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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. Bernie says:

    Hi Jenn s.,
    Can I buy the candy jars @homegoods online? I need about 20-25 candy jars. Can you reccomend other stores I can buy at a good price. What size sizes jars did you use? Is it cheaper to buy the sesame street plush dolls at amazon? i need 20-25 as well. Can you reccomend favors? Im expecting about 200-250 guest and putting the favors on the tables (10 people on each tables). I want something tio match the sesame street candy jar theme!
    thanks
    Bernie

  2. jenn s. says:

    Hi Bernie –

    Wow – that’s a LOT of guest! Sounds like a fun party :)

    You can’t buy the jars online at HomeGoods because the inventory varies at each HomeGoods so they don’t have an online shopping cart, but these types of jars have been in every single one that I’ve been to across the country! If you do have a store near you, it’s worth the trip to buy them in person, given their pricing – you’ll just need to be patient with the checkout person when they wrap everything up!

    Another option is to purchase them at Save-On-Crafts.com. Here’s direct link to that section on their site:
    http://www.save-on-crafts.com/apothecary.html

    For the plush dolls – Amazon was the cheapest that I found.There are usually different sizes available for each character, so you can choose what works best for your budget.

    For the favors, you could do mini gumball machines filled with gumballs in primary colors just like Sesame Street. http://www.beau-coup.com/mini-gumball-machines.htm
    *Mini Gumball Machines – $3 each.

    Or you could just do one large whirly pop for everyone and attach a Sesame Street themed favor tag or sticker to it. These will run you a little over $1 each:

    Beau-coup also has mini candy jars and candy dispensers for favor packaging, as seen here:
    http://www.beau-coup.com/favor-boxes.htm

    You might need to create your own labels for these though, or just opt out of the personalization, because most of the designs they offer the come with the packages are wedding or baby-oriented.

    Good luck!

  3. Bernie says:

    Hi Jenn s.,
    Yes we are planning my daughter’s 1st bday party and her theme will be sesame street! Thanks for the great ideas. I’m afraid that we dont have HomeGoods in Hawaii. And yes im gonna need 20-25 centerpiecses. I know the apothecary jars is kind of on the higher price. What else can I use to put candies in, but I love that apothecary style ? BTW, what sizes did you use for the jars.
    Mahalo,
    Bernie

  4. jenn s. says:

    Hi Bernie –
    You could alternate and just do the apothecary jars on every other table, then so a more simple footed vase or even just a regular cylinder vase, which is much less expensive, on the other tables.

    http://www.save-on-crafts.com/cylindervases.html

    You also might want to check out places like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond (if close by) for vases & apothecary jars. sometimes they carry them too! And that could help you save on shipping.

    As for the sizes, I used all different ones, ranging from about 8″ – 28″.

    good luck!

  5. Bernie says:

    Hi Jenn,
    Thanks for getting back to me! That sound like a good idea to alternate every other table. If I use simple footed vase or a cylinder vase, what can i use for the lid since i’m using them as a centerpiece? any suggestions? I’m planning to use decorated ribbons like how you did to your jars what can I do for the lids?
    Thanks

  6. jenn s. says:

    Hi Bernie –

    If you need lids for sure, then your best bet is probably to just stick with apothecary jars that come with them. I did leave some of the jars on this candy buffet open and they were fine. If you want to do that – you could just stick a big lollipop into the open jars to give them extra height… almost like a flower coming out of a flower pot :)

  7. Karen says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love your blog! Your ideas are simply amazing and now that I’m a new mom I’m sure I will be referring back to your site often =) I’m planning this theme for my son’s first birthday party. I’ll be visiting southern ca soon and would love to know where you got your linens.

    Also, I’m so excited to incorporate feathers into the party because I love what you did for the cirque du bebe themed baby shower. Any ideas on how I can do this with sesame street for my boy as maybe center pieces? I was thinking red feathers with big bird plush and yellow with an elmo. Do you think that feathers would even go?

    Thanks so much =)

  8. lorelei says:

    Hi Jenn,

    I’m so glad I ran across your post. I’m doing a sesame street party for my daughter and was concerned about making the party look nice and girly with all the different colors that the characters bring. The questions i have are, how many different tablecloth colors did you use? Did you use two alternating colors or more? And did you use the plush characters as centerpieces? I’m trying to look for pictures of the tables from this party, but I can’t see it on the album.

  9. jenn s. says:

    Lorelei –
    You’re right – for some reason there really aren’t any shots of the tables on this party! (except for one from really far away)

    But yes, for the sit-down table centerpieces, we had balloon bouquets coming out of blumeboxes (http://www.blumebox.com) plus one plush character sitting next to it. We also sprinkled colorful confetti around the centerpieces. It would also be cute to use big solid-colored circles as “confetti” to help decorate the table cloths even more, similar to the tables in this party: http://blog.hwtm.com/2008/08/real-parties-its-a-twin-thing-baby-shower/

    You could cut the circles from construction paper or felt.

