How to Create a Sweet (and Stunning!) Candy Buffet

What goes into putting together a creative candy table? A top West Coast event designer shares his confection perfection.

Something Blue

“There’s so much i love about candy tables — or candy bars, as I like to call them,” says Los Angeles wedding planner Wayne Gurnick. Styling a standout candy bar takes preparation and thought, he says. “the goal is for everyone to see the candy as a visual treat before they even get near it.”

Here, rock-candy kabobs and jelly beans put a whimsical spin on this elegant, sumptuous buffet created by Marjaneh Etebar of Candybar Couture, who frequently collaborates with Gurnitz. A tower of buttercream cupcakes is offset by a mirrored table; marabou-trimmed glassware adds an unexpected touch to this dreamy blue scenario, perfect for an evening affair.

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Photo Credits: Firoozeh Photography

The Shining

Be it a vintage farmhouse table, a baker’s rack or a sleek credenza, creative presentation is key to a dazzling candy experience, Gurnitz says.

Vessels in various shapes and heights are also key to both overall design and ease of serving. this contemporary look in silver, black and white is perfect for a sophisticated cocktail party, engagement celebration or retro-glam reception.

Polka-dot fabric and crystal-accented ribbons create a shimmering accompaniment to an assortment of sweet taffy, meringue and other sugary treats, including chocolate truffles coated in silver edible glitter from Bedazzle My Bonbons.

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Photo Credits: Firoozeh Photography

In the Pink

With candy available in virtually any shade, ombré is an easy, ever-so-chic option. Here, Candybar Couture thinks pink in every iteration, from baby to rose to fuchsia — “A perfect choice for a bridal shower or brunch.” Chocolate truffles, delicate petits fours and red velvet cupcakes share the table with old-fashioned classics like taffy, jelly beans and marshmallows.

Don’t settle for a blank wall, Gurnitz says. Consider paper garlands, as here, or a backdrop created from ribbons, fabric, artwork or photographs.

“A candy bar can be ‘revealed’ with dessert,” Gurnitz says, but it’s much more fun to let everyone enjoy the treats before dinner even begins!”

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