Challenge: Create a candy buffet suitable for 100 guests that costs under $200
Theme: Rustic/country charm
Colors: Bright shades of green and white
Challengers: Carynn & Jackie
Jackie (our photographer) and I started by scouring local thrift stores. In just two hours we found a variety of “milk glass” containers in all shapes, sizes and textures. We picked up a few utensils to use as serving pieces and spent a total of $34.85 on the glass containers, serving pieces and an old lace curtain that served as our tablecloth.
Next we went online and purchased candy in bulk from www.candywarehouse.com where you can shop by color, flavor, occasion, brand and candy type. We happen to LOVE the stripes in the candy sticks and marshmallow puffs. Since we were able to score a free shipping discount, our candy total for the buffet came to $95.65.
We decided to throw together some DIY decorations to jazz up the buffet table. I created a “SWEETS” banner to hang behind the candy buffet. I printed the letters out, cut them down and adhered them to green patterned scrapbook paper. I punched out holes on the top two corners of each pennant and ran white ribbon through them to create the banner. Super easy, very cute and since I used ribbon and paper we already had, it was $0.00!
Finally, we needed treat bags for guests to put the candies in so we went with the White Favor Bags from Ann’s and personalized them with names and wedding date. 100 bags came to $49.98.
Our grand total was $180.48 for 100 people!
P.S. The glass containers will be great additions to your new home décor or for future parties after the wedding. Although you may need to borrow them out to other brides/friends who loved your idea!
Check back tomorrow to see our Bargain Tip: Restore silver for your wedding!
I am having a 60th birthday party for about 100 people , my theme is black a splash of color
love the tips! I went to home goods and Micheals to get glass vases for the candy bar. Between the coupons and clearance section I got some good deals. Also, dollar tree has a section with some round glass vases, about 8 in tall that could be used to hold bouquets during dinner or on a candy buffet for tall items (licorice, pixie sticks, rock candy)
I just did a candy buffet for my son’s wedding, but I spent a lot more money than this. I wish I had found your page earlier!
Thank you!! We will be using these ideas!