    The food was buffet style since it was such a large party, so we didn’t have place settings actually set, but tables always look even cuter with the place settings pre-set too.

    For the tablecloth colors, I used a different one at each table: red, yellow, pink, and aqua. We only set 4 tables because the rest of the guests used the existing backyard furniture as seating.

    Hope that helps!

    Cheers,
    Jenn

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Jenn,

    What kind of scoopers did you use for the candy and where can I find them? Some of the apothecary jars looked really skinny to stick you hand in and get the candy out, did you find there was a problem with that? Also I didn’t see what you had the guests put the candy in. Where is a great place to find the tablecloths you used? Thanks so much your ideas are awesome!

  11. jenn s. says:

    Hi Karen –

    I actually just used plastic measuring cups for the scoops! (The kind with the handles – and then wrapped ribbon around the handles to make them look cuter.)

    We didn’t have any issues with the skinny jars, but you can definitely use tongs as the “scoopers” for those if the opening is too narrow. Actually, now that I think about it there was ONE jar that was pretty skinny and it served more of a decorative purpose since several of the other large jars had the same type of candy already. To utilize skinny jars, thinks like candy sticks or other skinny lollipops are a good idea.

    Here’s a great place to order both scoops and tongs:
    http://www.scoops-scoops.com/store/item_category.cfm?CategoryID=2
    (The clear versions will be the least expensive)

    For the tablecloths – we rented those from a local party rental company called Town and Country Rentals. Any similar party rental place should have the same colors available though – they’re pretty standard for most places. Good luck!

  12. Krystal says:

    Hello,

    Also, as a suggestion on the apothecary jars if there is a Michaels craft store in your area you can check there. I always google “Michaels Coupons” before heading over there they are always easy to find online. I just bought one of these jars that was 19.99 and got it for 50% off w/the coupon.

  13. Kahea says:

    For you Hawaii people looking for apothecary jars, ace hardware and crafts has them from $6.99 up $17.99 all shapes and sizes. Hope this helps

  14. Lorelei says:

    Hi Jenn,
    what type of ribbon did you use for the candy jars, and where can I find it?

    Thank you,
    Lorelei

  15. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Hi Lorelei –
    I just used fabric polka dot ribbon from Michaels – they have it in several different colors :)

  16. Ria C says:

    Wow…you’re work is amazing! I showed it to my daughter who is already 12 and loved it. Kind of gave me an idea for her 16th birthday. I know it’s a long, long way but seeing this candy buffet you did gave me that “bright idea” moment. Probably it won’t be Sesame Street theme bec she’ll be 16 then :)

    Beautiful!

  17. Denise says:

    You can also find apothecary jars at craft stores and stores like Ross,…probably Marshall’s and TJMaxx also. I live in Hawaii and got most of my jars from Ross from 4.99-11.99.

  18. Jennifer says:

    Hi Jenn! I came across your website while searching for ideas for my son’s upcoming sesame street themed birthday and just love it!! I have pulled some of the ideas that you used here an cannot wait to put it all together. I am working with a local bakery in Houston to mimic the cake that was pictured in your facebook album and was curious to know if the building’s frosting was red? In some of the pictures it looks like a bright red frosting and in others it tends to look more like a light chocolate. My baker had a little concern with the red frosting; she mentioned it does not taste very well, so I thought I would reach out and see if you could help! Thanks :)

    What a beautiful party!!

  19. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Hi Jennifer –
    So glad you like the party! The frosting actually was a deep, bright orange…it still tasted pretty good though! Hope that helps :)

  20. Gennifer says:

    Awesome work. I am in the process of planning a Mothers day Tea for mothers and daughters. I would like to do a candy buffet, but had a few questions and one suggestion.

    1. How do you manage or oversee a candy buffet so everyone is able to enjoy and have a fair share or go overboard.
    2. Do you keep refilling the candy jars as the day progress.
    3. How do you keep it looking pretty once the sugar fairies have visited
    One Suggestion- I have been checking with the local salvation army for jars and containers. I have gotten some really nice (thick glass) ones for next to nothing.
    Thank you and may your work keep briniging smiles to many.

  21. Thanks for the great ideas! I’m linking to this post tomorrow (4/22) at Dollar Store Crafts!

  22. So fun and beautiful!! I love the bright colors!! We do a lot of Candy Bars and it is always fun to see different takes on them … I simply love this!

