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Colorful Sesame Street Candy Buffet

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Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

Here are some photos from the Sesame Street candy buffet that I created for Ashby O’Dell’s birthday party last month… which was so much fun to work on! You’ll find all the details below for this particular buffet, in case you want to create something similar for your own parties…

All of the candy is from Sweet Factory – you can buy in bulk on their website! I really wanted to play up the bright colors – just like you see in the Sesame Street characters. I was told that Ashby loves chocolate, so the first thing I ordered was candy-coated Decorator Sixlets in yellow, blue, lime green, red, and hot pink. You can buy them in 10-lb or 1-lb bags. (I used about 2-3 lbs per jar at a time, depending on the size.)

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

Other candies in the buffet included: Jolly Ranchers, boxes of Dots, Saf-T-Pops, Alphabet GummisSmiley Happy Face Lollipops, Round Whirly Pops and Flower Lollipops (displayed in colorful Blumeboxes), Giggle Pops, Gummi Centipedes, Rock Candy Sticks, Red Swedish Fish, and individual buckets of Cotton Candy displayed in a pyramid. The final buffet was 12-ft long! There were favor bags on the table so that guests could make their own take-home “favor bag” with all of their personal favorites.

LOTS of candy, I know! But there were about 100 guests at this party – a little more than 1/2 of which were adults – so we needed quite the mass quantities. You can definitely do something similar to this on a much smaller scale though! (Here’s an example of a smaller candy buffet I did last weekend for a 16-person baby shower.)

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

Plush Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Grover, and Big Bird sat between some of the candy jars and helped to play up the theme. I also found some 3-D Sesame Street Stickers at a local scrapbook store, framed them in bright, inexpensive frames from IKEA, and set those throughout the buffet.

Balloon bouquets displayed in colorful Blumeboxes added a nice pop of color to the tables as well!

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

It’s fun to creative with lollipop displays! You can use white craft foam to make them stand up in trays and shallow containers like the white ceramic vase pictured above. Just cut the foam to size and make sure it’s a little bit shorter than the container. Stick the lollipops in, then pour on a a layer of candy or popcorn to hide the foam.

There were several of these types of displays (featuring both small & large lollipops) on the candy buffet and all throughout the party – they make great table centerpieces too!

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

All of the candy jars were purchased at Home Goods for around $7 – $20 each, depending on the size. (They were about 1/2 the price at Home Goods from other places I saw them!) Embellishing some of the jars with a simple band of color-contrasting ribbon is super easy to do and makes a big difference in the overall look!

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

The candy buffet was a hit with the adorable birthday girl too…

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

Here’s a fun shot of  The Jumpitz – the kids group that performed at the party (and did a great job!) – goofing around at the candy buffet.

Sweet Factory Candy Buffet

For more pics from this party, check out the Facebook Album. {Complete details from the entire party will be available in the Party Themes section soon!}

Special thanks to Jayneoni Moore for asking me to style this party – and to photographer Gina Lee for the fabulous photos!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

82 responses to “Colorful Sesame Street Candy Buffet”

  1. This is ADORABLE! I especially love the layered colored chocolates. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  2. ROOM design studio says:

    oh this is so lovley!! I absolutly adore this! Very inspirational for next birthday parties!

  3. Joy says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the use of the colors! Wonderful job – AGAIN!!!

  4. anon says:

    i’m doing a little candy buffet in the coming weeks. i found all my clear glass at the dollar tree for $1 a piece. i was surprised how well the pieces there look these days! granted, they’re not pedastool and don’t have lids but i feel like i can get the same feel.

  5. eminent events says:

    Hi Jen,

    I want to use the lollipop display at my grand opening in August, where can I find the white ceramic vase?

  6. jenn s. says:

    I got them at a place in San Diego called Wholesale Flowers, but I don’t see that particular size on their website, so you can get the smaller 5x5x2″ sized ones here:

    or a larger 9x9x2.75″ size (used for the bigger happy face display with the sesame street sign) here:

    I also used some of these rectangular ceramic vases for the larger “twister” pops, and those came out well too!

    hope that helps!

  7. Amy says:

    Thanks Jenn for the detailed tips. One question: did you have to refill the buffet or did it last for the party? I’m thinking to do something similar for the same number of quests and want to make sure I buy enough candy.

