Candy Buffet Inspiration and Cost
I decided that I wanted my candy buffet to match our color scheme, but was having trouble finding turquoise candy that wasn't crazy expensive. The only things I found were jelly beans ($60+ for a 5lb bag) and custom colored M&Ms ($57 for a 5lb bag). YIKES!! I found a few reasonable items like rock candy and stuff, but I also worried about the color being too ‘blue' and not so much ‘turquoise' so I decided to go with my other wedding color: yellow! So sunny and cheerful.
So our candy buffet is going to be made up of all yellow candies. But then I got to thinking… I need to make sure that everything isn't lemon flavored! (I'm not the biggest lemon fan anyway- so this is a major concern for me!) I am trying to make sure to get several flavors to mix things up a bit. Luckily, yellow candy comes in a variety of flavors actually… lemon, pineapple, banana, vanilla, caramel, etc. So I am trying to get as many different types as possible. I found a ton of options on CandyWarehouse.com
So it's going to be all yellow candy and then put turquoise ribbon around the jars with labels in my star-dreamy paper that identify each candy. I think it will look fantastic when it's all put together! Most of these candies are around $20 or less for a bulk quantity of 5-10lbs or so. I sent out a tweet to ask for advice on how much candy to purchase and I got some astounding numbers back. People were suggesting like 8-10 varieties of candy with 15-20 lbs of each. I am NOT going to follow these rules. If I did, it would cost me like $1,000 and I do not have $1,000 to spend on candy, of all things. I'll let you know my final totals, of course, when my purchases are made. Jessica Lynn did a great post on how she did her candy buffet, but an old Real Simple article is what gave the large numbers.
Are Candy Buffets expensive?
Just to forewarn those of you who are thinking about doing a candy buffet- it can definitely be expensive if you're not careful. Especially if you use the ‘rules' that have been set by some ‘experts' at Real Simple. For one thing, when you're ordering multiple types of candy in 5lb increments- that shipping adds up! If I ordered all the things pictured above, the shipping alone is going to be over $50.
A tip for you- I went to Amazon.com and found some great deals on some candy that even included FREE shipping. I'm an Amazon Prime member because I order tons of stuff on Amazon, so not only was it free shipping, but free 2 DAY shipping! Definitely something to keep in mind for those of you trying to save some cash. (I wholeheartedly recommend signing up for Amazon prime— it will pay for itself in spades!) I also got a great deal on some gummy bears, buy one get one free, so I got 10 lbs of pineapple, 10 lbs of banana, and 10 lbs of lemon! SCORE! Those and a 5lb bag of grapefruit slices for around $65 total with free shipping. They don't call me budget savvy for nothin'!
Any other tips anyone has to share when setting up a candy buffet?
Great Resources for Wedding Candy:
Lots of items eligible for free shipping
Old Time Candy Company
I purchased some old time stick candy here- they are fairly inexpensive and look great in jars!
Another option that allows you to browse by color! They've got M&Ms, gummy bears, and more!
$5 shipping on orders over $75