Amy Atlas has made a name for herself in a niche market. She specializes in dessert and candy tables. I am not alone to love her sense of style. With Halloween in 6 weeks, it is good to review what you need to set up an awesome candy table.
Therefore, I read Amy Atlas’ interviews and examine her marvelous portfolio to sum up how you can try to design your own sweets buffet at home.
- Start with a theme
- Put attention to the table linens and service ware. They should be beautiful and coordinated to get a refined look
- Vary the heights of trays, stands, bowls, jars and footed plates. Design cute tags for every vessel.
- Repeat elements to create a sense of collection.
- Add festive decorative elements to enhance your table. Your goal is to impress.
- Create a backdrop to your buffet table.
- Survey the bakers and candy purveyors on your area. Make sure to taste everything; it has to be delicious not just pretty.
- Order desserts or candies based on what you want the table to look like instead of limiting the quantities to the number of guests. Plan for refilling, when applicable.
- Provide goody bags for your guests to take home desserts or candies. The goody bags can be a container that fit with your party theme.
How much candy you need?
You need an abundant choice to create an impact. Get 8 to 10 candy varieties. You need a least 8 ounces of candy per guest. To give you an idea, 6 ounces fill a small gift bag. Better to add more and round up because people will take some home.
I read on Martha Stewart that you need 8 pounds of jelly beans to fill a 1-gallon bowl. The same 1-gallon bowl will hold 5 pounds and a half of malted-milk balls or 3 pounds of wrapped taffy. Estimate that three quarter of your guests will take individual wrapped candies like pinwheel lollipops.
One practice that is not common is to host a sweet party later at night. Now that you have some guidelines, think about it.
+ Amy Atlas