One of the best ideas that I've run across as a party and wedding planner is the candy bar. I absolutely love the idea! There's just something whimsical and fresh about having an area with a vast array of candies to choose from that speaks to the heart of everyone's inner child. A candy bar can be fun and colorful or monochromatic and elegant. It's also a great way for guests to have a little something extra to enjoy at your party or to take home with them especially when you find those hard to find candies that bring back childhood memories.
Many times, when you hire a party or wedding planner they have everything they need to set you up with a candy bar if you want one. But if you decide to create one yourself you may not be sure how to decorate that area so that it stands apart and guests will notice it. Not a problem! With these easy steps and ideas, your candy bar will be a delight to not only enjoy but to look at as well!
To enhance or create lighting over your candy bar you will need some colored card stock, lace fabric, spray paint, double sided tape, string or fishing twine, scissors and the cone template found here. All you need to do is place the lace over your paper, spray paint it, remove when dry, cut the cone using the template, fold and tape, and then thread through with the string. You could probably use monochromatic Christmas lights and use the cones over the lights instead of having to buy miniature battery powered lights.
Using the same cardstock and lace idea, you can also decorate your candy containers with it and also make decorative pillow boxes for your guests to fill with candy. For an easy tutorial to make pillow boxes and templates go here. The cones can also be used to hold candies as well. Just use a hole puncher on each side and lace through with ribbon to hold the candy or even cotton candy.
Finally to ensure that people see the candy bar or to direct them to it, make a table sign by either using an old picture frame about 11 X 14 or a piece of wood from your local craft store, paint with chalkboard paint (if you don't know how to use chalkboard paint just check out my tutorial on chalkboard paint here) and then decorate the outside of the picture frame or wood with the laced paper you created.
Don't be afraid to mix and match lace patterns and colors either. Just have fun with it and create a completely unique and fun to look at candy bar for your next event that is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone old and young alike.
(Source: Martha Stewart Weddings)
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