Sunday, August 23, 2009

Candy Bars or Sweet Tables

Many brides are asking for Sweet Tables! The concept is to have a variety of sweets, usually candies that the guests can help themselves to. When done well, it is a great way to create an amazing visual display at the reception as well as encourages mobility and conversation.

Plan the buffet based on the overall look, rather than quantities per guest. There will be more candies this way but it will look amazing and be a talking point for guests throughout the night.

Tradition meets Modern
Almonds have been used since ancient times to celebrate weddings and births. Over the centuries, this developed into colored sugared almonds.
Traditionally, five (Jordan) almonds are presented in a tulle and given to guests to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy represent the bitter sweetness of a marriage.

Getting Started
- Budget for it! candies are inexpensive however buying large quantities and displaying them can add up.
- Consider what yours and your fiancé's favorite candies are to make it more meaningful.
- What are the colors and themes of the day/the reception? Tie the buffet in to this theme.
- How you imagine the table to look. I.E brightly colored, all one color, personalized.
- Discuss the concept with the venue and ensure they have the space and a large enough table.
- Consider displaying the cake on the table to add to the overall look and also draw guests attention to it.

- M&M's can be custom ordered in 25 different colors, with initials and even sketches for a yummy personalized touch. A lot of party stores are now carrying colored M&M's.
-Jelly Belly's are also a good treat for guests. They come in a variety of flavors to add some spice to your table.

Jars and containers
- Apothecary jars look glamorous and will show off the candies. Try home stores. In Stock jars of different sizes can range from $10 and up.
- Clear glass or crystal jars create a classic look, glossy black glass is modern and different.
- Open topped bowls and vases look great with candies overflowing out and also makes life easy for guests.

- Renting the jars, platters and bowls can cut back on the cost.
- Have plenty of candy scoops on hand- no one will want to touch the jars after people have their hands in them!
- Have the emcee remind guests to visit the buffet throughout the night to avoid chaos at midnight when guests are leaving.
- Displaying simple candies in unexpected ways makes the buffet fun and unique. This pink dessert table by event coordinator Vicky Crease features m&m's (or maybe smarties?) in shot glasses!

Well thats it's for now - happy planning
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Sharon Patrice, Simple Perfect Peace/Designs by Shay

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