We sent a couple hundred people home on a sugar rush this weekend. It's safe to say our candy buffet was a hit!
We had the honor of being a sponsor for a bridal show in Washington, DC. Not only did we meet some of the most fun brides-to-be on the planet and some incredible wedding pros, we also got to unveil the much anticipated (OK, maybe just in our minds) Get Wed for Less candy buffet!
So how'd we finish it off? In Part I of making swagalicious and affordable candy buffets, we signed off sharing tips on goodies and embellishments, so next was safely transporting all the containers to the site. If you have to transport breakable items, make sure to use packing peanuts, paper, or bubbles to avoid breakage. Keep your meltables cool! If you are dealing with warm outdoor temps while en route to your destination and packing up the vehicle, keep the goods in the refrigerator as long as possible; then, put them in the car when you're leaving. If you have a long drive ahead, keep the meltables in the air-conditioned vehicle or use ice packs.
Upon arrival to the hotel, our intern and I carefully loaded items on our trolley and rolled 'em in. We arranged our green chevron-printed table runner on the covered buffet table first. Next, we set up our $9.99 floral bouquet (from Trader Joe's) in its ribbon-embellished vase in the rear-center of the table. We positioned the containers, staggering the taller ones in the back (see image above to get a feel for the layout - some things are just better explained with a visual). Then, we poured in the goods (alternating the greens and deep pinks between the containers as much as possible), laid out the other tabletop items, and stuck the clear mini (dollar store) tongs into the candy.
Lastly, don't forget to take a step back and look at your design! Do you need to switch up a couple dishes? Are the containers full enough? My final tip would be to ensure your reserves are close by! You will need to keep refilling to keep guests happy *smile* and for that continuous presentation appeal.
We hope you have as much fun as we did making and dishing up our candy buffet! If this two-part series can help another, please pass it along. For more pics from the bridal show, check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/getwedforless.
Until next time...