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Create a Fabulous Candy Buffet for Your Child’s Birthday Party

If your child has a birthday party coming up and you want to do something tasty, easy, and most of all fun, how about setting up a candy buffet? Although it initially might sound like a lot of work, it’s pretty easy to do. All you need is to know what you should buy and how you should arrange them, and the candy buffet will be ready in no time.

So, are you ready to get started? If so, check out the following five tips before heading out to pick up the supplies (and, of course, the candy) that you’ll need for your buffet.

levels of candy buffet


How to Create a Fabulous Candy Buffet for Your Child’s Birthday Party

Choose a color and theme. 

As you’re in the process of planning your child’s birthday party, it should be as aesthetically appealing as it is entertaining and delicious. So think about the color and theme you want for the party and then decorate the candy buffet table to match or complement it. That way, the buffet will blend in well with what is going on in the rest of the room. For some unique birthday theme ideas for kids, visit Babble and put “unique birthday theme ideas for kids” in the search field. You can also read these money-saving tips for a Disney-themed party.

candy buffet with assorted treats

Select a variety of candy. 

The next thing you should do is select a variety of candies to put on display. Of course, some of them should be your child’s favorite candies. However, keep in mind that some kids may have other tastes, and their parents may have particular preferences (like sugar-free candy). As far as finding affordable candy, Walmart, Party City, and Candy Warehouse are some places that have packs for an excellent deal. To list different kinds of candy that you can choose from, visit and put “candy types” in the search field.

Have different candy zones. 

Something that’s a perfect idea to put the candy in different kinds of zones. The reason is that if you put all of the candy on one table, in one spot, it will be difficult for people to see all the buffet offers. Plus, it could also cause a big mess because children will be accessing the buffet. That’s why it’s always a good idea to break the candy up into zones. Maybe have chocolate candies on a small table. Then have fruit-flavored candies at a larger table in the middle. And finally, sugar-free candies at another table on the other side.

children's buffet of candy

Use plastic containers. 

If you were going to host an adult birthday party or have a candy buffet for your wedding reception, apothecary or mason jars would be ideal. However, being that you’re creating a party for your child and their friends, plastic containers are a safer route to take. You can find them at an inexpensive price at stores like Walmart or sometimes from a place where you would buy wholesale candy. You can also find plastic containers of a variety of sizes and styles at shops like the Container Store.

Get some candy scoops.

Although children will probably want to put their hands directly into the containers, placing some scoops into each container is healthier. If you get enough scoops for each child and put their names on a ribbon that you can wrap around each of the handles, they can take their scoop home as a party favor. You could also get them personalized sweet bags. It’s the perfect way to top off a child’s birthday party candy buffet!

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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