candy in. Your Perfect Day can custom make bags or boxes for you!
Thank you We’ve got the Scoop for this Q&A!