Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday, pt 3: Candy Buffet

Have you heard of Amy Atlas?
If not --- go check her out here.
She's AMAZING!!
Her Candy Buffets are to DIE FOR. Literally.
They are THAT good!!

I'm no Amy Atlas ...
NOT EVEN CLOSE!
BUT - for my very first candy buffet -
(and only two days to pull it off!)
I think it turned out pretty cute!!


I collected glass jars from random thrift stores, the dollar store, etc!
Glass candle holders & hot glue can make any jar a little taller! :)
I didn't spend more than $10 total!

Here are some close-ups!!


I think the Lollipop tree was one of my favorites!
We bought a styrofoam cone, painted it red, added some ribbon - and then stuck the lollipops in!
I ordered the lollipops here and covered the wrappers with Hungry Caterpillar stickers (fromTarget)!



 
 This was my first attempt at Brownie Pops!
(Tutorial coming soon!)
 


The Birthday Boy LOVED them! :)


Marshmallow Pops!
 I used Mason Jars with some floral foam to hold these!
Then threw in some shredded paper to hide the foam!


These were by far the kid's favorite!!



Those gummy worms hungry caterpillars in the back were a huge hit!


We also had the traditional - M&M's, Skittles & Twizzlers.


Each glass jar was wrapped in ribbon with a label I made in powepoint!
Caterpillar Food = Trix!


To fill the table - I also included the Caterpillar Cake!
I had grand plans for the caterpillar cake ...
but I ran out of time .-- so this is what we got!

 I forgot the legs -- and it just wasn't I imagined ....
but you get the point! :)

There are a MILLION ideas out there for a fab candy buffet!
Just remember, it can get REALLY expensive!

Some tips to make it easier on the wallet:

* Think outside typical candy -- Goldfish, Cereal, Baked goods, etc. They all look great and taste great - just remember to keep with the color scheme! :)
* Shop at Bulk Stores - stores like Sam's & Costco offer large quantities of candy for better deals.
* If you're going with a specific color scheme - think Holidays -- for instance, need red candy? Stock up around Christmas & Valentine's Day!
* Thrift stores are your best friends! Plan ahead and stop by each week to look for cheap glass jars! The same glass jars will run you about $30.00 at Hobby Lobby - or $3.00 at Goodwill! :)

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5 comments:

  1. Everything looks great!! Now I'm craving candy :-)

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  2. Looks like a great party!!

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  3. What a cute party. Your brownie pops turned out so much better than mine ever do. I can't seem to get them out of the rubber pan in one piece! How did you get your's out? Following the Wed. blog hop. Come on by and follow me back too. And please tell me how you got those brownies out in one piece!

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  4. Marjory! Those brownie pops are way harder than seem, aren't they?! We had problems too -- the trick is LOTS and LOTS of spray (like Pam)! When they came out the oven - some of mine were spilling over, so I flattened them and then immediately dumped them over! :) I added my sticks afterwards. I never had problems with them crumbling, but did have problems with them staying a nice shape. Hope that helps a little bit!

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  5. haven't stopped by in a bit! But I am so glad I did! this is amazing!!! I thought I was the only one that like to do fun crazy themes for the kid's parties! LOL!!! Wow! You did amazing!!! even his little shirt...oh man, just wanna pinch his cheeks! thanks for sharing!!

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