If we had a lot of dollars; we would have a candy buffet similar to the one above, but those lollipops are upwards of $3 each, and that fishbowl of gummy fish is a pretty penny too.
My apologies for not posting as often as I should; we’ve been busy over here with our wedding less than 2 months away! One of the final aspects that we’ve been working on is the candy buffet that we opted to have; we got all the jars required for $75 (a lady was selling them from her wedding, and we ended up with more glass jars than we needed + enough to use for our centerpieces and more). We were told by “experts” to anticipate 6-8 oz. of candy per guest. Pay for 50 pounds of candy; that could easily be $500, if we were opting for the good stuff. So I started to think about how to make this a more affordable venture. I want to share my tips for a cheaper candy buffet with all you other budget savvy brides!
Ways to Cut Costs for your Candy Buffet
- For your sweets, don’t limit yourself to candy
One thing that I love to snack on is breakfast cereal, and the thing is, some of them look pretty nice when put in clear glass! Also, every time I’m in the Philippines, I’m surprised by how many different marshmallow choices there are, and marshmallows are puffy and pretty attractive.
We’re having our candy buffet be colorful, so we’re having 1 container of Fruit rings (Market Basket’s version of Froot Loops, which I find tastier, and also have a slightly more vibrant color), and 1 container of mini flavored marshmallows. Other potential choices are animal crackers, Oreos, and other cookies.
- Add items you’d find in the snack food aisle
Potato chips and pretzels? There seems to be so many chocolate-covered everything these days, I think folks would appreciate to have those options in the candy buffet. You can fill 1 jar with potato chips and 1 jar with pretzels, and it’ll make your candy buffet look fuller for very little cost.
- Take into account volume when buying candy
M&Ms are dense and take up very little space, so you don’t want to fill a large container with them. But Twizzlers, Gumballs and Pixie stix take up a lot more space. Fill your larger containers with these items so you don’t break the bank. Use the smaller containers for denser or more expensive candies; we’re using our smallest containers for Hershey’s kisses, Runts, and Skittles.
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