Candy bars are a great way to personalize a special gathering. Candy bars have become quite popular at weddings, showers and other events the past few years. When I was planning our wedding, I remember coming across numerous ideas and beautiful pictures of candy bars. Not only were these displays beautiful, they are a great and relatively inexpensive way to provide a variety of different desserts/favors to your guests. Here are a few pictures of candy bars from a variety of different events:
I knew that I wanted to save money by purchasing the taffy in bulk myself, along with the glass jars to display the taffy. I also wanted to design and print my own labels and favor bags. I knew I would save a lot of $$$ doing this myself, and I wanted to ensure that the labels, etc. would match with our other wedding stationary (which I also designed - more DIY posts on this at a later date).
I googled around to locate different taffy shops and ultimately decided on The Taffy Shop. I based my decision on price and the ability to individually select flavors (versus getting a mixed bag of flavors). The Taffy Shop were extremely wonderful to work with. I placed my order with the general manager, and I had originally requested to order 5 lb bags of 20 different flavors (100 lbs total!) I knew this was probably more than I needed, but it was inexpensive and I really didn't want to run out or have the bar look "skimpy." While talking to the general manager, she asked what I was ordering the taffy for, and when I told her my plan she reassured me that I would at most need only 2.5 lbs per flavor, and I'd still have plenty of leftovers. I really appreciated her honesty with me and can't say enough good things about her and her company. She was right, too - we had more than enough taffy for the bar, AND I gave away bags of taffy to family members, put handfuls in our hotel welcome bags for each guest and I still have some left in a taffy jar I saved from the wedding. Does it still taste good? Probably not as it's been almost 1 year...but I can't bear to throw it out as it reminds me of the wedding. I feel like I have a 1-year, newlywed grace period..then after the anniversary...we'll see what happens. Oh, one other tip from the GM at Taffy Shop - she suggested I order the taffy no sooner than 1 month from the wedding to ensure the taffy would be at its freshest.
Moving on to taffy jars. I love the look of varying sized apothecary jars grouped together:
|Budget Dream Weddings|
|Strictly Simple Style|
The last step was pulling everything together with the finishing details - signs, labels and goodie bags. I knew that I wanted a taffy display sign to invite guests to take home some taffy. I also wanted to have a sign explaining the story of salt water taffy and how it came to be invented (it's actually a very cool story!) I wanted to have individual signs for each jar of taffy so guests would know what the flavors were. Finally, I wanted to have custom goodie bags for guests to fill up with the sticky stuff. Making the signs was easy enough - I had already selected my wedding stationary font (Beautiful ES) and downloaded it to my computer. I then simply typed up the flavors using Microsoft Office's label template. I printed the labels on white iridescent cardstock and used a paper cutter to cut the labels out. I had ordered extra place card labels (miniature white silk stands wrapped in gray satin ribbon) to hold the taffy labels. I purchased these place card holders from Etsy. I used the same font and paper to type up the taffy bar sign and the story of salt water taffy. I then framed each in an 8x10" silver picture frame. Lastly, I purchased miniature white bags in bulk and printed out our wedding monogram on label stickers and adhered each monogram sticker to the bag. Ta da! Taffy bar complete!
|Setting up the Taffy Bar|
|During the wedding|
Besides standard candy and salt water taffy, there are many other ways to have a dessert bar, including: hot chocolate bar (I did this at our holiday open house this past year), old fashioned candy bar, cookies and milk bar, coffee bar, color-themed dessert/candy bar, cake bites bar, cupcake bar, cake display...the possibilities are endless! Consider your wedding theme, colors or your personal interests when deciding what kind of bar to include at your wedding or party. Love the beach? Salt water taffy might be your best bet, too! Is your family famous for homemade cookies? You could even include one of your family's recipes printed out on a pretty little card (or on a mini take out bag to stow away extra cookies) for guests to take home.
I hope this post will help you come up with inexpensive ways to create your own candy/dessert bar at a future party, wedding or event. Please let me know if you have any questions about my salt water taffy bar, or if you have some ideas to share of your own!
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