  23. Bridgett says:

    ADORABLE! I am getting ready to do a candy buffet for my son’s 1st Birthday party, and this is an awesome inspiration! YOU ARE SO TALENTED! A couple of questions that I have thought about that you may be able to help me with…. How do you manage/regulate the candy buffet so it stays presentable?? What is the proper ediquette when say the first kids come in and wipe out all the suckers, etc., and mix up the perfectly layered colored sixlets before other guests arrive?? LOL! HELP! :)

  24. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Bridgett & Jessica –

    Since your questions were similar, I’ll answer both of you at the same time :)

    To keep the candy buffet looking nice at a kids party, it’s best to have someon “open it up” for eating at the end of the party – or whenever you’re ready for the kids to get started on it. Don’t hand out the favor bags until you’re ready for them to pick out the candy. Also – when you do open it up, have someone there to help regulate it. (And usually when parents are present at the party – especially for very young ones – they’ll go through the buffet with their kids, which is what happened at this party.)

    Surprisingly enough, at the party where this buffet was featured, the kids were really good about not taking much from the buffet until after lunch, activities, and cupcakes.

    To keep the buffet looking nice though, I do recommend replenishing it as long as there’s leftovers. When you run out, you run out and it’s fine. Candy buffets are more of an initial “showstopper”, and people understand when they start to get ravaged :)

    And Bridgett – as for the layered sixlets – I basically just took the lid off of that one last ;) Since there were also sixlets in several other jars, no one seemed to mind!

    Cheers,
    Jenn :)

  25. Bridgett says:

    Jenn, thanks so much for answering my questions! And you definitely gave me insight on the proper way to manage the candy buffet! So, thanks so much!

    One more question, what do you use material/fabric for the backdrop for the candy/dessert buffets? It appears to be some sort of board? that sits on the back of the table?? Any insight on what is best to use for those? THANKS AGAIN!

  26. Elaine says:

    where are thes super cute kids table and chair set from? i love it!!!

  27. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Elaine –
    The kids tables & chairs are from IKEA – from the MAMMUT collection (very inexpensive!)

    Bridgett –
    Regarding the backdrops, you honestly don’t necessarily need a backdrop – but if you do want to make one you can use a big piece of plywood and cover it with gift wrap or cool fabric or attach the fabric or paper directly to a background wall. You can also use panel curtains (IKEA actually has some great affordable options in that dept as well!).

  28. Natasha says:

    Jenn – I just came across this site and it’s just awesome. I love the ideas. The pictures are great..really capture the moment. I am actually planning a sesame street birthday party and I was wondering where you bought the characters (Elmo, Big Bird) from? That’s the ideal size I’m looking for.

    I didn’t see any other sesame street theme party besides elmo and cookie monster exclusively on the site. If you did feature it, can please refer me to it? Thanks!

  29. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Hi Natasha –

    I bought all of the characters on Amazon!

    I never posted all the text details of this party – got so caught up with everything else – BUT I do have the full photo gallery on the HWTM Facebook page. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=86863&id=17887528943&page=2

    Hope that helps!
    Jenn :)

  30. Tania says:

    Inspired by the candy buffet here, I decided to do one for my son’s 2,nd birthday party as well. He is a big fan of Sesame Street, so that was already the theme for his party. Thanks for all the tips on your blog. Here is the link to the party: http://turtlecraftygirl.blogspot.com/2010/12/kabirs-2nd-birthday-party.html

  31. Marie says:

    I Love It!!! How can I incorporate this into a Toy Story 3 theme?

  32. alyssa says:

    Where did you find the label to go around the white vase? (The seasme street one with the smily face lollipops) I LOVE this display! You gave me a GREAT idea in creating some things for my kids birthday party in Sept!! I love your work!

  33. CBI says:

    I love your work! This Sesame Street themed party is ADORABLE. So I was totally thrown off when I saw this photo on a local vendor’s site – claiming your work to be their own…

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=130414810363543&set=a.128168270588197.24972.128165333921824&type=1&theater

  34. margot says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nicest buffet I have ever seen for childrens party!!!!!!
    I started my candy buffet business 2 yrs ago. I’m doing something creative, fun and love making people smile and laugh! On event i did for Rex hospital, NC was for 1300 people, I bought 3/4 lb for each person, just to be safe ( you should buy 1/4 to 1/2 per person), it was all gone in 2 hours! The reason? I bought to large of candy bags! I just wasn’t thinking when I got these beautiful bags, I saw how pretty they were, but didn’t think about the size!! People were coming up 2 and 3 times, filling these bags to the top! WOW, I learned my lesson!
    Candylandbuffets.net serves the Raleigh NC and surrounding areas!
    Thanks
    Margot

  35. Brooklyn says:

    i loved all your desighns

  36. Jenny says:

    I love the Sesame Street theme. My three year old is already planning her party that’s 4 months away..so this was just what I needed for inspiration. I did some checking online and found a company online, Box and Wrap that has some really cute favor boxes, candy bags, and candy boxes. I’m going to let the kids fill their own take home candy bag as a Thank you for coming to the party.

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  39. Fazidah Aziz says:

    nice…

  40. Diane Bishop says:

    I love it!