Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sugar Rush: Candy Table Tips From A Pro (Part Two)

Candy table guru Frances has so much good advice, I decided to spread it out over two days. Enjoy the second installment of her helpful tips!

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in putting together a candy table, and how did you deal with it?

The biggest challenge I've faced is the weather. Chocolate melts easily, and it can be hard to have a candy table during the summer or even outdoors on a nice day. In these situations, I load up on hard candy and items like popcorn or Rice Krispies treats, while trying to minimize the chocolate's exposure to the elements.

What are some of the most unique candy table items or ideas you’ve seen used? Are there any specific treats you’d recommend for guests who aren’t able to consume sugar?

When planning out a candy table, I think it's important to include choices that the guests of honor like. It is, after all, their celebration. If you're trying to limit the sugar level, include sugar-free candy and popcorn, plus yogurt-covered items and candy-coated selections like pretzels.

Do you have any other advice or comments you’d like to share?

Remember that the point of a candy buffet is to provide variety. It also isn't Halloween, where you have to send your guests home with pounds of candy. Use small bags or boxes so that guests don't overstuff, and use small scoops with your candy. In my experience, while you should make sure you have enough candy overall, remember that most people won't take one of everything. Rather, they'll choose a few of their favorites. For example, there is no need to provide 100 candy bars for 100 guests. You can get away with 75 bars, because some people might not like that type of candy and will pick something else from the table.

What do you think of Frances' tips? Are you ready to go out and create a candy table for your next party?

Want even more inspiration? Check out Amy Atlas' fabulous blog, where Frances gets a lot of her great ideas!

(Photo Credits: Lollipops & Paper)


  1. I would love to have a candy table at my next party- they're so much fun! And I wouldn't have thought about yogurt-covered goodies... Thanks for the tip!

  2. A variety is always great - yogurt covered pretzels are awesome!

  3. so planning a candy buffet for my next bash!