Syd A.
VIP April 2012

QUESTION: Does our candy buffet have to match our colors?

Syd A., on March 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 30
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For our June at-home reception, I definitely want to do a candy buffet. But our colors our fuschia, purple, and black, which means candy in those flavors have the potential to be disgusting (black licorice, anyone?).

So, can I just tie matching color ribbon around the jars and use non-matching candy? Think hershey's minature nuggets, fun-size snickers, silver hershey's kisses, etc. Or would that look bad? I'm thinking about putting flowers and signs on the table and using purple, fuschia, and black take-out containters to tie in our colors. I'm also thinking about wrapping ribbon around the container or finding black canisters.

Is this a bad idea?

Here's an example I found:


30 Comments

  • Kimberly S  ( formerly Kimberly L )
    Master June 2012
    Kimberly S ( formerly Kimberly L ) ·

    I think it's a great idea. I happen to know one person in the world that loves licorace and black jelly beans ~ My mom. Yuck. I don't see how she eats it. After Easter she racks up on the sales because she is the only one that eats those.

    Ribbon and flowers would be great. No one will even notice that it doesnt match and if they do....oh well.

  • Lindy
    Super April 2012
    Lindy ·

    I think if you have matching ribbon and such that would be great. Trying to get matching candy could be a hard task!

  • Erin
    Super August 2012
    Erin ·

    I dont think the candy has to match! Im doing a candy buffet and my colors are yellow orange and fushia. Were doing candy like gummy bears and worms, starbursts and skittles. I mean really who is gonna say something about the candy not matching lol.

    We did tie our colors of ribbon onto the scoops though to incorporate it more.

  • Syd A.
    VIP April 2012
    Syd A. ·

    Ewww..black licorice is so gross lol! And I hate grape flavored candy, which would be the purple. I checked purple wrapped chocolates, but they were super expensive. Plus, I don't think our guests have even seen a candy buffet before lol.

    Thanks for the advice!

  • Erin
    Super August 2012
    Erin ·

    I dont think the candy has to match! Im doing a candy buffet and my colors are yellow orange and fushia. Were doing candy like gummy bears and worms, starbursts and skittles. I mean really who is gonna say something about the candy not matching lol.

    We did tie our colors of ribbon onto the scoops though to incorporate it more.

  • Jamie
    VIP October 2012
    Jamie ·

    Definitely not. You can whatever you want :-)

  • Syd A.
    VIP April 2012
    Syd A. ·

    Thanks ladies! I was kinda starting to panic, but I feel better now. I appreciate it! I'll probably tie the ribbon around our scoops too - good idea :-)

  • That one chick who's married to that one dude
    Master April 2012
    That one chick who's married to that one dude ·

    I don't think the candy has to match your colors unless you absolutely want them to. People will be more concern if the candy is good rather than if it matches your color scheme.

  • Celia Milton
    October 2019
    Celia Milton ·

    Oh....I LOVE black licorice!!!!! YUMMMMM>>> but I think you should buy what you want. I mean seriously, you're giving me candy and I'm going to complain? NO.

  • Syd A.
    VIP April 2012
    Syd A. ·

    @Celia: Really?? Lol well that makes 1 person I know who does!

  • Ashley
    VIP December 2011
    Ashley ·

    Here's a pic of our mis-matched candy buffet. It wasn't as pretty as some of the matching ones, but no one noticed (or cared!).

    I say, go for it! Hitting the Wal-Mart candy aisle was WAY easier than ordering tons of matching (i.e. expensive) candy online. It took us about 30 minutes total to buy everything (we were able to rent the jars from our florist).

    PS: I hate black licorice too - but DH loves it, and since the candy bar was his "groom's cake", he got to pick all the candy we had.


  • Syd A.
    VIP April 2012
    Syd A. ·

    That looks good to me! I've been checking candy sites, and I agree with you, going to walmart or sam's club is so much easier. Thanks for the advice!

  • S3
    VIP May 2012
    S3 ·

    I also like black licorice!

    I think your candy buffet is going to look great, no matter what color the candy is. I agree with Celia - I'm not going to complain if I get candy!

  • Ashley
    VIP December 2011
    Ashley ·

    Yeah, we were stressing about the cost when we first decided to do the candy, based off of the candy websites. Once DH decided he just wanted a mix of his fave candy, we hit Wal-Mart & stopped worrying about it. Everything combined cost us significantly less than just the candy we would have ordered. (I think we spent about $200 total for the candy, jars, to-go boxes and labels).

  • Syd A.
    VIP April 2012
    Syd A. ·

    Thanks!

    @Ashley: $200 is definitely do-able. How many guests did you have?

  • Spike
    VIP July 2012
    Spike ·

    Http://www.candy.com/Pink-Candy_c_24.html

    http://www.candy.com/Purple-Candy_c_23.html

    http://www.candy.com/Black-Candy_c_25.html

  • Amanda
    Master July 2012
    Amanda ·

    We aren't doing a matching candy buffet. Its free candy - if it doesn't match and guests complain, they don't have to eat it. I am going to tie ribbon around our vases and add lots of pink and orange to the table to make it more decorative. I really don't think anyone will care that it doesn't match.

  • Jennifer
    VIP September 2012
    Jennifer ·

    Ribbons around the jars would be cute, but the candy itself definitely doesn't have to match. Infact I think the candy should match your tastes, not your colors. Go for the color coordinated takeout bags or boxes and use whatever candy you like. BTW, some people do like black licorice, like ME!!!

  • Ashley
    VIP December 2011
    Ashley ·

    We had approx. 150 guests (including about 10 children). We based the amount of candy we bought off of 1/4 lb. per guest, and used 1/2-pint sized containers, which was fine. Some guests filled 2 containers, some didn't take any...it seemed to work itself out.

    We found that we had more wrapped, hard candy left than anything else (we had a big assortment of chocolate/non-chocolate candies). If I had to do it again, I'd avoid jolly ranchers & get more chocolate or gummy bears. If you want some to take home, be sure to ask your venue or DOC to make sure some gets packaged and set aside for you. We forgot to ask, but our venue's staff set aside 2 boxes for us.

  • Syd A.
    VIP April 2012
    Syd A. ·

    Thanks!

    @Spike: I looked at that site before, but it just seems more expensive to try and coordinate the candy. Thanks though!

    @Ashley: Thanks for the tips. I was thinking gummy bears, sour patch kids, assorted chocolates, starbursts, and maybe some now and laters or airheads. The BBQ is just at a local park, but I will set aside some boxed for us.

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