  8. Absolutely adorable. Your candy buffets make me so happy!

  9. alice says:

    so incredibly fun! my friends need to have children so i can throw parties like this for them!

  10. eminent events says:

    Thanks Jen!

  11. I love the Candy Buffet. My girls would enjoy one at their parties.

  12. Oh I love the Sixlets!! The bright colors are a nice twist on the Sesame Street theme- which typically think of being more primary. Great job!

  13. Every detail is perfect! I love all the fun, bright colors!

  14. Jodi says:

    You are amazing!! What a wonderful job and such a cute party idea!!!! The candy buffet is calling my name!!!

  15. Dorm Bedding says:

    Wow, looks like such a fun party! Perfect theme – what kid doesn’t like Sesame Street? :)

  16. Vinita says:

    Wow what a great theme.. candy birthday party. So colorful and so inspiring. How much would such a party cost? Will it be out of range kinda affair?

  17. Jenna says:

    Fabulous! You did an amazing job with the colors and incorporating a childs theme into a posh party. Love it!

  18. This is fabulous! I’m taking notes for my kid’s next birthday party!

  19. Gabrielle Valentine says:

    Yeah! Found the next theme for my daughter’s birthday. She loves elmo. I’m in love with the color in these pictures! So cute and bright!

  20. kristi askew says:

    What a darling idea! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Gift This! says:

    Another spectacular creation! Your work is truly amazing & inspiring…LOVE it!

  22. Donna says:

    Love the different colors of Sixlets and the colored ribbon adds so much! Great job!

  23. What a colorful and tasty display for the young ones and the young at heart!

  24. What is it about Candy Bars that are so eye catching? It seems that they can be worked into any party, any theme and are so tempting as well. The bright Sesame Street Colors in this one are great! I think my favorite part of this one is the tower of cotton candy.

  25. Mandi says:

    Where did you find the colored tablecloths?

  26. mojy says:

    I love your site. I’m having a sesame street party for my daughter’s 1st birthday and I’m getting a lot of nice ideas from pictures. I didn’t see any pictures of food table. what kind of food was provided for adults and children?

  27. jenn s. says:

    Mojy –
    We just did casual “summer” foods for the guests – cut sandwiches & salads for the adults and hot dogs for the kids!

    Mandi –
    I rented the tablecloths at Town and Country Rentals -but you should be able to get these colors at any local party rental company!

  28. Marie says:

    What type of invitations will be fitting for this themed party?

  29. jacky says:

    yuor candy buffet is off the hook i love it kool

  30. This is gorgeous! Divine… Will run it over at Australia Entertains :)

  31. jenn s. says:

    Hi Marie –

    Honestly any type of colorful invite would be great for this type of party! It doesn’t necessarily need to be Sesame Street themed.

    I love Polka Do Design’s “Exclusive Collection” – they’re all really colorful. You could do something like one of these:

    or Tiny Prints has great stuff too! Here are some ideas:

    Good luck! :)

  32. Alex says:

    I absolutely loved every single detail. Where did you find the dog backpacks. My niece is going to have a doggie themed bday party and those bags would fit perfectly. Thanks.

  33. I just planned an awesome engagement party that featured a candy buffet. I love the color splashes with the sesame street theme. We went with more of a classy, sophisticated look carrying a theme of Rasberried, Chocolate and Chandeliers throoughout the buffet. Check out my blog link to see it.

  34. Olivia Davidson says:

    I love the Decorator Sixlets too! I recently found some that look just like white pearls. They are so cool!

  35. Sarah says:

    okay…great idea….fill these bags with the candy! – so cute!!!

  36. Bill says:

    We’ve been doing candy buffets for several years, for all types of occasions. Check out our Web site.

  37. Bernie says:

    omg, i love it!!! can u tell me where u bought the candy jars filled with coated candy chocolate?
    thank you

  38. Bernie says:

    Where can u buy tge Plush Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Grover, and Big Bird?
    thank you

  39. jenn s. says:

    Hi Bernie –

    I bought all of the characters on – and the candy jars are all from HomeGoods! (The candy itself was from

    Jenn :)