16 Jul

Colorful Sesame Street Candy Buffet

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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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?

Reply July 17, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Jenna SAYS:

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

Reply July 19, 2009 at 7:11 am

Diapers and Divas SAYS:

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

Reply July 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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!

Reply July 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm

kristi askew SAYS:

What a darling idea! Thanks for sharing.

Reply July 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

Gift This! SAYS:

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

Reply July 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Donna SAYS:

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

Reply July 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Sandra@ribbonsandfavors SAYS:

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.

Reply July 20, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Mandi SAYS:

Where did you find the colored tablecloths?

Reply July 21, 2009 at 6:47 am

Stephanie of Asphalt Eden SAYS:

sugar rush!!

Reply July 21, 2009 at 10:42 am

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?

Reply July 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

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!

Reply July 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Marie SAYS:

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

Reply July 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

jacky SAYS:

yuor candy buffet is off the hook i love it kool

Reply July 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

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