How Much Does a Candy Buffet Cost?
A candy buffet is something often found at a wedding, a birthday party, a graduation open house or a party in general. The candy buffet will have all sorts of options, from gummy candy to chocolates to suckers. There may even be other desserts on the table such as cupcakes or cake pops.
How much is it?
- The cost of a candy buffet will depend on the type of candy being served, the size of the buffet and whether you are going to hire it out. Like a food buffet, your choices can truly be endless. When you factor in the candy, it is best to budget $6 to $11 per pound. Experts claim that for every guest, you should have five ounces of candy. With 16 ounces in a pound, you should have a pound of candy for every 4 or 5 guests. So for example, a party of 200 would probably cost $300 to $550 for the candy alone. This will not include the decorations.
- With decorations, plan on spending an average of $2 to $5 per person for a candy buffet. This average would be for average candy and simple decorations. A professional service, on the other hand, can charge double if not triple that amount.
- According to one user on WeddingWire.com, she claimed that she spent around $100 in the glassware alone. They recommended three ounces for every guest when it comes to the candy. So if you are going to do the candy buffet yourself, you should plan on spending $3 to $15 per person depending on the type of candy and decorations.
- BeauxandBelles.net comes in with one of the highest estimates — claiming that you should be prepared to spend $5 to $8 per person. They state that the average guest will eat a 1/4 pound worth of candy.
- Uuniqueandyoursweddings.com, a professional candy buffet service, charges around $4.75 to $5.50 per guest. The cost will depend on the type of buffet you want.
What is going to be included?
- Typical candy buffets will include a variety of candy, such as chocolate, licorice, candy bars and so forth. The candy is often placed inside of a jar with a scoop inside. With individual containers or plastic bags, guests are able to scoop up the candy and take it back to their table. On the buffet table, it can also include balloons, flowers, signs and confetti. It as really going to be up to the taste of the person designing the buffet. Oftentimes, the buffet will have the colors that match with the theme of the wedding.
- If hiring a professional service, they will try to create a bar that you envision. During the wedding or event, they will have someone monitor the buffet, refilling, helping with bagging the candy, and taking the bar down when the event is over.
What are the extra costs?
- Aside from the candy, you will need dishes, decorations and scoops to arrange the candy. You will also need some type of bag or box in which the guests can put their candy. These bags can be designed specifically for your event or they can be generic and just match the color and theme of the event.
- Premium candy will oftentimes double if not triple your candy costs. Premium candy is considered to be chocolates or candy that you do not often find in the grocery store.
- An attendant during an event can cost extra if a service is hired.
- Delivery charges, cleaning, and linens for the table can be additional expenses.
- Because there are many people who are allergic to different food items, you should consider having place cards next to each type of candy describing what it is. This is also useful for people who do not like certain things, such as black licorice or coconut.
How can I save money?
- Creating your own candy buffet is extremely easy to do. Consider using creative resources such as Pinterest to find out what other brides and grooms did with their wedding.
- When purchasing your candy, consider wholesale clubs such as Costco. Make sure that you avoid the costly candy stores in the mall.
- If you are going to create the bar on your own, consider your craft stores and discount home goods stores when it comes to purchasing jars and decorations. Many jars and dishes can even be found at your local dollar store.
- Instead of purchase dishes, consider asking people that you know if they have any that you can use. The candy buffet will actually look better with different sizes and shapes of dishes rather than all the same.
- Instead of hiring an attendant, you can ask one of your guests, family members, or employees to run the table for you. Most will be glad to have the chance to contribute something to the event.
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